• John Macon Gillespie

Five for Friday: Breakdowns & Picks

#4 Oak Grove @ #8 Brandon

This will be a game of heavyweights without question. Brandon has been one of the best teams inside the state this season. However, they lost their second game of the season last week when they fell 14-7 to a very talented team in Meridian. Madison Central is the other team to beat the Bulldogs. While Madison Central and Meridian are immensely talented teams no doubt, but probably teams that the Bulldogs feel they should have beaten.

Oak Grove knows that feeling all too well. They were themselves defeated by a talented team in D’Iberville, but maybe a team they feel they let slip by them. However, both the Warriors and Bulldogs still sit in our top 10 and for good reason. This game would be a huge win for either team that could help put to rest those head-scratching losses.

SES Take: "Oak Grove is a great road team and Brandon lost a close home game last week. Brandon will rise to the occassion, slow down the Oak Grove offense and defend their home field in a must win conference game." Austin Davis, SES Staff Writer

Warren Central @ #10 Clinton

Another matchup of powerhouse teams having good seasons in this one. In fact, it will even feature one of the state’s premier players in Clinton’s Cam Akers. The Vikings of Warren Central haven’t lost since their first game this season against Wayne County and have looked mighty impressive during their seven game winning streak.

Clinton has two blemishes this season, but it’s hard to even call them that. South Panola and Brandon are the two teams that have defeated the Arrows, by a mere 11 points combined. With Akers and Darius Maberry, the Arrows have been dominant on the ground, but Akers has also been dangerous throwing the ball.

Each team has nice wins and has been tested this season. Each team sees this game as an opportunity, which should make for a battle.

#7 St. Martin @ #9 Ocean Springs

Pack a lunch and where your daddy's boots because this one is going to be a grown man game and it could last all night. Two offenses that can score a lot of points in a hurry and two defenses that will hit you square in the mouth. Get the oxygen tanks ready, this one is going to be one for the ages.

Ocean Springs may boast the better defense in this one. In fact, the Greyhounds have pitched several shutouts this season, but it is St. Martin that has the edge on offense. This game will answer a lot of questions about how the shape of the playoffs will look coming out of the Mississippi Coast.

Don't blink in this one.

SES Take: "Ocean Springs has been very impressive all season long but have yet to see an offensive attack like the Jackets. I think it is a close one but in the end it will be Tyler Polk and St. Martin left stadning." Webb Lewis, SES Editor-in Chief

Desoto Central @ Tupelo

This game pits 6A powerhouses against each other in what could prove to be a pivotal division win for the team that does indeed come away victorious. For the Jaguars there is no doubting they can score the football. Just two weeks ago they scored 86 points, however, they also lost that game. So the question will be, can their defense come through with their end of the deal. They only gave up 16 points last week and will look to keep it closer to that number on Fridaynight. Alan Lamar, who has over 30 rushing TDs this season, will also be looking to hit paydirt a few times this week, as well.

For the Golden Wave there is good new this week. They will be getting back senior QB Daniel Bristow. That is huge for the Wave, as their young defense seems to be settling in and becoming a weapon for them. On the offensive side of the ball playmakers seem to be emerging each week for the Wave. Bristow must come in and be able to find them if the Wave are going to get back into the thick of it in their division.

SES Take: "I feel the Tupelo offense will rally around their senior QB, who returns this week. I also like where their defense is at, especially if the offense can keep them off of the field a bit more." John Luke McCord, SES Staff Writer

Adams County @ Simpson Academy

The Simpson Cougars have a chance to erase their earlier loss to Cathedral with a huge home win over ACCS. However, that is much much easier said than done.

Adams County has not been pressed all season long and have shown zero signs of slowing down. When they roll into Mendenhall Friday night, it will take a great gameplan and near flawless effort for Simpson to send the Rebels packing with their first loss of the season.

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