• John Macon Gillespie

JMake's 10 Takes Coming In Hot: Week 9

Pictured: A Calhoun City Wildcats

football helmet| Photo by John M. Gillespie

Oct. 4, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome back to your weekly happy place.

It's suddenly gotten cold-ish in the Magnolia State, which can only mean one thing.


More importantly, however, it means that we are finally reaching "football weather," and the playoffs are near. Beware ye who enter the postseason, because your heart will probably be broken, and we will most likely tweet a lot about it.

NEVERTHELESS, let us look at WEEK NINE of the high school football season, shall we? Let's start with a humdinger.

1. No. 5 Starkville tops Madison Central by two scores.

Let's take a look at how last week's game between Starkville and Greenville in the Battle of Teams-With-Mascots-Similar-To-Bees.


Starkville is still #mad about losing to Northwest Rankin a couple of weeks ago, and they are using their talent to punish teams in their path. I expect Madison Central fans to let me know how displeased they are with this Take, but Starkville is just really good and, in my opinion, is still the most talented team in the state. I don't expect this one to be super close.

2. No. 2 Horn Lake rolls Oxford.

Oxford has performed well since its slow start to the season, but Horn Lake has Nakobe Dean. The Chargers have won a few games I didn't expect them to win, but Horn Lake has Nakobe Dean. Oxford will be a dangerous team in the playoffs, but Horn Lake has Nakobe Dean.

I'm sensing a pattern here.

Give me the Eagles.

3. Biggersville moves to 9-0.

This is your weekly reminder that Biggersville is good at the sport of American football.

Biggersville has been a fun team to watch this season, and they take on the other Lions team in Region 1-1A tonight, H.W. Byers. Byers enters Friday's game at 0-7 which is *looks at notes* less-than-stellar. I don't expect much of a contest tonight, but it just deserves mentioning each week that Biggersville is good, considering their football history.

4. No. 1 Hattiesburg stays hot against Wayne County.

Speaking of teams that are good at the sport of American football, 5A-powerhouse Hattiesburg is still doing Hattiesburg things. The Tigers enter tonight's game at 7-0 and still look like the 5A-favorite. Although Wayne County is 5-2 and hasn't had a season to sneeze at by any means, they were blown out by an Oak Grove team that was blown out by Hattiesburg.

This one won't be close. Snoop Conner and the Tigers take care of business.

5. No. 4 Northwest Rankin takes care of No. 9 Clinton.

This is one of the best games of the week.

I've been high on the Arrows all season, but when NWR knocked off Starkville two weeks ago, I hopped on their train, as well. The Cougars have to go to Clinton, but they still should have a decent crowd of their own there. I like Northwest Rankin in a close one.

6. No. 3 Brandon rolls over Meridian.

Meridian, I'm sorry for your pain.

The Wildcats caught some bad luck with a brutal schedule to start the season and haven't been able to recover.

I expect that trend to continue tonight. Brandon is a solid team, and I believe Meridian is too, but not solid enough. Give me the Bulldogs.

7. Winona tops Calhoun City.

Winona ended the Wildcats' season last year at North Half, and the Tigers are 8-0 after moving up to 3A this season. I think the Tigers are just too much for City to handle, and I think they take care of them tonight. Expect City to keep it close, but fail to pull it off in the end.

8. Water Valley steamrolls Coahoma AHS.

Water Valley is good.

Coahoma AHS is 4-4.

Blue Devils by three scores.

Enough said.

9. Tupelo handles South Panola.

South Panola obviously is no longer in its former glory, and while Tupelo has struggled with injuries this season, I think they prove to be too much for USP tonight. South Panola enters the game at 3-5 compared to the Golden Wave's 6-1, and I think that speaks volumes about where both of these teams are. Expect a close game, but Tupelo pulls it out in the end.

10. People completely overdress for "cold" temperatures tonight.

We've all waited for cooler weather, and now that we have it, people are going to go bananas. Sweaters. Letterman jackets. Gloves. Blankets. All completely unnecessary, but we'll see them all tonight.


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