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Rowdy's Five: Week 12


Pearl head coach John Perry. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

After tonight, we will have ended one season and entered a new.


Tonight, playoff football begins for MHSAA Class 4A, 3A, and 2A. For the rest, there will be one more regular season game. Some of those games have massive playoff implications and should be monitored closely if you want to know where your team ends up next week.


Let’s talk about some of those games shall we?


EAT DIRT!


This is frequently said by teachers, students, players, and fans from Brandon and Pearl to the other around this time of year.


One of the biggest high school football rivalries in the Jackson-Metro area collide tonight with plenty more on the line than just Rankin County pride. Playoff berths are at stake.


The two presumed favorites for 6A Region 3 going into the year haven’t had things exactly fall their way through the course of this season so far. Brandon, while still being potent on both sides, haven’t been very consistent and Pearl’s tough breaks and injuries, more notably Kenyatta Harrell. Petal has taken their shine this season, but all of that can be erased should one or both of these teams make the playoffs.


For Pearl, it’s pretty simple, win and in. As for Brandon, if Pearl, Oak Grove, and George County win, their season will be over. They can still make it in if one of the other teams lose. Should Northwest Rankin, Pearl, and George County win, it will be a five way tie that will factor in a point differential decider. Oh Joy.


As far as the game goes, expect a packed house and plenty of dirt eating (or artificial turf).


The Perfect Storm


Despite the Oxford Chargers being red hot since their week two loss and through region play, they still have one more game to win in order to win the region. It won’t be an easy task anytime someone has to travel to the Flood Zone a.k.a Resasant Field in Tupelo.


The Chargers still control their own destiny, win and they will win the school’s first region title in Class 6A. If they lose by less than 10 points, they still can as well. Tupelo and that Jake Weir led offense have to have their best performance of the season in order to win by 11 points and win the 6A Region 1 for the third time in four years. Should Tupelo beat Oxford by exactly 10 points, Olive Branch will 1-up both teams and win the region.


Tupelo has looked pretty impressive in some games this season that Oxford didn’t exactly impress in. However, it’s a new game, a fresh set of 48 minutes, and an old rivalry that is just getting better. Both teams are going to the postseason regardless of outcome, just where?


Roll Tide! War Eagle!


Calm down, the Iron Bowl is still weeks away. In the meantime, enjoy these two high school replicas of two dominant SEC programs. Did we mention that these two high school teams are pretty good themselves?


It may be hard to believe that Picayune, despite rolling over everyone in their path this season, has not officially clinched 5A Region 4 yet. That reason is because Wayne County is their opponent for this epic season finale.


Offensively, Picayune is borderline unstoppable. They’ve scored 60+ points in each of their last three games and are on pace to eclipse 700 total points on the season. Sheesh. Wayne County’s defense has been on and off the season, but they’ve made stops when it mattered most and its a big reason why they are 8-2 and have a chance to steal the region from the Tide.


Winner gets the No. 1 seed, loser gets the No. 2 seed.


1A Region 2, Who’s In?


With Simmons’ dominant run being halted this year, 1A North is wide open. Nanih Waiya and Noxapater have already clinched the No. 1 and 2 seeds respectively. Where will TCPS, West Lowndes, and Smithville fall in this equation?


Smithville will face French Camp and TCPS will host West Lowndes, two games with the upmost importance for three of those four teams.


TCPS must win tonight in order to extend their season another week, simple as that. Depending on how (or if) they win will affect everyone else. TCPS would open with a road playoff game if they win regardless. A win for TCPS would knock out Smithville for good, or if Smithville loses. West Lowndes is in regardless.


Can Khi Holiday and TCPS keep their season alive with their backs against the wall? Find out tonight.


PLAYOFFS?!?!?


As mentioned earlier, 4A, 3A, and 2A will begin postseason play tonight. MAIS playoffs will resume as well.


There will be better matchups as a whole as we move closer to the semifinals, but for now, there are a few good first round matchups, particularly in Class 3A.


North Panola, a team that is good, but haven’t had things exactly go their way, will travel to Booneville to face the Blue Devils. The aforementioned Devils are trying to avenge last year’s early exit at the hands of the eventual 3A champions.


Winona and Houston should make for another exciting matchup. Winona’s offense vs. Houston’s defense. Yummy. Lake and Enterprise should be fun in Class 2A. Just to name a few.


At the end of the night, go big or go home.

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