• Jared Redding

Rowdy's Five: Week 7 Edition

George County kicker Laine Evans kicks a field goal. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

Hello everyone! Welcome back to this weekly installment which serves as a tour guide digitally within the Mississippi high school landscape. Can you believe we’re over halfway through the season already? Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

Let’s get right into it.

Prep vs. Academy

In private school circles, this is the game every year. JA against JP.

Two schools really close to each other and schools that have tradition written all over them. Over the past seven years, it’s been pretty rough for the team up north.

Jackson Academy has been unsuccessful against Jackson Prep since winning three straight in the series from 2009-11. The Raiders won state championships each of those years. If they want to reverse their fortunes, they’ll have to stop Matt Jones and Jake Lange for the Patriots.

Expect a packed house and lots of Jacksonians to be talking about this one for a few weeks.

3A Mayhem

Three games in particular highlight this week’s slate of games in Class 3A.

Senatobia, a team that started off 3-0 has lost two straight going into their region opener against undefeated North Panola in Sardis. The Cougars are among 3A’s best in scoring defense.

Houston travels to Noxubee County to face a Tigers team that are on a three game losing streak, all while playing tough competition. Their three losses are to West Point, Greenwood, and Philadelphia. The Hilltoppers took their first loss of the season last week against Itawamba AHS in one of the more highly anticipated games last week.

Moving further south, Magee welcomes the defending 3A South champions to town. The home standing Trojans are 6-0 and are outscoring opponents 256-40. Chandler Pittman is also having another solid year thus far averaging 302 total yards per game. The Bulldogs are again moving the ball on the ground this season with Jordan Barrett and his 500+ rushing yards thus far with a legit supporting cast around them. Will the Trojans continue to have their best start in nearly two decades, or the Bulldogs pull off the upset? That is to be determined.

Boneyard Magic?

We’ve seen this same song and dance before. Just ask Water Valley.

A team better on paper travels to Calhoun City to play football. Only problem, that team is playing in the toughest stadium in small school football. East Webster is up for the challenge.

The Wolverines are riding high with a 6-0 record going into region play. Steven Betts and Tyrik Pittman are a big reason for that. Kobe Smith is having a whale of a year with 57 tackles and 9.5 sacks. However, Calhoun City’s non-region schedule has prepared them well for region play. Expect that to show tonight against one of 2A’s most potent team up north.

JPS Showdown

Robinson Rd. vs. Beasley Rd.

The Provine Rams are off to their best start since 2004 with a 7-0 record. With the exception of their game against Forest Hill, their defense has been outstanding with players like Javorius Selmon. The team they are up against has been that thorn in their side the past 10 years.

Callaway hasn’t been too shabby either, their offense hasn’t scored less than 30 points in their 4-2 start with playmakers like Sharman Holmes at tailback.

Let’s have some fun.

Potential Top 10 Upset Alert: No. 4 Brandon

With the exception of Madison Central, the George County Rebels should be without a doubt the best defense the Bulldogs will face this year.

The Rebels are coming off a massive victory over Oak Grove to start region play and looking to keep momentum going in the right direction. It won’t be easy going up against Elite 10 quarterback Will Rogers, especially with all the weapons he has at his disposal.

George County has an Elite 10 member of their own in McKinnley Jackson, who has been as advertised this season if not more. Having to double team Jackson should open up plenty of other Rebels opportunities to make plays defensively.

Once again, this is not a prediction that George County will win. This is just saying again that if a Top 10 falls tonight, it should most likely be Brandon because of what they are up against.

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