• Jared Redding

Rowdy's Five: Week 8 Edition

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

Warren Central running back Kentrick Thompson runs to the end zone. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

Just when we thought we wouldn’t have some of the weirdness we had throughout parts of last season, it hits. Regardless, we’re going to have another exciting week of high school football to enjoy to the fullest. This week features a Top 10 matchup, huge in-class games and a massive load of games on Thursday.

Let’s get to it.

Short Week Teams

Speaking of games on Thursday…

This is all happening as a result of the unfavorable forecast expected Friday. So far, we will have over 50 games being played on Thursday. More are being considered for reconsideration currently. This is the kind of thing that might throw some teams out of their rhythm.

Now, there are those handful of teams that play on Thursdays on a frequent basis, particularly in our state’s capital. The others will have to adjust their schedules accordingly and really make every rep in practice count to be at full form for game day. Teams like Laurel and Brookhaven will be on two days rest, due to their Week 7 game being moved to this past Monday. They are scheduled to play Thursday against Natchez.

Let’s get weird.

Top 10 Battle in 6A South

Who doesn’t like a dark horse going up against the defending region champs?

The No. 7 Petal Panthers have impressed just like we predicted them to at the beginning of the season. They not only met our expectations, they’ve exceeded them. After a heartbreaking loss to Laurel to close out the non-region schedule, they rebounded with a thrilling overtime upset over Pearl 38-37 followed by another win over a solid Oak Grove squad 21-7.

Everything seems to be coming together for a team that has been close, but haven’t gone to the state title game since 2011. They have what it takes to make it there again while winning the region. The only problem for them before attempting to doing so is running through No. 2 Brandon.

The Bulldogs are so 2-0 in 6A Region 3 with convincing wins over Terry and George County. Elite 10 quarterback Will Rogers has that outstanding core around him, perhaps one of the best in 6A football. It’s going to be interesting to see how Micah McGowan, Decarlos Nelson and company handle the big challenge at hand. As of now, this will be played on Friday.

Central vs. Central

Look at this game played the past couple of meetings, you will notice one thing: thrill.

From Elite 10 quarterback Jimmy Holiday finding the end zone in overtime via legs in ’17, to Holiday doing it again to the Vikings through the air last second later that season, to more late game heroics in ’18, it is Madison Central vs. Warren Central. Will the Vikings finally get over that hump this time around?

The Vikings haven’t been to shabby this year at 4-2, except for that 42-0 drubbing at the hands of Pearl in Week 2. They hung around with Brandon as well in a 10-9 loss. This isn’t the first time that they’ve made things interesting against quality opponents. They’re used to it. The cast of characters on that Viking squad will need to be at their very best against the best this state has to offer.

Madison Central, as expected, are still rolling and still undefeated through six games. They’ve defeated a No. 2 ranked team no once, but twice. They are loaded, and when Jimmy Holiday isn’t able to do much, they have more weapons that can. This should be a fun once again, even if it is played on a Thursday night.

Delta Showcase

When it comes to 4A football, Greenwood isn’t usually the first name brought up in the conversation. They don’t care, they just keep winning.

The Bulldogs are off to perhaps their best season since 1987. That team would eventually go to the state championship to fall just short. This could be their year if everything goes as planned. Beating Noxubee County 40-19 the way they did proved just how good they really are. Deandre Smith and Jamarion Addison are the key cogs in that well-ran machine. Their opponent is pretty good themselves this season.

Since being ran off the field 50-12 at North Panola in Week 2, the Rosa Fort Lions have won five straight games in dominant fashion. Let’s see who’s going to reign supreme in the Delta Thursday night. Yes, Thursday.

Trojan War

Two teams that were not ranked in our preseason 3A Top 5 will go at it, looking to prove us wrong yet again this Friday night.

First off, we have the 7-0 Magee Trojans. Teddy Dyess and his team have taken 3A by storm this season. Their 51-27 thumping of Seminary last week was a certificate of validation. When there’s a dynamic of a player such as Chandler Pittman on your team, you know you’re already going to be dangerous enough. Their in-region rival is in a similar spot.

West Marion, while they may not have quite the firepower on offense, has a defense that is just nasty. Magee’s defense has not allowed more than 13 points this season, all while giving up only 33 points all season. They boast a two headed monster in Octavious Harvey and Jartavious Martin, who have both rushed for over 400 yards and combine for 15 touchdowns.

This region (3A Region 8) is already the best down south with teams like undefeated Columbia in the fold as well, but this could decide the region champion when it’s all said and done.

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