Here are ten games to watch for Week 14.
Starkville (9-3) at Clinton (7-4)
For the second time this season the Yellowjackets head down to Clinton to face the Arrows in a Second Round MHSAA Class 6A playoff battle of Region 2-6A foes. Clinton won the regular season matchup 35-28. Both teams are coming off big first round wins last week as Starkville went on the road and handled previously unbeaten Southaven 38-12, while Clinton ran past DeSoto Central 41-14. Starkville is playing well at the right time and will once again be anchored by a potent offense that averages 33.5 points per game led by quarterback Trey Petty along with receivers Braylon Burnside, Jaylon York and Jaquavin Jenkins and running backs Courtland Cooper and Tyler Nichols. Defensive tackle Eric Thomas anchors the defense, but linebacker Jemar McCarter has been coming up with big plays as of late. Clinton will once again be anchored by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 205.6 yards per game led by quarterback Jordyn Battee along with running backs Jakobe Calvin (20 rushing touchdowns) and Juan Taylor. Receiver Kyler Hutton is one to watch on the outside for the Arrows. Linebackers Jacquavyion Carter and Kamarious Gibson anchor a stingy Clinton defense that allows 23 points per game. Jackets are coming in with a lot of momentum, but the Arrows tough to beat at home in a close one.
Pick: Clinton 31-28
Madison Central (8-3) at Tupelo (12-0)
For the second time this season the Jaguars head down to Tupelo to face the top-ranked Golden Wave in a Second Round MHSAA Class 6A playoff battle of Region 2-6A foes. Tupelo has been dominate all season and continued that in the first round of the playoffs with a 42-0 win over Lewisburg, while Madison Central went on the road and came from behind in the second half to beat South Panola 30-21. The Golden Wave won the regular season matchup 35-0 in a game where Tupelo’s defense allowed -6 yards passing. The Golden Wave will once again be led by an explosive offense that averages 35.9 points per game, 201.1 yards passing and 137.2 yards rushing anchored by quarterback Jeremiah Harrell (2,413 yards passing, 31 touchdowns) along with receivers J.Q. Witherspoon and K.D. Gibson (11 receiving touchdowns) and running backs Jaboree Dooley and Qua Middlebrooks (13 rushing touchdowns). The Jaguars have rolled off three straight wins to end the season and have found a rhythm on offense that averages 164.7 yards passing and 142.8 yards rushing per game with Jake Norris at quarterback along with Vic Sutton rotating in at quarterback to go along with Deandre Pullen and Connor Brown at running back and Isaiah Spencer at wide receiver. Golden Wave continue to roll along at home in a much closer game.
Pick: Tupelo 28-21
Warren Central (10-1) at Brandon (10-1)
The Vikings head over to Brandon to face the Bulldogs in a Second Round MHSAA Class 6A battle of Region 3-6A foes. Brandon won the regular season matchup 21-3 in Vicksburg, but since that loss Warren Central has been rolling while the Bulldogs have bounced back since that Oak Grove loss in Week 10. Both teams had their way in the first round of the playoffs as the Vikings went to Gulfport and handled the Admirals 38-3, while Brandon blew out Hancock 42-7. Warren Central will once again be tough on defense and offensively are anchored by quarterback Jack Wright along with running backs Tre Hall and Darius Carter. Receiver Maddox Lynch is one to watch on the outside for the Vikings. The Bulldogs will once again lean on their up-tempo offense that averages 36.7 points per game, 234.4 yards passing and 238.9 yards rushing anchored by quarterback Landon Varnes, running back Nate Blount and Quincy Phillips along with receivers Lester Miller, an Akron commit, and Devin Thigpen. The Brandon defense has been underestimated led by linebacker Dysart Bell and only gives up 17.8 points per game. Bulldogs tough at home in a close one.
Pick: Brandon 21-14
Oak Grove (10-2) at Ocean Springs (11-0)
It’s a rematch from last year and one of the playoff matchups we’ve been looking for as the sixth-ranked Warriors head down to Ocean Springs to face the second-ranked Greyhounds in the Second Round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. Oak Grove defeated Ocean Springs 28-21 in the second round of the playoffs last year. The Warriors and Greyhounds both had pretty convincing first round playoff wins last week. Oak Grove is averaging 31.5, 187.3 yards passing and 124.8 yards rushing anchored by quarterback Anthony Maddox (19 passing touchdowns) along with running back Kylin Champagne and receivers Jaylen Aborom, Taji Burkett and P.J. Woodland. The Warrior defense does give up 20.2 points per game and has been coming up big lately anchored by a fierce defensive front anchored by Andrew Maddox and Caleb Moore along with Chaz Oatis and Aborom in the secondary. Ocean Springs has been as dominate as can be this season averaging 42.5 points per game, 187.4 yards passing and 254 yards rushing anchored by quarterback and Alabama commit Bray Hubbard (1,350 yards rushing; 16 touchdowns and 1,967 yards passing, 20 touchdowns) along with running back William Gray and receivers Christian White and J.P. Coulter. The Greyhound defense anchored by Eric Moore and Keshawn Carter only gives up 13.2 points a game. Warriors are playing very well and have a lot of momentum coming into this game and continue that momentum and move on.
Pick: Oak Grove 35-28
Callaway (9-2) at Vicksburg (9-2)
For the second time this season the Chargers head over to Vicksburg to face the Gators in a Second Round MHSAA Class 5A playoff battle of Region 2-5A foes. Vicksburg won the regular season matchup 30-14 and has rolled off nine straight wins, while Callaway is coming off a stunning 28-14 win on the road over Lafayette last week. The Chargers are led by a rushing attack that averages around 200 yards per game led by quarterbacks Kantrell Thomas along with running backs Marvin Moore and Quay Thompson. Receiver Kedarius Wade does line up at quarterback at times in Wildcat formation and has 14 rushing touchdowns. Gators will be led by a potent wing-T rushing attack led by quarterback Ronnie Alexander along with running backs Malik Montgomery, Decory Knight and Johnny Smith. Gator defense anchored Caleb Bryant and Jaleel Fleming are the difference at home.
Pick: Vicksburg 30-20
Vancleave (8-3) at Gautier (9-2)
The Bulldogs head down to Gautier to face the Gators in a Second Round MHSAA Class 5A battle of Region 4-5A foes. Gautier won the regular season matchup 55-28 back in mid-October. This game will feature to different style of offenses. The Bulldogs offensively is averaging 33.5 points per game and will be anchored by a rushing attack that averages 299.3 yards per game led by quarterback Hunter Parker along with running back John Peterson, who has rushed for 2,441 yards with 33 touchdowns so far this season. The Gators are led by a potent passing attack that averages 303.7 yards per game anchored by quarterback Kaden Irving, who’s tossed for 2,847 yards with 34 touchdowns, along with receivers A.J. Phillips, Kelvin Beavers and Dillon Alfred. The Gator offense too much at home.
Pick: Gautier 49-28
Itawamba AHS (12-0) at Houston (11-1)
The Indians head down to Houston to face the Hilltoppers in the Third Round of the Class 4A playoffs. Both teams can put up points, so this one could be high scoring. Itawamba AHS is averaging 40.8 points per game, 288.2 yards passing and 124.3 yards rushing anchored by quarterback Ty Davis, who’s tossed for 3,168 yards with 30 touchdowns, along with running back Isaac Smith (890 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns; 741 yards receiving, 4 touchdowns) and receivers Zion Ashby (1,048 yards receiving, 13 touchdowns) and Layth Holiday. Houston is led offensively is averaging 103.2 yards passing and a potent rushing attack averaging 250.1 yards per game anchored by quarterback Steele Brooks (1,158 yards passing, 9 touchdowns; 313 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns) along with running backs Jamal Cooperwood (1,101 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns), Jordan Pratt and receivers Christopher Parker and E.J. Stovall as the top targets. The Indian defense anchored by Smith at safety and linebacker Zackary Harris only gives up 11 points a game and is the difference on the road.
Pick: Itawamba AHS 31-20
Winona (10-1) at Amory (11-1)
The Tigers head over to Amory to face the Panthers in the Third Round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. This could be defensive game and points could be at a premium. Winona offensively is averaging 39.1 points per game led by quarterback Chase Richardson along with running back Zaishun Nash and receivers Kam’Ron Wadlington and Tristin Purnell. Promising junior linebacker Fred Clark leads the Tiger defense that gives up 18.6 points per game. Amory is averaging 40.4 points per game offensively that is explosive anchored by quarterback Jatarian Ware along with running back Charleston French and receivers Isiah Smith, Elijah Spratt, and T.J. Parks. The Panther defense led by linebackers Nathaniel Walker, Dylan Thompson and Walker Maranto only allows 10.4 points per game and is the difference at home.
Pick: Amory 24-14
Choctaw County (6-5) at Charleston (9-3)
The Chargers head up to Charleston to face the Tigers in the Third Round of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs. Choctaw County is red-hot right now and playing with a lot of momentum averaging 32 points per game offensively, 116.5 yards passing and 236.5 yards rushing led by quarterback Kenyauta Cork along with running back Antonio Kennedy (1,360 yards, 15 touchdowns) and promising sophomore receiver Caleb Cunningham. The Charger defense allows 18.1 points per game but has been hard to score in the playoffs led by Quayshunn Lane and Keyshawn Scott. Charleston has been consistent as can be on both sides of the ball averaging 32.3 points per game led by quarterbacks Devon Olive and Rod O’Bannon along with running backs Fred Johnson and Marcus Flowers and receivers Terrance Marco and Deondre Riley. Linebacker Timothy Kirk, defensive end Quinterrius Goliday and Riley in the secondary lead the defense that allows 13.5 points per game. Chargers come in with a lot of momentum and keep it going and move on in a close one.
Pick: Choctaw County 22-20
Taylorsville (8-4) at Hamilton (12-0)
Tartars make the long trip up to Hamilton to face the Lions in the Second Round of the MHSAA Class 1A playoffs. This will be a game of two different offensive schemes as Taylorsville throws the ball a lot, while Hamilton is a run-first team. The Tartars are very balanced offensively averaging 37.5 points per game, 186 yards passing and 175.3 yards rushing anchored by quarterback Laza Beavers, running back Cobey Craft (1,567 yards rushing, 33 touchdowns) and receivers T.K. Keyes and Dre Keyes. Hamilton is averaging 42.2 points per game that is anchored by a potent rushing attack that averages 360.6 yards per game led by quarterback Evan Pounders along with running back Kyzer Verner (2,186 yards rushing, 31 touchdowns). Receiver Jacourey Miller is the top target on the outside at receiver. The Tartar offense too much on the road.
Pick: Taylorsville 36-22