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The start of the 2022 high school football season is only a few weeks away and the Brandon Bulldogs open the new campaign atop the Mississippi Gridiron Preseason Top 10 and as the favorites to claim a 6A State Championship.

No. 1 Brandon reached the 6A title game a year ago and returns eight starters on offense. Junior running back Nate Blount and senior Louisiana Tech running back commit Jarvis Durr combined for over 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns and season ago. Quarterback Landon Varnes threw for 2,547 yards. The Bulldogs are solid top to bottom. 

Madison Central checks in at No. 2 after claiming the 6A crown in 2021. They're led by Louisiana Tech quarterback commit Vic Sutton who is back from a knee injury. Sutton threw for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns before his season ended as a junior.

No. 3 Picayune is the top-ranked team in 5A as the defending state champions, led by a talented backfield featuring Oregon running back commit Dante Dowdell and junior Chris Davis. Dowdell topped 2,500 rushing yards as a junior with 28 touchdowns. Davis ran for 953 yards and 17 scores and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. 

No. 4 Oak Grove reached the 6A Championship Game for three straight seasons from 2018-2020. The Warriors are breaking in a new quarterback in A. J. Maddox but six starters are back to challenge Brandon in 6A Region 3. 

And at No. 5, Starkville is as talented as any team in Mississippi. The Yellowjackets are still young though with a talent-filled junior class. They were 12-2 last season, reaching the 6A North State Championship game. Junior quarterback Trey Petty and junior wideout Braylon Burnside are a special combo. 

In the MAIS Top 10, Madison-Ridgeland Academy is the preseason top academy in the state and riding three straight state championships in a row. Junior quarterback John White threw for 3,965 yards and 39 touchdowns as a sophomore. 

Over the next week, we'll preview the high school football season with detailed coverage of every classification and our preseason All-Gridiron teams. Be sure to check back on the site and on social media for updates. 


2022 Mississippi Gridiron Top 10

  1. Brandon Bulldogs
  2. Madison Central Jaguars
  3. Picayune Maroon Tide
  4. Oak Grove Warriors
  5. Starkville Yellowjackets
  6. Ocean Springs Greyhounds
  7. Oxford Chargers
  8. West Point Green Wave
  9. Laurel Tornadoes
  10. Lafayette Commodores


2022 Mississippi Gridiron Little 10

  1. Raleigh Lions
  2. Amory Panthers
  3. Scott Central Rebels
  4. MRA Patriots
  5. Jefferson Davis County Jaguars
  6. North Panola Cougars
  7. Jackson Prep Patriots
  8. Velma Jackson Falcons
  9. Baldwyn Bearcats
  10. Hartfield Academy Hawks




  1. Brandon
  2. Madison Central
  3. Oak Grove
  4. Starkville
  5. Ocean Springs


MHSAA Class 5A TOP 5

  1. Picayune
  2. West Point
  3. Laurel
  4. Lafayette
  5. Vicksburg


MHSAA Class 4A TOP 5

  1. Mendenhall
  2. Itawamba AHS
  3. Columbia
  4. Poplarville
  5. Louisville


MHSAA Class 3A TOP 5

  1. Raleigh
  2. Amory
  3. Jefferson Davis County
  4. North Panola
  5. Kossuth


MHSAA Class 2A TOP 5

  1. Scott Central
  2. Velma Jackson
  3. Baldwyn
  4. Leflore County
  5. Newton


MHSAA Class 1A TOP 5

  1. Bay Springs
  2. Simmons
  3. McEvans
  4. West Lowndes
  5. Taylorsville



2022 Mississippi Gridiron MAIS Top 10

  1. MRA Patriots
  2. Jackson Prep Patriots
  3. Hartfield Academy Hawks
  4. Jackson Academy Raiders
  5. Copiah Academy Colonels
  6. Leake Academy Rebels
  7. Heritage Academy Patriots
  8. Simpson Academy Cougars
  9. Tri-County Academy Rebels
  10. Greenville Christian Saints


MAIS Class 6A Top 5

  1. MRA
  2. Jackson Prep
  3. Hartfield Academy
  4. Jackson Academy
  5. Parklane Academy


MAIS Class 5A Top 5

  1. Copiah Academy
  2. Leake Academy
  3. Heritage Academy
  4. Simpson Academy
  5. Oak Forest (La.)


MAIS Class 4A Top 5

  1. Tri-County Academy
  2. Greenville St. Joseph
  3. Adams Christian
  4. Riverfield (La.)
  5. Carroll Academy


MAIS Class 3A Top 5

  1. Greenville Christian
  2. Canton Academy
  3. Centreville Academy
  4. Central Holmes
  5. Sylva-Bay Academy


MAIS Class 1A/2A Top 5

  1. Manchester Academy
  2. Prairie View (La.)
  3. Tallulah (La.)
  4. Briarfield (La.)
  5. DeSoto (Ark.)