Warren Central (9-2) at Clinton (9-2)
Warren Central makes the short trip over to Clinton to face the Region 2-6A rival Arrows in the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. Clinton won the regular season matchup in Vicksburg 31-16 in a game where Warren Central had four turnovers. Clinton quarterback Caleb Miller along with running back Montavious Warren lead the rushing attack that averages 147.7 yards per game. The Arrows do average 110.8 yards a game through the air. The Clinton defense has been playing lights out the last month of the season and only giving up 15 points per game. Warren Central hasn’t played in two weeks due to a bye week and Tupelo having to forfeit last week. The Vikings are averaging 143.5 yards per game led by quarterback Kentrick Thompson and running back Timothy Thompson. The Warren Central defense allows just 14.4 points per game, so this one could very well be a low scoring defensive game. Arrows are playing with a lot of momentum and advance.
Pick: Clinton 21-14
Harrison Central (8-2) at Oak Grove (10-0)
Red Rebels head up to Hattiesburg to face the Warriors in the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. Oak Grove features an explosive offense that averages 45.5 points per game, 181.4 yards rushing and 195.2 yards passing anchored by quarterback Kade Barnett along with running backs Eugene Newell, Courtland Harris and receivers Tyrell Pollard and Jordan Coleman. Harrison Central also has an explosive offense averaging 33.7 points per game, 185 yards per game passing and 209.2 yards per game rushing anchored by quarterback Christian Turner along with running backs Atavain Ray and Jaidon McClain and receivers Jacobi Moore and Isaiah Atkins. This very well could be a high scoring game, but the Warrior offense is too much at home.
Pick: Oak Grove 42-28
Ridgeland (9-2) at Neshoba Central (10-1)
For the second time this year Ridgeland heads over to Philadelphia to face the Rockets in the second round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs. The Titans won a classic over the Rockets in the regular season 33-29. Neshoba Central hasn’t played a game since then due to teams having to forfeit due to Covid-19. The Rockets are averaging 276.6 yards per game on the ground led by quarterback Eli Anderson and running back Jarquez Hunter. They are throwing more on offense to become more balanced averaging 100.9 yards through the air with Dagan Martin and Bryceton Spencer being the top receivers. Ridgeland is coming off a 36-28 win over Lake Cormorant in a back-and-forth game. The explosive Titan offense is averaging 27.8 points per game, 260.1 yards passing per game and 168.7 yards per game rushing led by quarterback Zy McDonald, a Louisiana commit. Running back Donovan Ball is solid and receivers Richard Mays and Ayden Williams. This will be once again another close game and could go either way, but the Rockets get revenge at home and move on.
Pick: Neshoba Central 31-28
West Point (9-3) at Grenada (8-2)
For the second time this season the Green Wave head over to Grenada to face the Chargers in the second round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs. Grenada won the regular season matchup 28-21 in overtime. The Chargers are led by a rushing attack that is averaging 188.3 yards per game anchored by quarterback Joshua Phillups along with running back Joe Moss. Receiver Derrick Harbin is the target for the Chargers. The Green Wave are led by an always potent ground game that is averaging 276.4 yards per game and also 114.1 yards passing. Quarterback Corbin Kelly and running backs Chris Ivy, Jakobe Pate and Cameron Young provide much of the offense. The defense comes up big late and the Green Wave get revenge and move on.
Pick: West Point 27-24
West Jones (10-2) at Laurel (9-3)
The Mustangs the short trip over to Laurel to face the rival Golden Tornadoes for the second time in the second round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs. Laurel won the regular season matchup 19-13 in a game where West Jones had four turnovers. The Mustangs are coming off a big game against Picayune last week and is averaging 201.2 yards per game through the air behind quarterback Alan Follis. Wide receivers Tajrick Randolph and Matthew Nixon are big-play threats. The Mustangs also average 169.5 yards per game rushing anchored by Joshua McDonald and Kentrel Pruitt. Laurel is coming off a 30-28 nail biting win over East Central last week in their first round matchup. The Golden Tornadoes are on a six-game winning streak after an 0-3 start and is led by offense that is averaging 27.9 points per game led by quarterback Dexter Scott along with running back Xavier Evans and receiver Kanarius Johnson. This could be yet another crazy game Between the Bricks, but the Mustangs get revenge and move on.
Pick: West Jones 21-17
Louisville (10-1) at Pontotoc (10-1)
Wildcats head up Highway 15 to Pontotoc to face the Warriors in the third round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs. This is the third year in a row these two teams meet in the playoffs, last year Louisville beat Pontotoc 52-0 in the second round. The Warriors are led by a very balanced offense that is averaging 29.4 points per game, 143.3 yards passing per game and 155.9 yards rushing per game led by quarterback Conner Armstrong along with running back Jemarkus Whitfield and receiver Cade Armstrong. The Wildcats are led by a rushing attack that averages 180.7 yards per game led by quarterback Jace Hudspeth along with running backs Emory James and Jacorey Coleman. The Wildcats do average 136.5 yards per game passing with Jarvis Rush as the top target. The Wildcat defense that gives up just 9 points a game anchored by defensive end Ty Cooper and linebacker JaMarcus Eiland come up big on the road.
Pick: Louisville 28-17
Noxubee County (8-1) at North Panola (8-1)
Tigers head up to Sardis to face the Cougars in the third round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. North Panola is led by a balanced offense that averages 29 points per game anchored by quarterback Q.D. Walls along with running back Limekin Walls and promising receiver/defensive back Carl Robinson. Noxubee County is also led by a balanced offense averaging 31 points per game, 170.7 yards rushing per game and 152.3 yards passing. Quarterback Chrishard Rupert, running back Bobby Shanklin and receiver Anthony Little to lead the offense. This will be a close game, but the Tiger defense only allows 7.8 points per game led by defensive tackle Travorus Hatcher and is the difference on the road.
Pick: Noxubee County 22-20
Columbia (9-2) at West Marion (9-2)
For the second time this year the Wildcats make the real short trip over to Foxworth to face the rival Trojans in the second round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. West Marion won the regular season matchup 7-6 in overtime. The Trojans are led by a potent rushing attack that averages 247.5 yards per game led by running back Jartavious Martin and JaKaden Mark along with quarterback Jayden Duncan. Receivers Larry Magee and Qavonte Swanigan are also key factors for West Marion in the passing game that is averaging just under 100 yards per game. Columbia is led by a fierce rushing attack that is led by quarterback Carter Smith along with running backs in Jonathan Wiltz and promising junior Omar Johnson. Defense is what the Wildcats lean on led by linebacker Greg Fortenberry and promising junior defensive tackle Jehiem Oatis. This will be another nail biter, but the Wildcats get revenge.
Pick: Columbia 16-14
Scott Central (9-1) at Enterprise-Clarke (9-1)
For the second year in a row the Rebels head over to Enterprise to face the Bulldogs in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs in a battle of two run-heavy teams. Scott Central won 48-0 over Enterprise-Clarke in the third round of the playoffs last year. The Bulldogs are averaging 33.3 points per game offensively and is led by a potent ground game that averages 272.2 yards per game anchored by quarterback Derryon Gray along with running backs Kristian Milsap, Ridge Kidd and John Campbell. Scott Central is averaging 34.4 points per game and is anchored by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 237.2 yards per game led by quarterback Treyon Wash along with running backs Jalen Wells, LaJavis Patrick, Elijah Robinson and Zechariah Parodi. This game will be a lot closer than it was a year ago, but the Rebel defense that allows just 13.5 points per game is the difference on the road once again.
Pick: Scott Central 24-22
Tupelo Christian (8-2) at Biggersville (11-0)
For the second time this season the Eagles head up to Biggersville to face the Lions in the second round of the MHSAA Class 1A playoffs. Biggersville won the first matchup back on Sept. 4th 46-21 in a game where TCPS turned the ball over five times. The Lions are averaging 42.9 points per game offensively and is led by a potent rushing attack that averaged 259 yards per game anchored by quarterback Drew Rowsey along with running back Goldman Butler (21 rushing touchdowns). The Eagles are anchored by a potent offense that averages 50.4 points per game, 266.1 yards per game passing and 140.3 yards rushing per game led by quarterback Khi Holiday along with receivers John Avery Herrod, Noah Foster and John Paul Yates. The Lion defense gives up less than six points a game and comes up big at home.
Pick: Biggersville 26-20