Cleveland High (6-2, 2-0)
Parks Field at Mickey Sellers Stadium will be rocking and rolling Friday night as the school celebrates homecoming 2012. The atmosphere will be electric as the football team welcomes Region 3-4A foe the Amanda Elzy Panthers.
Cleveland is riding a three game winning streak this season and a seven game win streak in the region dating back to last season when they finished 5-0 in the region. The Panthers are coming off a 21-18 lost to Gentry and have lost six of their last seven games. Friday night doesn’t get any easier for the Panthers when they run up against a stingy Wildcats' defense that is only allowing 18.6 points per game on the season. Cleveland's offense averages 263.3 yards per game and 29.0 points per contest.
The Panthers average 207 yards per contest and 27.7 points per game. Over the past few weeks, the Wildcats have really got their ground game going with Jason Young and Vaughnte Dorsey. The Wildcats also use shifty running back Andonte Maxie as well as the power running of Trace Bray in the running attack as well.
Marshall Boggs, Matt Ray, Dillon Norwood, Tommy Harris, Ataaron Horton and Dorsey lead the Wildcats defense. Denarius Howard leads the Panther on offense averaging 115.3 yards per game on the ground and 70.3 passing yards per game. Howard has thrown four touchdown passes, while rushing for three on the season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.
Riverside (3-4, 1-1) at
West Bolivar (6-2, 2-0)
It will be homecoming for the West Bolivar Eagles Friday night as they welcome the Riverside Bulldogs into the Eagles nest for a Region 4-2A showdown.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they will be running into a West Bolivar team that has been refocused since dropping back-to-back games to East Side and Aberdeen. The Eagles have not lost to a 2A opponent since losing to Calhoun City in 2010 in the north half championship game. This season in region play, the Eagles are averaging 40 points per game. The Bulldogs are coming off a 42-8 win over Marshall and should be fired up for this one. The Eagles defeated O'Bannon 41-0 last week and have no plans of having their 2A winning streak snapped anytime soon. The Eagles’ defense led by William Lloyd will be on the prowl and could pitch its second shutout in a row. The Eagles’ offense is averaging 29.6 points per game along with 228.4 rushing yards per contest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Rosedale.
J.J. McClain (6-2, 1-1) at
East Side (8-0, 3-0)
East Side fans it's time to accept that this team does not play ball until it experiences a deficit.
This is a second half team and week-in and week-out they prove it. Last week, the Trojans fell behind 28-14, before exploding and defeating Leflore County 44-28. This week, the Trojans will play a good J.J. McClain team that is averaging 31.5 points per game. The Mustangs have a balanced offense that averages 188.6 rushing yards per game and 132.3 passing yards per contest. The Trojans have a run first offense that racks up 294.5 yards per game on the ground.
Last week, the coaching staff allowed quarterback Johnathan Clerk-Beamon to throw the ball more and he did not disappoint completing 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards with three touchdowns. Brandt Williams, Quadarrius Shaw and Jaylon Thomas all caught TD passes. Michael Hurns has led the East Side defense over the last two seasons, but the emergence of Paddarius Bronner in the secondary has proved crucial to the Trojans. On the season, Bronner has six interceptions to lead the team. He has returned two for touchdowns. The all-around play of Barron Burns on offense and defense has him as one of the most dangerous players in the area and he should give the Mustangs all types of trouble. Quadre Butler and Taquille Eatmon have been strong running the football this season and should continue running it hard Friday night.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.
Marvell (5-2, 5-2) at
North Sunflower (1-7, 1-4)
The North Sunflower Rebels picked up their first win of the season last week with a 42-8 win over Central Academy.
This week, the Rebels are celebrating homecoming and welcoming the Marvel Academy Eagles into town. These two teams faced earlier in the year in what was a non-district game and Marvel came out the victor with a 32-12 win. This time the game will be counted as an District 5A 8-man division game for the two teams. The Rebels will try to continue the success they had last week as they put on a complete performance in all phases of the game. Kyle Blackwell completed 4-of-5 passes for 95 yards with two touchdowns, and the Rebels will need him to continue that type of output to maintain the success they want to have on the field.
Kickoff in Drew is set for 7 p.m.
Leflore Co. (4-4, 1-1) at
Ruleville (1-7, 1-1)
This Region 4-3A matchup between Ruleville and Leflore County became more intriguing when the Ruleville Central Tigers upset the Leland Cubs last week 18-14. The win for the Tigers was their first of the season and pumped some much needed life into the Ruleville football team. With the win, the team is now poised to try and make it two in a row as they play a banged up Leflore County team whose top offensive weapon, Grant Simms, was injured in last week's contest against East Side.
It looks like the Tigers will be looking to run the ball more and play better defense led by Ricky Scott.
Although Leflore will still present a huge challenge even without Simms, the Tigers still stand a better chance if he does not play. On the season Devarius White and Lapatrick Shaffer have been playmakers so the Tigers should use them quite a bit.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Ruleville.
Broad Street (5-2, 2-0) at
West Tally (2-6, 0-2)
The Broad Street Jaguars are currently tied for first place in Region 3-2A with the John F. Kennedy Hornets and will be looking to keep pace when they hit the road to play the West Tally Choctaws in Webb Friday night.
Broad Street is coming off a 51-8 win over Coahoma AHS Tigers. The win was big, but the biggest story was the play of sophomore running back Richard Horn who had the best night of his high school career rushing for 139 yards on 10 carries with four touchdowns. If the Jaguars can continue to get these types of games from Horn, they will be in great shape as the season draws down. West Tally has struggled all season and they are coming off a 15-12 loss to Coahoma County. West Tally has averaged 238.1 rushing yards per game and 19.5 points per contest. The Jaguars average 142.4 rushing yards and 21.4 points per game. Since Devonte James has been converted to quarterback from receiver, the Jags are 5-0.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Webb.
JFK (5-3, 2-0) at
Coahoma Co. (2-5, 2-1)
This Region 3-2A game will be played on Saturday in Clarksdale because Clarkdale High has a home game scheduled Friday night. No matter the time. the Hornets will be on a mission with an extra day of preparation. Last week, the Hornets brought Strayhorn back to reality with a 22-2 win to go to 2-0 in the region. This week, the Hornets will be looking to stay undefeated in the region. Coahoma County picked up a win last Week over West Tally and hopes the extra day will give them the time they need to come up with a good game plan to slow down Ladaris Johnson, Eugene Pruitt and Carnez "Playmaker" Gant.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Clarksdale.
Bayou Academy (4-3, 2-2) at
Lee (Ark.) (0-6, 0-3)
The Bayou Academy Colts celebrated homecoming last week with a 28-21 win over Greenville Christian. This week the Colts will travel to Marianna, Ark. to play a hungry Lee team that is looking for that first win. Last week the offense was in full swing with Caleb Pilgrim completing 5-of-13 passes for 170 yards with a TD and an interception, rushed for 48 yards with two touchdowns on 10 carries and caught two passes for 22 yards. Tyler Kitchings completed 4-of-13 passes for 86 yards with a touchdown, while Hunter Kovac rushed for 56 yards and a 2-point conversion on 10 carries. Receiving wise for the Colts, Weber Herbison had a 76-yard TD reception, Cole Hutchinson caught two passes for 57 yards and Ty Holder had a 55-yard TD reception.
The Colts will need these boys to bring that same type of game this week as they look to add another win in the district.
Although Lee is winless, the Cougars have moved the ball well in a couple of their games this year.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Marianna, Ark.
Ray Brooks (1-6, 1-2) at
St. Joe (5-3, 2-2)
It was a tough week for both of these teams last week with both being shut out by their opponents. Ray Brooks dropped one to Coffeeville 24-0 and St. Joe was blasted by French Camp 30-0. This week these teams will be hungry for a Region 2-1A win as Ray Brooks makes the short trip up Highway 1 to Greenville to take on the Fighting Irish. The Tigers’ offense is going to have to show up if they want to upset the Irish. On the season, Ray Brooks is only averaging six points per game, and St. Joe is averaging 27 points per contest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Greenville.