Friday Night Ticket
by Donell Maxie
Oct 19, 2012 | 2044 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JFK (6-3, 3-0 reg.) at

Broad Street (6-2, 3-0 reg.)

If you are a fan of either of these schools you know what a big deal it is.

For years this has been one of the most heated rivalries in the county. A game between these two teams will always involve big plays and hard hits. This year both teams enter the matchup with identical records in Region 3-2A and as a result are tied for first place. They are the only two teams without a loss in the region.

Along with the pressure of playing for the sole No. 1 position this season, the teams will compete for the first annual Battle of Old Highway 61 Trophy. The idea came from Broad Street athletic director Karshae Peterson and the Bank of Bolivar in Shelby will sponsor the trophy.

This season both teams are looking very similar as it relates to the numbers. Broad Street is averaging 24.5 points per game while JFK is at 23.4 points per game. JFK has a slight edge in rushing numbers per game at 163.9 while Broad Street is at 157.9 per game. The passing yards are even at 50.1 yards per game for JFK and 50.8 yards per game from Broad Street.

Currently, the Hornets are riding a five game winning streak after their 54-0 win over Coahoma County Saturday and the Jags are riding a six game win streak following their 46-0 win over West Tallahatchie. This game is full of big time playmakers on both sides of the ball so there will be no shortage of excitement.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Shelby.

East Side (9-0, 3-0 reg.) at

Ruleville (2-7, 2-1 reg.)

A few weeks ago this game wasn't looking all too appealing.

One close game and two wins later, the Ruleville Tigers have put themselves in the hunt for the Region 4-3A title.

Although that may sound great, it won’t be easy, especially with the undefeated Trojans coming to town who currently hold sole possession of the top spot with a perfect 3-0 record inside the region. This game will be a tough one for the Tigers as the Trojans enter the contest averaging 283.7 rushing yards per game. The running game will be key for both teams with running backs with two different styles. East Side's Quadre Butler is a power back and Ruleville's Devarius White is a shifty back with speed. This matchup will be a test for both Ruleville's Ricky Scott who leads the Tigers defense and East Side's Michael Hurns (11.3 tackles per game) who leads the Trojans defense.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Ruleville.

Yazoo County (7-2, 2-1 reg.) at

Cleveland (7-2, 3-0 reg.)

This week, the Cleveland High Wildcats put their perfect 4-0 mark at home on the line against the Yazoo County Panthers who are 2-0 on the road this year. This Region 3-4A contest will be the toughest region matchup for the Wildcats so far this season. These two teams love running the football. Yazoo is averaging 249.4 rushing yards per game, while Cleveland is averaging 254 rushing yards per game. The Wildcats are coming off a strong 63-6 win over Amanda Elzy where they caused six turnovers and scored on every possession they had in the game. The Wildcats’ defense has been a terror all year and will need to be that again if they want to remain perfect at home and remain in first place in the region.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.

West Bolivar (7-2, 3-0 reg.) at

S.V. Marshall (0-9, 0-3 reg.)

The West Bolivar Eagles are riding a four game win streak and will be looking to continue that streak when they travel to Lexington Friday to play the Tigers.

For the winless Tigers, this Region 4-2A showdown will be their toughest of the season.

The Tigers are only averaging 7.8 points per game while the Eagles are averaging 32.6 point per game.

The West Bolivar defense has been stellar during region play holding region opponents to 11.3 points per game. This should be a cakewalk for the Eagles although Eagles head coach Henry Johnson and his staff never look past any opponent. It's a one game at a time philosophy from the champion Eagles, and you can expect a champion's effort when they take the field Friday night.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Lexington.

Tunica Academy (2-6, 2-2 dist.) at

Bayou Academy (5-3, 3-2 dist.)

It will be a big night at Bayou Academy Friday as they celebrate the 20th reunion of the 1992 AA State Championship team.

It will also be a big night for this year’s addition of the Bayou Academy football team as the Colts will host the Tunica Academy Blue Devils in a key District 1-A contest.

The Colts are coming off a 39-11 win over Lee (Ark) and will look to improve their winning streak to three games.

The Colts have been fierce on the ground this season, averaging 205.9 yards per game. The Colts are also averaging 112 passing yards per contest and a strong 25 points per game. The combination of Tyler Kitchings and Caleb Pilgrim sharing the quarterback position has proved beneficial for the Colts along with an improving defense led by Ty Holder. This night will be a big night for the Colts’ nation as they celebrate the school’s past champions while also cheering on the current Colts as they look to stay in playoff position in District 1-A behind Desoto and Deer Creek.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.

McAdams (0-7, 0-4) at

Ray Brooks (1-7, 1-3)

This football season has been a tough one for the Ray Brooks Tigers and the McAdams Bulldogs. There has been only one win between the two teams. Injuries have plagued the Tigers this season, but with Friday night being homecoming the Tigers will be looking to get back on track. Last week, the Tigers fell hard to St. Joe 45-0 while the Bulldogs were idle. This week a rested McAdams squad will be bringing their hungry appetites to Benoit looking for their first win of the season.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Benoit.

Delta Academy (3-6, 3-4 dist.) at

North Sunflower (1-8, 1-6 dist.)

The North Sunflower Academy Rebels will welcome the Delta Academy Raiders to town Friday for their season finale. It was a tough year for the young Rebels, but with this last game of the season the Rebels will be giving maximum effort with the hopes of going out with a bang.

Kickoff is set for 7 Drew.