Broad Street (2-1, 1-0)
This week's Game of the Week will feature two teams on opposite ends of the county. The Shaw Hawks will hit Highway 61 North to play the Broad Street Jaguars in a region 2-1A showdown.
Both teams started region play last Friday with wins. Shaw defeated Durant 36-6, and Broad Street beat Ray Brooks 22-14.
These two area teams are fighting for the top spot in a region that is arguably a three horse race with Broad Street, Shaw and John F. Kennedy in the forefront.
Shaw's offense had struggled in previous weeks to put up points, but broke through against what was then an undefeated Durant team to score 36 points. The key for the Shaw attack has been the emergence of their running game behind an offensive line that's playing better and freshman running back Reggie Scott who has become a force in the backfield. Last week, Scott tallied 105 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns. In the team's two wins this season, Shaw has rushed for 421 yards on 58 carries with seven touchdowns. In the two losses, the Hawks only have 105 yards with one rushing touchdown on 49 carries. It seems that if the Hawks want to have a successful night, running the football will be essential.
Broad Street's offense had its struggles against Ray Brooks fumbling the football, but was able to get the win. This week, the Jaguars will not have the luxury of playing sloppy against a very good Shaw team. Shaw's defense has been playing well since its season opening loss to East Side where the team gave up 32 points. In the past three games, the Hawks are only allowing 10.7 points per game. The Jaguars defense has been opportunistic with about three takeaways per game.
Danterris Greyer and Demarcus Alexander will lead the Jaguars this week. Stellar running back Richard Horn sustained an injury in the team's win in Benoit and may not be available this week.
Shaw's Andre Pruitt is always a threat and Shaw always has the option to throw the ball to really good receivers. We're not sure how this one will turn out, but it looks to possibly be a brawl.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Shelby.
Ray Brooks (0-4, 0-1) at
John F. Kennedy (1-2, 0-0)
The Ray Brooks Tigers will be looking to get in the win column Friday when they head to Mound Bayou to play the JFK Hornets. This Region 2-1A contest will be the first for the Hornets. Ray Brooks is coming off a 22-14 loss to Broad Street last week.
The Hornets lost 26-16 to Leland and are looking to right the ship with a win over the Tigers. On the season, the Tigers are averaging 6.5 points per game and giving up 32.5 points per game. JFK is giving up on average 29.3 points per game, while also scoring 21.3 points per game.
JFK's Laradius Johnson has been solid for the Hornets on offense as well as Carnez Gant, Ricky Fleming and Xavier Roberts. Syderrick Maiten leads the Tigers attack along with Jonathan Haynes. This game will come down to what defense stands the toughest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Mound Bayou.
East Side (3-1) at
The East Side Trojans will hit the road to Leland to play the Leland High School Cubs in another non-region game Friday night.
Both teams are off to good starts. East Side coming off a big 20-8 win over the West Bolivar Eagles, while the Cubs are coming off a 26-16 victory over the John F. Kennedy Hornets.
The Trojans have a solid ground game as they’ve rushed for over 200 yards in each of their four games. The Trojans are averaging 260 rushing yards a game.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
Hollandale (0-4) at
This will be a battle of the winless, so something has to give in this one as the Hollandale-Simmons Blue Devils travel to play Ruleville.
The Ruleville Central Tigers are on a new path this year and with an abundance of young talent, coach Jerry Walker has just one hurdle to get over and that is teaching the team how to finish games.
In three contests the Tigers have been their worse enemy with self inflicted wombs that always set the team back. The Tigers led in two of the three ball games they lost. The passing game has been strong with Freshman QB Markevion Quinn and receivers Anthony Spivey and Eric Hunter. The running game has been hit or miss, but the team has some success with Deandre Fields who averages 45 yards per game. The Tigers were off last week so they should be fresh and rested up for this one. Tyquan Rule, Duwan Harris, Latavius Pleas and Lakerrius Clark will anchor the Tigers’ defense. The Blue Devils are coming off a 28-20 loss to Humphreys County and will be thirsty for a win. The Blue Devils are giving up 31.3 points per game. Hollandale averages 24 points per game. Ruleville is giving up 36 points per game and scoring 23.3 points per contest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Ruleville.
Bayou Academy (1-3, 0-1) at
North Delta Academy (2-2, 1-0)
The Bayou Academy Colts are on a three game slid and will be looking to stop the fall when they travel to play the North Delta Green Waves. This District 1-AA matchup is big for a Colts team trying to navigate their way through the AA ranks. Last week, North Delta defeated Kirk Academy 45-27 and this week they will be trying to snag their third win in a row. Something will break in this one; either Bayous losing skid or North Delta's winning streak. Bayou is coming off a 32-12 loss to West Memphis.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Batesville.
Cleveland (1-3) at
These two teams will enter Friday night's game with identical 1-3 records. These teams are averaging nearly the same in points per game. Cleveland averages 12 points per game and Winona is at 16.8 points per outing. In this one it will be all about the running games of each team. Cleveland is averaging 198.8 yards per game and Winona is at 233.5 rushing yards per game. Winona won last week's game 13-7 over J.Z. George while Cleveland lost their game 26-20 to Hernando. The running games will be in effect so both run defenses will have to be at the top of their games if they expect to have a chance in this one.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Winona.
North Sunflower (1-3) at
Humphreys Academy (1-3)
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels have been getting better and better with each passing week. Last week all the team's hard work and dedication paid off with a 30-20 win over Marvell in 8-man action. Humphreys lost last week to Clinton Christian Academy 54-30. This District 6 (8-man) showdown should be a good one. With starting quarterback Ronnie Henley moved to offensive guard due to an injured hand, Jerry Mitchell stepped up at QB in a major way completing 5-of-10 passes for 161 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Rebels, followed by Colton Moon with four catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, Derick Livingston with 70 yards rushing on 13 carries and Dylan Lofton with a 23-yard reception. The Rebels will need a similar effort this week to make it two wins in a row.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Belzoni.