John F, Kennedy (8-2, 7-0 reg.) at
Broad Street (7-2, 6-1 reg.)
The most anticipated game of the year will kickoff Friday in the beautiful confines of Wilson Stadium-Lit Parker Evans Field on the campus of Broad Street High School in Shelby.
Anytime the Broad Street Jaguars and the John F. Kennedy Hornets hook up it's a big deal, but with the region championship on the line, these teams are playing for more than bragging rights.
The Hornets and Jaguars are currently sitting in the top two spots of Region 2-1A with JFK at No. 1 and Broad Street at No. 2.
Both the Jags and Hornets are in their first season in Region 2-1A, but like many expected are in the driver’s seats for the region crown.
The Hornets cannot finish any worse than second, but the Jags have a more complex scenario to stay away from. Even though the Jags could win the region crown, they could also very well finish fourth.
If the Jags lose to JFK, Shaw beats McAdams and St. Aloysius defeats St Joseph the Jags would then fall to fourth in the three-way tie.
This game should have a lot of intensity. Broad Street is 4-0 at home this year and JFK is 3-1 on the road. The Hornets average 35.4 points per game and Broad Street averages 25.9 points per game.
The challenge for the Broad Street defense this week is containing the two-headed monster in Carnez Gant and Xavier Roberts. Gant has rushed for 982 yards on 70 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns, while Roberts has 580 rushing yards on 100 carries with six touchdowns.
In the passing game quarterback, Ladarius Johnson has completed 44-of-89 passes for 933 yards with 18 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Johnson's main targets have been Roberts (18 rec., 350 yards, 7 TDs), Ricky Fleming (13 rec. 298 yards, 7 TDs), Octavis Taylor (7 rec, 147 yards, 4 TDs) and Gant (5 rec., 126 yards, 3 TDs).
The Jaguars' offense has truly been a running back by committee type attack with four players with 300 or more yards.
Demarcus Alexander (66 car, 529 yards, 8 TDs), Jarvaris McClenton (87 car, 399 yards, 7 TDs) Richard Horn (64 car, 372 yards, 2 TDs) and Danterris Greyer (63 car, 300 yards, 3 TDs).
In the passing game, Greyer has completed 19-of-46 passes for 323 yards with four TDs and nine interceptions, and McClenton has completed 9-of-24 passes for 222 yards with 4 TDs and one interception.
Broad Street's leading receiver is Lamarcus Phillips (11 rec., 211 yards, 3 TDs) but Flo Robinson and Traterrious Britton are also great receiving targets.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Shaw (6-4, 5-2) at
McAdams (1-10, 0-7)
The Shaw Hawks have had some ups and downs this season, but lately it seems the team has been experience nothing but ups.
Currently, Shaw is riding a four game winning streak and has moved in position to finish third in Region 2-1A. If Broad Street loses to JFK and St. Aloysius defeats St. Joe that will create a three-way tie for second and rankings will come down to a tie-breaker system.
Shaw is in good shape to keep things going against a McAdams team that has not won a game on the field all season. McAdams' only win came by forfeit.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in McAdams.
Ray Brooks (2-8, 2-5) at
Durant (4-6, 1-6)
The Ray Brooks Tigers have been rolling as of late and are looking to end the season on a high note when they travel to play Durant. Ray Brooks has won two of their last three ball games with their most recent victory being a 22-0 win over McAdams.
Hopefully, the Tigers can bring their A-game as they try to pick up their third win of the season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
2A State Playoffs
Okolona (5-4) at
West Bolivar (7-3)
The West Bolivar Eagles surprised everyone with their play this season under first year coach Joac Williams; everyone except them.
The Eagles have been growing steadily over the year and will be ready when the Okolona Chieftains come to the riverside for 2A first round playoff game.
The Eagles are 4-1 at home this season and Okolona has a 2-1 mark on the road. The Chieftains are averaging 23.7 points per game and the Eagles average 16.8 points per game.
The Eagles will be led by quarterback Tyshawn Conway who has completed 37-of-60 for 629 yards with four touchdowns with one interception. Conway also has 272 yards on 42 carries with 2 TDs. The Eagles rushing attack is led by Lenardo Brown who has 610 yards on 101 carries with four TDs. Greg Robb has been a strong runner for West Bolivar as well with 332 yards on 75 carries and one TD.
Larry Walker, Ladarius Tucker, Rodriguez Bush, Keenan Neal and Brown will lead an Eagles; defense that has only given up 28 points in their last six games.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Rosedale.
3A State Playoffs
Nettleton (6-5) at
East Side (8-3)
For the third consecutive season, the East Side Trojans are a number one seed heading into the 3A state playoffs.
On Friday, the Trojans will face one of their toughest 3A opponents of the season in the Nettleton Tigers who come into Friday's playoff contest as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-3A.
The Tigers come into the game averaging 26.5 points per game and with a strong aerial assault. On the season, the Tigers are averaging 243.5 passing yards per game.
Quarterback Dakota Cruber has completed 163-of-302 passes for 2,669 yards with 25 TDs and 11 interceptions to lead the Tigers. Cruber has also rushed for 308 yards on 124 carries with nine TDs. Cruber's main receiving targets have been Levert Jernigan (69 rec., 1,001 yards, 8 TDs), Jeremy Cook (37 rec, 757 yards, 8 TDs) and Jordan Smith (34 rec, 605 yards, 7 TDs). The Tigers rushing attack is led by Laonta Nabors with 421 yards on 77 carries with five TDs.
On the flip side the Trojans offense has been a ground and pound type attack led by Quadre Butler, Taquille Eatmon and Jalen Thomas.
Butler has rushed for 1,417 yards on 173 carries with 8 TDs; Eatmon has rans for 771 yards on 77 carries with 8 TDs and Thomas has rushed for 649 yards on 80 carries with 7 TDs.
The Trojans don't throw it much, but when they do Thomas usually can rely on Perry Henry (15 rec, 286 yards, 3 TDs) and Barron Burns (11 rec, 110 yards). As the season has progressed the Trojans signal caller has established a good relationship with junior Leon Green, Jr. who has caught two touchdowns from Thomas in recent weeks. At 6-foot-3, Green, Jr. makes for a big target for the Trojans in the red zone.
Eatmon, Burns, Jamarcus Burns, Dy'Monquae Pates, Paddarris Bronner, Simeon Kimble and Lakyle Thomas lead the Trojans defense.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.
Ruleville (2-8) at
The good news is that the Ruleville Central Tigers made the playoffs; the not so good news is that they have to travel to Louisville to play the undefeated and No. 1 ranked team in 3A in the Louisville Wildcats.
Ruleville received the window to get into the playoffs when the Leflore County Tigers were banned from participating this year. The Tigers then beat J.J. McClain to earn the fourth place spot.
The Tigers will have their hands full with a Wildcats team that seems to do everything right. Louisville averages 172.3 yards in the air and 146 yards on the ground. Defensively, they have tallied 17 interceptions and 105 sacks.
Ruleville has done a good job of throwing the football this year and if they expect to have any success their pass protection will need to be on their best game because the Wildcats have eight players with nine or more sacks.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Louisville.
4A State Playoffs
West Lauderdale (7-4) at
The Cleveland Wildcats will enter Friday's first round 4A playoff game against the West Lauderdale Knights as a No. 2 seed from Region 3-4A. The Knights are the No. 3 seed from Region 4-4A.
The Knights average 20.8 points per game, while the Wildcats put up 21.2 points per game.
The Wildcats love to run the football and it's evident in their 225.3 rushing yards per game. Earnest Butler, Andonte Maxie and Vaughnte Dorsey lead the Wildcats’ offensive attack.
Dorsey has completed 23-of-69 passes for 449 yards with four TDs and two interceptions. Dorsey has also rushed for 641 yards on 127 carries with eight TDs. Butler has rushed for 667 yards on 143 carries with 10 TDs and Maxie has 770 yards on 151 carries with seven TDs.
On defense, Dorsey (88 tackles, 2 Ints), Larry Douglas (74 tackles, 3 Ints), Dillon Norwood (73 tackles), Darren Williams (59 tackles) and Jamal Fifer (48 tackles, 5 sacks) lead the Wildcats.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.