South Delta (5-0, 0-0)
This Region 4-2A showdown has become the most highly anticipated meeting of the season for the West Bolivar Eagles and the South Delta Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are off to an undefeated record and beating the reigning region and state champion Eagles will validate just where they are as a team. The Eagles avoided dropping their third game in a row last week with a 41-0 win over the Leland Cubs. The Eagles received strong games from several players on the offensive side of the ball last week and will need that type of performance again if they want to get by a strong South Delta team. On the year the Eagles’ offense has been led by Kailo Moore with 351 yards on 47 carries with six touchdowns, and Trevoris Hampton with 352 yards on 39 carries with seven touchdowns.
The Eagles’ offense is not one dimensional as signal caller Kylan Johnson has completed 35-of-73 passes for 531 yards with three scores. His receiving targets in the passing game include Dennis Pendleton who has eight catches for 159 yards and Williams Lloyd with five catches for 124 yards. Ladarius Tucker has also been a receiving threat for the Eagles this season.
Lloyd, Tucker, Rashun Conway and Kawaonski Williams have been strong on defense for the Eagles this season.
South Delta has been pounding teams all year behind the running of Hakeem Johnson and Terry Montgomery. Together the duo has rushed for 1,416 yards with 12 touchdowns. South Delta quarterback Ricky Green has also rushed for 220 yards this season with four touchdowns. Brandon Smith leads a Bulldogs defense that is only allowing 6.5 points per game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Rolling Fork.
Durant (2-4, 1-2 reg.) at
Shaw (4-2, 2-1 reg.)
The Shaw Hawks are coming off a heartbreaking loss last week to French Camp 16-14 in Region 2-1A action.
The Hawks held the French Camp offense in check for most of the game, but watched as three field goals doomed their night. This week, the Hawks are home and looking to get the sweet taste of victory back in their mouth. Against French Camp, the Hawks moved the ball well, but couldn’t punch it in the end zone. Coach Kendrick Smith will have his team ready to go this week as they prove that they are still the best team in Region 2-1A. Durant is coming off a 47-0 win over McAdams and will be chopping at the bit to pull what will be an upset if they beat the Hawks this season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.in Shaw.
Leland (2-4, 0-0, reg.) at
East Side (6-0, 0-0 reg.)
The East Side Trojans will be celebrating homecoming Friday and will be looking for a victory over the Leland Cubs as the team opens Region 4-3A play at Leroy Byars Field.
East Side is coming off a 14-13 win over Greenwood where the offense struggled for most of the night. Head Coach Roger Burton and the Trojans’ offense will be looking to find some consistency throughout the game after struggling for the first half of ball games against quality opponents. T
he Cubs are coming off a 41-0 loss to West Bolivar and will be trying to avoid a three game losing skid. It will be a tough night for the Cubs on offense as they will have to face one of the best defenses in the area.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Cleveland.
Coahoma County (1-4, 1-0) at
Broad Street (3-2, 0-0)
The Broad Street Jaguars will open Region 3-2A play Friday when they host the Coahoma County Panthers for homecoming.
The Jags are on a three game winning streak after dropping their first two wins of the year behind less than stellar play at the quarterback position. After an embarrassing loss at East Side, Coach Damaris Mitchell moved receiver Devonte James to quarterback and the offense has started to move the ball and win games. Since becoming the signal caller for the Jags, James has steadily improved week after week with his passing and is a constant threat running the ball.
In addition, the Jags’ defense has improved over the three game spread giving up just 8.6 points per contest. The Panthers are coming off their first win of the year over Coahoma Aggie 13-8. The win was a region victory and the Panthers are hoping that win will be the spark they need to make a run in the region beginning with the Jags.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Shelby.
Cleveland High (4-2, 0-0) at
Indianola Gentry (4-2, 0-0)
This will be the Region 3-4A opener for the Cleveland High Wildcats who are coming off a hard fought 28-21 victory over New Albany in Cleveland last week.
The Wildcats got off to a good start in that game jumping out to a 14-0 lead before missed assignments allowed New Albany back in the ball game. The objective for the Wildcats this week is not to allow the Rams to breathe and pressure them into mistakes that they are able to capitalize on.
The Wildcats’ worse enemy this season has been themselves, but a clear focus as they get into region play seems apparent. The Rams are coming off an 8-7 loss at the hands of Hollandale-Simmons and will need to do much better than seven points if they expect to play with the Wildcats.
The Cleveland High defense has been nasty all year holding opponents in check especially when the game is on the line. With playmakers on offense, defense and special teams, the Wildcats are poised to run away with the region yet again.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Indianola.
Velma Jackson (0-6, 0-0) at
Ruleville (0-6, 0-0)
After this game, someone will have a number in the left side on the record column. It will be homecoming for the Ruleville Central Tigers as well as their Region 4-3A opener. It has been a long year for the Tigers and equally a long year for the Velma Jackson Falcons. The Tigers have improved every week and this week they may improve themselves right into a victory. The Tigers are coming off a tough 24-12 loss to Broad Street while the Falcons dropped a tough one to Leake County 34-22.
On offense, the Falcons have averaged 12.5 points per game while the Tigers have only been able to muster six points per contest. Something has to give in this one.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Ruleville.
JFK (3-3, 0-0) at
Coahoma Aggie (1-5, 0-1)
The John F. Kennedy Hornets have been hit and miss all season, but this week as they open Region 3-2A play the Hornets will be out to prove that they are a consistent football team. The Hornets are coming off a 22-6 win over O’Bannon and the week before they defeated Leland 20-14. With two big wins in their bag, the Hornets will be looking to add another “W.” The Coahoma Aggie Tigers let a tough one slip away from them last week when they dropped a region game to Coahoma County 13-8. The Tigers have been steadily improving and a win over the Hornets at home will go a long way in helping the team build some serious confidence.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Clarksdale.
Ray Brooks (1-4, 1-0) at
French Camp (3-2, 2-0)
The Ray Brooks Tigers have been struggling to say the least this season, but Region 2-1A action has traditionally been good for the Tigers. Hopefully, Friday night will be one of those nights as they travel to play a tough French Camp team that defeated the defending 1A North Half Champion Shaw Hawks 16-14 last week. This won’t be an easy one for the Tigers as they are coming off an off week. The Tigers’ last game was a 30-0 loss to Broad Street. Ray Brooks received some good news as Dennis Jenkins, who has been injured with a broken hand since the Leland game, will be back at the quarterback position against French Camp.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in French Camp.
Sharkey-Issaquena (3-3) at
North Sunflower (0-6)
Things have been tough for the North Sunflower Academy Rebels in 8-man football action as they’re still trying to get into the win column for the first time. The Rebels have played an incredibly tough schedule as the combined record of the six teams they’ve played is an impressive 25-9. Their previous two opponents, Russell Christian and Calhoun, are both a perfect 6-0.
NSA will try to earn that first win of the year on Friday when the team hosts Sharkey Issaquena. At 3-3, Sharkey’s is the first team the Rebels have played with at least one loss on their record in three weeks and that could put the Rebels in good position to get that first “W.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Drew.