Friday Night Ticket
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O'Bannon (8-2, 3-1 reg.) at

East Side (7-3, 4-0 reg.)

If you are familiar with the Ravens and Steelers rivalry then this one will be right up your alley. The East Side Trojans and the O’Bannon Greenwave are two tough teams that love to run the football and hit hard. The Trojans have been improving as an offense as the season has progressed and have been looking polished in their last two victories. O'Bannon has been strong all year and are looking to move up in the Region 3-3A standings. The teams bring similar stats to this with the Greenwave averaging 32 points per contest and the Trojans averaging 30. On the ground, East Side racks up 294.7 yards per game, while O'Bannon piles up 257.3 rushing yards per game. Buckle your chin-straps for this one because this will be a slobber-knocker.

The winner of this game will win the Region 3-3A championship.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at East Side.

Greenwood (8-1, 4-0 reg.) at

Cleveland (6-4, 3-1 reg.)

The Cleveland High School Wildcats will have their toughest test of the season, as they host the top team in Region 3-4A in the Greenwood Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are riding a seven game win streak and come into Friday's contest with a balanced offensive attack. This season, the Bulldogs are averaging 168.1 rushing yards per game and 194.7 passing yards per game. The Wildcats have won five of their last six games and have done so running the football for 217.5 yards per game. The Wildcats will need to continue to pound the rock against the Bulldogs to keep that offense off the field as mush as possible. Cleveland's defense will need to be aggressive, but safe in coverage. This game could very well come down to special teams if the Wildcats play defense and run the ball like they are capable of doing.

The winner of this game will win the Region 3-4A Championship.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

St. Joe (6-3, 4-2 reg.) at

Shaw (5-4, 4-2 reg.)

It's no secret that there's no room for error for the Shaw Hawks if they have any aspirations for making the playoffs. With that being said, this week’s contest with the St. Joseph Fighting Irish is a must win.

With two losses in the region and currently tied for third in Region 2-1 with St. Joe and the St. Aloysius Flashes, Friday's contest should have a playoff atmosphere for the Hawks. The scenario is simple; WIN! The Hawks have been getting things going lately with balance in the running and passing games, but consistency has been lacking. This week the defense will need to be strong as they face a Irish team that averages 35.1 points per game. The Irish average 152.3 rushing yards per game and 231.2 passing yards per game. The Hawks enter Friday's contest averaging 158.3 rushing yards per game and 24.3 points per game.

This game is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Shaw.

Durant (4-5, 1-5) at

JFK (7-2, 6-0)

The John F. Kennedy Hornets will be looking to remain unbeaten in Region 2-1A Friday when they host the Durant Tigers. JFK has been impressive since starting region play averaging 41 points per game against region opponents and only allowing 13 points per game from those same opponents. The key for the Hornets is a heavy dose of Xavier Roberts' thundering running style mixed with Carnez Gant and his lighting speed. Together these two backs keep defenses on their heels and when you think you have them figured out, quarterback Ladaris Johnson is going up top to receiver Ricky Fleming. The Hornets’ defense is a monster as well, led by Cordell Moore on the defensive line.

This game should be a good one as the Hornets prepare for a big region showdown with Broad Street next week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

West Bolivar (7-2, 4-0) at

J.Z. George (4-6, 2-2)

The West Bolivar Eagles have already clinched the Region 3-2A crown with their 6-0 win over Hollandale last week. This week, the Eagles will be playing hard to continue their progress and prepare for the first round of the playoffs. West Bolivar is facing a J.Z. George team that is coming off a 41-0 win over Riverside and looking to gain some momentum as their season comes to an end as they are currently locked in to the fourth spot in the region.

A win for the Eagles will give them an undefeated mark in region play for an eighth straight year.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

McClain (3-7, 1-3) at

Ruleville (1-8, 0-4)

With the recent troubles facing Leflore County and the fact that they are now not eligible for the playoffs; the J.J. McClain Mustangs are now looking at making the playoffs and will be looking to end the season with a win over the Ruleville Central Tigers in Region 3-3A action. The Tigers have a lot to play for and can shake things up with a win to create a three-way tie for third with Humphreys County and McClain with Leflore not being eligible.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

McAdams (1-9, 0-6) at

Ray Brooks (1-8, 1-5)

This Region 2-1A showdown between the Ray Brooks Tigers and the McAdams Bulldogs is one for pride. The Tigers have been getting better with each game. The Tigers have split their last two games and with two remaining they have the potential to end the year in a good way.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.