John F. Kennedy (3-2, 2-0)
The game of the week will feature the St. Aloysius Flashes visiting Mound Bayou to square off against the John F. Kennedy Hornets in a Region 2-1A showdown that will definitely have serious Region implications.
The Hornets are coming off a 22-20 win over the Shaw Hawks, while the Flashes handled the Broad Street 39-20 last week.
This game will also be huge for the Hornets as they are celebrating homecoming. The Flashes enter Friday's contest averaging 26.8 points per game, while JFK is averaging 24 points per game.
This season, St. Aloysius has surprised the region with a balanced offensive attack.
The ground game has been huge for the Flashes averaging 219.2 yards per contest. The team also averages 130.8 passing yards per game.
Connor Smith has been an offensive leader for the Flashes with 484 yards on 47 carries with three touchdowns. Smith has also completed 37-of-74 passes for 484 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Matthew Foley has gotten in on the passing stat also completing 11-of-14 passes for 301 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Douglas Busari has 233 rushing yards on 48 carries with four touchdowns and Barrett Teller has 264 yards on 39 carries with two touchdowns.
The Flashes have had several contributors in the pass catching department, but the best two have been Teller with 16 receptions for 303 yards and two touchdowns and DeMichael Harris with six receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Flashes will be expecting huge games from Foley who has 38 tackles with three interceptions.
The Hornets have not experienced the offensive balance the Flashes have this season, but what they do is run the football and they run it well with two of the best running backs in the area in Carnez Gant and Xavier Roberts.
Gant makes plays every time he touches the ball and will lead the Hornets attack Friday. On the season, Gant has complied 519 yards on 42 carries with five touchdowns and as caught four passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Roberts has 295 yards on 61 carries with two touchdowns.
The duo is JFK's version of thunder and lighting, Roberts brings the thunder and Gant flashes with the lighting.
Quarterback Ladaris Johnson has completed 12-of-41 passes for 303 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Johnson also has two rushing touchdowns on the season. Ricky Fleming is a dynamic receiver and kick returner for the Hornets and will be a threat on Friday night.
On Defense the Hornets use a strong team effort led by Kordell Moore, David Huffman, Fleming, Gant and Roberts.
This game promises to be a thriller. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Mound Bayou.
South Delta (3-3, 0-0) at
West Bolivar (3-2, 0-0)
At the beginning of the year, this Region 3-2A contest looked like it would be a huge game and six weeks into the season it's still looking that way. These two teams will open region play this week and after starting the season 0-3, the South Delta Bulldogs have won their last three games. The West Bolivar Eagles have won three of their last four games and are coming off a 34-9 win over West Tally. South Delta beat Jefferson County last week 28-20.
Aric Davis leads the Bulldogs' offense from the quarterback position completing 30-of-53 passes for 628 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Davis has a .566 completion percentage and is throwing for 14.7 yards per game.
On the ground, Hakeem Johnson has 448 yards on 72 carries with six touchdowns. He averages 6.2 yards per carry. Terrale Washington is the Bulldogs leading receiver with 19 grabs for 423 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles offense has not been too spectacular this so far in the season, but with a strong work ethic, this Eagles team under first year coach Joac Williams always finds away to score points.
Rather it's on special teams or defense, West Bolivar will find a way.
Greg Robb and Lenardo Brown lead the ground game for the Eagles. TyShawn Conway anchors the passing game at quarterback with Deguadereck Rice at receiver. Ladarious Tucker is the headman on the defense for the Eagles and Larry Walker and Rice aid him.
This game will be a good one. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
O'Bannon (5-1, 0-0) at
Ruleville (1-4, 0-0)
The Ruleville Central Tigers won their first game last week with a 30-10 win over M.S. Palmer and this week the young squad will be opening the Region 3-3A season against one of the hottest teams in the region in the O'Bannon Green Waves.
O'Bannon is riding a five game winning streak and is averaging 31.7 points per game in that span. The Tigers will be celebrating homecoming this week and adding another win to the record will be just what the doctor ordered.
The Tigers have been scoring points all season and moving the ball well, but have not been able to close out games. Last week against M.S. Palmer, the Tigers played a good game and hopefully the team will have some momentum with them as they host a strong O'Bannon team has been running the football at 237 yards per game. Ruleville is on the other side in their offensive strategy averaging 189.4 passing yards per game. Ruleville's Markevion Quinn has been coming of age all season. The freshman signal caller has completed 57-of-101 passes for 890 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In the team's win over Palmer, Quinn had his best game of the season completing 15-of-22 passes for 218 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Quinn's main target has been Anthony Spivey with 26 receptions for 442 yards and nine touchdowns.
This should be an exciting contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Ruleville.
East Side (3-3, 0-0) at
Leflore County (2-4, 0-0)
It's not the end of the season, but East Side fans are close to panic as their beloved Trojans are currently sitting at .500 after losing their last two ball games. Most recently East Side fell to Cleveland High 22-16. The Trojans will need to get back to the basics this week as they travel to Itta Bena to play a Leflore County team in A Region 3-3A showdown.
Leflore Co. is coming off a 42-12 loss to Charleston. This year, the Trojans have struggled throwing the football and have basically been a running team much like they were last season. East Side is by far one of the most talented team's in the area, but have yet to put it all together. The challenge for the Trojans this week is to get back to that physical brand of football on both sides of the ball. The Trojans have to come up with a way to put their best athletes on the field to make plays. Ideally the Trojans need to find a way to put Dy'monquae Pates, Jalen Thomas, Barron Burns, Quadre Butler and Taquille Eatmon on the field at the same time on offense. That may mean finding another signal caller and using Pates and Thomas as receivers, Burns at tight end, fullback or receiver and using Butler and Eatmon in the backfield at the same time. Whatever the Trojans do, they need to do it in a hurry to get this thing turned around.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Itta Bena.
Cleveland High (3-3, 0-0) at
Indianola Gentry (3-3, 0-0)
The Cleveland Wildcats started the season 0-2, but has since won three of their last four games. In those first two losses, the Wildcats committed nine turnovers, but since then the team has really started taking care of the football.
Cleveland is coming off a 22-16 win over East Side, while Gentry is coming off a 34-26 win over Humphreys County. This game between the Wildcats and the Rams will mark the Region 3-4A opener for both teams. The running games will be huge in this one with Gentry averaging 275.2 rushing yards per game and Cleveland High averaging 198.8 rushing yards per game. The Rams are solid passing the ball as well at 102.3 passing yards per game. Ladarius Galloway leads the Rams with 214.5 rushing yards per contest and Andonte Maxie leads the Wildcats with 72 rushing yards per contest. This will be a knock down, drag-out fight in Indianola Friday and the battle will begin and end at the line of scrimmage with the offensive and defensive lines.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Lee (Ark) (0-6) at
The Bayou Academy Colts will be celebrating homecoming this week as they welcome the winless Lee (Ark) Academy Cougars to Cleveland for some gridiron action. The Colts snapped a four-game losing streak beating Kirk Academy 13-10 and will be looking to keep that success going this week against the Cougars. The Colts really focused in on their running game in the win against Kirk, which may prove to be a formula for success moving forward.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Montgomery Co. (3-3, 2-1) at
Broad Street (3-2, 2-1)
This Region 2-1A matchup will be interesting as the Broad Street Jaguars welcome the Montgomery County Hornets to town. The Jaguars started the year 3-1, but lost last week 39-20 to St. Aloysius. The Hornets started 1-3, but have won their last two ball games with their most recent win over Durant 16-6. The Jaguars will try to get back on track in a tight region contest where the two teams are tied at fourth place.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Shelby.
Shaw (2-4,1-2) at
Ray Brooks (0-5, 0-2)
The Hawks are not sitting where they thought they would be at this point in the season. The Hawks are 1-2 in Region 2-1A and will have to contend with a scrappy Ray Brooks team that is hungry for a win.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Benoit.
Sharkey Academy (6-0, 1-0) at
North Sunflower Academy (2-4, 0-1)
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels will have a huge task this week as the undefeated Sharkey-Issaquena Confederates come to Drew for an 8-man football showdown. The Rebels are coming off a 50-6 win over Rebul Academy and Sharkey is coming off a 54-6 win over Marvell Academy. On the year, Sharkey has outscored its opponents 284-74.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.