September 30, 2014 11:51:24 PM
Now that we have flipped the calendar to October, it is time for some serious prep football action.
Region races are just now cranking up with area teams setting their sights on either Clinton for the MAIS championships or Starkville for the MHSAA championships.
Here are the five things we will watch in Week Seven:
Panthers or Timberwolves
1. Can West Lowndes build on its first region win?
There is still plenty of time for West Lowndes to turn the corner and return to the Class 1A playoffs.
However, winning Friday night against West Oktibbeha is a must.
After winning its opener, West Lowndes dropped four straight before beating Ethel last week in region play.
The West Lowndes defense continues to be a turnover-forcing machine and now the offense is beginning to find balance.
West Lowndes needs to string together some wins to become a legitimate playoff contender.
Trojans or Mustangs
2. How realistic is it for New Hope to be 7-0 when it takes on Oxford?
New Hope (5-0) opened Class 5A, Region 1 play by routing Clarksdale last week. It is time to officially stop doubting New Hope and realize that it is here for the remainder of the season.
This week's opponent Center Hill is 4-2, while next week's foe Lake Cormorant is 0-5.
New Hope will need to continue to play well and can't overlook anyone.
If they do that, then yes they can be 7-0 when the huge showdown comes around.
Tigers or Whippets
3. Will Noxubee County continues its dominance in Region 4-4A?
While the Tigers had some scares last year, it is still 11 straight wins in region play dating back to 2011.
You can probably add five more to that streak.
Volunteers or Patriots
4. Will Starkville Academy start 7-0?
It is time for our favorite part of this column -- Can Starkville Academy win again and keep the undefeated start to the season going?
Madison-Ridgeland is 3-3 but the Patriots only lost by one score to Taylorsville and Jackson Prep and by 10 points to Pillow Academy.
It is also a road game for Starkville Academy. Hopefully, we can ask about 8-0 next week.
Yellow Jackets or Cougars
5. Is new-look Northwest Rankin ready for (No. 1 Starkville) what is coming to town Friday?
Let's just go ahead and assume not.
Starkville sent notice to the rest of Class 6A, Region 2 that it was ready for action last Friday night with a 43-0 win over Columbus.
The Yellow Jackets will be sensing another shutout this week.