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What to Watch For: Week 11 Prep Football

 

Scott Walters

 

It is time to grab those blankets and start the hot chocolate early. 

 

As the calendar prepares for its turn to November, we have some really outstanding storylines to follow through to conclusion. 

 

With playoff berths on the line, will it be trick or treat for several coverage area teams come this Halloween Friday night. 

 

Here are the five things we will watch in Week 11: 

 

Trojans or Green Wave 

 

1. Will New Hope and West Point combine to score 126 points? 

 

Most likely not. However, most would have the same thing last year. 

 

Aeris Williams and Brady Davis combined to put on a show of epic proportion with West Point beating New Hope, 76-50. 

 

However, neither player will be involved in Friday night's game. 

 

However, the stakes are high. The winner will finish second in Class 5A, Region 1 play and secure home-field advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. 

 

Look for a great game. 

 

Falcons or Mustangs 

 

2. Can Columbus work its way into the postseason? 

 

Three weeks ago, this would have been a tough question to ask. 

 

However, back-to-back Class 6A, Region 2 wins over Greenville and Madison Central now have Columbus knocking on the playoff door. 

 

Columbus could actually get in with as little as one more win (along with some help around the region). 

 

It is an accomplishment that Columbus is even in the playoff discussion. 

 

Yellow Jackets or Vikings 

 

3. Will Starkville be challenged on its way to potentially 10-0? 

 

Starkville could have its hands full with Warren Central in Class 6A, Region 2 play. 

 

Warren Central is 8-1. The Vikings have won a tough close games, while Starkville has not played a close game yet. 

 

It will be interesting to watch those trends play out Friday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. 

 

Raiders or Volunteers 

 

4. Is this the year Starkville Academy finally beats Jackson Academy? 

 

Starkville Academy improved to 8-1 with last week's 31-0 win over archrival Heritage Academy. 

 

Despite the strong start, the Volunteers could still finish in either of their district's two playoff spots or out altogether. 

 

Jackson Academy is having some atypical struggles. The Raiders are 5-4 on the season but in good playoff shape on the other side of the district. 

 

If Starkville Academy plays like it did last week, this could be their night. 

 

Raiders, Eagles and/or Rams 

 

5. Will all three area teams already n the playoffs win Friday? 

 

Oak Hill Academy has easily the toughest assignment by playing at Canton Academy in MAIS Class AA action. 

 

On the other hand, Victory Christian and Columbus Christian should keep on playing for sure. 

 

--Scott Walters

 

 

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