September 3, 2014 4:31:01 PM
The high school football season inches closer to region play for most teams Friday night.
While the region games are the critical ones, since they determine the postseason participants, one should not be disappointed in this week's matchups.
Several rivalries games are on tap. Some local teams will be looking for positive momentum and bragging rights.
Here are the five things we will be watching in Week Three:
Trojans or Falcons
1. Can New Hope snap the streak?
New Hope turned some heads with last week's 35-8 win over Aberdeen in the debut of Kris Pickle.
Meanwhile, Columbus had a tough night, losing 46-7 to Noxubee County in the debut of Randal Montgomery.
New Hope will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in the series.
The last New Hope win over Columbus came during the 2008 season.
Green Wave or Yellow Jackets
2. Can West Point slow down Starkville?
Starkville finds another longstanding rival standing in the way of a 3-0 start.
After wins over Noxubee County and Oxford, we find Starkville averaging 51.5 points and 500 yards per game.
West Point has improved tremendously on defense. The Green Wave can make a huge statement, if it can put the clamps on the Jackets.
Tigers or Wildcats
3. Who will win M.C. Miller Bowl, Part VI?
Louisville and Noxubee County meet for the sixth time since M.C. Miller left Noxubee County to coach at Louisville.
Noxubee County righted the ship with last week's win over Columbus and remains a 4A favorite.
Meanwhile, Miller's current team is off to a 2-0 start and carries an 18-game win streak into the game.
Generals or Volunteers
4. Will Starkville Academy start 3-0?
Things are beginning to turn serious for the Starkville Academy football team. The Volunteers are already off to a strong start with victories over Lamar School and East Rankin Academy.
Coach Jeff Terrill feels like this squad has the experience and depth to pull out some big games late.
The big games start this week when Greenville Washington comes to town.
Patriots or other Patriots
5. Does Heritage Academy build on its momentum?
Heritage Academy broke into the win column for the first time this year with last week's 21-8 win over West Lowndes.
The Patriots are still looking for consistency and need a few more players to step up.
Winston Academy provides a good opportunity for that.