September 16, 2014 4:09:48 PM
With this week's forecast calling for lows in the 50s, that can only mean one thing -- the prep football action is about to turn serious.
A handful of teams began region play last week, and even more enter the fray Friday night.
Overall, the schedule doesn't have the luster of past weeks. However, they are some key matchups.
For teams already 0-1 in region play, the season's turning point could be right here.
Here are the five things we will watch in Week Four:
Trojans or Confederates
1. Will New Hope or Caledonia be undefeated after Week Four?
The answer is yes. One of them will be for sure.
While it is way too early to call either squad a contender for a region title, it is safe to say both are off to huge starts, and gaining momentum with each win.
The teams combined to win eight games last year. Friday night's winner will move that number to six this season.
Bulldogs or Tigers
2. Can Aberdeen slow down
If any team could push the re-set button on the start of the season, it would be Noxubee County.
After dropping its opener in blowout fashion to Starkville, Noxubee County has reeled off 95 points in convincing victories against Columbus and Louisville.
What is lost by most observers is Noxubee County gained 298 yards against Starkville.
Meanwhile, Aberdeen is off to a 2-1 start, with quality victories against Shannon and Amory.
Green Wave or Falcons
3. Can West Point earn revenge?
One of the most shocking results last season took place at this same point when Columbus beat West Point, 41-14.
The Falcons' defense played well all season, and held Aeris Williams to 46 yards in this game.
West Point will look for revenge against a Columbus team still searching for its first win.
Generals or Cougars
4. Will Starkville Academy start 4-0?
Each week we ask if Starkville Academy can remain undefeated is a good sign for the Volunteers.
While Starkville Academy modestly won its first two games, even more people had to be impressed with its 24-0 victory against Greenville Washington last week.
Starkville Academy appears in it for the long haul. Friday should only add to the bandwagon.
Patriots or other Patriots
5. Who scores more -- Lamar County or Aliceville?
A shootout should be on tap when Lamar County and Aliceville square off in a huge Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A, Region 4 matchup.
Behind two high-powered offenses, both teams have started 3-0.
The team with the most defensive stands will make it to 4-0.