September 24, 2014 6:42:30 PM
With cooler temperatures at night, now is the time to start breaking down the prep football playoff races.
Now that we are at the midway mark of the regular season, we already have a good idea of who should contend and who will need to do some work in the second season.
Still, the start of region and district play is the great equalizer as everybody is now 0-0.
Here are the five things we will watch in Week Six:
Falcons or Yellow Jackets
1. Will Columbus play well on back-to-back Friday nights?
Columbus finally turned the corner this past Friday night when it beat Louisville 43-20 for coach Randal Montgomery's first win.
The Falcons have played hard throughout an 0-3 start. However, consistency has not been their friend.
Facing top-ranked Starkville could fracture the psyche of some young teams. We will see if Columbus can be competitive.
Wildcats or Trojans
2. Will New Hope contend in Class 5A, Region 1 play?
New Hope is most likely the area's biggest surprise, as Kris Pickle's first installment of the Trojans have started 4-0.
New Hope remained competitive in most region games last season. However, the Trojans were hard-pressed to get a defensive stop when they needed it most.
Clarksdale appears not as good as it was a year ago. This would be a huge first step for New Hope in region play.
Chargers or Green Wave
3. Can West Point build on last week's win?
West Point played its best half of the season last week in the second half of a 33-19 win over Noxubee County.
This week, the Green Wave's top-heavy schedule continues when Oxford comes to town.
One region game will not make or break the season. However, this would be a huge get for West Point.
Volunteers or Patriots
4. Will Starkville Academy start 6-0?
Regular readers know the drill by now. We will keep asking about the Volunteer until they either suffer a loss or win the MAIS Class AAA, Division II state championship.
Fresh off a huge win over Magnolia Heights, Starkville Academy steps back out of a district play for a road trip to Winston Academy.
Most likely, we will be asking about 7-0 next week.
Patriots or Raiders
5. Will it be Heritage Academy or Oak Hill Academy waking up Saturday at 4-2?
Now, this is a hard question to answer.
Heritage Academy has owned the rivalry series of late, with the Patriots out-manning the Raiders by a wide margin.
This game should be far more competitive with Oak Hill Academy remembering the past losses.