September 29, 2014 8:51:31 PM
As the calendar turns to October, it is time for the prep football playoff races to crank into high gear.
Several teams will be looking to continue fast starts Friday night. Other area teams will be looking to get back into respective races knowing the margin for error is closing on a weekly basis.
Many of our area teams will be taking the show to the road this weekend.
Here is a look at the happy bus rides coming home.
Columbus at Clinton
Early indications are that Columbus will be back to successful on the football field sooner than later.
However, Columbus will have its hands full with an absolutely loaded Class 6A, Region 2 race this season. Even typical lightweights - such as Jackson Murrah - is undefeated.
Columbus will continue to grow and continue to get better. But it may take some time to get caught up in the win column.
Clinton 42, Columbus 13
West Oktibbeha at West Lowndes
West Lowndes finally felt better about itself after Friday night's Class 1A, Region 3 win at Ethel.
The Panthers found the win column again and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Now, the challenge is build on this recent success and become a factor in the region race.
Once again, the Panthers will feel good. They just need to make sure its a lasting feeling.
West Lowndes 42, West Oktibbeha 14
New Hope at Center Hill
New Hope remains the toast of Lowndes County thanks to it 5-0 start.
The Trojans quickly sliced through its non-region schedule. Still, the non-believers waited patiently for the start of Class 5A, Region 1 play to see if the Trojans were more bite than bark.
The early results have been kind as New Hope dominated Clarksdale to move to 1-0 in region play. The Trojans can place themselves in playoff contender category with back-to-back region wins.
New Hope 42, Center Hill 13
Starkville High at Northwest Rankin
The Brady Davis and Friends show moves to the Jackson area as top-ranked Starkville faces Northwest Rankin in Class 6A, Region 2 play.
If week one is any indication, Starkville's region games may look a lot like its non-region games.
A year ago, Northwest Rankin gained 58 yards of total offense but beat Columbus. The Cougars should be in the same yard range but not nearly as fortunate on the scoreboard.
Starkville 48, Northwest Rankin 7
Noxubee County at Kosciusko
After navigating the waters of the state's most difficult non-region schedule, Noxubee County settles into Class 4A, Region 4 play with a road trip to Kosciusko.
Noxubee County survived some scares last season but kept its three-season region win streak alive.
Once again, it is a safe bet that Noxubee County is simply gearing up for another dash through the region and a prolonged run at a state championship.
Don't look for a road assignment to open region play to bother them very much.
Noxubee County 34, Kosciusko 6
Starkville Academy at Madison-Ridgeland Academy
Now we take a moment to consider the football fates of Madison-Ridgeland Academy from this season.
M-RA is 3-3. However, the losses have all been by a touchdown or less to powers Taylorsville, Pillow Academy and Jackson Prep.
Starkville Academy is 6-0 and can take a huge step towards a return to the playoffs by nailing down its fourth district win.
We will continue to believe in the Volunteers until shown a reason not to.
Starkville Academy 21, Madison-Ridgeland Academy 14
Victory Christian 34, New Life 12 ... West Point 34, Clarksdale 21 ... Houston 34, Caledonia 32 ... Aberdeen 28, Nettleton 0 ... Amory 38, Itawamba AHS 32 ... East Webster 14, Okolona 12 ... Hamilton 34, Houlka 8 ... Louisville 28, Winona 21 ... French Camp 34, East Oktibbeha 18 ... Heritage Academy 27, Washington School 22 ... Oak Hill Academy 30, Manchester Academy 26 ... Columbus Christian 34, Park Place 0 ... Hebron Christian 38, Strider Academy 6 ... Leake Academy 22, Winston Academy 14 ... Aliceville 34, Greene County 6 ... Lamar County 44, Hale County 12 ... Marengo Academy 34, Pickens Academy 12 ... Pickens County 21, Hatch 14 ... South Lamar 18, Marion County 14 ... Sulligent 34, Cherokee 6
Last Week: 19-3 (86.4 percent)
For Season: 102-22 (82.2 percent)