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What to Watch For: Week 8 Prep Football


Scott Walters


It does not seem possible but we are looking at some teams with only three regular season games remaining.


Indeed, playoff football is right around the corner.


In the MHSAA ranks, teams have four more week of region play in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A. Classes 1A, 5A and 6A have five more week of region play.



This means every game this week has some type of meaning.


Here are five things we will watch in Week Eight:



Timerwolves or Titans


1. Who wins the final Oktibbeha County Bowl?


Eternal bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when East Oktibbeha plays host to county rival West Oktibbeha for Homecoming.


Thanks to consolidation, Oktibbeha County will no longer have two county schools when this school year ends.


Look for both the winless Titans and winless Timberwolves to give their all in this last go-around.



Yellow Jackets or Hornets


2. Will Starkville post its third straight shutout in Class 6A, Region 2 play?


Starkville has a perfect worksheet on the defensive side through two weeks of region play.


The Yellow Jackets own shutouts of both region rivals Columbus and Northwest Rankin.


Most likely, seven shutouts will prove too tall of a task. However, getting to three straight won't be.



Gators or Tigers


3. Can Noxubee County extend its win streak in region play?


Noxubee County has totally owned Class 4A, Region 4 competitin over the last three seasons.


The Tigers have won 12 straight games against region competition, dating back to the 2011 season.


After losing to Louisville in 2011, Noxubee County beat Caledonia and then went 5-0 in 2012, 5-0 in 2013 and is 1-0 this year.


Leake Central (6-1 overall) will prove the biggest challenge to that streak this season.



Confederates or Knights


4. Is Caledonia playoff worthy?


While staying in the Class 4A, Region 4 race, one can go ahead and circle Caledonia's road game at West Lauderdale as a huge contest, perhaps a "must-win."


Caledonia opened region play with a 28-27 win over Houston. With Noxubee County and Leake Central still on the school, the Confederates can take a huge step towards the playoffs by starting 2-0 in region play.


West Laduerdale is 3-4 this season. It is a hurdle Caledonia can clear and really needs to.



Patriots or Mustangs


5. Does Heritage Academy have a playoff pulse?


We will be able to answer that question around 9 p.m. Friday.


Heritage Academy (4-3) faces Pillow Academy (5-2) in a big game in the playoff chase.


Hertiage Academy needs to relax, zero in on the task at hand and find a way to get it done.




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