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What to Watch For: Week 10 Prep Football


Scott Walters


The Twitter world is being filled with reminders of Senior Day.


It is hard to believe but we have indeed arrived at that time on the prep football calendar.


Many schools will be playing their final home game either this Friday or next Friday.



The playoffs are right around the corner with several coaches already studying up on the brackets and tie-breaking procedures.


Here are the five things we will watch in Week 10:


Volunteers or Patriots


1. Can Starkville Academy stop a two-year losing streak to arch-rival Heritage Academy?


It is rivalry week as Starkville Academy hosts Heritage Academy.


Each school has seen a revival of fortunes under head coaches Barrett Donahoe at HA and Jeff Terrill at SA.


Heritage Academy has won the last two in the series. Starkville Academy has talked about returning to the playoffs this season. The Volunteers have also talked about wanting to win this game badly.


Falcons or Jaguars


2. Can Columbus return to the playoffs after a one-year absence?


It is hard to fathom discussing playoff possibilities for a 2-6 team.


However, Columbus finds itself in a four-way tie for the final playoff spot in Class 6A, Region 2.


The bad news is the team will have to most likely win its final thee games or at bare minimum, win the next two.


The good news is two teams in the four-way tie with them are on the schedule next -- Madison Central and then Murrah.


Yellow Jackets or Mustangs


3. Can Murrah quarterback Malik Dear score?


Murrah senior quarterback Malik Dear will try to go where no other Starkville region opponent has gone this season -- the end zone.


Starkville will be looking for its fifth straight shutout in region play. To achieve it, the Yellow Jackets will have to stop the region's best offensive player


Raiders or Rebels


4. Can Oak Hill Academy win a district championship?


Oak Hill Academy will play at Leake Academy Friday night with the MAIS Class AA, District 2 title on the line.


Oak Hill starts the weekend in a three-way tie with Canton Academy and Leake Academy. Oak Hill upset Canton Academy 29-14 and will now try to complete taking down the district leaders on back-to-back Fridays.


Tigers or Confederates


5. Can Caledonia stop the rolling express known as Noxubee County?


In Region 4-4A, it has been Noxubee County and "the other teams" for the past three seasons.


Noxubee County has rolled to a 3-0 start in 4-4A this season.


Caledonia appears poised to make the playoffs thanks to a 2-1 start in region play. Now, the Confederates will try to take that next step and make a push for the region championship.


--Scott Walters




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