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What to Watch For: Week 12 Prep Football


Scott Walters


We have reached the final week of regular season play for MHSAA schools in Classes 1A, 5A and 6A.


Some teams (Starkville for example) will be playing for its region championship, while others (Columbus for example) will be playing to get into the postseason.


For Classes 2A, 3A and 4A, the road to Starkville and state championship weekend begins with first-round action around the state.



Here are the five things we will be watching in Week 12:


Yellow Jackets or Arrows


1. Can Starkville complete an undefeated regular season?


After surviving a huge region showdown with Warren Central, Starkville gets right back in the line of fire with another big tussle at Clinton.


Both teams are 6-0 in region play and guaranteed a first-round playoff game at home.


Clinton looks to make a major statement and show that it can contend for the Class 6A title.


Starkville looks to complete an undefeated regular season.


Falcons or Vikings


2. Can Columbus qualify for the playoffs?


It would have been hard to fathom asking this question when Columbus got off to a 1-6 start.


However, coach Randal Montgomery has turned to some of his younger players and the Falcons have won two straight.


Columbus will have to play it most complete game of the season to beat Warren Central and its high-power defense. However, a win here locks Columbus into the playoffs after a one-year absence.


Eagles or Warriors


3. Will Victory Christian Academy win the Christian Football Association championship?


The area's most under-valued rivalry is the Eight-man rivalry between Tuscaloosa Christian and Victory Christian.


Tuscaloosa won 70-67 in the regular season. Now, the teams meet again for the CFA title.


Victory Christian has had this date circled since the first practice.


Confederates or Tigers


4. Can Caledonia win a playoff game?


Caledonia is quite excited about returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season.


The Confederates finished third in Class 4A, Region 4, thanks in part to fourth-quarter rallies against both Leake Central and West Lauderdale.


The season has already been full of achievement. However, coach Andy Crotwell's crew wants more against Ripley Friday night.


Tigers or Warriors


5. Will Noxubee County win the Class 4A state championship?


Noxubee County is in its usual spot in the bracket as regular-season champions of Class 4A, Region 4.


The Tigers again ran through region play undefeated.


Coach Tyrone Shorter feels like his squad can win the five games necessary to win it all.


Senatobia is first.


--Scott Walters




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