November 11, 2014 4:06:38 PM
My goodness, by simply looking at this weekend's forecast, we are going to guess that the high school football season is winding down.
Sure enough with blankets and hot chocolate in hand, the races for Starkville and Clinton and the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools championships intensify.
As always, good luck to the area teams representing the Golden Triangle.
Here are the five things we will be watching in Week 13:
Yellow Jackets or Golden Wave
1. Can Starkville have an easier time of things in the first round?
Starkville has certainly checked in on the high end of the drama scale with back-to-back 10-point wins over Warren Central and Clinton.
It would be safe to say that most likely Starkville will see one or two of those again on down the road.
For now, the first playoff test is Tupelo. Look for the Yellow Jackets to pass this one with ease.
Green Wave or Mavericks
2. Can West Point put everything together for a run in the Class 5A playoffs?
For West Point to achieve some success in the Class 5A playoffs, it will take a high level of play.
Quite simply, North Half of Class 5A is loaded.
West Point has a much-improved defense. The Green Wave has also made tremendous strides on the defensive side of the ball.
Germantown (11-1) is first. It's a tall task but certainly something West Point can achieve.
Trojans or Chargers
3. Can New Hope shake off last week's loss on Senior Night?
Without question, New Hope has been the surprise of the area this season. The Trojans enter the playoffs at 9-2.
New Hope was certainly due a disappointing loss and it happened last week at home to Saltillo.
Look for New Hope to be motivated by a return to the playoffs. Callaway will pay the price.
Tigers or Panthers
4. Can Noxubee County keep rolling?
Of all the surprises in the area this season, Noxubee County rolling through the Class 4A playoffs and riding a seven-game win streak is not one of them.
If nothing else, Noxubee County peaks at exactly the right time.
Yazoo County gets the honor of playing host to Noxubee County in the second round Friday night.
Noxubee County is not planning on the season ending there.
Volunteers or Raiders
5. Can we look for Starkville Academy in the state championship?
Let's say yes.
However, first things first.
Starkville Academy plays host to Lamar School in the semifinal round of the MAIS Class AAA, Division II playoffs Friday night.
Starkville Academy won an earlier meeting, 42-21. That is bad news for Lamar, because the Volunteers are even better now.