September 16, 2015 8:16:11 PM
We have reached the doorstep of region play for most of the classifications in the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
Class 1A began region play last week, while Classes 5A and 6A join the fray next week. The rest start in October.
In the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, most districts now have four teams thanks to the expansion to four classifications.
Thus, district play begins in earnest there on down the road.
Here are five things we will watch for in Week Five:
Confederates or Trojans
1. Can Caledonia move to 4-0?
Lowndes County rivals Caledonia and New Hope meet, with the stakes high for both teams.
Caledonia is off to a 3-0 start. Still, the Feds struggled to get past Okolona last time out.
New Hope simply needs a win.
The Trojans have not fired on all cylinders yet. When New Hope plays well offensively and defensively, it can complete.
Tigers or Green Wave
2. Will both Noxubee County and West Point score?
Noxubee County and West Point meet in one of the better games in the area Friday night.
Noxubee County has been held to one touchdown in its last two outings. West Point has scored a like number.
The game should feature some great defense and should be played at a quick pace.
Much like watching hockey, blink and you might miss a score.
Panthers or Cougars
3. Can West Lowndes sneak off to a 2-0 start in Class 1A, Region 1?
West Lowndes started region play on a positive note last week with a 46-6 home win over Biggersville.
Now, the challenge gets steeper for West Lowndes as it travels to Coffeeville for another region game.
The Panthers have shown signs of improvement in their two-game win streak. Look for those signs to continue.
Bulldogs or Indians
4. Does Aberdeen have another last-second win in store?
Aberdeen has won three straight, with each victory coming in the final minutes of regulation.
The Bulldogs appear poised to make a run for the Class 3A, Region 4 title. A difficult non-region schedule should help that team be mentally tough when the time comes.
Itawamba AHS enters Friday at 3-0 overall. It will be another huge test.
Generals or Volunteers
5. Can Starkville Academy bounce back?
Starkville Academy had a difficult chore Friday night, as it suffered its first defeat with a 31-13 loss to Lamar School.
Now, the Volunteers return to J.E. Logan Field for a homecoming date with Washington School.
Starkville Academy has held the upper hand in this rivalry of late. It should be a good bounce-back opportunity for the home folks.