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Prep Football Week 3: What to Watch For

 

Scott Walters

 

It has been an incredible two weeks of prep football in the coverage area. 

 

Noxubee County opened things with a dramatic double overtime win over Starkville. 

 

Starkville bounced back with a win over Oxford in the first nationally-televised high school game from the SHS campus. 

 

We have already had dramatic finishes, big-time stats lines and several teams off to surprise 2-0 starts. 

 

Here are five things we will watch for in Week Three: 

 

Yellow Jackets or Green Wave  

 

1. Is youthful West Point ready for the big time? 

 

The area's biggest surprise last week was West Point's impressive 46-7 win over Louisville. The Green Wave returned to form with a dominating rushing performance and a smothering performance on defense. 

 

While West Point played great, it will need to be even better to make amends for last season's 34-3 loss to Starkville. 

 

Trojans or Falcons 

 

2. Who gets kick-started Friday night -- Columbus or New Hope? 

 

New Hope (0-2) and Columbus (1-1) are both playing well despite the overall records. 

 

New Hope has collected better than 600 yards in losses to Louisville and Aberdeen. 

 

Columbus also played well offensively but only had one touchdown to show for it in a loss to Noxubee County. 

 

Both teams could use the confidence lift from this game. 

 

Raiders or Patriots 

 

3. Can Oak Hill Academy finally close the deal with Heritage Academy? 

 

Elsewhere in our section today you will find the story on Chris Craven's first Oak Hill Academy squad. Despite only 15 players, the Raiders are 2-0. 

 

Heritage Academy is ready to play again after a disappointing effort in a loss to Lamar School. 

 

Heritage Academy won this rivalry game, 31-0, last season. Look for Oak Hill to close the gap. 

 

Bulldogs or Panthers 

 

4. Will the A-game deliver another offensive shootout? 

 

Aberdeen knocked off Amory 36-28 in one of the better rivalry games of the season a year ago. 

 

Aberdeen comes to town with a veteran team. The Bulldogs have been talking Class 3A title and have the offensive firepower to back that goal. 

 

Amory is working mainly with sophomores and juniors in the starting lineup. The Panthers will have to grow up in a hurry to pull this one off. 

 

Volunteers or Chiefs 

 

5. What is there not to like about Starkville Academy? 

 

So far, nothing. 

 

Coach Chase Nicholson's first squad is off to a 2-0 start after last Friday's 28-8 home win over West Lowndes. 

 

Last season, Starkville Academy declared itself a contender by beating Magnolia Heights to usher in September. 

 

A win here would do the same. 

 

--Scott Walters

 

 

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