September 14, 2015 7:55:38 PM
We hit the official one-third mark of the prep football season this weekend.
Once again, several intriguing matchups are on tap. In the Mississippi High School Activities Association, region play actually begins for Class 1A schools.
This past week, West Point and Noxubee County fell from the ranks of the unbeatens.
We will see if Starkville Academy continues to hold the banner.
Here are five things we will watch for in Week Four:
Falcons or Green Wave
1. Just how quick will the Columbus at West Point game be?
Odds are, really quick.
Starkville shut out West Point 16-0 last week in less than two hours, 30 minutes.
Now, two of the area's best running games meet in Clay County.
While both teams run the ball extremely well, they also both have really great defensive lines.
Look for the ball to stay on the ground, the chains to keep moving and the clock to keep rolling.
Phoenix or Yellow Jackets
2. What do we know about KIPP Collegiate?
Not much honestly.
However, it is a 4-0 team coming to Starkville to battle the Yellow Jackets.
KIPP has scored 176 points and allowed 48 points. It competes in Class 1A with 39 players on the roster.
Let's go ahead and assume Starkville will continue its strong play of late and we will still not know much after Friday night.
Tigers or Wildcats
3. What do we make of that Noxubee County non-region schedule?
It remains pretty darn good.
This week, Noxubee County ventures into Ray Stadium -- one of the best places in the state to see game -- to take on Class 6A power Meridian.
Meridian has lost by a touchdown or less to Madison Central, South Panola or Wayne County.
Another chance to really see what this year's Noxubee County squad is all about.
Wildcats or Bulldogs
4. Isn't it great to see our string of great non-region games include Aberdeen again?
Aberdeen has gone out of its way to put together quite the schedule.
A consensus Class 3A state title contender, Aberdeen will test its mettle Friday night at home against defending North State Class 2A champion Calhoun City.
Aberdeen has won in the closing minutes back-to-back Fridays. That will only help going forward.
Volunteers or Raiders
5. Can Starkville Academy move to 4-0?
Coach Chase Nicholson has his first Starkville Academy squad humming along with a 3-0 start.
This past week, the Volunteers reached that mark with a 28-0 win at Magnolia Heights.
Through three games, Starkville Academy has outscored its opposition, 101-8.
Lamar School will provide another measuring stick game Friday in Meridian. Vols to stand strong.