September 16, 2015 8:14:57 PM
Week Five of the prep football season gives us lots to like.
Can West Point's defense continue its strong play? Can New Hope win its first game? Can West Lowndes start region play 2-0?
Lot of questions to ponder as we get ready for Friday night.
Now, some winners...
West Point at Noxubee County
West Point turned in one of the area's best defensive efforts in last week's 13-3 win over Columbus. The Green Wave appear to be back to normal on that side of the ball.
On offense, West Point continues to make strides. The Green Wave need a little more in the passing game. However, the offensive line is off to a flying start. Youth abounds on this side of the ball. Still, it is a group with a ton of confidence.
Noxubee County is looking to avoid three straight losses for the first time since 2006. The Tigers are really struggling to find the end zone.
We know the talent level of this team. For some strange reason, normalcy should return when Noxubee County starts dominating Class 4A, Region 4 competition again.
Look for a quick game. The first defense to blink loses.
West Point 7, Noxubee County 0
Caledonia at New Hope
Caledonia is looking to continue its undefeated start, while New Hope is still seeking its first win of the season.
Caledonia struggled last week to put away Okolona to move to 3-0. It is a safe bet the Confederates will need a faster start to win this game. The Confederates have the answers on offense but need more consistency.
After winning 10 games a year ago, it is a safe bet that New Hope has had enough of its 0-3 start. The Trojans will be ready to break through.
When the season ends, one of these teams may be able to look back to this game as the springboard to success inside region play.
New Hope 34, Caledonia 24
West Lowndes at Coldwater
Don't look now but West Lowndes is thinking about a 2-0 start in Class 1A, Region 1 play.
After some early losses and some early injuries, it appeared the Panthers might be down and out. However, back-to-back wins, including one over Biggersville to start region play, now has Anthony King's team singing a different tune.
West Lowndes is getting production out of some young players at key positions. If the team continues to grow - and stay healthy - they can certainly make a push at the upper division in the region standings.
With so many region games left to play, one can not lose sight of the immediate task at hand. However, one has to like the way West Lowndes is trending.
West Lowndes 28, Coldwater 14
Aberdeen at Itawamba AHS
One has to really like the Aberdeen non-region schedule. Again, the Bulldogs are in a tight spot this week, facing Class 4A power Itawamba AHS.
As expected, the Aberdeen offense is continuing to grow a bit more on a weekly basis. The Bulldogs have a few kinks to iron out on the defensive side of the ball. However, it is a safe bet they will get there.
On offense, Tramonte Prather is beginning to take flight and really show off more of what he learned from Josh Williams the last couple of years. The Bulldogs are still missing on too many scoring opportunities. However, that will change as we push into October and Class 3A, Region 4 play begins to heat up.
Aberdeen 42, Itawamba AHS 35
Center Hill 28, Amory 26 ... Lafayette County 21, Louisville 14 ... Coffeeville 42, Hamilton 0 ... Pisgah 35, Heritage Academy 21 ... Starkville Academy 28, Washington School 14 ... Oak Hill Academy 34, Marshall Academy 32 ... Winona Christian 34, Columbus Christian 14 ... Central Academy 34, Unity Christian 22 ... Simpson Academy 21, Winston Academy 14 ... Victory Christian 30, East Memorial 26 ... Aliceville 34, Hale County 20 ... Sulligent 21, Tharptown 14 ... South Lamar 42, Meek 40 ... Pickens Academy 24, Southern Academy 0
Last Week: 15 - 6 (71.4 percent)
For the Season: 57 - 25 (69.5 percent)
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