October 12, 2015 2:01:10 PM
With the calendar officially now saying fall, it's time for some serious high school football.
For the state's two largest classifications, region play begins this weekend. Columbus and Starkville will start quests for Class 6A titles, while West Point and New Hope will begin battles in Class 5A.
With the return of region play, we have the return of several good rivalries. There is no better way to get started then West Point at Oxford.
Here are five things we will watch for in Week Six:
Green Wave or Chargers
1. Can West Point gain revenge for two losses to Oxford last season?
West Point has played brilliant defense in victories over Columbus and Noxubee County.
The challenge now gets steeper with Oxford presented quite the challenge in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener. The Chargers have a powerful offensive attack.
Most likely, the teams will meet in the playoffs for a second straight series. So this one is just for fun.
Jaguars or Falcons
2. Is DeSoto Central the best offense Columbus has faced?
DeSoto Central is 4-1 overall. The Jaguars may have the most balanced attack in Class 6A.
Senior Cameron Bowman has thrown for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. On the ground, senior Alan Lamar has 1,020 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
Overall, DeSoto Central is averaging better than 400 yards per game.
Should be quite a challenge for a strong Columbus defensive unit.
Yellow Jackets or Chargers
3. How many straight region wins can Starkville collect?
Entering the season the number is at 10. Starkville won the final three region games of 2013 and all seven in 2014.
The number will certainly grown to 11 against an outmanned Jackson Callaway team.
Starkville has rebounded nicely from its season-opening loss to Noxubee County. Look for the Yellow Jackets to keep rolling.
Volunteers or Patriots
4. Will our local academy showdown be competitive?
Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy meet in the MAIS Class AAA, District 2 opener Friday night.
The teams are going in opposite directions. Heritage Academy has lost three of four, while Starkville Academy is off to a 4-1 start.
Even when the teams have had talent gaps, the series has produced competitive games.
The home team will have to play better for that to happen this year.
Tigers or Wildcats
5. Will Noxubee County figure things out?
Noxubee County is in a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2006.
Quite simply, the Tigers can not score. Noxubee County has scored 12 points in the last three games.
Kemper County has an up-tempo offensive-oriented team. It will be a tall task but doable for Noxubee County.