September 16, 2014 6:10:04 PM
There is no time for rest.
After an outstanding Week 4 of the prep football season, Week 5 is coming around the corner.
Several teams are already at their crossroads when it comes to making a serious playoff push, while others are still waiting to play their first district game.
Some teams are looking to continue undefeated starts, while others simply want a win.
Very few people had both New Hope and Starkville Academy undefeated through four weeks.
However, it has been that type of crazy season so far.
Since Week 5 is refusing to be delayed, let's look at some winners around the Golden Triangle:
Louisville at Columbus
The preseason thought process around Columbus told us Randal Montgomery's first squad would most likely be well-coached and play hard.
The Falcons have done just that. However, lapses in play have prevented the Falcons from enjoying their first victory. One must also realize Columbus has lost to three teams with a combined record of 8-3.
The challenge will get no easier this week when Louisville comes to Falcon Field. Even though Louisville lost most of its offensive production from last season's state championship team, the Wildcats are still not accustomed to losing.
Louisville has lost two straight and will be fighting and clawing to get back on the right side of the ledger.
Louisville 28, Columbus 21
French Camp at West Lowndes
When the season began, West Lowndes probably had French Camp, West Oktibbeha and East Oktibbeha in the must-win category to make the playoffs.
While French Camp is the defending Class 1A state champion, the team is definitely in rebuild mode. The good news for French Camp came last Friday when it knocked off Noxapater in its region opener.
West Lowndes is still looking for that elusive first region win. The second game of the region slate is certainly not a must-win. However, the Panthers need this one badly.
West Lowndes 16, French Camp 14
Amory at New Hope
Without question, the biggest surprise in the area has been the 3-0 start by New Hope. Not only have the Trojans won all three games played, the lowest margin of victory has been 11 points.
A lot of people were afraid that New Hope would be in a two-year rebuild before it could become competitive in Class 5A again. However, this year's team has shown an "it' factor so far, which may allow it to contend this season.
Amory has been scoring a lot of points and giving up a lot of points. New Hope should help one of those trends continue.
New Hope 42, Amory 14
Starkville at Florence (Ala.)
In the preseason, this was circled to be one of Starkville's toughest assignments.
Florence has been ranked in the Top 10 of Class 6A in Alabama throughout the season. However, the Falcons have seen nothing like what is coming to the University of North Alabama campus Friday night.
It is possible that Starkville will have an off Friday night and will not play well.
However, we will have to see it in person before we believe that is possible.
Starkville 35, Florence 14
Noxubee County at West Point
These two teams have played two of the best games in the entire area in each of the past two seasons.
Noxubee County won 6-0 in 2012 and West Point returned the favor with a 14-6 victory last season.
Both games resembled the hard, physical brand of defense that has made each program state title contenders on a regular basis.
This one does not look like a fight for each first down allowed as in years past. However, it will still be a game well worth the price of admission.
Noxubee County 21, West Point 17
Magnolia Heights at Starkville Academy
If none of the above please you for "big-game status," check out the mammoth struggle set for J.E. Logan Field Friday night.
Starkville Academy and Magnolia Heights have staged some epic battles of late, with each team usually in the mix for a state championship.
Both teams are 4-0 this season. Magnolia Heights is averaging 45 points per game, while Starkville Academy is averaging 37 points per game.
Who scores first might matter. Who scores last might matter even more.
Magnolia Heights 42, Starkville Academy 35
Aberdeen 28, Itawamba AHS 12 ... Caledonia 21, East Webster 14 ... Heritage Academy 42, Hillcrest Christian 0 ... Oak Hill Academy 21, Newton Academy 20 ... Sebastopol 42, East Oktibbeha 0 ... Heidelberg Academy 28, Columbus Christian 20 ... Victory Christian 54, Meadowview 42 ... Hamilton 34, Falkner 12 ... Noxapater 35, West Oktibbeha 20 ... Central Academy 28, Rebul Academy 26 ... Pickens Academy 21, Southern Academy 20 ... South Lamar 21, Meek 14 ... Sulligent 20, Tharptown 12 ... Aliceville 34, Hale County 7
Last Week: 17-5 (77.3 percent)
For Season: 69-13 (84.1 percent)
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