October 12, 2015 1:56:34 PM
We have now hit the region portion of the schedule for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A and Class 6A schools.
Quickly, we will find out if Columbus, Starkville, West Point and New Hope have legitimate playoff and state championship aspirations. Each team has shown flashes. However, consistency will be the key for each of these teams to come out on top when the dust settles in the region race.
Now, here are some winners for the sixth week of the prep football regular season...
DeSoto Central at Columbus
The Columbus defense has been outstanding through the first four games of the season. As region play begins, the Falcons will try to find some offensive punch to add to the mix.
The running back trio of Kendre Conner, Kylin Hill and C.J. Gholar should give Columbus a chance to win most nights. The defense will do its part. The special teams are also off to a stellar start.
We will see if the passing game can take flight. Columbus might just need it.
Columbus 28, DeSoto Central 21
West Point at Oxford
This is the week we find out of if West Point is ready for the prime time.
Fresh off back-to-back wins over Columbus and Noxubee County, it does appear West Point is take the next step and return to the elite in Class 5A. The Green Wave is once again playing a championship-caliber defense.
On offense, the team is making strides. There are a lot of sophomores being counted on in this group. A difficult non-region schedule has helped this squad grow up, preparing them for this moment.
Despite two non-region losses, Oxford remains one of the favorites for the Class 5A state championship this season. It will be interesting to see which offense holds the upper hand in this matchup.
Oxford 42, West Point 28
Starkville High at Callaway
Starkville should begins it annual breeze through Class 6A, Region 2 play Friday night with a road trip to Jackson.
One should not underestimate the growth of Montario Montgomery at the quarterback position. Avery Brown has also emerged as one of the best running backs in Class 6A. Both should be on display Friday but neither should have to play long.
We already know what the Starkville defense is all about. A year ago, the Yellow Jackets went on an insane shutout streak inside region play. A similar pattern could take place this season.
Starkville 42, Callaway 0
New Hope at Clarksdale
New Hope hopes moving inside Class 5A, Region 1 play will turn the team's fortunes around.
New Hope did win its first game of the season last week with a hard-fought win against Caledonia. One thing that can be said for the Trojans is that they play hard and are very competitive on a weekly basis. Even with the increased competition level, New Hope should be able to continue to hang its hat on that.
However, the Trojans do want more. A year ago, New Hope finished second in the region. It will be up a young group of Trojans to prove that that was not a fluke. They want to prove the program has staying power.
Clarksdale 28, New Hope 21
Noxubee County at Kemper County
Noxubee County really needs something good to happen. The Tigers are in rare territory, mired in a three-game losing streak.
Most likely, Class 4A, Region 4 play, which begins next week, will be enough to turn this ailing team around. Getting some injured players back will also help the cause.
However, for now the task is Kemper County. The Wildcats like to run, throw the ball all over the field and use its speed for mismatches. The same things Noxubee County was able to do before its present losing streak.
Noxubee County 24, Kemper County 22
Elsewhere in the area...
Caledonia 34, Tishomingo County 12 ... West Lowndes 20, Falkner 12 ... Louisville 34, Amanda Elzy 0 ... Aberdeen 24, Shannon 21 ... Amory 34, Northport Christian 30 ... East Webster 34, Biggersville 0 ... Thrasher 24, Hamilton 20 ... Starkville Academy 28, Heritage Academy 7 ... Winona Christian 16, Oak Hill Academy 12 ... Newton County Academy 28, Columbus Christian 22 ... Hebron Christian 34, Strider Academy 0 ... Victory Christian 34, North River Christian 32 ... Aliceville 34, Pickens County 12 ... Sulligent 30, Lamar County 28 ... South Lamar 34, Holy Spirit Catholic 0
Last Week: 17 - 1 (94.4 percent)
For the Season: 74 - 26 (74.0 percent)