October 12, 2015 4:55:14 PM
We now have October on the calendar and football weather in the air.
It is time for some region battles in the Mississippi High School Activities Association as teams set their sights on finishing strong and earning a playoff berth.
In the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, the playoff races are already taking shape.
Here are five things we will watch for in Week Seven:
Falcons or Golden Wave
1. Can Columbus climb to 2-0 in region play?
Columbus could quickly move into unchartered waters if it defeats Tupelo Friday night on the road.
Columbus could move to 2-0 in region play and establish itself as a legitimate contender for one of the four playoff spots in the region.
The Columbus schedule is full of 50-50 games. The Falcons won one last Friday when they beat DeSoto Central, 23-21.
With Horn Lake next, Columbus could easily climb to 3-0.
Cougars or Yellow Jackets
2. Can upstart Northwest Rankin hang with Starkville?
Most likely, Northwest Rankin will be over matched when it rolls up into Yellow Jacket Stadium Friday night.
Starkville has won four straight. Each win has come in convincing fashion, including last Friday's 49-7 Class 6A, Region 2 win over Callaway in Jackson.
Northwest Rankin surprised many by winning its first four. Unfortunately for the Cougars, a pair of losses have followed.
Wildcats or Green Wave
3. Can the Clarksdale defense hang tough against the West Point rushing attack?
Even in defeat, West Point puts on a show. The Green Wave had 446 yards of total offense in a 50-28 loss to Oxford last Friday.
West Point should have little trouble winning its next four region games before the showdown with New Hope.
A win here will keep the West Point engine humming along.
Whippets or Tigers
4. Is the streak over for Noxubee County?
The question is not necessarily can Kosciusko beat Noxubee County in the Class 4A, Region 4 opener for both teams.
The real question is -- Can Noxubee County really lose five games in a row?
Noxubee County has owned this region of late. However, several teams here have had nice non-region performances.
Noxubee County needs to right the ship before things get away.
Lions or other Lions
5. Is this the night for Hamilton?
Injuries have all but destroyed the 2015 Hamilton football season.
Any slim playoff hopes will be lost with a loss Friday against Class 1A, Region 1 rival Biggersville.
The two teams are a combined 1-10, including 0-6 in region play.
Hamilton has owned this series of late. Friday night, the Lions need to own this game.