We’ve reached that time of year when Super 10 programs are pitted against each other in critical district matchups as region races begin to heat up.
Warren Central knocked Clinton out of the Super 10 in Week 10 and has its second straight game against an undefeated region foe this Friday. Brandon climbed back to No. 3 after sending Oak Grove home with its second loss of the season.
Week 11 will feature three showdowns between Super 10 teams, including two coast programs looking to prove why Region 4 will be competitive deep in the playoffs.
Here’s a look at how the Super 10 performed.
1. South Panola (9-0), Previously: 1
The Tigers haven’t budged from their spot at the top of the rankings once this season. South Panola cruised past Southaven and held the Chargers to a field goal in a 41-3 blowout. South Panola’s defense has been extra stingy in its last three games, as it only surrendered a touchdown to Hernando and pitched a shutout against Tupelo.
2. Starkville (8-1), Previously: 2
The Yellowjackets built a 35-0 lead through three quarters of its win over Murrah to advance to 5-0 in district play.. There’s now a two-way tie for first place in Region 2-6A between Starkville and Warren Central, who face off in Vicksburg this Friday.
3. Brandon (7-2), Previously: 4
The Bulldogs got back on track after their loss to Meridian by knocking off No. 3 Oak Grove 28-16. A dominant second half allowed Brandon to outscore Oak Grove 21-6, and the Bulldogs’ defense only allowed one offensive touchdown. Brandon and Oak Grove are again tied for first place in Region 3-6A, but the Bulldogs own the head-to-head matchup.
4. Oxford (6-2), Previously: 5
Oxford improved to 5-0 in Region 1-5A after a 53-13 defeat of Clarksdale. The Chargers have scored 50 or more points in four of their last five games and posted nearly 500 yards of total offense on the Wildcats.
5. Wayne County (6-2), Previously: 6
Wayne County’s matchup against Provine was everything you’d expect in a physical 3-5A battle. War Eagles running back Chris Cooley was the catalyst down the stretch, recording 18 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne County and Laurel are still tied for first in district play. One week stands in between a showdown of the top teams in 5A South.
6. Warren Central (8-1), Previously: 9
The Vikings beat No. 7 Clinton 28-26 by winning the special teams battle in the first half. Warren Central blocked two extra point attempts and prevented the Arrows from converting late and forced Clinton to kick a 44-yard field goal that sailed below the crossbar. Josh Morgan’s group remains undefeated in Region 2-6A.
7. Ocean Springs (8-1), Previously: 10
Ocean Springs and St. Martin traded blows for four quarters of their Week 10 match up before Brad Wall, who may be the best kicker in Mississippi, booted a 45-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to seal the Greyhounds 31-29 victory. The Region 4-6A championship will now come down to Friday’s matchup between the district’s two unbeatens: Ocean Springs and Gulfport.
8. Oak Grove (7-2), Previously: 3
Oak Grove’s high powered offense stalled in a Week 10 defeat against Brandon. The Warriors were only able to score one offensive touchdown and are now tied for first place in Region 3-6A with the Bulldogs.
9. Columbus (7-2), Previously: NR
The Falcons are off to a 5-0 start in district play for the first time in school history. Running back Kylin Hill recorded his sixth 100-plus yard game this season with 107 yards and three rushing touchdowns to go along with three catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Columbus faces its hardest challenge in Week 10 when it travels to No. 1 South Panola.
10. Gulfport (7-2), Previously: NR
The Admirals jumped into the rankings after making their case among the top teams in 6A South. Gulfport silenced D’Iberville in a 35-17 win and own a piece of the No. 1 ranking in Region 4-6A.Gulfport and Ocean Springs are two coast heavyweights looking to prove that a team in Region 4 can make a deep run in the playoffs. But first, these two will battle on Friday.
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