Two new teams filtered into the Super 10 rankings entering the final week of the regular season for the MHSAA’s largest classifications.
Pearl River Central and West Point have made significant contributions in recent weeks to the Class 5A playoff picture. The Blue Devils haven’t lost a game since Sept. 11 and extended their win streak to seven with a 35-13 victory at Hattiesburg. The Green Wave defense is playing its best down the stretch and helped West Point to a 44-0 win at New Hope.
The playoffs begin this week for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A and kickoff on Nov. 13 for the rest of the MHSAA. The next Super 10 rankings will appear after the state championship games.
1. South Panola (10-0), Previously: 1
Columbus threw everything it had at South Panola and wasn’t able to slow down the Tigers’ run game, which amassed 254 yards in a 35-13 victory. South Panola has 25 straight wins and tons of momentum headed into Week 12. The Tigers locked up the Region 1-6A title and are one step closer to hosting in the first round of the playoffs.
2. Starkville (9-1), Previously: 2
Ricky Woods said the Yellowjackets had their best performances of the season on offense in a 28-10 win over Warren Central. Starkville didn’t put up its biggest numbers but were able to strike early and often in the victory. The Yellowjackets defense stunned the Vikings passing game while senior defensive lineman Maleke Bell came up with a huge stop late that set up a final TD drive. Starkville hosts Clinton this Friday to decide who wins 2-6A.
3. Brandon (9-2), Previously: 3
Brandon’s offense scored its most points of the season in a 49-10 defeat of Jim Hill. The Bulldogs remain at the top of the 3-6A standings and look to finish out the regular season with a win over cross-county rival Pearl.
4. Oxford (8-2), Previously: 4
Another Friday, another 50 points scored in a win by Oxford. The Chargers improved to 6-0 in Region 1-5A play after beating Center Hill 54-30 but found it difficult to contain Mustangs quarterback Dan Ellington early. Oxford closes the regular season with Lake Cormorant at home.
5. Wayne County (8-2), Previously: 5
The War Eagles recorded their second shutout win in three weeks in a 57-0 defeat of South Jones. Wayne County cruised through its district schedule and managed to beat each team by double figures. Region 3-5A will be decided again in Friday’s showdown between the bricks when Wayne County travels to Laurel.
6. Gulfport (8-2), Previously: 10
The Admirals quietly dominated their opponents in Region 4-6A to win the de facto championship last week and secure a top seed in the playoffs. A 24-7 win against then-No. 7 Ocean Springs gives Gulfport a major advantage in the race towards the playoffs and a four-spot jump in the rankings.
7. Oak Grove (8-2), Previously: 8
Oak Grove nearly lost its second straight game in Week 11. Pearl took the Warriors to double overtime before Alex Ward hit Jordan Duncan for the game-winning touchdown in a 51-47 victory. Oak Grove has an easier week to end the regular season with Jim Hill at home.
8. Warren Central (8-2), Previously: 6
The Vikings didn’t get started quick enough on offense to combat Montario Montgomery and Starkville’s passing game in Week 11. Warren Central did show its ability to capitalize off turnovers late in its loss to Starkville and has a promising outlook in the Region 2-6A playoffs.
9. Pearl River Central (9-1), Previously: NR
The Blue Devils’ win was significant in the 4-5A race in terms of staying on pace to win the region title. PRC hits the road in Week 12 for a matchup with Picayune that will further decide who gets to host in the first round.
10. West Point (8-2), Previously: NR
The Green Wave is red hot right now. West Point’s defense recorded its second straight shutout while its offense put up another stellar performance. Chris Chambless’ group has scored at least 44 points in each of its last five wins and will be hard for non-familiar opponents to slow down in the postseason.
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