NOXUBEE COUNTY (2-0) AT ALEDO, TEXAS (0-1)
The Tigers travel nine hours to take on the Bearcats, who have won Class 5A in Texas four out of the past five years. Jeffery Simmons heads a Noxubee defense that is fast and physical. Aledo is a top-40 team in Texas, but struggled in its opener. The Tigers have proven they can score big in crunch time and using Simmons as an offensive weapon works to their advantage. Can Noxubee pull a big upset? CL says: Noxubee 27-21.
STARKVILLE (1-1) AT WEST POINT (1-0)
Big plays fueled the Green Wave’s rout of Louisville last week. Both of these teams are known for their defense, but Starkville seems to be more balanced offensively while West Point relies on the ground game. Starkville WR A.J. Brown will be looking for another career-high receiving game. CL says: Starkville 31-17.
BRANDON (1-1) AT CLINTON (1-1)
The Bulldogs have won five in a row against the Arrows. They couldn’t take advantage of six Madison Central turnovers last week. Clinton’s Cam Akers hasn’t been stopped so far, and he proves to be a tougher matchup than Brandon’s first two quarterbacks. Akers and the Arrows end the streak. CL says: Clinton 34-30.
MADISON CENTRAL (2-0) AT OXFORD (1-1)
The Jaguars are 2-0 thanks to their defense. They committed six turnovers last week, but they didn’t come back to haunt them. Oxford couldn’t get its offense going against Starkville and face another tough task this week. Can the quarterback play between Madison’s Jack Walker and Oxford’s Jack Abraham outweigh the defense? CL says: Oxford 21-14.
LAUREL (1-1) AT OAK GROVE (1-0)
Both teams played in high-scoring affairs last week as Oak Grove rallied from two touchdowns down while Laurel blew a 26-point lead over the final four minutes. You can bet that the Golden Tornadoes won’t give up four touchdowns in just over three minutes again. Laurel QB Keon Howard threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns while Alex Ward had four scoring tosses for the Warriors in Week 2. A lot of points here. CL says: Laurel 35-31.
MERIDIAN (0-2) AT WAYNE COUNTY (1-1)
The Wildcats have struggled offensively against a pair of top defenses while the War Eagles are averaging 37.5 points in two games. Meridian has a strong defense of its own, but the question is if the offense keep up with Wayne County’s balanced attack. CL says: Wayne County 17-14.
HATTIESBURG (2-0) AT COLLINS (2-0)
The defending 3A champs host the up and coming 5A Tigers, looking for an upset. Should be a good QB matchup with Collins’ Detric Hawthorne and Hattiesburg’s Julian Conner. Tigers have the depth and use their rushing attack to earn the road win. CL says: Hattiesburg 28-20.
CATHEDRAL (2-0) AT JACKSON PREP (2-0)
The Green Wave will get their initiation into MAIS football when they take on the defending AAA Division I champs. Cathedral has cruised against its Catholic rivals so far, but the Patriots will be a much different challenge. Prep has the numbers advantage, and the game is in Flowood, where the Patriots have won 58 straight at home against MAIS opponents dating back to 2004. CL says: Prep 24-17.
EAST MARION (0-2) AT WEST MARION (2-0)
The Trojans have lost two in a row to the Eagles, and West Marion senior QB Josh Miller wants to go out with a win against its crosstown rival. He hasn’t played well against the Eagles, and that’s enough motivation. CL says: West Marion 30-20.
GRENADA (2-0) AT LAFAYETTE (2-0)
The Chargers and Commodores are two of the top teams in 5A and 4A, respectively. Grenada has dominated on the ground while Lafayette hasn’t had to play a full four quarters yet. Depth and size could play a factor as Grenada has averaged nearly 330 yards rushing. CL says: Grenada 28-17.
The Clarion-Ledger chooses the winners of games based on the consensus of our staff’s selections in the weekly #MSPreps Pick ‘Em.