James Pugh

Never have I ever…

I don’t know if that’s still a game played among high schoolers these days, but I remember being challenged to it when I was younger. So, I have one to mention: Never have I ever seen this many Friday night high school football games played on Thursday’s and Saturday’s due to inclement weather - at least in the 10 years I’ve been covering high school athletics.

If you have, I’d like to hear about it. I enjoyed history in high school and college so, I’d love to get the details about such a year if there is one.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hope we can finish out the 2019 MHSAA football season without any more postponements or movement of games. Then again, I might have just jinxed the situation.

Can West Jones finish the regular season unbeaten?

Two games are left on the regular-season schedule for West Jones - Jim Hill (2-7, 1-4) and Wingfield (1-9, 1-4) - who sits at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 3-5A.

The last time West Jones went undefeated in the regular season was 2010. It was quarterback Ben Steven's senior year, leading the Soso Mustangs to a 10-0 regular-season record and a sweep of Region 3-5A, 7-0.

The sad thing about that year: the Mustangs were eliminated in the Class 5A South State Championship on a last-minute Brookhaven field goal, 27-26, after beating Ole Brook 31-0 in the regular season.

Will there be a spoiler for West Jones in the post-season, as the Mustangs look to make a second-straight trip to M. M. Roberts Stadium? Everyone I know is hoping for a West Jones/Picayune showdown in the playoffs this season as both are considered the favorites in the south half of 5A.

I hope that happens. If so, that means West Jones makes it back to the South State Championship.

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Finally, it happened in Week 10.

As you know, we make predictions at Sports601.com - Kevan Lindsay predicts the outcomes in his area (Forrest, Lamar, and Covington County), and I predict those in my coverage area (Jasper, Jones, Smith and Wayne County).

For the last 6-7 weeks, I have gone how many ever and three on the week. No matter how many games I get right (7, 8, or 9 - depending on the number of games in a given week), I lose three. This has been the case for a while now.

But finally, in Week 10, I avoided another week of three loses. This week I finished 9-2.

On the year, I hold an overall record of 67-26. For you math majors, that's a winning percentage of 72 percent. My goal is to finish, at or above 75 percent. That's an above-average prediction performance.

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