Here are your Jones, Jasper, Smith and Wayne County County Week 7 predictions as picked by James Pugh.
Current record: 33-16.
Bay Springs (6-0) at Taylorsville (5-1)
Who let the Dawgs out? Who shut the Tartars out for the first time in 15 years?
Bay Springs is starting a handful of freshmen. Don't get fooled into thinking the Dawgs aren't dangerous. For the first time in 39 years, Bay Springs starts the season 6-0. They started 6-0 in 1980 and finished 10-2 with a bowl win before the current playoff format was implemented.
Taylorsville had a first in a long time to happen last Friday night too. But it wasn’t as glamorous. The Tartars were shut out for the first time since 2004 in a 28-0 loss to Jackson Prep.
Those tidbits go out the window THURSDAY night when the two meet in Taylorsville to open Region 5-2A play.
Sorry Dawgs - congratulations on your historic start, but the Tartars are still a step or two ahead of you. Unless Taylorsville brought back the same team, it stepped on the field with at Jackson Prep.
Prediction: Taylorsville 35, Bay Springs 20.
West Jones (5-0) at South Jones (1-5)
I’ll make this short. No disrespect to the Braves, but the Mustangs will roll out of Ellisville late Friday night, still unbeaten and 2-0 in Region 3-5A.
Prediction: West Jones 42, South Jones 3.
Mize (6-0) at Puckett (4-2)
There's one common opponent between the two teams I find compiling. Mize and Puckett have both faced Bogue Chitto so far and in back-to-back weeks. After receiving a 47-3 beatdown from Mize in Week 4, Bogue Chitto took another one from the chin against Puckett, 47-28, in Week 5.
Judging from that one game, Mize has the better defense and defense wins games where the offenses can be high scoring.
Prediction: Mize 27, Puckett 14.
Brookhaven (1-4) at Laurel (4-1)
Based on Brookhaven’s performance against West Jones to start Region 3-5A last week, Laurel should have another blowout win this week like it’s 55-0 massacre of South Jones in Week 6.
Prediction: Laurel 48, Brookhaven 13.
Raleigh (1-4) at Crystal Springs (5-0)
This is my bold prediction of the week.
I'm putting Crystal Springs on upset alert. Raleigh is better than its 1-4 record suggest. Just look at the teams they've played - 2A juggernauts, Taylorsville, Bay Springs, Scott Central, and 4A Northeast Jones.
Raleigh won last year's meeting in Region X-3A, 21-0. I think Raleigh can pull off another win against Crystal Springs, even on the road and also though most might be shocked considering the records each hold.
Prediction: Raleigh 21, Crystal Springs 14.
Centreville 28, Sylva Bay 7.
Enterprise 40, Heidelberg 6.
Richland 32, NEJ 14.
Resurrection Catholic 48, Stringer 13.
Richton 42, Wayne Academy 12.
Wayne County 31, PRC 17.