It is playoff time! See who James Pugh and Kevan Lindsey picked this week.
Hattiesburg at South Jones
The last time South Jones made the playoffs (2017), Hattiesburg and the Braves met in the first round. Things didn’t go well for South Jones. To be fair, Hattiesburg was the favorite to win the South, although that didn’t end up happening.
I commend South Jones on making the playoffs this year, the first year of the Todd Breland era.
But like in 2017, the Braves' fate will be the same against the Tigers.
James’ Prediction: Hattiesburg 35, South Jones 13.
West Jones at Picayune
You’d expect these two teams to meet in South State under normal circumstances. But we all know this year has been normal - at all.
West Jones is highly ranked and Laurel is its only true blemish on its schedule.
Picayune was stunned by Wayne County last week, but don’t take too much stock in that outcome.
This game will come down to the final 12 minutes.
James’ Prediction: West Jones 26, Picayune 24.
East Central at Laurel
On paper, Laurel (No. 1 seed) should not have a problem with East Central (No. 4 seed). Paper doesn’t determine ball games though.
Laurel struggled against Bay Springs a few weeks ago - a team that runs a similar offense to East Central in the past.
Laurel hasn’t faired extremely well against that style of offense for years. This game *could* come down to the wire. But I think Laurel wins by two scores.
James’ Prediction: Laurel 28, East Central 14.
Raleigh at Forest
The team everyone sleeps on continues to roll. Last week Raleigh’s first-year head coach Ryan Higdon defeated his old teacher Lance Mancuso to send Jefferson Davis - the 3A State Champions - home in a first-round exit.
This week the challenge is Forest. Coach Higdon stated this week that they wanted to be physical against Forest and to play sound defense. How far can these Lions go? As far as they want if they play their A-game.
Kevan’s prediction: Raleigh 26, Forest 16.
Taylorsville at Philadelphia
Just call him “Mr. Football.” Senior quarterback Ty Keyes captured the award and it comes as no surprise. The Tartars took care of business last week and will head over to Philadelphia to do the same this week.
I would try to dramatize this one up a bit, but this game is a no-brainer, the Tartars will roll and Ty Keyes’ great career in Tartar green will continue. Just don’t tell head coach Mitch Evans it’ll be easy as he likes to keep his team on their toes.
Kevan’s prediction: Taylorsville 42, Philadelphia 14.