Patrick Magee

Patrick’s Picks: Harrison Central, Picayune look to stay perfect

A week ago, it appeared as if St. Stanislaus and Gulfport had separated themselves from the crowd.

Instead, the Rockachaws and Admirals came back to down to earth somewhat this past Friday.

Gulfport lost 35-13 to a strong Class 3A De La Salle team out of New Orleans and the Rockachaws had to rally in the fourth quarter for a 37-24 victory over winless Long Beach.

For SSC, a win is still a win. But the test gets a lot tougher this week against a Brother Martin team that thumped the Rockachaws 68-21 in Bay St. Louis last year.

Patrick's Picks came through with a mediocre 11-5 effort a week ago. The first three weeks of the high school football season have been hard to handle as a prognosticator.

West Harrison 24, Pass Christian 20: The Hurricanes (1-1) performed slightly better (21-7) against Hancock than Pass Christian, which is 1-2 and lost 31-6 to Hancock in the season opener. West Harrison has a chance to move to 2-1 after ending a 22-game losing streak to begin the season.

George County 28, Pascagoula 10: No team has fallen short of expectations more than Pascagoula, which sits at 0-3. The Panthers have a chance to make a game of it if George County returns to its turnover problems, but the Rebels (2-1) likely have far too much offensive firepower with senior quarterback LaRaymond Spivery leading the way.

Moss Point 28, Greene County 10: Moss Point lost 21-7 at Harrison Central a week ago, but the Tigers are still a team capable of hanging with anybody on the Coast. With senior linebacker Rayshon Marcel setting the tone, Moss Point may have the best defense in Class 4A in South Mississippi.

East Central 42, Quitman 17: East Central has the most rushing yardage in the nation at 1,443 and junior running back Tony Brown leads the nation in yards by a single player at 766, according to MaxPreps. On Friday, the Hornets try to follow up last week's 606-yard outburst in a 55-25 win Greene County. It's hard to see Seth Smith's squad slowing down this week.

St. Martin 38, Crestview 20: The Yellow Jackets won 46-13 at Crestview last season. St. Martin took a hit to the ego in a 56-21 loss at Picayune a week ago and this game should give it a chance to put that outcome in the past.

Picayune 28, Gulfport 21: This should be a fun game between the No. 2 Admirals (2-1) and No. 4 Maroon Tide (2-0). We all knew Picayune would be fine on offense this season, but the defense has been impressive so far. This game should tell us a good deal about Gulfport and what it's capable of in the long run.

Puckett 24, St. Patrick 10: The losses have been lopsided for St. Patrick (3-0), but there's noticeable improvement from the 2015 season. Even with the slight progress, Puckett (2-1) should pick up the road victory.

Harrison Central 28, Pearl River Central 24: The trip to Carriere is never easy, but the Red Rebels (2-0) have been hard to handle with a rushing attack that average 320.5 yards a game on the ground. PRC (1-1) is coming off a bye week following a 24-21 loss to Poplarville.

Biloxi 24, Gautier 21: The road gets a lot tougher for the Indians (1-2) and this is a must win to build more momentum before the region schedule starts on Sept. 23 at D'Iberville. The Gators (1-2) gained some confidence with a 35-18 win over Vancleave last week, but Biloxi has more weapons on offense than the Bulldogs.

Oak Grove 20, D'Iberville 14: Oak Grove (1-2) has the home field edge, but D'Iberville (1-1) has a chance to make this a game. Eric Collins' D'Iberville squad pitched a shutout in a 22-0 win over Pascagoula last week.

De La Salle 42, Hancock 17: De La Salle (1-0) won this game 42-0 last year and it appears the Cavaliers are every bit as good this season. Hancock (3-0) has a chance to hang tough with a defense that's allowed just 13 points through three games.

Long Beach 27, Vancleave 24: The Bearcats (0-3) finally showed the potential many saw to start the season when they led 24-14 over St. Stanislaus in the fourth quarter. This week, they have to find a way to close the deal at Vancleave, which is 0-2.

Brother Martin 42, St. Stanislaus 28: The Rockachaws got their revenge over St. Paul's a couple of weeks ago. On Friday, they look to avenge last year's 68-21 loss to Brother Martin of New Orleans.

Bay High 21, Richton 14: The Tigers (0-3) have a good shot at their first win of the season against another winless team.

Stone High 38, Poplarville 24: This is a heck of a match-up in Poplarville for two teams who feature strong ground attacks. The Tomcats (3-0) are tough to slow down with Terrion Avery rushing for 592 yards and six touchdowns through three games. The Hornets (2-1) have 958 yards rushing total.

Resurrection 28, Perry Central 27: The Eagles (2-1) appear to have righted the ship with a 46-0 win over Jay, Fla., last week. Perry Central (2-1) may be the toughest team remaining on the schedule for RCS.