This season has been a rough one when it comes to picking high school football games.
In the seven games that featured Sun Herald-ranked teams, the higher seed or ranked opponent went 0-7. As you might expect, that put a hurting on Patrick's Picks.
It's not often I hover around .500, but I checked in at 8-7 a week ago.
With district play starting in full next week, several teams are off Friday night. There are 13 games on the slate in South Mississippi.
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South Jones 21, West Harrison 10: South Jones sits at 4-0 and has already taken care of a pair of Coast squads, Long Beach and Pass Christian. West Harrison (1-2) is significantly improved this season, but the road gets much tougher from here on out.
Pass Christian 35, West Lincoln 14: The Pirates (2-2) have a good chance to finish above .500 in non-region play against a Class 2A team that is 1-3 so far. Expect senior running back V.J. Swanier to have another big game for the Pass.
Moss Point 21, Long Beach 20: Moss Point's 49-28 loss at Greene County was one of the more surprising outcomes from a week ago. The Tigers (2-2) need to get back on track against a Long Beach team that is 1-3 and showing gradual improvement.
No. 10 East Central 38, St. Martin 35: The most stunning loss of all last week was St. Martin's 46-24 defeat at the hands of Crestview (Fla.), a team that the Yellow Jackets beat 46-13 on the road a year ago. East Central (3-1) fell 40-7 at St. Martin a year ago, but I like the resurgent Hornets at home Friday night.
No. 1 Picayune 35, No. 9 Harrison Central 20: This may turn out to be the most entertaining game of the night. The Maroon Tide appears unstoppable at the moment, but the Red Rebels (2-1) are capable of slowing them down.
Bay High 42, St. Patrick 10: Bay High (1-3) finally broke through in a big way last week with a 55-42 win at Richton. Much like West Harrison, St. Patrick's schedule will only get tougher in the coming weeks.
No. 2 St. Stanislaus 28, No. 5 D'Iberville 24: SSC senior quarterback Myles Brennan enters the game 125 yards shy the state's career passing yardage record. The Warriors (2-1) will do everything they can to limit Brennan and the rest of the Rockachaws, but it will be difficult to deny a determined St. Stanislaus squad that understands history is on the line.
No. 4 Poplarville 34, Hancock 20: The Hornets (3-1) are a team full of potential and they showed what they're capable of last week in a 38-35 over Stone High. Hancock (3-1) has been a little better than expected, but Poplarville's rushing attack will be hard to contain.
No. 3 Ocean Springs 28, Murrah 14: The Greyhounds (2-1) will have the home field advantage and should be considered a heavy favorite. Murrah sits at 2-2 coming off a 34-14 loss at Provine.
Greene County 35, Vancleave 24: Vancleave (0-3) has shown a little progress each week, but Greene County (1-3) has shown it can score in bunches.
Christian Collegiate Academy 35, Calvary Christian 28: CCA (1-1) hasn't played since Aug. 26 so it should be well rested for this one.
No. 8 Pearl River Central 28, Slidell (La.) 14: The Blue Devils (2-1) picked up an impressive 47-21 win over Harrison Central a week ago. Louisiana teams have mostly handled Coast squads this season, but PRC should be fine on the road at Slidell (0-2).
Resurrection 35, Mount Olive 13: The Eagles (3-1) are beginning to hit their stride after a 24-21 win over a solid Class 3A team, Perry Central, last week.