The D'Iberville football team has been inconsistent for much of the season, but it has a chance to make some noise in Region 4-6A title if it can top Gulfport Friday night.
No. 8 D'Iberville is looking for its third straight win when it hosts No. 2 Gulfport, which has won six straight, at 7 p.m. Friday.
St. Martin-Ocean Springs and Pascagoula-Pearl River Central also highlight the Friday night schedule - two games that have the potential to be decided by a touchdown or less.
Patrick's Picks has been trending in the wrong direction lately, but that means there's been plenty of close matchups across the Coast. I'm 91-27 through nine weeks and hoping week 10 treats me better.
George County 31, Biloxi 20: Points are hard to come by for Biloxi (3-5, 0-4) right now as first-year head coach Bobby Hall is looking at more of a youth movement. If George County (4-4, 0-4) can avoid turning it over more than twice, it should pick up its first region win.
Gulfport 21, D'Iberville 17: Aside from a poor performance in a loss at Petal, the No. 2 Admirals (6-2, 4-0) have proven to be one of the more consistent teams on the Coast. D'Iberville (5-4, 3-1) has been one of the more inconsistent. Advantage, Gulfport.
Harrison Central 34, Hancock 20: Harrison Central (3-6, 2-2) has a chance to take out some frustrations against a struggling Hancock team (3-6, 0-4). The Red Rebels can't be counted out in any of their remaining games regardless of the opponent.
Hattiesburg 28, Gautier 21: Hattiesburg (6-3, 2-2) has suffered a pair of close losses to Picayune and Pascagoula, but it's still as good as any 5A team in the south. Gautier (4-4, 2-2) will hope to get quarterback LeCharles Pringle back after he missed time with an injury during last week's 33-13 win over Long Beach. The winner stays in the playoff hunt.
Stone 28, West Harrison 14: Stone High (2-6, 0-4) has lost five straight games after starting the season 2-1. The Tomcats should get off the mat against West Harrison (0-8, 0-4).
Picayune 35, Long Beach 14: The Maroon Tide (5-3, 4-0) has won five consecutive games and it will be a heavy favorite on its home field. Picayune will be tested in its final two games against Pascagoula and Pearl River Central.
Poplarville 31, Purvis 24: This game is a must-win for the Hornets (5-3, 2-1) if they are to stay in the title hunt in Region 7-4A. Purvis sits at 4-4 and 3-0 as the lone team undefeated in 7-4A.
East Central 35, Bay High 17: Senior running back A.J. Davis continues to carry the load for the Hornets (5-3, 2-1) and he should carry them all the way to the playoffs. A win at home would go a long way to getting Bay High (4-4, 1-2) into the playoffs.
Vancleave 14, Pass Christian 7: Pass Christian (4-4, 1-2) is a really good defensive squad, but it has just scored seven points over the last two games. Vancleave (3-6, 1-2) should do fine with the home field advantage.
St. Stanislaus 28, Moss Point 14: St. Stanislaus (5-3, 3-0) can lock up Region 8-4A with a win over the Tigers. We all knew SSC would be fine in region play following an 0-3 start to the season. Moss Point (4-4, 1-2) will have to create turnovers to have a shot.
Collins 42, St. Patrick 7: Collins (8-1, 3-0) is the defending 3A state champion and it will be a challenge for St. Patrick (0-9, 0-3) to stay in this game.
Resurrection 35, Bogue Chitto 0: Resurrection (7-0, 3-0) has three consecutive shutout wins headed into Friday's game. I see a fourth happening at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula.