All four remaining 4-6A squads had their seasons come to an end in the first round of the playoffs last week, including Gulfport and Harrison Central at home.
Vancleave and Moss Point, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds out of Region 8-4A, have won back-to-back games to sit within one victory of the 4A South State title game.
As for Class 1A, Resurrection Catholic (11-0) continues to roll along as a team that appears destined to play for a state championship in Oxford.
There have been no surprises in Class 5A with Pearl River Central and Pascagoula both advancing past the first round with convincing wins. After going a respectable 8-3 last week, I sit at 126-43.
Moss Point 35, St Stanislaus 28: This is my upset special of the week.
Moss Point (7-5) has been outstanding of late and it has developed quite the duo in the offensive backfield with of junior Omni Wells and senior Travis Marion.
SSC (9-3) has improved on defense, but I see Wells and Marion both having nice nights.
Laurel 27, Pascagoula 17: The Panthers (9-3) will travel to Laurel (9-3) in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs for the second consecutive season after losing 28-14 to the Golden Tornadoes last year.
Laurel again features one of the most talented offenses in the state with senior quarterback Keon Howard, a Memphis commit, leading the way. He has thrown for 2,278 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Senior receiver Octavious Cooley, an Ole Miss commit, has 43 catches for 826 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.
Pascagoula will have to rely on senior quarterback Jakwaize Walker and junior running back Reginald Hunter to put up big numbers on offense today to keep up with the Tornadoes.
"They keys are to eliminate mistakes in all phases and protect the football," Pascagoula coach Lewis Sims said. "We've got to do what we do and be confident. It's got to be hat on hat and play every play to the best of our ability."
Wayne County 28, Pearl River Central 21: The Blue Devils (11-1) have a tough task ahead in facing a Wayne County team (9-3) that's again one of the most talented 5A teams in the state.
Wayne County senior quarterback Reggie Stewart has thrown for 2,157 7ards and 19 touchdowns and his top target, Rameik Wallace, has 47 catches for 1,031 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Six-foot-3, 285-pound Ole Miss commit Benito Jones leads the Wayne County defense with 63 tackles and five sacks at defensive tackle.
The winner will play the winner of Laurel-Pascagoula next week.
Lawrence County 28, Vancleave 20: Lawrence County (12-1) is coming off a 26-20 win over East Central in double-overtime last week while Vancleave (6-7) has won four straight games.
Junior Quitten Brown leads Lawrence County in rushing with 208 carries for 1,574 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The victor will take on the winner of Moss Point-St. Stanislaus next week.
Resurrection 35, Stringer 0: The Eagles (11-0) will be a heavy favorite on the road at Stringer Friday.
Resurrection topped Stringer, 29-0, in the regular season on Oct. 9.
Opponents have scored just 32 points all season against the RCS defense, which has seven shutouts.
Senior defensive end Renzell Johnson has been outstanding all year for the Eagles with 105 tackles and 18 sacks.
Stringer is 7-6 after winning 21-20 over Noxapater in overtime last week.
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