BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On November 6 the Class 4A, 3A and 1A football playoffs begin post-season play while Class 6A and 5A are set to kickoff the playoffs on November 13.
The Friday Night Football Showdown enters week 10 tonight with a number of key games that will determine the top spots in a number of the region races.
St. Stanislaus can wrap up the Region 8-4A title by beating Moss Point in the Bay. The Rockachaws picked up a crucial win over East Central last week to remain unbeaten at 3-0 in the region race. The Hornets fell to 2 and 1. Moss Point needs a win tonight to improve the Tigers chances of gaining a playoff berth, entering the game with a 1 and 2 region record.
East Central can solidify the number two seed by beating Bay High. The Tigers from the Bay are 1 and 2 in the region race, tied with Vancleave and Pass Christian. The Pirates will entertain the Vancleave Bulldogs in another game that will help determine the top four seeds.
The Region 4-6A race is wide-open. Ocean Springs and Gulfport sit atop the standings perfect at 4-0. The Greyhounds entertain the 3 and 1 St. Martin Yellow Jackets a team that has some of the most electric offensive players in the state. It sets up an exciting match up sending the defensive-minded Greyhounds against the high-octane Yellow Jackets.
Gulfport travels to D'Iberville In another crucial Region 4-6A game. While the Admirals are unbeaten at 4 and 0, the home standing Warriors are tied with St. Martin for second-place at 3 and 1. Gulfport had to rally late to beat Harrison Central last Friday and rely on a solid running game, but quarterback Cleveland Ford is capable of hitting the big play in the Admirals passing game. Wide receiver Alton Conerly has made a number of game breaking touchdown receptions and the D'Iberville defense must key an eye on Conerly. The Admirals defense will try containing quarterback Jacquelle Green, a Louisville commitment.
Exciting races will also take place tonight in the Region 4-5A ranks. Entering Week 10, Picayune, Pearl River Central and Pascagoula all share the top spot at 4-0. Two of the top teams Pascagoula and Pearl River Central clash tonight at Carrier. Picayune entertains Long Beach. Gautier is 2 and 2, vying for one of the four playoff slots. The Gators face a tough challenge on the road at 2 and 2 Hattiesburg.
The top-ranked and undefeated Resurrection Eagles have a home game in the Region 4-1A ranks. The Eagles already wrapped-up the region title and will entertain Bogue Chitto at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula.
Tune-in to WLOX-ABC/CBS at 10:15 for the Friday Night Football Showdown. Tyler Bouldin and I will have game highlights and all the scores from tonight's high school football action. Starting at 10:35 you can log-on to WLOX.com for the Friday Night Football Showdown Post Game Show. Al Jones and Dave Ryan will be live in-studio to recap the games they covered tonight. Al will be following the Gulfport-D'Iberville Showdown and Ryan will have an update on the Bogue Chitto-Resurrection game. High school coaches will also join us for a recap of their respective games.
Get out and support your local high school football team!