High school football fans should anticipate an exciting night of football in South Mississippi. The Friday Night Football Showdown will have highlights from the opening round of the 4A State playoffs and highlights from key games in the Region 4-6A and Region 4-5A.
St. Stanislaus completed the regular season with 9 wins and 1 loss. That setback was to Brother Martin of New Orleans. The Rockachaws captured the Region 8-4A title for the second consecutive season and kick off the first-round of the 4A State playoffs 7 p.m. Friday hosting Greene County.
Coach Bill Conides has produced one of the most proficient offenses in the state led by LSU commitment Myles Brennan. The senior quarterback has thrown for 3,231 yards, 40 touchdowns and no interceptions. The no picks is a stat that truly stands out.
Brennan an array of talented receivers he can zip the ball to. Corbin Blanchard has 49 receptions for 896 yards and 14 touchdowns. Tight end Chase Rogers tied the Mississippi record for total touchdowns receptions with 40. He has 12 on the season. Darrius Pittman leads the Rockachaws with 55 catches for 591 yards and 8 touchdowns.
East Central finished second in the Region 8-4A standings and will have the home field advantage hosting Forrest County AHS on Friday. Coach Seth Smith will count on the nation's 4th leading rusher in Tony Brown. The junior has rushed for 2,862 yards and a whopping 35 touchdowns.
Moss Point will try advancing into the second round of the 4A State playoffs. The Tigers will be on the road at Purvis. Moss Point running back Omni Wells has been a big weapon all season.
Pass Christian faces a difficult task in the first-round of the 4A playoffs, a road game at Poplarville. The Hornets captured the Region 7-4A title. The Pirates defense must contain running back Austin Bolton. He has 1,023 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Region 4-6A has five teams vying for the four playoffs spots. D'Iberville (5-1) will entertain St. Martin (3-3)in a big rivalry. The Yellow Jackets haven't cracked the playoffs since 2003 and head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead will count on senior quarterback Wayne Overman on Friday. Overman has thrown for 2,856 yards and will zero-in on game breaking receiver Kalem Reddix, a Colorado State commitment. Reddix ranks fifth in the nation with 1,646 yards and 19 touchdowns.
D'Iberville head coach Eric Collins loves running the football and has three guys ready to carry the load against the Yellow Jackets. Ja'Quavis Foster has 968 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, Micah "18 Wheeler" Booker has plowed over and past defenders for 900 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Kahlil McCray has rushed for 720 yard and 9 touchdowns.
Biloxi (4-2) travels to Milner Stadium facing arch rival Gulfport (3-3). The Admirals have dominated the rivalry of late. Over the past 10 years, Gulfport has posted 8 wins and 2 losses. 2011 was the last time Biloxi beat Gulfport, a 20-17 decision.
Indians head coach Bobby Hall has been using junior Brodie King at quarterback the past two games. He led Biloxi past George County and Hancock since calling the plays behind center. Tucker Thomas started the season for the Indians and sat out the George County game with an injury and that's why King started the Rebels game. Thomas has been playing wide receiver and also is a standout defensive back.
Tim Jones leads the Indians receiving corps with 38 catches for 663 yards and 7 touchdowns. Running back Nick Ross has rushed for 480 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Gulfport quarterback Cleveland Ford has thrown for 1,645 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jalen Knight has become Ford's primary receiver of late. Knight has averaged 24.8 yards per catch. Larozzo Shugart is the Admirals leading rusher.
A Gulfport win and a St. Martin loss, would secure a playoff berth for the Admirals. An Indians victory would lock-up a playoff berth for Biloxi.
George County (4-2) travels to the Kiln on Friday. The Rebels battle Hancock (1-5). The Rebels are trying to secure home field advantage in the playoffs with a shot at winning Region 4-6A.
Everything is on the line for Pascagoula and Gautier. The game will decide which team gains the fourth and final playoff berth in the Region 4-5A ranks. Stone, Picayune and Hattiesburg have already locked-up a playoff spot. All three teams enter the final game of the regular season with identical 5-1 records. The region champion and runner up will be decided on Friday.
Stone travels to Hattiesburg. A win over the Tigers and the Tomcats would claim the Region 4-5A title. Picayune is on the road at Pearl River Central. A victory over the Blue Devils and a Hattiesburg win over Stone would give the Maroon Tide another region title.
Resurrection closes out the regular season in the Region 4-1A ranks at Salem. The Eagles secured a playoff spot as the runner up in the Region behind Lumberton. Resurrection dropped a 20-17 decision to Lumberton last Friday.
In 8-man football Christian Collegiate Academy entertains North Sunflower Academy Friday night in Gulfport.
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