Week 4 of high school football season is here. Here are James Pugh and Kevan Lindsey's predictions for nine games involving teams from the Impact601 area.
West Jones at Wingfield
West Jones travels to the Jackson area on Thursday night to face a former Region 3-5A opponent, Wingfield.
In the Scott Pierson era at West Jones, there have only been two losing seasons. In one of the seasons, 2015, West Jones still managed a win against Wingfield. That's how overly matched this rivalry — if you want to call it that — is.
In another prime year for West Jones to make a deep run in the playoffs, there’s nothing to suggest that West Jones won’t continue its dominance over the Falcons.
James’ Prediction: West Jones 35, Wingfield 0.
Petal at Laurel
Canceled due to COVID protocols.
South Jones at NEJ
South Jones and Northeast Jones dominated opponents in Week 3.
South Jones blistered FCAHS 49-14, while Northeast Jones ran all over Perry Central 26-6.
This game will be a blast as both teams move in the right direction as a program.
Don't expect a high-scoring shootout, though. Then again, the games you don't expect to be like that sometimes end up being just that.
James’ Prediction: South Jones 20, NEJ 7.
Bay Springs at Scott Central
Scott Central has been the preseason favorite in 2A football and rightfully so. However, Bay Springs is the favorite in 1A. There is a large gap in 1A football to 2A football, but there is a large gap in Bay Springs football and 1A as a whole. Should Scott Central win this game? Looking at the classifications on paper, they should. Games aren’t won on paper, though.
Bay Springs beats the 2A State Championship favorites this Friday night.
Kevan Lindsey’s Prediction: Bay Springs 24, Scott Central 16
Raleigh at Seminary
The Lions went to Taylorsville and dominated the Tartars 44-7. Raleigh head coach Ryan Higdon knew his Lions would make mistakes as that was their season-opener, however, he also knew their effort would make up for those mistakes. This week, a new challenge arises as they travel to Seminary to face first-year Seminary head coach Mitch Evans.
Evans is still in the process of installing an entirely new offense for the Bulldogs, while the Lions are ready to keep rolling. The game might be close for a bit, but I expect Raleigh to pull away late as the effort makes up for any mistakes once again.
Kevan Lindsey’s Prediction: Raleigh 36, Seminary 18
Sylva-Bay at Bowling Green
The Saints went and found themselves a win last week and finally grabbed some momentum in 2021. They’ll travel across the state line to Louisiana and face Bowling Green who is 0-3 on the year. Wayne Academy whipped the Buccaneers last week, so that could bode well for Sylva-Bay to do the same. Can we get on a winning streak, Saints? I think so.
Kevan Lindsey’s Prediction: Sylva-Bay 27, Bowling Green 12
Newton at Heidelberg
Another week, another rivalry game for Heidelberg. The Oilers have yet to get into the win column, but the tests have been tough for a team that did not play a down of football in 2020. While there is an improvement that is showing up in everything besides the win column, the Oilers will likely take another hit on the chin this week against Newton. Be patient, Oiler fans. The change will happen, just not this week.
Kevan Lindsey’s Prediction: Newton 27, Heidelberg 13
Lawrence County 37, Taylorsville 12
Bogue Chitto 32, Mize 8
Enterprise 35, Stringer 6
James Pugh, 3-0.
Kevan Lindsey, 4-1.