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November 15, 2013

Friday Night Blitz: Week 13 (Playoff Edition)

Another week down and another week closer to the ultimate goal for every team in the state, Jackson. Each team has aspirations of making it to the Big House in Jackson where they have the opportunity to play for the gold trophy but as each week goes by, those opportunities get slimmer and slimmer for many teams. This week, playoffs are in full swing for the entire state. It should be a great week of high school football in Mississippi and we've got you covered here on BulldogBlitz.com. Let's take a look at my picks from last week and where I am on the season picking my top five games each week.

Last Week's Record: 2-3

Season Record 41-19

Now, my game of the week and four more games to watch.

Game of the Week: Water Valley at Louisville: This game is my game of the week, although I don't see it being a big game in the end. Weird, I know, but there's just no one that can touch Louisville. I say that because it hasn't happened yet and I won't believe it will happen until it actually happens. Got all of that? Anyway, Louisville is clicking on all cylinders and has been for the entire season. The biggest chance that Water Valley has in the ball game is to keep it close going into the fourth quarter. Louisville hasn't had many ball games that weren't over by halftime. If they get into the situation where they are down in a game or if the game is close, it's unknown how the players will react. Water Valley has to take this to the fourth quarter and hope to put points on the board against the vastly underrated Wildcat defense. I think Louisville is going to be too much to handle which has been a common theme for them in 3A this season.

West Point at Pearl: The Green Wave came in to their seventh game of the year at just 2-4. They were struggling defensively and MSU commit Aeris Williams was carrying the football nearly every play. The Green Wave regrouped and finished the year with five-straight wins going into the playoffs and have looked like the program they've been in the past. They now get set to take on a reeling Pearl team that lost their division championship last week against Callaway. With all of the momentum going West Point's way and a bit of doubt creeping in on Pearl's side, does that spell upset? I think so. West Point

Baldwyn at Bruce: Baldwyn and Bruce has been a big rivalry in the recent years and they rekindle that rivalry in the second round of the 2A playoffs this week. Bruce just got past Simmons last week while Baldwyn ripped off a blowout win against West Tallahatchie. You can throw away the records when these two get together and I think that's the case here as I'm picking upset. Bruce beats Baldwyn. Bruce

Petal at D'Iberville: The Petal Panthers lost a whole lot of momentum that they built when they lost MSU commit and star wide receiver Jesse Jackson for the season with a torn acl. The Panthers did regroup for a blowout win at Terry to end the season and they still have a lot of pieces left to make a run in the very tough 6A. The problem now presenting the Panthers is D'Iberville who has risen inside 6A with four-straight wins to end the season. With this game being at D'Iberville and Jackson out, Petal has to play a great game and hold on to the football. I think they find a way to make it to the next round this week and they get past the favored Warriors. Petal

MRA at Jackson Prep : Mississippi State offensive lineman commit Sean Rawlings told me back when he committed that he wanted to play Jackson Prep again. The talented senior gets his wish at redemption on Friday night as the two teams square off again, this time for the trip to the State Championship. In the first game, the Prepsters were trailing for most of the game before bouncing back to claim the 19-13 victory. Prep is the reigning state champs and is looking to make it back up the road again this year and they're riding a four-game winning streak. This one will be a hard-fought battle between two cross-town rivals, but Prep will prevail and get back to the State Championship once again. Jackson Prep

Player of the Week: Markell Pack; WR, Purvis: One of the top players in the state chose to commit to Tim Brewster and Florida State back in the summer and is still being recruited hard by the schools inside Mississippi and for good reason. The talented Pack had a total of 15 touches for 237 yards and five touchdowns. He was 2-2 passing for 26 yards and a touchdown, had three catches for 47 yards and rushed the ball 10 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns. He also shined on defense with four tackles and a forced and recovered fumble. He's as good as advertised.

Now let's take a look at this week's top 25 for the state of Mississippi.

Top 25:
1. South Panola (11-1) 6A
2. Oxford (11-0) 5A
3. Louisville (12-0) 3A
4. Brandon (10-1) 6A
5. Oak Grove (10-1) 6A
6. Tupelo (10-1) 6A
7. Bassfield (11-1) 2A
8. Pascagoula (10-1) 5A
9. Petal (9-2) 6A
10. Wayne County (9-2) 5A
11. Callaway (12-0) 5A
12. Hazlehurst (11-1) 4A
13. Madison Central (8-3) 6A
14. Picayune (8-2) 5A
15. Gulfport (9-2) 6A
16. Pearl (10-2) 5A
17. St. Stansislaus (11-0) 4A
18. Meridian (8-3) 6A
19. Laurel (10-1) 5A
20. Jackson Academy (9-2) MAIS-AAA
21. Charleston (10-1) 3A
22. Grenada (9-2) 6A
23. D'Iberville (9-2) 6A
24. Ripley (11-1) 4A
25. Greenwood (10-1) 4A

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