Week seven of high school football season is here. Here are Zac Chamblee’s predictions for six of the biggest games in the Hattiesburg area and Covington County. Note: Zac will be covering the Oak Grove-Petal game on Friday and has absolved himself from making a pick in that matchup.
Purvis (1-4) at Sumrall (6-0)
Despite the difference in records, I think the latest chapter in the Battle of Highway 589 could be a competitive one. Purvis is reeling a little bit and desperate for a signature win, and then of course there’s Sumrall, who hasn’t won a game in this rivalry in over a decade. Unlike previous years, the Bobcats are heavy favorites here. They should snap the streak with their ground game and defense. Both have been elite to this point.
Sumrall 31, Purvis 20
Hattiesburg (5-0) at Stone (1-3)
It took them a few quarters, but Hattiesburg kept rolling last Friday against Gautier. Neither Jarod Conner nor Drexlan Allen had huge performances by their standard in that one. Also, as a team, Hattiesburg barely outgained Gautier yardage-wise, 315-306. Despite all of that, the Tigers won by 27 points over a much-improved Gator team. Yep, this team is great. Scratch that, they are special. Pray for Stone.
Hattiesburg 45, Stone 17
Seminary (3-3) at West Marion (6-0)
Seminary’s brutal schedule continues this week at unbeaten West Marion. In utilizing a balanced offense and stifling defense, the Trojans have outscored opponents 194-68 through six games in 2018. The Bulldogs could present some problems with their Wing-T offense, which picked Purvis apart last week. West Marion is a whole other challenge, though. I’m thinking the Trojans pick up a hard-fought win at their place.
West Marion 27, Seminary 24
Collins (4-1) at Heidelberg (2-4)
Different week, same story for Collins. Too many weapons and too stout on defense. Both spell trouble for Heidelberg, who has lost four straight games. Keep in mind, though, the Oilers played four red-hot and talented teams—Lumberton, Wilkinson County, Poplarville and North Forrest—in that stretch. Heidelberg will be hungry to get back in the win column and pull off the upset, but Collins, again, is just too good.
Collins 33, Heidelberg 17
North Forrest (3-3) at St. Patrick (3-2)
Don’t look now, but North Forrest is on a roll. The Eagles started 0-3, and much like last year and the year before, have bounced back in a big way. If the last few seasons have shown us anything, it’s that quitting or giving up is simply not in North Forrest’s DNA. While the Eagles have been clicking on all cylinders, St. Patrick has been pretty average. Taking that into account, I’m forecasting a four-game win streak for North Forrest heading into next week’s showdown with Collins.
North Forrest 38, St. Patrick 23
Salem (1-5) at Mount Olive (0-6)
Could this be the week that Mount Olive breaks through? Yes, indeed it could be. In addition to facing an opponent they’ve beaten each of the previous two years, the Pirates are not playing or practicing like a winless team, according to head coach Dante Durr. I’m thinking persistence finally pays off Friday for Durr and his Pirates.
Mount Olive 26, Salem 13