Week 11 of high school football season has arrived, so here are Zac Chamblee’s predictions for six of the biggest games in the Hattiesburg area and Covington County.
Columbia (8-1) at Seminary (7-3)
This is without a doubt the Game of the Week in my area. To this point, both teams have taken care of business in Region 8-3A, so this is for the region championship. As far as the regular season goes, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Seminary is riding a six-game win streak, and Columbia has won four in a row under first-year coach Chip Bilderback. Defense should rule the day, so you can expect a low-scoring affair. This feels like a coin flip game for me, but as someone who’s been around Seminary a little bit this year and seen what they’re doing firsthand, it’s really hard to pick against the Bulldogs right now. They’ve got the confidence and momentum to keep this thing rolling.
Seminary 17, Columbia 14
Pearl (7-2) at Oak Grove (7-2)
Oak Grove can put last week’s disappointing loss to Brandon behind them quick with a win here over the defending Class 6A champions. Had it not been for a few mental miscues in the second half, the Warriors probably would’ve held on for a signature victory over the Bulldogs. Drew Causey’s team should get a lot of that cleaned up this week in preparation for another primetime contest at their place. It’ll be two evenly matched teams going at it, but I’ll take the Warriors to bounce back at home.
Oak Grove 24, Pearl 21
George County (3-7) at Petal (3-6)
Petal is playing their best football when they need it most. Three weeks ago after a loss to Brandon, the Panthers were tasked with closing the regular season out with four straight wins in order to make the playoffs for an 11th straight year. Well, they’re halfway there now after wins over Jim Hill and Meridian. Marcus Boyles’ team is playing well on both sides of the ball but especially on defense, and that spells trouble for a George County team that’s averaging just 10 points per game this year.
Petal 28, George County 10
Purvis (1-8) at FCAHS (1-9)
It’s been a difficult year for these teams, but you can throw the records out of the window when they meet up. This is a huge rivalry that means a lot to both communities. So, safe to say whoever wins the latest chapter will close out their respective season with a sweet victory. I’m thinking it will probably be Purvis. To this point, the Tornadoes have been a bit more consistent than the Aggies on offense, so I’ll roll with them here.
Purvis 27, FCAHS 13
Hattiesburg (9-0) at Long Beach (3-6)
Hattiesburg picked up win No. 9 last Friday over Picayune in challenging fashion. With the postseason right around the corner, it’s a reality that not every game the Tigers play will be a blowout, so it was good to see them face some adversity and still come out on the winning end. That being said, Hattiesburg should get back to their dominant ways this week, as Long Beach is allowing close to 40 points per game this year.
Hattiesburg 49, Long Beach 17
Greene County (7-2) at Sumrall (8-2)
Sumrall got a much-needed, bounce back win last week against a depleted FCAHS squad, but now a talented team in Greene County comes to town for the Bobcats’ regular season finale. The Wildcats have been more consistent in region play to this point, but now they gotta deal with Dannis Jackson, who should do enough for the Bobcats to get the job done at home.
Sumrall 27, Greene County 24