Week 13 of high school football season is here, and the playoffs are now in full effect for every classification. Here are Zac Chamblee’s predictions for five games involving teams from the Hattiesburg area and Covington County.
Brookhaven (7-4) at Hattiesburg (11-0), First Round 5A Playoffs
A year ago this might’ve been an interesting game, but it’s clear that Brookhaven has taken a step back in 2018. You can’t say the same thing about these Hattiesburg Tigers, who outscored district opponents a combined 372-84 in seven games en route to the Region 4-5A crown. Oh yeah, the Tigers have also won 20 straight games at D.I. Patrick Stadium dating back to 2016, according to MaxPreps.
Hattiesburg 49, Brookhaven 17
Harrison Central (8-3) at Oak Grove (9-2), First Round 6A Playoffs
It took a couple years, but Oak Grove is back in the postseason where they belong. Aside from that second half against Brandon, the Warriors have been on a roll in recent weeks. On the other side, Harrison Central has utilized a balanced offense this season, but only two of the Red Rebels’ wins have come against teams with a winning record.
Oak Grove 31, Harrison Central 20
Petal (5-6) at Gulfport (10-1), First Round 6A Playoffs
Gulfport won the first matchup of these teams back in August. It was one of several early losses for Petal, but the Panthers eventually flipped a switch and now enter the playoffs red hot having won four in a row. As their record suggests, Gulfport has been one of the top teams in 6A from start to finish of the regular season. Led by Southern Miss commit and quarterback TQ Newsome, the Admirals have won eight in a row and should be the favorite here.
Gulfport 28, Petal 21
Seminary (9-3) at Raleigh (5-7), Second Round 3A Playoffs
Most signs point to Seminary picking up win No. 10 here and advancing to the third round. The Bulldogs’ current eight game winning streak actually started in September with a victory over these Lions, who have been up and down this year. Raleigh has played much better at home than on the road, but that probably won’t matter too much with a team of Seminary’s caliber coming to town.
Seminary 34, Raleigh 10
Collins (10-1) at St. Joseph Catholic (6-6), Second Round 2A Playoffs
Collins figures to get starting quarterback Hershey McLaurin back after he sat out the Tigers’ first round win last week against Enterprise with some minor bumps and bruises. Without him, Eric Booth’s team was still able to dominate. With him, well, that’s just unfair if we’re being honest. The Tigers have taken care of business in nine straight games, and they should keep that streak going Friday.
Collins 41, St. Joseph Catholic 16