Best bets: 5 games to watch for the week of Sept. 4 in Mississippi high school football

Here is an inside look at the top high school football games across the state of Mississippi for the week of Sept. 4.

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TOP 5 GAMES TO WATCH

West Point at Starkville, 7 p.m.

No matter which rankings you prefer, we’ve got number one going against number two in our marquee matchup. Can Starkville’s explosive offense match West Point’s relentless defense? We can’t wait to find out. (Feature photo by Keith Warren)

Clinton at Brandon, 7 p.m.

It’s always fun when 6A heavyweights from different regions square off, and this season-opener for both teams certainly qualifies. Both teams are breaking in new faces at key positions, but this could be an early litmus test for who is ready to compete in their respective regions.

Tupelo at Neshoba Central, 7 p.m.

Newly minted Tupelo coach Ty Hardin’s debut comes on the road against one of the best 5A teams in the state. Neshoba Central has 6A talent on a 5A roster, but Tupelo returns plenty of key pieces as well.

Laurel at Hattiesburg, 7 p.m.

You just knew COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop the 99th rendition of the Little Brown Jug game, a rivalry series that has produced some remarkable moments over the years. You never know when you’ll get another one. Hattiesburg is looking to avenge a 35-19 loss from last year.

Pearl at Ridgeland, 7 p.m.

Pearl will be heavily favored, but this one is an intriguing matchup for several reasons. Both teams have new coaches – Justin Hunter at Pearl and Sam Williams at Ridgeland. Plus, that vaunted Pearl defense should be a good early test for Ridgeland quarterback Zy McDonald, who is among the state’s best.

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