Best bets: 5 games to watch in Week 3 of 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. 18. (Feature photo by Keith Warren)

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TOP 5 GAMES TO WATCH

Poplarville at Picayune

The Hornets (0-2) were within one score of knocking off the top team in 3A (Jeff Davis County) and ranked 6A foe D’Iberville in their first two games.

They face another big test against Picayune (2-0), one of the best teams in the state, in their final non-region game.

Choctaw County at Kosciusko

Choctaw County (2-0) and its splendid athlete Ques McNeal are on the warpath. In a 50-18 win over East Webster last week, McNeal caught three passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and recorded four interceptions, including two he returned for scores.

His next test? A one-on-one matchup with one of the best receivers in the state in 4-star wideout Antonio Harmon from Kosciusko (0-2).

Ridgeland at Northwest Rankin

The Titans (2-0) have already beaten two 6A schools behind a resurgent defense and potent offense led by quarterback Zy McDonald. 

They’ll take aim at a third this week as they travel to Northwest Rankin (1-1), which is coming off a big win over Clinton.

Noxubee County at West Point

Noxubee (2-0) rolled in its first two games against Shannon and Philadelphia thanks to stifling defense and a revamped offense led by a pair of seniors, quarterback Chrishard Rupert and tailback Bobby Shanklin.

West Point bounced back from a season-opening loss to top-ranked Starkville with a 24-14 win over perennial 6A powerhouse Tupelo. Both teams’ final non-region game is gonna be a slugfest.

West Jones at Petal

West Jones (2-0) has only given up eight points on defense in two games. Petal (2-0) has scored 73 total points in its first two. Something’s gotta give when these two lock horns.

Fun fact: It’s the first meeting between the two powerhouse programs since the Panthers shut out the Mustangs 31-0 in 2014.

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