The Winston Academy Patriots have done a lot of improving over the past season.
They have a new head coach in Bo Milton who came from Parklane Academy.
The Patriots (3-4) look to get to .500 this season when they travel to Starkville to take on the Volunteers of Starkville Academy (4-4, 2-2).
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on homecoming weekend for the Volunteers.
"They are just a very much improving football team," SA head coach Jeff Terrill said. "Coach (Bo Milton) has done a great job down there. They have got size and speed. Being in such a close proximity, it should be a heck of a game."
The Volunteers took a 55-12 decision last season, but this year the Patriots look to put up more points with their spread offense.
"He has brought in with him a spread offense that they execute very well," Terrill said. "Both running and throwing. They do a real good job defensively with a odd man front scheme. They keep you guessing."
Winston is coming off a 24-7 loss to Simpson Academy and look to get back to its winning ways.
– Ben Wait
SHS knows Canton can get job done
The Canton Tigers are capable of winning and have already proved that to be true in Class 5A, Region 2, District 6.
Even though the Tigers are 1-2 in the region, the one win was against Neshoba Central 35-15 last week.
Starkville High School head coach Jamie Mitchell knows Canton will be a much-improved team when his Yellowjackets make the trip there Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
"I told our coaches Sunday that the bottom teams in our division have gotten better," Mitchell said. "The teams that weren't very good last year have gotten better and Canton is one of them. They have a beautiful stadium to play in and it's going to be another test."
Mitchell is concerned about the athletic ability of the Tigers. Junior running back Tim Lewis has 133 carries for 890 yards on the ground, an average of 6.9 yards per attempt. Canton averages 228.2 yards rushing per game as a team.
Canton quarterback Lamarcus Jones has completed 29-of-54 pass attempts for 450 yards.
After winning their first two games of the season against Wingfield 40-0 and Velma Jackson 48-6, the Tigers (3-4 overall) lost the next four to Meridian 41-6, Crystal Springs 7-6, Ridgeland 27-0 and Yazoo City 6-0.
– Danny P. Smith