We’ve appeared to have discovered the formula for success.
Unfortunately, it also seems that in order to have a winning week we have to have fallen upon hard times the week before to do so.
Rock’s Locks went an impressive 12-1 last week, improving to 50-15 overall after five weeks of action.
This week’s picks are dedicated to my old and dear friend Dwayne “Double D” Bremer who passed away earlier this year much too young. “Bremer”, as I called him, wrote for me for some years when I was the Sports Editor in Picayune, and we shared a love for prep sports (especially football), college football and occasionally blackjack at The Slipper. He also spent many years covering Hancock football for the Sea Coast Echo and was the public address announcer for the Hawks as well. This is the first prep football season I’ve had to get through with talking to Bremer after games on Friday night in almost 20 years, and I can only imagine how excited he would be today about his Hancock Hawks who are 5-0 for the first time in almost 25 years.
I’m sure he’s smiling down from above and maybe even helping the Hawks out a bit with the lucky bounce of the ball from time to time. He surely will be missed Friday night in the Kiln as HHS celebrates Homecoming this week.
I miss you Bremer…
“Early one morning the sun was shining, I was laying in bed. Wondered if she’d changed at all or if her hair was still red…”
- Florence at Hancock — The Hawks are the only team in the “Southern Six” that sit a perfect 5-0 after five weeks in the current prep football campaign, as these teams meet for the first time ever on the football field. The Hawks have a veteran three-headed monster in the offensive backfield, in the form of quarterback Dylan Moran, tailback Zach Gullag and fullback Jeffrey Hopgood which have in part helped the Hawks to that unbeaten 5-0 start for the first time since the 2000 season. The Eagles are 3-2, and have lost their last two games by a total of three points including a 42-40 loss to Holmes Co.Central last week. This is gonna be a tough Homecoming foe for the Hawks…Hancock 38, Florence 36.
- Moss Point at Poplarville — These two teams are both coming off substandard performances last week as they each enter Region 8-4A play Friday night in northern-ish Pearl River County. The teams combined to score ZERO points in a pair of losses last week, as the Hornets fell 42-0 and the Tigers did ’em one score better at 49-0. We like the home team. Poplarville 35, Moss Point 13.
- Pass Christian at Greene County — The Pirates and Wildcats also kick off Region 8-4A play Friday night at Johnny Ainsworth Stadium in Leakesville. Pass Christian is riding high at 4-1 under new head coach Jeff Stockstill, Greene County finally notched its first win of the season last week. Unlike the first two picks, we like the road team in this one. Pass Christian 27, Greene County 20.
- Meridian at Harrison Central — Suffice it to say that this is arguably one of the biggest non-region regular season home games in the history of the Red Rebels football team, as the once perennial state power Wildcats come calling at Earl Phillips Stadium in Lyman this week. This is also the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between these two teams, and Harrison Central enters the fray unbeaten at 4-0 while Meridian is 2-3. We’ll give a shaky vote of confidence to the unbeaten home folks. Harrison Central 23, Meridian 21. Hancock and signal-caller Dylan Moran moved into the top spot in the 228Sports “Super 7 in the Southern 6” Poll this week. (Photo by Kerry Bass/228Sports)
- Hattiesburg at George County — This will be the first meeting between these two teams since the opening round of the Class 5A South State playoffs in 2005, when on the same playing surface at Gill-Martin Stadium the Rebels stopped the Tigers 20-7 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall 18 years ago. Both squads have shown some success on the gridiron so far into the current campaign, and the Rebels are 4-1 for the first time in five years and they look to move to 5-1 for the first time since 2007, some 16 years ago which is also the one and only year they played for state championship. George County 28, Hattiesburg 23.
- Stone at St. Stanislaus — While this isn’t the first meeting between these two schools, it’s certainly a rare occurrence as the Rock-A-Chaws and Tomcats haven’t played in 41 years, since 1982. Back then, the Tomcats were known as Stone County. This is just the fifth meeting all-time between the teams. We seem to be counting on the home team a lot this week. St. Stanislaus 20, Stone 12.
- Resurrection at Salem — The Eagles open Region 8-1A play on the road this week after enjoying an open date this week. This contest might have a running cock after halftime…Resurrection 49, Salem 0.
A six pack to go:
South Jones 17, Long Beach 7
Presbyterian Christian 24, Bay High 13
Wayne County 20, D’Iberville 19
Columbia 27, Gautier 21
Biloxi 48, Leflore 6
St. Patrick 8, Perry Central 7