We've reached the midway point of the regular season and local teams are trying to notch wins tonight before starting the district grind next week.
Here are some of the more intriguing matches from around area.
SCOTLANDVILLE (4-0) at OUACHITA (2-1)
Jeff Fitzgerald's Lions are the most pleasant surprise of any local team this year, playing outstanding defense and finding their rhythm offensively under duel-threat QB Devion Warren (645 all purpose yards, 6 TDs). After not allowing blue-chip RB Devin White past the 50-yard-line a week ago in their shut out of North Webster, the Lions will have to channel that fury once again this week. Scotlandville QB Levi Lewis mirrors Warren's athleticism, throwing for 841 passing yards rushing for 386 yards in the Hornets' first four contest.
STERLINGTON (4-0) at LOYOLA PREP (2-2)
While Sterlington's competition hasn't been exceptional through the first month of the season, there is a reason they are the No. 1 team in Class 2A. Jason Thompson has his team running the football outstanding once again, but he's also getting alot of production out of senior QB Devin Murphy (24-for-30 for 384 yards and 2 TDs). Loyola likes to throw the football, which doesn't match up well against Sterlington's talented secondary.
MANGHAM (3-1) at PICKERING (3-1)
The Dragons appear to be figuring things out of offense, with rushing sensations Jakarie Nichols (364 yards, 6 TDs) and Abdullah "Mack" Rhone (434 yards, 6 TDs) once against blowing up the stat book. Pickering has a defense that allowed a combined 19 points in the three wins. It will be a good test for the Dragons before they begin a tough District 2-2A schedule next week.
OUACHITA CHRISTIAN (4-0) at ALEXANDRIA (3-1)
Possibly the most interesting matchup of the week. Undefeated OCS traveling down to face a rejuvenated 5A Alexandria team that's averaging 57 points per game under new offensive coordinator Thomas Bachman. Josh Pennebaker (836 rushing yards, 8 TDs) and Grant Fitzhugh (621 passing yards, 13 TDs, 0 INTs) have the Eagles' offense breathing fire after the first month of the season. It could a barn burner down there tonight.
OAK GROVE (1-3) at SICILY ISLAND (0-4)
Sicily Island are still looking for its firsts win since bringing football back to Raymond Peace Stadium. They have lost games by one, two and four points this season. They will face their biggest test tonight however, against a struggling Oak Grove squad that will outweigh them by an average of a 100 pounds on both the offense and defensive line.
CHRISTIAN COLLEGIATE (6-0, 2-0) at FRANKLIN ACADEMY (4-2, 2-0)
After dropping it's first two contest of the season, the Cougars have reeled off four straight with a huge overtime win over two-time defending MAIS champion Sharkey last week. Chris Sullivan's team will have his hands full tonight with CCA, a team that has won their six games by an average of 27 points. The Cougars will rely on Mason Harris (42 tackles, 7 for losses), Michael Sullivan (41 tackles, 2 FF) and Colton Williams (38 tackles, 4 for losses) to slow up CCA's high-octane attack.
VIDALIA (2-2) at AVOYELLES (1-3)
Vidalia is seeking its second consecutive district win tonight at Avoyelles. The Vikings will rely on Julian Wilson, who rushed for 277 yards against Bolton last week. Vidalia will be looking for revenge after getting blown out 64-12 last year by the Mustangs, a team that prides itself by using the onside kick every time they tee it up.