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Each week, SBLive highlights five big high school football games across the state of Mississippi with major implications or fascinating matchups. With Tropical Storm Delta set to make landfall between Texas and the Florida panhandle Friday morning, most games have been moved to Thursday night.

Here’s a list of big games for Oct. 8 and 9. (Feature photo by Tim Ward)


Taylorsville at West Jones, Thursday @ 7 p.m.

You wouldn’t think a 2A-5A matchup would be worth the price of admission, but boy, would you be wrong about this one.

Taylorsville (4-0) comes in undefeated and with a high-octane offense that’s averaging 48 points a game, led by All-Everything quarterback Ty Keyes. West Jones (3-0) ranks No. 5 in the latest SBLive Power 10 Rankings and has had two weeks off after rescheduling games against Brookhaven and South Jones.

Both teams can score, but it will be interesting to see which defense steps up to the challenge Thursday night in Soso.

Madison Central at Warren Central, Thursday @ 7 p.m.

Madison Central has been on the warpath since dropping a 6-0 stunner at Brandon on Sept. 18, but they face their biggest test to date when they travel to Vicksburg for a head-to-head matchup with a familiar foe.

Since that loss to Brandon, the Jaguars (4-1) have thrashed Clinton and Winona. Warren Central (4-0) just keeps chugging along without so much as a hiccup. A win Thursday would put either team in a good position to earn a playoff spot, and they know it.

Can the Madison Central defense return to form in time to handle the Vikings’ speedy skill position players? Can Warren Central stop Tate Collins, Duke Arnold and the run-happy Jaguars?

Lake Cormorant at West Point, Thursday @ 7 p.m.

West Point just keeps chugging along in Region 1-5A, but they’ll face their biggest test since the league opener on Sept. 18 at home this Thursday night.

Lake Cormorant (3-1) is certainly no cupcake, as they proved last week by thrashing New Hope 40-21. They also hold a non-region win over Horn Lake. West Point (4-1) is riding a four-game winning streak since dropping the season opener to top-ranked Starkville.

Will the Green Wave keep rolling through 5A opponents, or can the Gators follow the blueprint Lafayette had success with in a near-upset two weeks ago?

Ocean Springs at Biloxi, Thursday @ 7 p.m.

Nothing makes for better drama than desperation, and this all-coast matchup in Region 4-6A features two teams in need of a win.

The once-vaunted Biloxi (2-2) defense is looking to get its groove back after giving up 76 points the past two weeks in losses to D’Iberville and Harrison Central. A loss Thursday night would be devastating for the Indians’ playoff hopes. Ocean Springs (4-1) must find a way to bounce back from a 27-24 loss to D’Iberville last week.

Both teams have some tough games ahead, and the loser of Thursday night’s game will have little-to-no room for error going forward.

West Marion at Magee, Thursday @ 7 p.m.

Region 8-3A is completely loaded this season, and Thursday night's 6 p.m. matchup between two of its best teams should be a good one.

Magee (3-0) eased back into play last week after two weeks in quarantine with a 28-22 win over Seminary to get to 1-0 in region games. West Marion (5-1) beat the breaks off of Jeff Davis County 38-6.

The winner of Thursday's game still has a shot to secure the top playoff seed coming out of the region, but the loser will likely have to beat 3A's top-ranked team Columbia to have a shot at playing at home in the first round.