The DeSoto Central Jaguars and Tupelo Golden Wave will square off in the first round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 7A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET at Renasant Field in Tupelo, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: DeSoto Central Jaguars vs. Tupelo Golden Wave
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 7A Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: Renasant Field – Tupelo, MS
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The Jaguars enter the playoffs with a 5-6 record, while the Golden Wave have an 8-2 record. Tupelo is ranked 2nd in the division, while DeSoto Central is ranked 15th. In the state rankings, Tupelo is ranked 2nd and DeSoto Central is ranked 58th.
DeSoto Central has a balanced offense that averages 19.5 points per game. The Jaguars are led by senior quarterback Isaac Johnson, who has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Johnson also has a solid rushing attack, as he has rushed for over 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Tupelo has a more explosive offense, averaging 35.3 points per game. The Golden Wave are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Tupelo also has a dangerous passing game, led by senior quarterback Matthew Schuette, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Both teams have good defenses, but Tupelo has the better unit. The Golden Wave have allowed just 16.9 points per game this season, while DeSoto Central has allowed 22.8 points per game.
This is a David vs. Goliath matchup, with the underdog Jaguars facing off against the heavily favored Golden Wave. DeSoto Central will need to play a perfect game in order to have a chance to win.
Prediction: Tupelo Golden Wave 35, DeSoto Central Jaguars 21
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