The Forest Hill Patriots and Picayune Maroon Tide will square off in the first round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 6A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET in Picayune, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: Forest Hill Patriots vs. Picayune Maroon Tide
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 6A Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: Lee-Triplett – Picayune, MS
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The Patriots enter the playoffs with a 5-6 record, while the Maroon Tide have an 8-2 record. Picayune is ranked 2nd in the division, while Forest Hill is ranked 21st. In the state rankings, Picayune is ranked 7th and Forest Hill is ranked 151st.
Forest Hill has a balanced offense that averages 20.7 points per game. The Patriots 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.
Picayune has a more explosive offense, averaging 36.5 points per game. The Maroon Tide are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Picayune 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 Picayune has the better unit. The Maroon Tide have allowed just 18.2 points per game this season, while Forest Hill has allowed 22.8 points per game.
This should be a one-sided game, as Picayune is the clear favorite. The Maroon Tide have the better offense, the better defense, and a home field advantage. Forest Hill will need to play a perfect game to have a chance to win.
Prediction: Picayune Maroon Tide 35, Forest Hill Patriots 14
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