The Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles and Vardaman Rams will square off in the second round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET in Vardaman, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles vs. Vardaman Rams
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Vardaman – Vardaman, MS
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The Eagles enter the playoffs with an 8-3 record, while the Rams have a perfect 10-0 record. Vardaman is ranked 6th in the division, while Tupelo Christian Prep is ranked 9th. In the state rankings, Vardaman is ranked 149th and Tupelo Christian Prep is ranked 170th.
Tupelo Christian Prep has a balanced offense that averages 31.5 points per game. The Eagles 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.
Vardaman has a more explosive offense, averaging 41.1 points per game. The Rams are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Vardaman 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 Vardaman has the better unit. The Rams have allowed just 16.9 points per game this season, while Tupelo Christian Prep has allowed 22.8 points per game.
This should be a close and competitive game between two evenly matched teams. Vardaman has the better offense and defense, but Tupelo Christian Prep is a playoff-tested team. Ultimately, the game will likely come down to a few key plays.
Prediction: Vardaman Rams 28, Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles 21
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