Ask any coach in Region 3-5A what the worst part of the region is and they will say the travel.
Two region schools are in Jackson (90 miles each way), Ole Brook (84 miles), Natchez (145 miles) and Summit (104 miles).
West Jones will venture on one of those trips Friday night when the Mustangs, riding a three- game winning streak, will play at Forest Hill in Jackson.
The Patriots (1-4) are dreadful, having beaten only Jim Hill 16-6. They have been outscored in the last two games 115-16.
That lack of offensive fire- power will pay a hefty price against a West Jones defense that is the best coach Scott Pierson has had in his tenure in Soso.
Through four games, the Mus- tangs are allowing an average of 7.5 points per game. Londarrius McRunnels leads the team with 35 tackles, while Alabama commitment Byron Young has 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks.
The dominant defense is coupled with an offense that seems to get better each week. After managing only two field goals in the season-opener, the Mustangs have averaged 33 points per game.
Quarterback Alan Follis has completed 76 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Perry Central at Taylorsville
The unbeaten Tartars will host 2-3 Perry Central in the final matchup before the much-anticipated game next Thursday night against rival Bay Springs.
Perry Central is coming off two straight losses, including a 35-0 loss to Columbia, a team Taylorsville defeated by a touch- down last week.
Senior Derrick Hartfield (581 yards, 5 TDs) and freshman Tyrion Sumrall (281 yards, 4 TDs) lead the Bulldogs’ rushing attack.
Taylorsville sophomore Ty Keyes continues his impressive sophomore campaign with 1,448 yards passing and 16 touch- downs to four interceptions. In two seasons, Keyes has thrown 61 touchdowns,
The Tartars, the defending Class 2A state champion, are ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press Mississippi prep football poll.
Bay Springs at Quitman
The Bulldogs of Bay Springs, coming off a win over Northeast Jones, will again move up in class to face Class 4A Quitman.
The Panthers are 2-3 and riding a three-game losing streak that has seen the team average only a touch- down per game. In the first two games of the season, Quitman averaged 39 points per game.
Adrian Cole tossed a touchdown, while Anson Windham, Dallen Jones and Jamarius Hosey each scored a rushing touchdown in Bay Springs’ victory over Northeast Jones.
West Lincoln at Stringer
After suffering an opening-night defeat to Class 2A power Bay Springs, Stringer has been like a buzzsaw through its opponents.
The Red Devils (4-1) are coming off a 41-21 victory
over Loyd Star last Friday and have not scored fewer than 33 points in any game this season, except the Bay Springs loss where star run- ning back Anthony Thomas suffered an injury.
After missing most of the opener and one more game, Thomas has been a one- man wrecking crew. He has scored 10 touchdowns and averages 189 yards rushing per game — a 19-yards-per- carry average.
Quarterback Caleb Dyess has run for a touchdown and thrown for five for Stringer.
North Forrest at Heidelberg
The Oilers won their first two games of the season before dropping three straight, including a 55-7 thumping at Class 4A-power Poplarville last week.
The Oilers will focus on North Forrest Friday night before a showdown with Col- lins the following week.
North Forrest is 2-3 and has won two consecutive games.
Sylva-Bay at Clinton Christian
Sylva-Bay will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season as it travels to Clinton Christian.
Clinton Christian has won four games this season and is led by running backs Devin Armstrong (878 yards, 4 TDs) and junior Christian Thornton (549 yards, 10 TDs).