2022 MHSAA Final Four and Championship Projections (Boys)

1A FINAL FOUR

Biggersville vs. Bay Springs 

Coffeeville vs. McAdams 

Champion: Bay Springs 

Comment: Bay Springs and Biggersville should be an absolute battle in the semifinals. Watch for Chad Jones to be big in the playoffs. 

2A FINAL FOUR

Pine Grove vs. Heidelberg 

North Side vs. Newton 

Champion: Pine Grove

Comment: This is my biggest upset pick of the year. They will have to slay the giant, Coahoma County, in round two, but Pine Grove has an experienced starting five and are led by a great point guard, Carson Rowland. 

3A FINAL FOUR

North Panola vs. St. Patrick 

Noxubee County vs. St. Andrews 

Champion: St. Patrick 

Comment: I am taking a saint to win 3A. St. Andrews has won two titles in a row but I think St. Patrick will take it in 2022. They feature an SEC guard, Nick Krass. He is an Ole Miss commit. 

-4A FINAL FOUR

Choctaw Central vs. Lanier

Leake Central vs. Raymond 

Champion: Raymond

Comment: Raymond is 3-0 against Lanier this season. It’s hard to beat a good team four times but I trust Raymond’s guard play to get it done. 

-5A FINAL FOUR

New Hope vs. Picayune 

Holmes County Central vs. Florence 

Champion: Holmes County Central

Comment: I will take Holmes County Central to repeat but I like Caleb Parr and New Hope too. 

6A FINAL FOUR

Tupelo vs. Biloxi 

Starkville vs. Brandon 

Champion: Tupelo 

Comment: Tupelo is 2-1 against division rival Starkville this season. I say they get it done again on the biggest stage. 

Kelby Johnson

Kelby Johnson has been in Mississippi sports in many areas such as coaching, officiating, public address announcing, scouting, and writing. He is a pastor, a husband, and a father of four. Kelby and his family live in Ecru, MS.

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