FOOTBALL TONIGHT: Sept. 20, 2013
Aberdeen (2-2) at Itawamba AHS (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Itawamba’s Peyton Green had a fumble recovery for a TD and a TD catch from Vijay Miller in a win against Center Hill. … Itawamba won the last meeting 35-0 in 2006. … Aberdeen QB Josh Williams threw 2 TD passes and ran for one in a loss to Noxubee County.
NEXT WEEK: Corinth at Aberdeen; Itawamba AHS open
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
Calhoun City (3-1) at Ripley (4-0)
THE BUZZ: Ripley coach Chad Cook played at Calhoun City, a 1995 graduate. … Ripley exploded for 28 points in the third quarter of win at North Panola. … Jordan Pratt and Shaquille Wright each had 12 tackles in Calhoun City’s win against Pontotoc. … Cartin McBride ran for 115 yards and 2 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: North Panola at Calhoun City; Ripley at Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Lafayette (2-2) at Shannon (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Shannon’s Chavis Dilworth had 100 total yards and a TD catch in a win at Nettleton. … Shannon has lost three straight in the series. … Lafayette, held to 80 yards rushing on 40 carries, was shut out for the second straight season by Oxford.
NEXT WEEK: Memphis Univ. School at Lafayette; Shannon at Okolona
JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette
New Albany (2-2) at Corinth (4-1)
THE BUZZ: New Albany beat Amory on a blocked field goal for a TD by Chris Brown. … Jimmy Baldon rushed for 75 yards and a TD in the win. … Corinth rushed for a total of 339 yards in a win against Booneville. … The Warriors’ penalties for 99 yards was a concern for coach Doug Jones, including a TD called back.
NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at New Albany; Corinth at Aberdeen
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
North Pontotoc (2-2) at Pontotoc (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Second straight county rivalry game for North Pontotoc. … Vikings’ Jeremy Wilkes had 18 carries for 150 yards and a TD in a win against South Pontotoc. … Pontotoc senior Colton Bramlett had 16 tackles in a loss at Calhoun City. … Pontotoc won 37-12 last season.
NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at New Albany; Ripley at Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc
Saltillo (3-1) at Baldwyn (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn’s Armontie Price had 10 tackles in a win against Belmont. He leads the Bearcats with 11 per game. … Laquintez Upshaw had 15 carries for 172 yards and 3 TDs in the win. … Tupelo held Saltillo to its lowest output of the season, 10 points and only 47 yards rushing on 35 carries. … The Tigers got 8 tackles from Colby Hall,7 tackles from four others.
NEXT WEEK: Saltillo at Lake Cormorant; Baldwyn at Tishomingo County
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Tishomingo County (2-2) at Booneville (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Tish QB Blake Hawkins threw for 251 yards and 4 TDs in a win against Kossuth. … Brannon Gamble had 3 of the TDs and 99 yards on 5 catches. … Booneville RB Zeus Rogers rushed for 121 yards and a TD on 20 carries in a loss at Corinth. … Andrew Lambert had 14 tackles in the loss.
NEXT WEEK: Baldwyn at Tishomingo; Booneville at Harding (Tenn.) Academy
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Walnut (3-1) at South Pontotoc (3-1)
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc WR Clay Hood caught 4 passes for 53 yards and 2 TDs in a loss at North Pontotoc. … The Cougars gave up 317 rushing yards in the loss. … Walnut scored 30 unanswered points in a win against Middleton, Tenn. … Kylan Crum rushed for 76 yards and 3 TDs in the win.
NEXT WEEK: Benton County at Walnut; South Pontotoc at Mooreville
JOURNAL PICK: Walnut
Houston (0-4) at Choctaw County (3-1)
THE BUZZ: T.C. Hatchett rushed from 113 yards and 2 TDs in Choctaw’s win at Union. … Houston’s Avery Seals had 15 tackles and 2 TFLs in a loss against East Webster.
NEXT WEEK: Eupora at Houston; Caledonia at Choctaw County
JOURNAL PICK: Choctaw County
North Panola (1-3) at Okolona (2-1)
THE BUZZ: North Panola’s Willie Hibbler, an Ole Miss commit, caught a 52-yard TD pass in a loss against Ripley. … Okolona is allowing less than 7 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: North Panola at Calhoun City; Shannon at Okolona
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
Houlka (1-3) at Vardaman (0-4)
THE BUZZ: Vardaman’s Travis Townshend had a 3-yard TD run in a loss at Hamilton. … Houlka gave up 71 points in a shutout loss against Coffeeville.
NEXT WEEK: Falkner at Houlka (Thursday); Vardaman at Thrasher
JOURNAL PICK: Vardaman
East Webster (4-0) at Caledonia (2-2)
THE BUZZ: East Webster scored 21 unanswered points in the second half of a 21-13 win at Houston. … Caledonia was shut out by New Hope.
NEXT WEEK: East Webster at JZ George; Caledonia at Choctaw County
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Friendship at Calhoun Academy (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Joseph Boudreaux rushed for 61 yards and a TD in Calhoun’s win against North River Christian. … Friendship is located in Victoria.
NEXT WEEK: Strider at Calhoun Academy
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy
Benton County (0-3) at Hatley (1-3)
THE BUZZ: First meeting between the schools. … Hatley’s Jordan Metcalf ran for 2 TDs and 3 2-point conversions in a win at Alcorn Central.
NEXT WEEK: Benton Co. at Walnut
JOURNAL PICK: Hatley
Biggersville (1-3) at Smithville (3-1)
THE BUZZ: Smithville QB Drew Lann threw 2 TD passes and ran for 1 in a win at Thrasher. … Smithville won 53-6 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Coffeeville at Biggersville; Smithville at Coldwater
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Holly Springs (1-3) at Potts Camp (1-3)
THE BUZZ: First meeting between the two teams. … Potts Camp is averaging only 12 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: Holly Springs at Coahoma Agricultural; Potts Camp open
JOURNAL PICK: Holly Springs
H.W. Byers (4-0) at Independence (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Byers OLB Ronnie Dennis had 6 sacks, an INT and 2 fumble recoveries in a win against S.V. Marshall. … Independence has scored 14 points in its last 10 quarters.
NEXT WEEK: Byers open; Independence at Strayhorn
JOURNAL PICK: Byers
Mantachie (3-1) at Alcorn Central (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell threw for 232 yards and 4 TDs on 16-of-24 passing in a win against Mooreville. … Alcorn Central QB Josh Berry threw for 267 yards and 3 TDs in a loss against Hatley.
NEXT WEEK: Nettleton at Mantachie; Alcorn Central at New Site
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Marshall Academy (3-1) at West Memphis Christian (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Marshall gave up 75 points in a loss against Magnolia Heights. … West Memphis got 150 yards receiving from Keari Brown in a win against Bayou Academy.
NEXT WEEK: Marshall at Fayette (Tenn.); West Memphis vs. Glenbrook (La.)
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
Nettleton (2-2) at Kossuth (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Nettleton RB Levert Jernigan rushed for 118 yards and a TD in a loss against Shannon.
NEXT WEEK: Nettleton at Mantachie; Kossuth open
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
New Hope (1-2) at Amory (2-2)
THE BUZZ: New Hope QB Brady Davis threw for 351 yards and 5 TDs in a win against Caledonia. … Amory’s Fred Garth threw a 5-yard TD pass to Drake Wallace in a loss at New Albany.
NEXT WEEK: New Hope at Clarksdale; Bruce at Amory
JOURNAL PICK: New Hope
Oak Hill (2-2) at Newton County Academy (3-1)
THE BUZZ: Oak Hill won 13-6 last season. … Oak Hill sophomore Drew Riley had 76 yards and a TD in a win against Winston Academy.
NEXT WEEK: Oak Hill at Heritage; Newton at Sylva Bay
JOURNAL PICK: Oak Hill
Starkville Academy (2-2) at Magnolia Heights (3-1)
THE BUZZ: Magnolia hung 75 points on Marshall Academy. … Starkville has lost the last two in the series.
NEXT WEEK: Winston Academy at Starkville Academy; MRA at Magnolia Heights
JOURNAL PICK: Magnolia Heights
Strayhorn (0-3) at East Union (3-0)
THE BUZZ: Strayhorn won 59-22 last season. … EU’s Blake Spruill had 118 yards on 17 carries, 3 TDs, 8 tackles, 6 TFLs in a win against Potts Camp.
NEXT WEEK: Independence at Strayhorn; East Union open
JOURNAL PICK: East Union
Thrasher (2-1) at Coffeeville (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Coffeeville scored 71 points against Houlka last week. … Coffeeville won the last meeting, 24-0 in 2004.
NEXT WEEK: Vardaman at Thrasher; Coffeeville at Biggersville
JOURNAL PICK: Coffeeville
West Point (1-2) at Noxubee County (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Noxubee has won the last two meetings by a combined 11 points. … West Point was held scoreless in the final two quarters of a 41-14 upset loss against Columbus.
NEXT WEEK: West Point at Oxford; Noxubee open
JOURNAL PICK: West Point
Compiled by Brandon Speck
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