WEEK 8: Friday, Oct. 11 Football Preview
Calhoun City (4-3, 1-0) at East Webster (6-1, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Last played in 2010, a Calhoun City win. … Calhoun City RB Lavorious Varnado rushed for 69 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Bruce. … East Webster QB Jack Wilson rushed for 1 TD and threw for 2 in a loss against Okolona.
NEXT WEEK: Calhoun City open; Bruce at East Webster
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Coffeeville (4-3, 4-0) at Smithville (5-1, 3-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … The teams split meetings in 2009-10. … Smithville RB Tyler Hood and QB Drew Lann accounted for 7 TDs in a win against Coldwater two weeks ago. … Smithville has won 9 straight division games dating back to last season. … Coffeeville has won 4 straight games since starting the season 0-3 against 2A contenders Calhoun City and Bruce and 3A contender Water Valley.
NEXT WEEK: Coffeeville open; Smithville at Vardaman
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Kemper County (6-1, 1-0) at Aberdeen (3-4, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Aberdeen QB Josh Williams rushed for 154 yards and 3 TDs in a win at Nettleton. … Williams also threw for 160 yards. … Kemper RB Devontae Vickers rushed for 231 yards on only 9 carries and scored 3 TDs in a win against South Pontotoc. … Kemper junior Bryce Brown had 4 TFLs in the win.
NEXT WEEK: Kemper County at Nettleton; Aberdeen at Louisville
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
North Pontotoc (4-3, 1-0) at Booneville (5-1, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … First meeting since 2008. … North Pontotoc’s Greg Gambrell had a 100-yard pick-6 in a win against Kossuth. … Booneville RB James Christian rushed for 63 yards and a TD on 11 carries in a win at Alcorn Central. … Next week against Mooreville, Booneville will honor legendary coach Jim Drewry.
NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at Belmont; Mooreville at Booneville
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Senatobia (1-5, 0-1) at Ripley (7-0, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Senatobia has averaged only 5 points in 3 straight losses. … Senatobia RB Tevin Wooten rushed for 132 yards in a loss against New Albany. … Ripley RB Christian Johnson rushed for 107 yards in a win at Lafayette. … Ripley scored 24 unanswered points to win.
NEXT WEEK: Senatobia at Byhalia; Ripley at Rosa Fort
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Shannon (3-3, 1-0) at Itawamba AHS (4-2, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Shannon has won 2 of the last 3 in the series. … Itawamba AHS is riding a 3-game win streak. … Indians sophomore Hunter White rushed for 197 yards on 23 carries in a win at Amory. … Shannon senior Denarius Smith caught 5 passes for 54 yards in a win against Tishomingo County.
NEXT WEEK: Amory at Shannon; Itawamba AHS at Corinth
JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS
Southaven (5-2, 1-1) at Tupelo (6-0, 2-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A game. … The teams have split the last four meetings. … Tupelo sophomore QB Daniel Bristow was an efficient 13-for-15 passing for 258 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Grenada. … Tupelo has allowed only 3 TDs in the last 5 weeks. … Tupelo RBs Quinn Tiggs and Jarvis Wilson have each scored 5 TDs rushing.
NEXT WEEK: Grenada at Southaven; Tupelo at South Panola
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
Walnut (6-1, 1-0) at East Union (5-0, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … First meeting between the schools. … EU RB Blake Spruill has rushed for 778 yards and 11 TDs. … EU senior Ty Ballard leads the Urchins with 5.4 tackles per game. … Walnut RB Armani Linton rushed for 4 TDs in a win against Hatley. …
NEXT WEEK: Walnut at New Site; East Union at Baldwyn
JOURNAL PICK: Walnut
CHICKASAW JOURNAL GAMES
Houston (1-6, 1-0) at Kosciusko (2-5, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-4A game. … Houston RB Damian Fields rushed for 101 yards and a TD on 12 carries in a win against Caledonia. … Houston has won 2 straight in the series.
JOURNAL PICK: Houston
Vardaman (0-7, 0-4) at Coldwater (2-4, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Coldwater is 0-4 against Vardaman. … Vardaman won 40-32 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Coldwater
Alcorn Central (2-5, 0-1) at Mooreville (2-4, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Booneville held Alcorn Central to 2.19 yards per rush. … Mooreville RB Chris Rucker had 155 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries in a win at Belmont.
JOURNAL PICK: Mooreville
Amory (2-5, 0-1) at Pontotoc (1-6, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Amory had 115 yards in penalties against Itawamba AHS. … Amory has won three straight in the series.
JOURNAL PICK: Amory
Baldwyn (4-3, 1-0) at Hatley (2-4, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Three of Baldwyn’s last 5 wins against Hatley have been shutouts, 69-0 last season. … Baldwyn LB Marbrecio Crump had 14 tackles in a win against Mantachie.
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Belmont (2-4, 1-0) at Kossuth (1-5, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Belmont QB Luke Alexander rushed for 2 TDs in a win against Mooreville. … Blake Cain had a 72-yard kickoff return for a TD in Kossuth’s loss against North Pontotoc.
JOURNAL PICK: Belmont
Benton County (0-5) at Marshall Academy (6-1)
THE BUZZ: Marshall QB Dakota Dailey rushed for 3 TDs in a win against North Delta. … Benton County is coming off a bye week.
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall Academy
Bruce (4-2, 0-1) at Eupora (5-0, 0-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Bruce’s Jay Johnson rushed for 2 TDs in a loss against Calhoun City. … Eupora beat Bruce at Eupora in the North finals last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Bruce
Byhalia (1-4, 0-1) at New Albany (4-3, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … First meeting since 2008, a 48-19 New Albany win. … Eathen Rainey kicked a pair of field goals in New Albany’s win at Senatobia.
JOURNAL PICK: New Albany
Calhoun Academy (5-2, 1-0) at Central (1-4, 1-1)
THE BUZZ: 8-Man Division 7. … Calhoun Academy broke a 4-game losing streak in the series with last season’s 46-6 win. … Calhoun QB JT Washington threw for 175 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Briarfield.
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy
Corinth (6-1, 1-0) at Tishomingo Co. (2-5, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Corinth has won 5 straight games in the series. … Tish County RB T.J. Lambert rushed for 98 yards and a TD in a loss at Shannon.
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
Falkner (4-2, 2-0) at Biggersville (2-5, 1-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A. … Falkner QB Jase Stroupe completed all 6 of his passes for 128 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Thrasher. … Biggersville RB Bradley Davis had 139 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Vardaman.
JOURNAL PICK: Falkner
Hamilton (4-2, 2-1) at Thrasher (3-3, 1-3)
THE BUZZ: Hamilton’s Nick Owens had a 53-yard pick-6 in a win against Houlka. … First meeting since 2006, a 34-14 Hamilton win.
JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton
Holly Springs (2-5, 0-1) at Water Valley (6-1, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-3A game. … Holly Springs gave up 581 total yards in a loss against North Panola. … Water Valley QB EJ Bounds was picked off twice in a 42-10 loss at Charleston.
JOURNAL PICK: Water Valley
Indianola Academy (7-0, 3-0) at Oak Hill (4-3, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: MAIS AA 2 game. … Indianola has outscored opponents 112-7 in its last 3 games. … Oak Hill RB Blake Thomas rushed for 67 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Manchester.
JOURNAL PICK: Indianola
Lafayette (3-4, 0-1) at Rosa Fort (5-1, 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Lafayette RB D.K. Buford rushed for 91 yards and a TD on only 3 carries in a loss against Ripley. … Rosa Fort RB Terreous Johnson rushed for 74 yards in a win against Byhalia.
JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette
Lewisburg (2-3, 1-1) at Oxford (6-0, 2-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Lewisburg sophomore Jake Harville rushed for 148 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Lake Cormorant. … Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham has thrown for 1,288 yards and 14 TDs.
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
Louisville (7-0, 1-0) at South Pontotoc (3-4, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Louisville has 3 shutout wins and has allowed double digits only twice. … South has dropped 4 in a row.
JOURNAL PICK: Louisville
Nettleton (4-3, 0-1) at Winona (1-6, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Quarterback Dakota Cruber is Nettleton’s leading rusher with 325 yards and 5 TDs. … Winona has scored only 16 points in 3 straight losses.
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
New Site (2-4, 0-1) at Mantachie (4-3, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Mantachie WR Nick Burns caught 3 passes for 47 yards and a TD in a loss at Baldwyn. … New Site junior J.T. Herring rushed for 211 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against East Union, his second 200-yard game of the season.
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Potts Camp (1-5, 0-1) at W. Tallahatchie (2-5, 0-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … First meeting between the teams. … West Tallahatchie has scored a combined 15 points in 3 straight losses.
JOURNAL PICK: West Tallahatchie
Saltillo (5-2, 1-1) at Clarksdale (3-2, 2-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Saltillo senior AJ Rye had 10 tackles in a loss against Oxford. … Clarksdale RB Chris Carpenter rushed for 77 yards and 2 TDs in a win at West Point.
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Starkville (4-2, 2-0) at Greenville-Weston (1-5, 0-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … Starkville has outscored 3 straight opponents 104-27. … Greenville-Weston has lost 5 straight.
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville
West Point (2-4, 0-2) at Center Hill (1-5, 0-2)
THE BUZZ: Teams have split the first two games of the series. … Center Hill RB Danterius Ellington rushed for 117 yards and a TD in a loss at New Hope.
JOURNAL PICK: West Point
Compiled by Brandon Speck
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