Alcorn Central at Tishomingo County
THE BUZZ: Alcorn Central (1-0) defeated Biggersville 24-21 last week. … Tishomingo County (0-1) lost 46-16 to Byhalia. … Jim McCay is the first-year head coach for the Golden Bears.
Bruce at Vardaman
THE BUZZ: Bruce (1-0) defeated Mound Bayou JFK 48-19 last week. … Vardaman (0-1) lost 13-12 to East Webster. … The Trojans trailed JFK 7-0 after first quarter. … Vardaman suffered 6 turnovers.
Calhoun Academy at Central Academy
THE BUZZ: Calhoun (0-1) lost 42-6 last week to Sharkey. … Central (1-0), located in Macon, defeated Calvary Christian 22-14. … Gerry Winters, who coach Calhoun Academy in the late ’80s and early ’90s, is back at the helm.
Charleston at Oxford
THE BUZZ: Charleson (0-1) lost 27-13 last week to Southaven. … Oxford (0-1) lost 16-15 to Grenada. … RB Mont Dean rushed for 126 yards and a TD for Oxford.
Corinth at Kossuth
THE BUZZ: Corinth (0-0) had an open date last week. … Kossuth (1-0) defeated Baldwyn 31-7 in its opener. … The Aggies took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on the strength of two TDs by QB Jay Vanderford.
Hatley at Smithville
THE BUZZ: Hatley (1-0) defeated Union County 53-12 last week. … Smithville (0-1) lost 42-0 to Hamilton. … It will be an emotional night for the Seminoles, who are playing on their home field for the first time since an EF-5 tornado struck April 27.
Holly Springs at Mound Bayou JFK
THE BUZZ: Holly Springs (0-1) lost 18-14 to Coldwater last week. … Mound Bayou JFK (0-1) lost to 48-19 to Bruce. … Pontotoc native Marcus Autry is in his second season coaching the Hawks.
Houlka at Hamilton
THE BUZZ: Houlka (0-1) lost 32-6 to Okolona last week. … Hamilton (1-0) defeated Smithville 42-0. … Five players scored TDs last week for the Lions. … Ondre Tittle scored on a 71-yard run for Houlka’s points.
Houston at Calhoun City
THE BUZZ: Houston (1-0) defeated South Pontotoc 42-3 last week. … Calhoun City (1-0) beat Coffeeville 44-14. … RB Kantrell Murry scored 4 TDs of 5, 27 43 and 68 yards for the Hilltoppers in their win.
H.W. Byers at Strayhorn
THE BUZZ: H.W. Byers (0-1) lost 40-8 to Potts Camp last week. … Strayhorn (0-1) lost 30-20 to Tupelo Christian Prep. … Strayhorn WR Justin Stovall had 58-yard TD catch against TCPS.
Lafayette at Greenwood
THE BUZZ: Lafayette (1-0), No. 1 in the Daily Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Tupelo 40-11 last week. … Greenwood (1-0) beat Leflore County 26-22. … Commodores QB Jeremy Liggins passed for 84 yards and rushed for 66 against THS.
Madison Central at Starkville
THE BUZZ: Madison Central (0-1) lost 28-24 to Olive Branch. … Starkville (0-1) lost 33-21 to Noxubee County. … The Yellowjackets, coached by Jamie Mitchell, are in their first season in 5A. … Former Amory and Northeast CC coach Bobby Hall directs the Jaguars.
Mantachie at Belmont
THE BUZZ: Mantachie (0-1) lost 47-9 to North Pontotoc last week. … Belmont (0-0) had an open date. … Cole Stevens scored the Mustangs’ lone TD in loss. … The host Cardinals were 12-1 last season and reached state quarterfinals.
Middleton, Tenn. at Tupelo Christian Prep
THE BUZZ: Middleton (0-1) lost 20-9 to Falkner last week. … TCPS (1-0) defeated Strayhorn 30-20 in opener. … Eagles QB Andrew Soper completed 10 of 19 passes for 130 yards, 1 TD in victory.
Nettleton at Amory
THE BUZZ: Nettleton (0-1) lost 29-20 to Caledonia last week. … Amory (1-0) defeated Mooreville 42-28 in its opener. … Panthers QB Forest Williams threw for 355 yards, 6 TDs against the Troopers.
New Albany at Itawamba AHS
THE BUZZ: New Albany (1-0) defeated Ripley 19-14 last week. … Itawamba AHS (1-0) beat Saltillo 45-42 in its opener. … Both teams are 4A, but in different divisions – New Albany 1-4A and IAHS 2-4A. … Tyler Dossett’s 22-yard FG was game-winner for IAHS.
Oak Hill at Winston Academy
The Buzz: Oak Hill (0-1) hung tough with Class A’s top-ranked team in Newton County Academy in an 18-7 loss. Winston Academy (1-0) beat Sylva-Bay 46-26 behind 456 yards of total offens. … Curt Huffman scored Oak Hill’s only points last week on a 70-yard interception return.
Okolona at East Webster
THE BUZZ: Okolona (1-0) defeated Houlka 32-6 last week. … East Webster (0-1) edged Vardaman 13-12 in its opener. … RB Monterries Davis scored on a 6-yard run for Wolverines’ winning TD. … Oklona got 2 TDs from RB Fred Ward.
Pontotoc at Hernando
THE BUZZ: Pontotoc (1-0) defeated Velma Jackson 20-16 last week. … Hernando (0-0) had an open date. … RB Deonte Dilworth rushed for 247 yards and 1 TD for Warriors. … It was the first game for new Pontotoc coach Ken Byars.
Potts Camp at DeSoto Central
THE BUZZ: Potts Camp (1-0) defeated H.W. Byers 40-8 last week. … DeSoto Central (1-0) beat Lewisburg 27-13. … Potts Camp, a 1A independent this season, is stepping up in class when it travels to 6A DeSoto Central.
Ripley at North Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Ripley (0-1) lost 19-14 to New Albany last Thursday. … North Pontotoc (1-0) defeated Mantachie 47-9 in its opener. … Marcus Green had an 85-yard kickoff return for the Vikings in their win. Earlier in the game, he caught an 18-yard TD pass from QB Caleb Mills. … Ripley RB/DB Devin Jones is no longer with the team.
Saltillo at Mooreville
THE BUZZ: Saltillo (0-1) lost 45-42 to IAHS last week. … Mooreville (0-1) lost 42-28 to Amory in its opener. … Tigers WR A.J. Rye caught two TD passes for 77 and 75 yards. … Troopers RB Josh Johnson scored 4 TDs in loss.
Shannon at Aberdeen
THE BUZZ: Shannon (1-0), No. 5 in Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Kosciusko 33-7. … Aberdeen (0-1) lost 31-14 to 6A Columbus in its opener. … The Bulldogs committed 5 turnovers in loss. … Nick Pack had a 62-yard interception return for Red Raiders.
South Pontotoc at Ethel
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc (0-1) lost 42-3 to Houston last week. … Ethel (1-0) defeated West Lincoln 29-20 in its opener. … The Cougars’ lone points came on a 29-yard FG by Matt Collums.
Starkville Academy at Columbus Heritage
THE BUZZ: Starkville (1-0) defeated St. Andrews 38-3 last week. … Columbus Heritage (1-0) beat Lamar 37-36 in a shootout. … The Vols rushed for 359 yards in the win, including 187 from RB Colby Runnels.
Tunica Academy at Marshall Academy
THE BUZZ: Tunica Academy (1-0) beat Greenville Christian 55-25 last week. … Marshall Academy (1-0) defeated Magnolia Heights 36-13 in its opener. … Last week was the debut for Marshall’s Barrett Donahoe.
Tupelo at Center Hill
THE BUZZ: Tupelo (0-1) lost 40-11 to Lafayette County in last week’s season opener. … Center Hill (0-0) had an open date. … The Mustangs, now a 5A member, finished 10-3 and reached the second round of the 4A state playoffs last season.
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