By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Class 4A PLAYOFFS
Gentry at Amory
THE BUZZ: Gentry (4-7) loss 36-18 last week to Yazoo County. … Amory (8-3) beat Pontotoc 49-18 in its final regular season game. … Amory QB Forest Williams has completed 203 of 296 passes for 3,041 yards, 32 TD, 5 INT. … WR Dario Robinson leads Panthers with 84 catches for 1,403 yards, 12 TD. … Winner plays Noxubee County or North Pontotoc in second round.
North Pontotoc at Noxubee County
THE BUZZ: North Pontotoc (9-2) lost 49-7 in its final regular season game. … Noxubee County (9-2) defeated Caledonia 36-7. … RB Mitchell Cunningham has rushed for 1,630 yards and 24 TD for Vikings. … RB Darrell Robinson is a 1,000-yard rusher for Noxubee County. … Winner plays Gentry or Amory in second round.
Itawamba AHS at Cleveland
THE BUZZ: Itawamba AHS (7-3) defeated Tishomingo County 41-14 in its final regular season game. … Cleveland (8-3) beat Greenwood 19-7. … RB Charles Moore leads the Indians with 1,142 yards rushing. … Cleveland RB/QB Eddie McCadney has rushed for 1,415 yards, 18 TD. … Winner plays New Albany or Houston in second round.
Houston at New Albany
THE BUZZ: Houston (6-5) defeated Kosciusko 29-0 in its final regular season game. … New Albany (8-3) beat Lewisburg 43-7. … Houston RB Kantrell Murry has rushed for 1,031 yards, 17 TD. … New Albany QB Spencer Day has completed 84 of 155 passes for 1,230 yards, 15 TD. … Winner plays Itawamba AHS or Cleveland in second round.
Yazoo County at Corinth
THE BUZZ: Yazoo County (4-7) defeated Gentry 36-18 in its final regular season game. … Corinth (5-5) beat Shannon 21-20 to reach the postseason for the 12th consecutive year. … Corinth LB Kyoshi Agnew averages 11 tackles per game. He had a 30-yard TD on a fumble return last week. … Winner plays Louisville or Senatobia in second round.
Leake Central at Lafayette
THE BUZZ: Leake Central (4-7) lost 37-0 last week in its final regular season game. … Lafayette (11-0) defeated North Pontotoc 49-7. … Commodores RB Demarkus Dennis has rushed for 1,677 yards, 20 TD. … Lafayette QB Jeremy Liggins has passed for 1,207 yards, 11 TD and rushed for 527 yards, 11 TD. … Winner plays Greenwood or Shannon in second round.
Shannon at Greenwood
THE BUZZ: Shannon (5-5) lost 21-20 last week to Corinth in its final regular season game. … Greenwood (4-6) lost 19-7 to Cleveland. … Shannon RB Bodarius Taylor scored 2 TD against Corinth. … Greenwood QB Kwadra Griggs has passed for 1,328 yards, 10 TD. … Winner plays Leake Central or Lafayette in second round.
Class 3A playoffs
Marks Palmer at Kossuth
THE BUZZ: Marks Palmer (6-3) lost 20-16 to Winona last week. … Kossuth (10-0) completed the program’s third unbeaten regular season with a 33-13 win over Holly Springs. … The Aggies are averaging 237 yards rushing. … Winner plays Mooreville or McClain in second round.
Mooreville at McClain
THE BUZZ: Mooreville (7-4) defeated Nettleton 30-28 last week in its final regular season game. … McClain (8-3) beat Ruleville Central 38-0. … Mooreville QB Griff Loftis has passed for 1,800 yards and RB Josh Johnson has rushed for 1,000-plus yards. … McClain QB Verdell Alexander has passed for 1,215 yards, rushed for 717 yards and accounted for 25 TD. … Winner plays Marks Palmer or Kossuth in second round.
Belmont at Charleston
THE BUZZ: Belmont (5-5) lost 6-0 last week to Booneville in its final regular season game. … Charleston (9-2) defeated Independence 56-0. … Belmont RB Jordan Powell has rushed for 733 yards, 10 TD. … Charleston has won its last four games by a total of 186-7. … Winner plays Velma Jackson or Aberdeen in second round.
Velma Jackson at Aberdeen
THE BUZZ: Velma Jackson (6-5) lost 52-24 to East Side in its final regular season game. … Aberdeen (6-5) defeated South Pontotoc 63-0. … Aberdeen all-state defensive end Channing Ward lined up at running back and scored 3 TD against South Pontotoc. … Winner plays Belmont or Charleston in second round.
Nettleton at East Side
THE BUZZ: Nettleton (3-8) lost 30-28 to Mooreville in its final regular season game. … East Side (11-0) beat Velma Jackson 52-24. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber has passed for 1,000-plus yards. … QB Tavares Johnson has passed for 1,807 yards, 20 TD for East Side. … Winner plays Byhalia or Booneville in second round.
Byhalia at Booneville
THE BUZZ: Byhalia (6-5) defeated North Panola 28-0 last week. … Booneville (7-3) beat rival Belmont 6-0 in its final regular season game. … Booneville RB Xzavier Rogers rushed for 116 yards against Belmont. He has 964 for the season. … Winner plays Nettleton or East Side in second round.
Ripley at Winona
THE BUZZ: Ripley (4-6) defeated Alcorn Central 54-0 last week to clinch a postseason berth. … Winona (7-4) beat M.S. Palmer 20-16. … Ripley RB Isaac Bails leads a ground game that averages 300 yards per game. … Winner plays Water Valley or Leflore County in second round.
Class 2A playoffs
Coahoma County at Calhoun City
THE BUZZ: Coahoma County (3-7) beat Strayhorn 42-20 in its final regular season game. … Calhoun City (10-1) defeated rival Bruce 27-16 last week. … The powerful Wildcats are averaging 237 yards per game rushing. … Calhoun City DL Tabarrius Coffey has recorded 55 tackles this season. … Winner plays South Delta or Eupora in second round.
Okolona at Mound Bayou JFK
THE BUZZ: Okolona (4-7) defeated Walnut 40-13 in its last regular season game. … JFK (10-1) beat West Tallahatchie 20-6. … JFK has recorded seven shutouts this season. … Okolona RB Everett Brooks averages 7.4 yards per carry. … The Chieftains ended a three-game losing streak with their win. … Winner plays Simmons or Hamilton in second round.
Simmons at Hamilton
THE BUZZ: Simmons (6-4) lost 35-6 to West Bolivar in its last regular-season game. … Hamilton (9-2) lost 41-35 in OT last week to Ackerman. … The Lions’ loss ended a seven-game win streak. … QB Zarrat Sims passed and ran for TDs in the fourth quarter and OT for Hamilton. … Winner plays Okolona or Mound Bayou JFK in second round.
East Webster at West Bolivar
THE BUZZ: East Webster (5-6) lost 35-0 to Eupora in its last regular season game. … West Bolivar (10-1) beat Simmons 35-6. … East Webster has suffered three shutouts this season. … West Bolivar RB Kailo Moore has rushed for 1,256 yards, 19 TD. … Winner plays West Tallahatchie or Bruce in second round.
West Tallahatchie at Bruce
THE BUZZ: West Tallahatchie (5-6) lost 20-6 last week to Mound Bayou JFK. … Bruce (9-2) lost 27-16 last week to rival Calhoun City. … Bruce QB Davis Brown has completed 121 of 205 passes for 2,034 yards, 22 TD, 6 INT. … Winner plays East Webster or West Bolivar in second round.
Baldwyn at Broad Street
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn (5-6) defeated Hatley 34-16 in its final regular season game. … Broad Street (7-3) beat Strayhorn 40-26. … Baldwyn DL Parrish Huddleston has recorded a team-high 85 tackles. … Bearcats RB Duke Upshaw has rushed for 748 yards, 10 TD. … Winner plays Ackerman or O’Bannon in second round.
Biggersville at H.W. Byers
THE BUZZ: Biggersville (3-7, 1-6) lost 72-18 last week to Coldwater. … H.W. Byers (6-5, 4-3) lost 27-0 last week to Falkner in a Division 1-1A game. … Biggersville QB Blake Stacy passed for 134 yards, 2 TD last week.
Clarksdale at Oxford
THE BUZZ: A playoff slot could be on the line for Oxford in this Division 1-5A matchup. … Clarksdale (6-4, 4-2) defeated Lake Cormorant 29-24 last week. … Oxford (5-5, 3-3) dropped a 31-21 decision last week to West Point. … Oxford RB Mont Dean has rushed for 1,573 yards, 23 TD this season.
Lake Cormorant at Saltillo
THE BUZZ: Lake Cormorant (3-7, 1-5) lost 29-24 last week to Clarksdale in a Division 1-5A game. … Saltillo (2-8, 0-6) lost 50-35 to Hernando. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has completed 149 of 291 passes for 2,550 yards, 20 TD this year.
New Hope at West Point
THE BUZZ: New Hope (4-6, 2-4) lost 23-12 in a Division 1-5A game. … West Point (6-4, 5-1) defeated Oxford 31-21. … QB Dequinten Spraggins leads a West Point offense averaging 370 yards per game. … The defending 5A state champion Green Wave have clinched a playoffs berth.
Olive Branch at Tupelo
THE BUZZ: Olive Branch (10-0, 5-0) defeated Columbus 43-14 last week in a Division 1-6A game. … Tupelo (6-4, 4-2) beat Horn Lake 31-7 to clinch a berth in state playoffs. … Olive Branch QB Todd Mays has passed for 2,091 yards and rushed for 761 yards. … Tupelo RB Ashton Shumpert rushed for 271 yards last week against Horn Lake. Shumpert’s career best is 291 yards last year against Southaven.
Starkville at Neshoba Central
THE BUZZ: Starkville (8-2, 6-0) defeated Jackson Callaway 35-21 last week in a Division 2-5A game. … Neshoba Central (7-3, 5-1) beat Jackson Lanier 48-6. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles connected on 11 of 18 passes for a season-high 280 yards and 2 TD last week. … The Jackets can win the division title with a victory while a loss sends division into a likely three-way tie.
Vardaman at Thrasher
THE BUZZ: Vardaman (8-2, 7-0) defeated TCPS 20-17 last week in Division 1-1A action. … Thrasher (5-4, 3-4) 25-13 to Smithville. … Vardaman RB Lavorris Hatchett rushed for a season-high 168 yards last week. … The Rebels have lost four straight games since a five-win start.
MAIS Class AA PLAYOFFS
Central Hinds at Marshall Academy
THE BUZZ: Central Hinds (5-6) defeated Prairie View, La., 34-0 in its final regular season game. … Marshall Academy (9-1) beat Kirk Academy 42-26. … Winner plays Leake Academy or Carroll Academy.
MAIS Class AAA playoffs
Lee Academy at Starkville Academy
THE BUZZ: Lee Academy (5-5) lost 47-0 last week to Madison Ridgeland Academy. … Starkville Academy (9-2) lost 21-6 to Presbyterian Christian in its final regular-season game. … Winner plays Washington School or East Rankin Academy.