High School Football Games October 14, 2011

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Belmont at Alcorn Central
THE BUZZ: Belmont (3-4, 0-2) lost 27-20 last week to Ripley in 1-3A play. … Alcorn Central (1-7, 0-2) lost 41-0 to Holly Springs in a division game. … Belmont has a 4-game losing streak. … RB Jordan Powell leads Belmont with 570 yards rushing, 7 TD.

Biggersville at Vardaman
THE BUZZ: Biggersville (2-5, 1-4) lost 35-8 last week to Smithville in a 1-1A game. … Vardaman (5-2, 5-0), No. 4 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Coldwater 37-0 to remain the division leader. … Vardaman QB Cody Jenkins rushed for 2 TD and passed for 1 TD against Coldwater.

Bruce at Baldwyn
THE BUZZ: Bruce (7-1, 2-0), No. 2 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Hatley 53-14 last week to remain unbeaten in 1-2A play. … Baldwyn (3-5, 1-1) beat Okolona 34-28 in a division game. … Baldwyn has won three of its last four games. … Bruce QB Davis Brown has passed for 1,443 yards, 18 TD. … Baldwyn RB Duke Upshaw has 463 yards rushing, 5 TD.

Canton at Starkville
THE BUZZ: Canton (3-4, 0-3) lost 42-27 last week to 2-5A co-leader Neshoba Central. … Starkville (5-2, 3-0), No. 3 in Journal’s large school rankings, remained a division co-leader last week with a 26-23 win against Ridgeland. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles rushed for a season-high 158 yards against Ridgeland.

Corinth at Tishomingo County
THE BUZZ: Corinth (3-4, 1-1) lost 48-21 last week to Amory in a 1-4A game. … Tishomingo County (2-6, 0-2) lost 45-15 to Pontotoc in the division. … Corinth’s Jose Contreras had a 66-yard interception return for a TD in loss. … QB Blake Hawkins passed and rushed for both TDs against Pontotoc.

East Webster at Williams-Sullivan
THE BUZZ: East Webster (4-4, 1-1) defeated J.Z. George 28-0 last week in 2-2A play. … Williams-Sullivan (0-8, 0-2) lost 64-8 to Ackerman in a division game. … East Webster QB Codie McKee fired a 43-yard TD pass to Brett Flora in win.

Hamilton at J.Z. George
THE BUZZ: Hamilton (7-1, 2-0) defeated Eupora 32-6 in a 2-2A game. … J.Z. George (0-8, 0-2) lost 28-0 to East Webster in division play. … Hamilton’s defense forced 10 turnovers, including 6 pass interceptions against Eupora. … Lions DB Zarrat Sims returned an interception 57 yards for TD.

Hernando at Oxford
THE BUZZ: Hernando (2-5, 1-2) defeated New Hope 24-7 last week in 1-5A play. Oxford (4-3, 2-1) beat Lake Cormorant 42-35 in a division game. … Hernando ended a 3-game losing streak. … Oxford RB Mont Dean had TD runs of 41, 17 and 16 yards against Lake Cormorant.

Holly Springs at Booneville
THE BUZZ: Holly Springs (4-4, 2-0) defeated Alcorn Central 41-0 last week to become the co-leader with Kossuth in 1-3A. … Booneville (4-3, 1-1) lost 21-14 to Kossuth in a division game. … Booneville RB rushed for 94 yards against Kossuth. … RB Earnest Blackmon had a 66-yard TD run for Holly Springs.

Houlka at Smithville
THE BUZZ: Houlka (0-7, 0-5) lost 27-6 to Falkner in a 1-1A game. … Smithville (4-3, 4-1) defeated Biggersville 35-8 in a division game. … J.T. Pitts scored on a 55-yard fumble return for Smithville. … Houlka DT Devhan Fields averages 9.0 tackles per game.

H.W. Byers at Thrasher
THE BUZZ: H.W. Byers (3-4, 2-2) defeated Ashland 69-0 last week in a non 1-1A game. … Thrasher (5-1, 4-1) lost 28-21 to Tupelo Christian Prep for its first division loss. … Byers has scored 119 points in its last two games. … Thrasher RB Demario Dawkins had a 3-yard TD run and a 12-yard TD reception against TCPS.

Kossuth at Ripley
THE BUZZ: Kossuth (7-0, 2-0), No. 2 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, defeated Booneville 21-14 last week in a 1-3A game. … Ripley (3-4, 1-1) beat Belmont 27-20 in division play. … Kossuth is averaging 248 yards per game rushing. … RB Isaac Bails rushed for 3 TD to lead Ripley.

Mantachie at South Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Mantachie (2-5, 0-2) lost 42-13 last week to rival Mooreville in a 2-3A game. … South Pontotoc (2-6, 0-2) lost 49-7 to Water Valley in division play. … South Pontotoc QB Evan Kidd completed 12 of 26 passes for 110 yards in loss.

Mooreville at Aberdeen
THE BUZZ: Mooreville (5-3, 1-1) defeated Mantachie 42-13 last week in a 2-3A game. … Aberdeen (4-4, 2-0), No. 1 in Journal’s 3A rankings, beat Nettleton 43-7 in a division game. … Mooreville QB Griff Loftis threw for 2 TD last week against Mantachie. … Aberdeen’s defense has given up 13 points in its last three games.

Nettleton at Water Valley
THE BUZZ: Nettleton (2-6, 1-1) lost 43-7 last week to Aberdeen in a 2-3A game. … Water Valley (6-2, 2-0) won its third straight, beating South Pontotoc 49-7 in division play. … Water Valley sophomore QB E.J. Bounds has passed for 537 yards, 3 TD.

New Albany at Lafayette
THE BUZZ: New Albany (6-2, 2-0) defeated North Pontotoc 22-20 last week in a key 2-4A game. … Lafayette (8-0, 2-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s large school rankings, beat Tunica Rosa Fort 43-6. … New Albany RB Boston Newsome rushed for 125 yards against North Pontotoc. … Lafayette RB Demarkus Dennis rushed for 3 TD against Rosa Fort.

Noxubee County at Houston
THE BUZZ: Noxubee County (7-1, 2-0) defeated Leake Central 52-13 last week in a 4-4A game. … Houston (4-4, 1-1) beat Caledonia 39-10 in a division game. … Noxubee RB Darrell Robinson has rushed for 835 yards, 9 TD. … Houston RB Kantrell Murry has rushed for 906 yards, 13 TD.

Okolona at Calhoun City
THE BUZZ: Okolona (3-5, 1-1) lost 34-28 last week to Baldwyn in a 1-2A game. … Calhoun City (7-1, 2-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s small school rankings, beat Walnut 34-6 in division play. … Calhoun City QB Tae Lawrence has accounted for 1,336 yards, 16 TD rushing and passing.

Pontotoc at Itawamba AHS
THE BUZZ: Pontotoc (5-3, 1-1) defeated Tishomingo County 45-15 last week in a 1-4A game. … Itawamba AHS (4-3, 0-2) lost 35-18 to Shannon in a division game. … Pontotoc RB Deonte Dilworth scored 3 TD rushing last week. … IAHS’s Shante Rogers scored 2 TD against Shannon, one on 47-yard punt return.

Saltillo at West Point
THE BUZZ: Saltillo (2-5, 0-3) lost 37-14 last week to Center Hill in a 1-5A game. … West Point (4-3, 3-0), No. 2 in Journal’s large school rankings, remained unbeaten in the division with a 37-19 win against Clarksdale. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has completed 97 of 189 passes for 1,637 yards, 11 TD. … West Point QB Dequinten Spraggins has rushed and passed for 1,254 yards, 10 TD.

Senatobia at North Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Senatobia (4-3, 1-1) defeated Lewisburg 22-7 last week in a 2-4A game. … North Pontotoc (7-1, 1-1) lost 22-20 to New Albany in a division game. … North Pontotoc RB Mitchell Cunningham has rushed for 1,140 yards, 19 TD. … Vikings QB Caleb Mills has passed for 1,047 yards, 9 TD.

Shannon at Amory
THE BUZZ: Shannon (4-3, 2-0) defeated Itawamba AHS 35-18 last week in a 1-4A game. … Division co-leader Amory (6-2, 2-0) beat Corinth 48-21. … Amory QB Forest Williams threw 6 TD passes last week, giving him 27 for the season. … Williams has completed 148 of 214 passes for 2,165 yards. … Shannon WR Nick Pack is a big-play specialist. He had a 71-yard TD catch and a 63-yard TD run last week.

Starkville Academy at Winston
THE BUZZ: Starkville Academy (7-1) defeated Parklane Academy 7-5 last week in an MAIS non-district game. … Winston Academy (4-3) lost 34-13 to Simpson Academy. … Vols RB Ryan Mann rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and scored Starkville’s lone TD on a 3-yard run.

Tupelo at South Panola
THE BUZZ: Tupelo (4-3, 2-1) defeated Southaven 28-27 last week in a 1-6A game. … South Panola (4-3, 2-1) beat Columbus 21-6 in division play. … Tupelo RB Ashton Shumpert has rushed for 444 yards, 4 TD. He has 68 carries for 328 yards in last two games. … South Panola RB Antonio Conner rushed for 189 yards, 3 TD last week against Columbus. … Tupelo WR Josh Hamilton has 20 receptions for 373 yards, 4 TD.

Tupelo Christian Prep at Falkner
THE BUZZ: TCPS (4-3, 3-2) defeated previously unbeaten Thrasher 28-21 last week in a 1-1A game. … Falkner (5-2, 4-1) beat Houlka 27-6 in a division game. … TCPS QB Andrew Soper completed just 6 of 16 passes, but three went for TDs against Thrasher. He also leads Eagles in rushing with 570 yards, 5 TD. … QB Kendrick Williams leads Falkner with 515 yards rushing, 8 TD.

Union County at Potts Camp
THE BUZZ: Union County (1-3) did not play last week. … Potts Camp (3-3) defeated Immanuel Center 35-0 last week. … Union County beat Ashland 56-12 on Sept. 30.

Walnut at Hatley
THE BUZZ: Walnut (3-5, 0-2) lost 34-6 last week to 1-1A co-leader Calhoun City. … Hatley (4-4, 0-2) lost 53-14 to division co-leader Bruce. … Walnut RB Dominic Steele was held to 14 yards on 10 carries last week. He has 566 yards, 7 TD on the season. … Hatley RB Tyler Edwards scored both TDs last week.

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