By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Aberdeen at Nettleton
THE BUZZ: Aberdeen (3-4), the Journal’s No. 1 ranked 3A team, defeated Mantachie 40-0 last week in its 2-3A opener. … Nettleton (2-5) beat South Pontotoc 34-7 in its division opener. … Aberdeen QB Josh Williams opened and closed victory with TD runs. … RB Corbin White rushed for 2 TD against South Pontotoc.
Alcorn Central at Holly Springs
THE BUZZ: Alcorn Central (1-6) lost 56-0 last week to Booneville in its 1-3A opener. … Holly Springs (3-4) beat Ripley 19-13 for its third straight win. … RB Eric Hardin’s 30-yard TD run in fourth quarter was difference for Holly Springs.
Amory at Corinth
THE BUZZ: Amory (5-2) opened 1-4A play with a 49-15 win against Tishomingo County. … Corinth (3-3) beat IAHS 21-20 in its division opener. … Amory QB Forest Williams completed 15 of 19 passes for 350 yards, 6 TDs in win. … Debrico Agnew’s 52-yard TD reception was difference for Corinth in its victory.
Baldwyn at Okolona
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn (2-5) lost its 1-2A opener last week, 26-7, to Calhoun City. … Okolona (3-4) defeated Hatley 49-14 in division play to stop a four-game losing streak. … Duke Upshaw’s 68-yard TD scamper was Baldwyn’s highlight. … Everett Brooks scored on runs of 67, 50 and 1 yard for Okolona
Calhoun Academy at Briarfield Academy (La.)
THE BUZZ: Calhoun Academy (4-3) defeated Delta Academy 50-28 last week in MAIS District 1 action. … Briarfield (4-3) beat Veritas 60-23 last week. … This is a non-district game. … Calhoun Academy has won four of its last five games.
Center Hill at Saltillo
THE BUZZ: Center Hill (2-4) beat Lake Cormorant 24-21 last week to go 1-1 in Division 1-5A play. … Saltillo (2-4) saw its division record fall to 0-2 with a 34-3 loss to Clarksdale. … RB Richard Hampton has rushed for 590 yards, 6 TDs for Center Hill. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has passed for 1,417 yards, 10 TDs.
East Webster at J.Z. George
THE BUZZ: East Webster (3-4) lost 35-19 last week to Ackerman in its 2-2A opener. … J.Z. George (0-7) lost its division opener 52-0 to Eupora. … J.Z. George head coach Chris McRae coached at Tupelo High (assistant) and Tupelo Christian Prep (head coach).
Eupora at Hamilton
THE BUZZ: Eupora (4-2) defeated J.Z. George 52-0 last week in 2-2A action. … Hamilton (6-1), No. 3 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Williams Sullivan 54-12 in division play. … Eupora QB Jamal Roby is out for the season with a broken leg. … Hamilton RB Cojuante McMillian returns to lineup after missing last week with an ankle injury.
Hatley at Bruce
THE BUZZ: Hatley (4-3) lost 48-14 to Okolona last week in its 1-2A opener. … Bruce (6-1), No. 2 in Journal’s small school rankings, beat Walnut 49-13 in division play. … Bruce QB Davis Brown has passed for 1,175 yards, 14 TD. … Hatley RB Jared Thompson rushed for 150 yards, 2 TD against Okolona.
Houston at Caledonia
THE BUZZ: Houston (3-4) lost 26-23 last week to Louisville in its 4-4A opener. … Caledonia (3-4) lost 20-6 to Leake Central in division play. … Houston RB Kantrell Murry has rushed for 810 yards, 11 TD. He had a season-high 227 against Ackerman. … Caledonia averages 320 yards per game rushing.
Itawamba AHS at Shannon
THE BUZZ: Itawamba AHS (4-2) lost 21-20 last week to Corinth in its 1-4A opener. … Shannon (3-3), No. 5 in the Daily Journal’s large school rankings, opened division play with a 35-7 victory against Pontotoc. … IAHS QB Tyler Dossett passed for 181 yards, 2 TDs in loss. … Shannon QB passed for 2 TDs and rushed for 1 against Pontotoc.
Lafayette at Rosa Fort
THE BUZZ: Lafayette (7-0), ranked No. 2 in the state by the Associated Press, defeated Lewisburg 42-0 last week in its Division 2-4A opener. … Rosa Fort (3-3) lost 34-18 to North Pontotoc in division play. … RB Demarkus Dennis has rushed for 1,030 yards, 11 TD for Lafayette. … The Commodores are averaging 252 yards rushing per game.
Mooreville at Mantachie
THE BUZZ: Mooreville (4-3) lost 21-20 to Water Valley last week in its Division 2-3A opener. … Mantachie (2-4) lost 40-0 to Aberdeen in division play. … QB Griff Loftis leads a Mooreville offense that’s averaging a division-best 33.2 points. … The Troopers beat the Mustangs 40-19 last season.
North Pontotoc at New Albany
THE BUZZ: North Pontotoc (7-0), No. 5 in the Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Rosa Fort 34-18 last week in its Division 2-4A opener. … New Albany (5-2) went on the road to beat Senatobia 13-12 in division action. … North Pontotoc QB Caleb Mills has completed 54 of 90 passes for 870 yards, 9 TD. … RB Boston Newsome has rushed for 911 yards, 3 TD for New Albany.
Oxford at Lake Cormorant
THE BUZZ: Oxford (3-3) lost 43-22 last week to New Hope in Division 1-5A play and fell to 1-1. … Lake Cormorant (2-4) lost to rival DeSoto Central 24-21 to fall to 0-2 in league action. … Oxford’s offense is averaging 166 yards rushing and 164 passing.
Parklane Academy at Starkville Academy
THE BUZZ: Starkville Academy (6-1) defeated Copiah Academy 34-26 last week in an MAIS AAA District 2 game. … Parklane (5-2) beat Hillcrest Christian 44-0 in a non-district game. … Starkville Academy’s defense is giving up 11.2 points per game. … Parklane is based in McComb.
Pillow Academy at Marshall Academy
THE BUZZ: Pillow Academy (2-5), based in Greenwood, lost 16-12 last week to Greenville Washington. … Marshall Academy (6-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling 44-32 to North Delta. … Pillow is an MAIS AAA school while Marshall is an AA classification.
Pontotoc at Tishomingo County
THE BUZZ: Pontotoc (4-3) lost 35-7 last week to Shannon in its Division 1-4A opener. … Tishomingo County (2-5) lost 49-15 to Amory in division play. … Pontotoc QB Rashad Dixon has passed for 439 yards and rushed for 586. … RB Deonte Dilworth leads the Warriors with 671 rushing yards.
Potts Camp at Immanuel Christian
THE BUZZ: Potts Camp (3-3) defeated Middleton, Tenn., last week. … Immanuel Christian (1-5), located in Steens, lost 27-26 to Carroll Academy. … Potts Camp was led by Brantley Harris, who had TD receptions of 24 and 34 yards, and a 100-yard pass interception return.
Ripley at Belmont
THE BUZZ: Ripley (2-4) lost 19-13 to Holly Springs in its Division 1-3A opener. … Belmont (3-3) lost 20-7 to Kossuth in its division opener. … Ripley’s leading rusher, RB Isaac Bails, scored on a 25-yard run last week. … Sophomore RB Barry Rogers scored Belmont’s lone TD on a 2-yard run.
Smithville at Biggersville
THE BUZZ: Smithville (3-3) defeated Coldwater 42-34 last week in Division 1-1A play. … Biggersville (2-4) lost 33-6 to Falkner in a division game. … The Seminoles are 3-1 and Lions 1-3 in division play. … Smithville RB Tristan Hawkins rushed for 135 yards on 25 carries against Coldwater. RB Turner Sanderson added 101 yards on 18 totes.
Southaven at Tupelo
THE BUZZ: Tupelo (3-3) defeated Grenada 27-21 to go 1-1 in Division 1-6A play. … Southaven (5-1) beat Columbus 35-7 to go 1-1 in the division. … The visiting Chargers are averaging 34 points per game. … Tupelo RB Ashton Shumpert ran for a season-high 176 yards on 34 carries against Grenada. … Wave DB Marquis Allen made 14 tackles against Grenada.
Starkville at Ridgeland
THE BUZZ: Starkville (4-2) defeated Jackson Provine 38-7 last week to go to 2-0 in Division 2-5A play. … Ridgeland (4-2) improved to 2-0 in the division with a 42-6 win against Jackson Lanier. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles has completed 41 of 76 passes for 745 yards, 7 TDs. … Ridgeland RB Quardarius Armour has rushed for 909 yards, 11 TDs.
Thrasher at TCPS
THE BUZZ: Thrasher (4-0) defeated Houlka 33-6 to go to 4-0 in Division 1-1A play. … TCPS (3-3) lost 50-6 last week to H.W. Byers to fall to 2-2 in the division. … Thrasher’s program once experienced the state’s longest losing streak, 71 games. … Rebels RB O’Neal Cummings has rushed for 545 yards, 8 TDs. … TCPS QB Andrew Soper rushed for 114 yards against Byers.
Vardaman at Coldwater
THE BUZZ: Vardaman (4-2) did not play last week, but got a forfeit for Division 1-1A win against Jumpertown. … Coldwater (3-4) lost 42-34 to Smithville in division action. … The Rams are 4-0 and the Cougars 1-3 in 1-1A. … QB Cody Jenkins has passed for 592 yards, 6 TD for Vardaman.
Walnut at Calhoun City
THE BUZZ: Walnut (3-4) lost 49-13 last week to Bruce in its Division 1-2A opener. … Calhoun City (6-1), the Journal’s No. 1 ranked small school team, defeated Baldwyn 26-7 in its division opener. … Calhoun City QB Tae Larwrence rushed for a season-high 133 yards against Baldwyn.
Water Valley at South Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Water Valley (5-2) defeated Mooreville 21-20 last week in its Division 2-3A opener. … South Pontotoc (2-5) lost 34-7 to Nettleton in its division opener. … RB E.J. Bounds leads Water Valley with 501 yards rushing, 3 TDs.
West Point at Clarksdale
THE BUZZ: West Point (3-3), No. 2 in the Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Hernando 33-22 last week to remain unbeaten at 2-0 in Division 1-5A play. … Clarksdale (4-2) beat Saltillo 34-3 to go 2-0 in division play. … QB Dequinten Spraggins rushed for 162 yards, 2 TD, and passed for 118 yards and 1 TD for West Point.