Several ranked high school teams face off on Friday

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

Week 4 of the 2012 high school football season is sure to shake up the Daily Journal High School Rankings.
Among the large schools, No. 1 West Point is at No. 3 Starkville Friday in what could be a playoff preview.
In the Class 3A/4A rankings, Amory and New Albany enter the week tied for fifth and face off in Amory. Itawamba AHS and Aberdeen both moved up a spot to second and third after wins and Houston enters for the first time at No. 4 after a 3-0 start to the season.
Itawamba has a bye week to try and get Ashton Shumpert cleared and ready to play his first game in Week 5. Aberdeen hosts 4A power Noxubee County on Friday.
The top three small schools remain the same with Bruce, Falkner and East Webster. Unbeatens Smithville and East Union enter the rankings at four and five for the first time this season.
Noles’ PITTS delivers
A young Smithville started last season 1-2. The Seminoles are off to a 3-0 start this season after Friday’s 21-10 Division 1-1A win against H.W. Byers.
Do-it-all senior J.T. Pitts is a big reason why.
Pitts scored all three of Smithville’s touchdowns on Friday. The running back/linebacker scored on a 15-yard fumble return, a 19-yard pass from Drew Lann and on a 38-yard interception return.
His final two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, the first to break an 8-all tie.
ANOTHER THURSDAY TEST
For the third straight week, there is a key area matchup on a Thursday night. Vardaman hosts Falkner in a pivotal Class 1-1A game. The Rams are 0-2 and coming off a bye week.
Falkner has outscored its first three opponents 124-20.
GAME OF THE WEEK
The Week 4 Daily Journal Game of the Week is New Albany at Amory. Both Class 4A schools will enter Friday’s matchup at 2-1.
New Albany beat the Panthers 27-0 last season.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Thursday
Biggersville at Houlka (at Okolona)
Falkner at Vardaman
Friday
Ackerman at Houston
Alcorn Central at Mooreville
Belmont at Baldwyn
Benton County at Thrasher
Bolivar, Tenn., at Corinth
Byhalia at Holly Springs
Caledonia at East Webster
Calhoun Academy at Kemper Academy
Calhoun City at Velma Jackson
Coldwater at Tupelo Christian
Duval Charter (Fla.) at Lafayette
East Union at Mantachie
Hatley at Hamilton
New Albany at Amory
New Site at Immanuel Christian
North Pontotoc at South Pontotoc
Noxubee County at Aberdeen
Okolona at Nettleton
Oxford at Senatobia
Pontotoc at Ripley
Potts Camp at Strayhorn
Saltillo at Booneville
Shannon at Tupelo
Tishomingo County at Kossuth
Walnut at Middleton (Tenn.)
Water Valley at Bruce
West Point at Starkville

DAILY JOURNAL RANKINGS
(Updated each Monday)
Class 6A/5A LW
1. West Point (1-1) …………………………..1
This week: at Starkville
2. Oxford (3-0) ………………………………..2
This week: at Senatobia
3. Starkville (1-2) …………………………NR
This week: vs. West Point
Class 3A/4A LW
1. Lafayette (2-1)…………………………….1
This week: vs. Duval Charter
(Jacksonville, Fla.)
2. Itawamba AHS (3-0)……………………..3
This week: Off
3. Aberdeen (2-1) …………………………..5
This week: vs. Noxubee County
4. Houston (3-0) …………………………..NR
This week: vs. Ackerman
5T. New Albany (2-1) ……………………….5
This week: at Amory
T5. Amory (2-1) ………………………………2
This week: vs. New Albany
CLASS 2A/1A LW
1. Bruce (3-0) ………………………………..1
This week: at Water Valley
2. Falkner (3-0) ………………………………2
This week: vs. Vardaman
3. East Webster (3-0) ……………………….3
This week: vs. Caledonia
4. Smithville (3-0) …………………………NR
This week: Off
5. East Union (2-0) ……………………….NR
This week: Mantachie

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