By NEMS Daily Journal
Ackerman at Hamilton
THE BUZZ: Ackerman (7-3, 4-0) visits Hamilton (9-1, 4-0) in a game for the Division 2-2A championship. … Ackerman, coached by Adam Dillinger, the son of former Baldwyn coach Jimmy Dillinger, defeated George 35-0 last week for its fifth straight win. … Hamilton beat East Webster 52-7. … Lions QB Zarrat Sims rushed for 106 of his team’s 338 ground yards against East Webster.
Amory at Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Amory (7-3, 3-1) can clinch Division 1-4A title with victory. … The Panthers lost 21-20 last week to IAHS in a division game. … Pontotoc (6-4, 2-2) defeated Corinth 20-7 last week. … Amory QB Forest Williams has completed 203 of 296 passes for 3,041 yards, 33 TDs, 5 interceptions … Pontotoc RB Deonte Dilworth averages 7.5 yards per carry.
Belmont at Booneville
THE BUZZ: Belmont (5-4, 2-2) defeated Holly Springs 21-13 last week in Division 1-3A play. … Booneville (6-3, 3-1) beat Ripley 28-14 in a division game. … Belmont RB Jordan Powell rushed for 117 yards, 1 TD against Holly Springs. … Booneville QB Dylan Henley has passed for 910 yards, 10 TDs.
Biggersville at Coldwater
THE BUZZ: Biggersville (3-6, 2-5) has not played since its 55-0 loss to Vardaman on Oct. 14 in a 1-1A game. … Coldwater (3-6, 1-5) lost 56-54 last week in division play to H.W. Byers. … WR Darrien Williams has caught 36 passes for 568 yards, 9 TDs to lead Biggersville.
Calhoun City at Bruce
THE BUZZ: Calhoun City (9-1, 4-0) visits rival Bruce (9-1, 4-0) with the Division 1-2A championship going to the winner. … Bruce’s Trojans defeated Okolona 44-8 last week to remain unbeaten in division while Calhoun City’s Wildcats rolled to a 45-14 win against Hatley. … Wildcats QB Tae Lawrence leads an offense averaging 250 yards rushing per game. … Trojans QB Davis Brown has passed for 1,822 yards, 22 TDs.
Callaway at Starkville
THE BUZZ: Jackson Callaway (3-6, 1-4) lost 30-17 last week in a Division 2-5A game. … Starkville (7-2, 5-0) defeated Yazoo City 35-0 in division play. … The Yellowjackets play at one-loss Neshoba Central next week in a game that could determine the division championship. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles directs a balanced attack that averages 172 yards rushing and 150 yards passing.
East Webster at Eupora
THE BUZZ: East Webster (5-5, 2-2) visits rival Eupora (5-4, 2-2) in a Division 2-2A game that could determine playoff positioning. … East Webster lost 52-7 last week in a division game. … Eupora beat Williams Sullivan 47-0 last week. … Thomas Brooks averages 10 tackles per game for East Webster.
Hatley at Baldwyn
THE BUZZ: Hatley (4-6, 0-4) lost 45-14 last week to Calhoun City in a Division 1-2A game. … Baldwyn (4-6, 2-2) defeated Walnut 42-6 in division play. … Hatley’s offense averages 320 yards rushing per game. … Baldwyn RB Duke Upshaw has rushed for 583 yards, 7 TDs.
Houston at Kosciusko
THE BUZZ: Houston (5-5, 2-2) defeated Leake Central 41-0 in a Division 4-4A game. … Kosciusko (0-10, 0-4) lost 28-10 to Caledonia in division play. … Houston RB Kantrell Murry has rushed for 1,015 yards, 15 TDs, including 2 last week. … Toppers QB Sharone Wright rushed for 162 yards against Leake Central.
Itawamba AHS at Tishomingo County
THE BUZZ: IAHS (6-3, 2-2) knocked off Amory 21-20 last week in a Division 1-4A game. … Tishomingo County (2-8, 0-4) lost 50-14 to Shannon in division action. … DB/QB Shante Rogers had two interceptions last week for IAHS. … LB Clint Jones leads Tishomingo County with 53 tackles.
Holly Springs at Kossuth
THE BUZZ: Kossuth (9-0, 4-0) can clinch Division 1-3A title with win against Holly Springs (4-6, 2-2). … The Aggies beat Alcorn Central 54-0 last week. … Holly Springs dropped a 21-13 decision to Belmont. … Kossuth QB Jay Vanderford passed for 3 TDs last week. … Holly Springs trailed 21-0 at halftime in its loss.
Lewisburg at New Albany
THE BUZZ: Lewisburg (6-4, 1-3) lost 38-14 last week to North Pontotoc in a Division 2-4A game. … New Albany (7-3, 3-1) defeated Rosa Fort 24-18 in division play. … RB Josh Creekmore rushed for 184 yards on 20 carries for New Albany in win. … Bulldogs QB Spencer Day passed for 121 yards, 1 TD.
Marshall Academy at Kirk Academy
THE BUZZ: Marshall Academy (8-1, 2-1) ventured out of academy play last week to beat Potts Camp 21-9. … Kirk Academy (4-6, 0-3) beat Oak Hill 21-6 in a non-district game. … This is the final MAIS AA District 1 game for both teams.
Mooreville at Nettleton
THE BUZZ: These two teams – Mooreville (6-4, 2-2) and Nettleton (3-7, 2-2) – are jockeying for position in the postseason in their Division 2-3A game. … Mooreville defeated South Pontotoc 48-3 last week behind QB Griff Loftis, who passed for 191 yards, 3 TDs. … Dakota Gruber passed for 3 TDs for Nettleton in its win.
Okolona at Walnut
THE BUZZ: Okolona (3-7, 1-3) and Walnut (4-6, 1-3) are playing for the No. 4 playoff berth in Division 1-2A. … Okolona lost 44-8 last week to Bruce in division play. … Walnut suffered a 42-6 league loss to Baldwyn.
Ripley at Alcorn Central
THE BUZZ: Ripley (3-6, 1-3) lost 28-14 last week to Booneville in Division 1-3A play. … Alcorn Central (1-9, 0-4) lost 54-0 to Kossuth in a division game. … Ripley RB Isaac Bails has rushed for 1,003 yards this season.
Saltillo at Hernando
THE BUZZ: Saltillo (2-7, 0-5) lost 35-28 last week in OT to Oxford in a Division 1-5A game. … Hernando (4-5, 3-2) beat Lake Cormorant 36-13 in a division game. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has completed 136 of 270 passes for 2,184 yards, 16 TDs this season. … WR Jalen Gaston leads the Tigers with 47 receptions for 907 yards, 9 TDs.
Shannon at Corinth
THE BUZZ: Shannon (5-4, 3-1) defeated Tishomingo County 50-14 last week in Division 1-4A play. … Corinth (4-5, 2-2) needs a victory to remain in the contention for a playoffs berth. … The Warriors lost 20-7 last week to Pontotoc in a division game. … Shannon had 416 yards total offense in its win.
South Pontotoc at Aberdeen
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc (3-7, 1-3) lost 48-3 last week to Mooreville in a Division 2-3A game. … Aberdeen (5-5, 3-1) is coming off a disappointing 20-14 loss to league leader Water Valley. … Aberdeen’s loss was its first in the division in four years.
Starkville Academy at Presbyterian Christian
THE BUZZ: Two MAIS AAA teams play in a non-district game. … Starkville Academy (9-1) defeated East Rankin Academy 18-7 last week in a District 2 game. … Presbyterian Christian (7-3) beat Oak Forest, La., Academy 34-6. … Ryan Mann’s 3-yard TD run in fourth quarter clinched Vols’ victory.
Thrasher at Smithville
THE BUZZ: Thrasher (5-3, 4-3) lost 38-27 last week to Falkner in a Division 1-1A game. … Smithville (6-3, 6-1) beat Tupelo Christian Prep 14-13 last week in a division game. … Tristan Hawkins’ 43-yard TD run was difference in Smithville’s win at TCPS.
Tupelo at Horn Lake
THE BUZZ: Tupelo (5-4, 3-2) kept its postseason hopes alive with a 42-14 win last week against DeSoto Central in Division 1-6A play. … Horn Lake (6-3, 2-3) lost 41-21 last week to Columbus in a division game. … RB/QB Ashton Shumpert leads Tupelo with 509 yards rushing, 5 TDs. … Tupelo can clinch a playoff berth for the second straight year with a win.
Tupelo Christian Prep at Vardaman
THE BUZZ: TCPS (4-5, 3-4) lost 14-13 last week to Smithville in a Division 1-1A game. … Vardaman (7-2, 7-0) beat Houlka 28-0 in league play. … QB Andrew Soper leads a balanced TCPS offensive attack.
Water Valley at Mantachie
THE BUZZ: Water Valley (8-2, 4-0) clinched the Division 2-3A championship last week with a 20-14 win over Aberdeen. … Mantachie (2-7, 0-4) lost 41-12 to Nettleton in division play. … Water Valley LB C.J. Jackson recorded 18 tackles, 3 for sacks, against Aberdeen.
West Point at Oxford
THE BUZZ: West Point (5-4, 4-1) lost 30-29 last week to Center Hill in a Division 1-5A game. … Oxford (5-4, 3-2) beat Saltillo 35-28 to keep its playoff hopes alive. … Oxford RB Mont Dean rushed for 360 yards, 5 TDs against Saltillo.