High School Football October 21, 2011

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Aberdeen at Water Valley
THE BUZZ: Aberdeen (5-4, 3-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, defeated Mooreville 35-20 last week in 2-3A play. … Water Valley (7-2, 3-0) beat Nettleton 53-7 in league action. … The winner will be the division leader. … TE Channing Ward had two TD catches in Aberdeen’s win. … WV QB E.J. Bounds has passed for 537 yards and rushed for 482 yards this season.

Alcorn Central at Kossuth
THE BUZZ: Alcorn Central (1-8, 0-3) lost 62-6 last week to Belmont in a 1-3A game. … Kossuth (8-0, 3-0), No. 2 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, defeated Ripley 35-28. … Kossuth scored on five of its first six possessions against Ripley. … Aggies QB Jay Vanderford was 6 of 7 passing for 121 yards, 2 TDs in first half.

Amory at Itawamba AHS
THE BUZZ: Amory (7-2, 3-0), No. 5 in the Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Shannon 30-7 last week in a 1-4A game. … Itawamba AHS (5-3, 1-2) beat Pontotoc 35-28 in OT in a division game. … Amory QB Forest Williams has completed 174 of 254 passes for 2,607 yards, 30 TDs. Williams has only suffered three interceptions. … IAHS QB Tyler Dossett scored on a 4-yard run to beat Pontotoc.

Baldwyn at Walnut
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn (3-6, 1-2) lost 46-13 last week to Bruce in a 1-2A game. … Walnut (4-5, 1-2) defeated Hatley 47-12 in a division game. … Baldwyn RB Duke Upshaw has rushed for 524 yards, 5 TDs. … Walnut’s Dominic Steele rushed for 106 yards and caught 4 passes for 76 against Hatley.

Booneville at Ripley
THE BUZZ: Booneville (5-3, 2-1) defeated Holly Springs 34-14 last week in a 1-3A game. … Ripley (3-5, 1-2) lost 35-28 to Kossuth in a division game. … Booneville QB Dylan Henley completed 9 of 12 passes for 164 yards, 1 TD last week. … Ripley outgained Kossuth 248 to 54 in total offense in the second half.

Bruce at Okolona
THE BUZZ: Bruce (8-1, 3-0), No. 2 in Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Baldwyn 46-13 in a 1-2A game. … Okolona (3-6, 1-2) lost 27-7 to Calhoun City in division play. … Shaq Bush returned a punt 59 yards for TD against Baldwyn. … Fred Ward’s 1-yard run was Okolona’s lone TD in loss.

Calhoun City at Hatley
THE BUZZ: Calhoun City (8-1, 3-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Okolona 27-7 in a 1-2A game. … Hatley (4-5, 0-3) lost 47-12 to Walnut in division play. … Calhoun City is led in rushing by Tae Lawrence, 626 yards; Cartin McBride, 532 yards and Lavarious Varnado, 524 yards. … Hatley’s averaging 325 yards rushing per game.

Coldwater at H.W. Byers
THE BUZZ: Coldwater (3-5, 1-4) lost 37-0 last week to Vardaman in a 1-1A game. … H.W. Byers (4-4, 3-2) beat Thrasher 38-20 in a division game. … RB Stephen Terlorenz rushed for 182 yards and RB Marquis Moore 157 yards for H.W. Byers in its win.

Corinth at Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Corinth (4-4, 2-1) defeated Tishomingo County 35-6 last week in a 1-4A game. … Pontotoc (5-4, 1-2) lost 35-28 in OT to Itawamba AHS. … Corinth’s Lew Johnson scored 3 TD against Tishomingo County, including one on a 93-yard KO return. … RB Deonte Dilworth leads Pontotoc with 928 yards rushing, 5 TD.

DeSoto Central at Tupelo
THE BUZZ: Tupelo (4-4, 2-2), No. 4 in Journal’s large school rankings, lost 56-14 last week to South Panola in a 1-6A game. … DeSoto Central (4-4, 0-4) lost 34-6 to Columbus in division play. … Tupelo RB/QB Ashton Shumpert was held to minus 26 yards rushing by South Panola. … WR Matt McIntosh scored on 99 KO return for Wave in loss. … DeSoto Central RB Nathan Vandergurg has rushed for 840 yards, 3 TDs.

East Rankin at Starkville Academy
THE BUZZ: East Rankin Academy (4-5, 1-3) lost 42-12 last week to Jackson Prep in a non-district game. … Starkville Academy (8-1, 4-1) defeated Winston Academy 55-12 in non-district play. … The Vols, coached by former ICC coach Jeff Terrill, can put a stranglehold on second place in the district and a playoff berth with a win.

Falkner at Thrasher
THE BUZZ: Falkner (6-2, 5-1) defeated Tupelo Christian Prep 28-3 last week in a 1-1A game. … Thrasher (5-2, 4-2) lost 38-20 to Byers in a division game. … Falkner RB Kendrick Williams has rushed for 642 yards, 10 TDs. … Thrasher’s running game is led by O’Neal Cummings with 698 yards, 9 TDs and Demario Dawkins with 680 yards, 7 TDs.

Hamilton at East Webster
THE BUZZ: Hamilton (8-1, 3-0) defeated North Carrollton George 43-0 last week in a 2-2A game. … East Webster (5-4, 2-1) beat Williams Sullivan 49-0 in division play. … East Webster RB Marques Reives rushed for 98 yards on 11 carries in win.

Holly Springs at Belmont
THE BUZZ: Holly Springs (4-5, 2-1) lost 34-14 last week to Booneville in a 1-3A game. … Belmont (4-4, 1-2) defeated Alcorn Central 62-6 in a division game. … Holly Springs had a 4-game winning streak snapped with its loss. … Six Belmont players scored TDs against Alcorn Central.

Lafayette at Senatobia
THE BUZZ: Lafayette (9-0, 3-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s large school rankings, defeated New Albany 50-13 last week in a 2-4A game. … Senatobia (4-4, 1-2) lost 34-28 to North Pontotoc in division play. … Lafayette QB Jeremy Liggins has rushed for 472 yards, passed for 878 yards, accounted for 15 TDs. … Commodores RB Demarkus Dennis has rushed for 1,475 yards, 19 TDs.

Leake Central at Houston
THE BUZZ: Leake Central (4-5, 2-1) defeated Kosciusko 32-29 last week in a 4-4A game. … Houston (4-5, 1-2) lost 21-0 to Noxubee County in a 4-4A game. … RB Kantrell Murry leads Houston with 924 yards, 13 TDs. … Leake Central is a newly consolidated school is based in Carthage.

Marshall Academy at Potts Camp
THE BUZZ: Marshall Acdemy (7-1) beat Pillow Academy 35-21 last week. … Potts Camp (6-3) defeated Union County 49-30. … Potts Camp WR Jamarquis Foster caught TD passes for 55 and 70 yards against Union County.

Nettleton at Mantachie
THE BUZZ: Nettleton (2-7, 1-2) lost 53-7 last week to Water Valley in a 2-3A game. … Mantachie (2-6, 0-3) lost 27-16 to South Pontotoc in a division game. … Nettleton WR Odarius Lowe has 25 receptions for 486 yards, 3 TDz. … Jack Nichols returned a KO 90 yards for TD in Mantachie’s loss.

North Pontotoc at Lewisburg
THE BUZZ: North Pontotoc (8-1, 2-1) defeated Senatobia 34-28 last week in OT in a 2-4A game. … Lewisburg (6-3, 1-2) beat Rosa Fort 15-12 in league play. … North Pontotoc WR Shemiah Carter has caught 31 passes for 527 yards, 4 TDs, and rushed for 521 yards, 7 TDs. … RB Mitchell Cunningham leads the Vikings with 1,279 yards rushing, 22 TDs.

Oxford at Saltillo
THE BUZZ: Oxford (4-4, 2-2) lost 31-30 last week to Hernando in a 1-5A game. … Saltillo (2-6, 0-4) lost 47-7 to West Point in division play. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has completed 106 of 217 passes for 1,800 yards, 12 TDs. … Oxford RB Mont Dean rushed for 214 yards, 2 TDs against Hernando. He has 1,100 yards rushing, 17 TDs.

Rosa Fort at New Albany
THE BUZZ: Rosa Fort (3-5, 0-3) lost 15-12 last week to Lewisburg in a 2-4A game. … New Albany (6-3, 2-1) lost 50-13 to Lafayette in a division game. … RB Boston Newsome has rushed for 1,119 yards, 4 TDs while Josh Creekmore RB has 504 yards rushing, 4 TDs for New Albany.

Russell Christian Aca. at Calhoun Academy
THE BUZZ: Russell Christian (6-3, 3-3) lost 32-28 last week to Kemper Academy in a MAIS District 1 game. … Calhoun Academy (4-5, 4-2) lost 24-6 last week to Hebron Christian in district play. … RB Danny Norman leads Calhoun Academy with 1,151 yards rushing, 19 TDs.

Smithville at Tupelo Christian Prep
THE BUZZ: Smithville (5-3, 5-1) defeated Houlka 28-12 last week in 1-1A action. … TCPS (4-4, 3-3) lost 28-3 to Falkner in a division game. … TCPS QB Andrew Soper has rushed for 603 yards, 5 TDs and passed for 752 yards, 7 TDs. … WR Stephen Sexton leads Eagles with 21 receptions, 290 yards, 3 TDs.

South Pontotoc at Mooreville
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc (3-6, 1-2) defeated Mantachie 27-16 last week for its first 2-3A win. … Mooreville (5-4, 1-2) lost 35-20 to Aberdeen in a division game. … South Pontotoc RB Keith Flowers has rushed for 503 yards, 4 TDs. … Mooreville QB Griff Loftis has completed 99 of 183 for 1,461 yards, 13 TDs.

Starkville at Yazoo City
THE BUZZ: Starkville (6-2, 2-0) defeated Canton 45-8 last week in a 2-5A game. … Yazoo City (6-2, 2-2) beat Jackson Lanier 43-21 in a division game. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles has completed 61 of 115 for 1,003 yards, 9 TDs. … The Yellowjackets have a 4-game winning streak.

Tishomingo County at Shannon
THE BUZZ: Tishomingo County (2-7, 0-3) lost 35-6 last week to Corinth in a 1-4A game. … Shannon (4-4, 2-1) lost 30-7 to Amory in a division game. … Tishomingo County QB Blake Hawkins was 10 of 20 passing for 185 yards in loss. … RB Bodarius Taylor scored on 4-yard run for Shannon’s lone TD last week.

West Point at Center Hill
THE BUZZ: First place in Division 1-5A is up for grabs when West Point (5-3, 4-0) visits Center Hill (4-4, 3-1). … West Point beat Saltillo 47-7 for its 4th straight win. … Center Hill defeated Clarksdale 30-28 for its third straight. … West Point QB Dequinten Spraggins has passed for 651 yards, rushed for 603 and accounted for 10 TD.

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