Hamilton (8-3) at Mound Bayou JFK (8-3)
THE BUZZ: Mound Bayou ended Hamilton’s season in this round last year, a 40-10 win at Mound Bayou in Class 2A. … Mound Bayou RB Carnez Gant has rushed for 1,095 yards and 11 TDs. … Hamilton RB Pallas Fair had a tough 29 yards on 11 carries in a shutout loss at Coffeeville. … QB Quinshay Heard threw 3 picks in the loss.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces St. Aloysius/Coffeeville
Falkner (7-4) at Shelby Broad Street (8-2)
THE BUZZ: Falkner will have RB Jeramie Lawrence back. Lawrence was injured in the Halloween night loss against Coffeeville. … It is the first meeting between the two schools. … Falkner QB Jase Stroupe has accounted for 2,386 yards and 28 TDs. … Broad Street RB Demarcus Alexander has rushed for a team-high 575 yards and 8 TDs. … Broad Street has won 5 straight games.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Shaw/Smithville
Shaw (7-4) at Smithville (8-3)
THE BUZZ: Rush-first Shaw has three players with more than 300 yards rushing, led by freshman Reggie Scott’s 390 yards and 7 TDs. … First meeting between the teams. … Smithville QB Drew Lann rushed for 2 TDs and passed for 1 in a win against Houlka. … Smithville RB Tyler Hood rushed for 2 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Falkner/Broad Street.
Baldwyn (9-3) at Bruce (7-3)
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn has won 7 straight games. … Baldwyn QB Corbin Scott has thrown for 24 TDs against 6 picks. … The Bearcats finished the regular season as the Journal’s No. 1 Class 2A/1A team. … Teams have met yearly since 2006. … The last playoff game was a 48-27 Baldwyn win in 2006. … Bruce QB Donta Armstrong is the Trojans’ leading rusher with 611 yards and 10 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Eupora/East Union
Eupora (8-2) at East Union (7-3)
THE BUZZ: The Urchins’ home game will be played at Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Tiger Stadium. … East Union won its first-ever playoff game Friday at Byers. … Urchins RB Blake Spruill rushed for 202 yards and 3 TDs. … Eupora is the defending Class 2A North champion. … Eupora RB Lamontae Salley has rushed for 915 yards and 14 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Baldwyn/Bruce
Mantachie (10-3) at West Bolivar (8-3)
THE BUZZ: Mantachie has tied its all-time win total. … Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell threw for 166 yards and accounted for 5 TDs in a win against Strayhorn. … Mantachie RB Clay Johnson had 125 all-purpose yards and a TD. … Mantachie is riding a 6-game win streak. … West Bolivar has won 4-of-5. … The Eagles boast five shutouts and have given up more than 9 points only 3 times, allowing 8.5 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Calhoun City/Walnut
Calhoun City (8-3) at Walnut (10-3)
THE BUZZ: Walnut freshman Monterio Hunt returned two picks for TDs in a win at Coahoma AHS. … It is Walnut’s first second-round playoff appearance since 2009. … Calhoun City QB Chakel Gates has rushed and thrown for 2,106 yards and 15 yards. … RB Lavarious Varnado has rushed for 503 yards and 13 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Mantachie/West Bolivar
North Pontotoc (9-3) at Kemper County (9-3)
THE BUZZ: North Pontotoc is in its first second-round game under coach Brian Sutton. … North Pontotoc QB Trey Jolly has thrown for 2,024 yards and 24 TDs. … Seven Vikings have caught TD passes, led by Louisiana-Monroe commit Marcus Green’s 9. … North Pontotoc has won 9 of its last 10 games. … Kemper QB Kelvn Bourrage has throw for 1,772 yards and 15 TDs and rushed for team-highs of 921 yards and 14 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Aberdeen/Charleston
Aberdeen (7-5) at Charleston (10-1)
THE BUZZ: The teams have split the last 4 meetings, all playoff games. … Aberdeen third-year starting QB Josh Williams leads the Bulldogs with 675 yards and 11 TDs. … Aberdeen sophomore Jerrick Orr and senior Sammie Burroughs have combined to catch 72 passes for 1,536 yards and 11 TDs. … Charleston has won eight straight games and scored at least 41 points in six of them. … Charleston has rushed for 42 TDs and thrown for 3. … GeVonte Jones has rushed for 15 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces North Pontotoc/Kemper County
Greenwood (10-1) at Lafayette (7-5)
THE BUZZ: Lafayette senior DK Buford, an Ole Miss commit, has rushed for 868 yards and 15 TDs. … Lafayette sophomore LB Quin Jones is the Commodores’ leading tackler, with 9.9 per game. … Lafayette beat Greenwood twice each of the last 2 seasons, four wins by a combined 160-15. … Greenwood fourth-year starting QB Kwadra Griggs has thrown for 7,936 yards and 72 TDs in his career. … Greenwood is trying to make it past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1989.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Ripley/Noxubee County
Ripley (11-1) at Noxubee County (8-3)
THE BUZZ: Ripley RB Christian Johnson has rushed for 1,465 yards and 17 TDs. … QB Dalton James has thrown for 2,211 yards and 21 TDs and rushed for another 12. … Ripley has 5 players with at least 12 TFLs, led by senior DB James Walters’ 25. … Noxubee County has allowed 26 points in a 6-game win streak, outscoring teams 169-26.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Greenwood/Lafayette
Saltillo (8-4) at Callaway (11-0)
THE BUZZ: Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds’ 1,943 yards is third in rushing in the state. … Senior AJ Rye has a team-high 23 catches for 445 yards and 4 TDs. … Saltillo has played all season without senior WR Joey Mask after a season-ending leg injury in the Ole Miss Jamboree. … Callaway has 4 Ole Miss commits, including the state’s No. 1 prospect OG Rod Taylor, No. 8, WR Dayall Harris, No. 10, DT Breeland Speaks and No. 15, OLB Ronald Walker. … Callaway RBs Kendrick Catchings (821 yards), Jabari Woodcox (713) and Carlos Ransburgh (628) have accounted for 23 rushing touchdowns.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Ridgeland/Clarksdale
West Point (7-4) at Pearl (10-2)
THE BUZZ: Teams last met in 2009, a 34-7 West Point playoff win. … West Point RB Aeris Williams, a Mississippi State commit, had 15 carries for 109 yards and 2 scores and 3 catches for 122 yards and a TD in a win against Lewisburg. … Pearl junior RB Jordan Wright has rushed for 1,511 yards and 27 TDs. … Sophomore QB Ledarius Carpenter has thrown for 2,242 yards and 17 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Vicksburg/Oxford
Vicksburg (6-5) at Oxford (11-0)
THE BUZZ: Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham has thrown for 2,373 yards and 27 TDs. … Another sophomore, RB Kenzie Phillips has rushed for 1,301 yards and 18 TDs. … Vicksburg has won one game since Oct. 4, last week at 1-10 Neshoba Central.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces West Point/Pearl
Grenada (9-2) at Starkville (8-3)
THE BUZZ: First meeting since 2006. … Starkville RB Jacquez Horsley has rushed for 789 yards and 5 TDs. … Jackets’ QB Princeton Jones has a team-high 11 rushing TDs. … Grenada rushes for 348 yards per game, led by junior Kesner Spencer’s 1,168 yards and 11 TDs. … Grenada senior OLB Shareef White leads the Chargers with 7.4 tackles per game.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Northwest Rankin/South Panola
Warren Central (8-3) at Tupelo (10-1)
THE BUZZ: Haven’t played since Tupelo won a 2004 playoff matchup, 3-0. … Expectedly high-flying Tupelo has kept it on the ground, rushing for 100 more yards per game than passing. … Senior RB Quinn Tiggs has rushed for 1,100 yards and 9 TDs. … Tiggs also has a team-high 442 yards receiving. … Warren Central runs three main backs, led by senior Aaron Stamps and Curtis Ross with a combined 1,246 yards and 10 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces DeSoto Central/Madison Central
Benton Academy (10-2) at Marshall Academy (11-1)
THE BUZZ: MAIS state semifinals. … Marshall is trying to win a second straight North title. … The Patriots lost 49-40 against Brookhaven in the 2012 state championship. … Marshall has won 8 straight games, averaging 54 points per game. … Marshall QB Dakota Dailey ran for 3 TDs and threw for 1 in a quarterfinals win against DeSoto.
NEXT WEEK: State championship vs. Cenla (La.) Christian/Trinity Episcopal
Compiled by Brandon Speck