Marshall (12-1) vs. Natchez Trinity (12-0)
THE BUZZ: The MAIS Class A state championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mississippi College in Clinton. … The Patriots lost last season in the state championship game to Brookhaven Academy. … Marshall QB Dakota Dailey has rushed for 1,400 yards, passed for 2,500 and accounted for 56 TDs. … This is the seventh state title game in three sports Dailey has played in. … Marshall RB Devin McGregor averages 6 yards per carry. … Trinity QB Michael Whitley, a left-hander, was 12-of-20 for 220 yards and 3 TDs against Cenla (La.) Christian in the state semifinals. … Trinity WR Jacob Sandrock caught two of those passes. … Trinity’s defense forced five turnovers, including four pass interceptions, in last week’s win.
Smithville (9-3) at Shelby Broad Street (9-2)
THE BUZZ: Broad Street has won 6 straight games. … The Jaguars use a two-quarterback system. Javaris McClenton and Danterris Greyer have each thrown for 4 TDs. … RBs Demarcus Alexander and Richard Horn each have more than 500 yards and 10 total TDs. … Smithville is in its first second-round playoff game since 2010. … Smithville RB Tyler Hood has 1,550 yards and 23 TDs. … QB Drew Lann has 1,018 rushing yards and 18 TDs and 540 yards passing. … Smithville scored 14 unanswered points in the second half of a 22-20 win against Shaw.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces St. Aloysius/Hamilton
St. Aloysius (8-4) at Hamilton (9-3)
THE BUZZ: St. Aloysius knocked off 1A North favorite Coffeeville in OT. … Run-first St. Aloysius is led by RB Barrett Teller with 505 yards and 6 TDs. … The Flashes recovered 2 fumbles and picked off 2 passes against Coffeeville. … Hamilton is hosting a playoff game for the second time in 12 years. … Hamilton QB Byron Butler completed 9-of-15 passes for 160 yards in a win at Mound Bayou. … Quinshay Heard had 216 yards of total offense and a TD. … Heard had a pick and Dominique Dobbs recovered a late fumble to protect the win.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Smithville/Broad Street
Eupora (10-2) at Baldwyn (10-3)
THE BUZZ: Eupora RB Lamontae Salley has rushed for 1,145 yards and 16 TDs. … QB Trey Pittman has thrown for 1,773 yards and 19 TDs. … Eupora is the defending Class 2A North champion. … Baldwyn has won 8 straight games. … Baldwyn QB Corbin Scott was 10-of-14 for 101 yards in a win at Bruce. … Baldwyn held Bruce to 108 rushing yards on 29 carries. … Freshmen Jimmy Tyes and Armontie Price combined for 21 tackles and a pair of TFLs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces West Bolivar/Calhoun City
West Bolivar (9-3) at Calhoun City (9-3)
THE BUZZ: West Bolivar has given up only 3.6 points per game over the last 7 games. … The Eagles have 5 shutouts and have only allowed double-digit points twice. … Leanardo Brown leads the the Eagles with 811 rushing yards and 5 TDs. … The teams split playoff games in 2010-11. … Calhoun City has won 6 straight games. … The Wildcats have won their first two playoff games a combined 85-6. … QB Chakel Gates has rushed and thrown for more than 2,433 yards and 18 TDs. … RBs Lavarious Varnado and Cartin Mcbride have combined to rush for 1,160 yards and 24 TDs. …
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Eupora/Baldwyn
Charleston (11-1) at North Pontotoc (10-3)
THE BUZZ: Charleston rushes for 259 yards per game and passes for less than 80. … Calwaun Street has rushed for 1,070 yards and 11 TDs. … Ge Vonte Jones has rushed for 16 of the Tigers’ 47 rushing scores. … Charleston has won 9 in a row and has scored at least 40 points in 8 of its 12 games. … North Pontotoc RB Jeremy Wilkes has rushed for 892 yards and 9 TDs. … Louisiana-Monroe commit Marcus Green has rushed for 794 yards and 11 TDs and caught 46 passes for 809 yards and 10 TDs. … Junior LB CJ McLaughlin has team-highs of 18 TFLs and 10 sacks.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Louisville/Cleveland East Side
Noxubee County (9-3) at Lafayette (9-5)
THE BUZZ: Lafayette RB Tyrell Price has rushed for a team-high 1,087 yards and 5 TDs on 172 carries. … DK Buford, an Ole Miss commit, has carried the ball 198 times for 954 yards and 15 TDs. … Sophomore Quin Jones has a team-high 129 tackles. … Teams have split consecutive shutouts, Noxubee 14-0 last November en route to the Class 4A championship. … Ripley’s 14 points at Noxubee was the second time Noxubee has allowed more than 7 points in its last 7 games. … Noxubee held Ripley to 56 rushing yards and had 9 sacks.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Rosa Fort/Cleveland
Pearl (11-2) at Oxford (12-0)
THE BUZZ: Oxford coach Johnny Hill is 2-2 against Pearl at Oxford. … The Chargers piled up 606 yards of offense in a win against Vicksburg. … QB Jack Abraham was 15-for-25 for 348 yards and 4 TDs. … Ethan Holmes caught 4 passes for 101 yards and 2 TDs. … Pearl RB Jordan Wright rushed for 122 yards and a TD on 21 carries in a win against West Point. … Balanced Pearl has rushed for 182 yards and passed for 185 yards per game.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Clarksdale/Callaway
Starkville (9-3) at South Panola (12-1)
THE BUZZ: Starkville QB Princeton Jones has thrown for 1,820 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 335 yards and 11 TDs. … RB Jacquez Horsley has rushed for 891 yards and 6 TDs. … Teams last played in 2010, a 47-13 South Panola win. … Starkville won the Class 5A championship last season. … South Panola’s only loss came at Memphis University School. … Since allowing 21 points to Olive Branch, the Tigers have allowed only 20 points in 6 games. … Junior RB Darrell Henderson has rushed for 1,900 yards and 22 TDs on 244 carries.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Tupelo/Madison Central
Tupelo (11-1) at Madison Central (9-3)
THE BUZZ: Tupelo boasts the top defense in 6A. … Both coaches, Trent Hammond and Bobby Hall, are former Amory coaches. … Madison Central has won 3 of the last 4 meetings. … Tupelo senior RB Quinn Tiggs has rushed for 1,179 yards and 10 TDs on 173 carries and also has a team-high 510 receiving yards. … Madison Central senior QB Joseph Willis has thrown for 2,324 yards and 26 TDs, only 4 picks. … Junior RB Trey Smith has rushed for 1,372 yards and 12 of the Jags’ 22 rushing TDs. … Junior Keenan Barnes has caught 70 passes for 1,161 yards and 12 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Starkville/South Panola