Aberdeen (1-1) at Amory (2-0)
THE BUZZ: This is the 77th meeting of the A-Game between the Monroe County rivals. … The winner receives the A-Trophy. … In Amory’s first game without QB Jon David Poss (ACL), Fred Garth scored three TDs in a 31-30 win at Senatobia.
NEXT WEEK: Noxubee County at Aberdeen; Amory at New Albany
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
Baldwyn (0-2) at Mooreville (1-1)
THE BUZZ: For the second straight season, Baldwyn has been hammered by injuries. … With 17 players suspended last week, Mooreville gave up nine TDs to Nettleton, five rushing and four passing. … First meeting since 2006, a 37-20 Baldwyn win
NEXT WEEK: Belmont at Baldwyn; Mooreville at Mantachie
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Falkner (1-1) at Ripley (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Falkner coming into the Tippah matchup off a surprising Joe Bowl loss to Walnut. … Ripley, the Journal’s No. 1 Class 4A/3A team, has gotten 456 passing yards and 4 TDs from QB Dalton James. … Ripley won the last meeting, 29-0 in 1998.
NEXT WEEK: Falker open; Ripley at North Panola
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Itawamba AHS (1-1) at Saltillo (2-0)
The BUZZ: Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds is still looking for someone to stop him. He has 409 yards and 4 TDs. … IAHS got a game-winning TD run from Hunter White at New Albany last week, his second in a 14-10 win. … Itawamba won 17-7 in last season’s opening game.
NEXT WEEK: Center Hill at Itawamba AHS; Tupelo at Saltillo
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Mantachie (2-0) at South Pontotoc (2-0)
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc QB Wesley Ross threw a pair of TDs in last week’s win at Vardaman. … Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes, for 332 yards and 6 TDs. … South Pontotoc’s defense is allowing only 7 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: Mantachie at Mooreville; South Pontotoc at North Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Nettleton (2-0) at East Webster (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Nettleton’s two wins already matches last year’s win total. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber has thrown for 7 TDs and no picks. … East Webster is the Journal’s No. 4 small school. Nettleton is No. 4 in Class 4A/3A.
NEXT WEEK: Shannon at Nettleton; East Webster at Houston.
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
Pontotoc (1-1) at New Albany (0-2)
THE BUZZ: New Albany missed on its first win on a late TD at Itawamba AHS last week. … Pontotoc was shut out at home against Saltillo. … New Albany won the Hwy. 15 battle 21-14 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Pontotoc at Calhoun City; Amory at New Albany
JOURNAL PICK: New Albany
Tupelo (2-0) at Shannon (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Shannon beat Aberdeen in Week 1, but had last week off. … Tupelo got 2 TD runs from Quinn Tiggs and 2 FGs from Reed Bigham in a win last week at Center Hill. … Tupelo won 24-16 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Tupelo at Saltillo; Lafayette at Shannon
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
Biggersville (0-2) at Benton County (0-1)
THE BUZZ:<b> </b>Biggersville scored 50 points in a loss against New Site last week. … The Lions are averaging 39 points, but giving up 48 points a game in two losses.
NEXT WEEK: Coldwater at Biggersville; Potts Camp at Benton County
JOURNAL PICK: Biggersville
Calhoun City (2-0) at Water Valley (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Water Valley QB E.J. Bounds rushed for 121 yards and 4 TDs in a win against Coffeeville last week. … Calhoun City QB Chakel Gates had 2 TD passes and a TD run in a win against Houston.
NEXT WEEK: Pontotoc at Calhoun City; Water Valley at Bruce
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun City
Choctaw County (2-0) at North Pontotoc (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Choctaw QB Tay Edwards threw for 173 yards and 4 TDs in last week’s win against Winona. … North Pontotoc WR Marcus Green had 235 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Ripley last week.
NEXT WEEK: Choctaw Co. at Union; South Pontotoc at North Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc
Coffeeville (0-2) at Bruce (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Bruce QB Donta Armstrong threw a TD and rushed for 2 TDs in a win against Potts Camp last week. … Bruce won 49-12 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Coffeeville at Houlka; Water Valley at Bruce
JOURNAL PICK: Bruce
Corinth (1-1) at Lewisburg (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Corinth looking to get more from its offense after 80 total yards in a loss against Lafayette last week. … This will be the teams’ first meeting.
NEXT WEEK: Booneville at Corinth; Lewisburg at Independence
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
East Side (2-0) at Oxford (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham threw 4 TD passes in a comeback win against Starkville in “The Little Egg Bowl” last week. … East Side is averaging 36 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: West Bolivar at East Side; Oxford at Lafayette
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
East Union (2-0) at Potts Camp (0-2)
THE BUZZ: East Union RBs Blake Spruill and Jamie McCullough have combined for 536 yards and 5 TDs. … Potts Camp won 41-20 last season.
NEXT WEEK: East Union open; Potts Camp: Open
JOURNAL PICK: East Union
Hamilton (1-1) at Hatley (0-2)
THE BUZZ: All-Monroe County matchup won 52-8 by Hamilton last season. … Hamilton RB Keshon Heard and QB Quinshay Heard both left last week’s loss at Caledoinia with injuries.
NEXT WEEK: Vardaman at Hamilton; Hatley at Alcorn Central
JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton
Houlka (0-2) at Coahoma County (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Coahoma RB Jamarius Daniels rushed for 2 TDs in a win last week against Williams Sullivan. … Houlka was shut out last week against Okolona after scoring 6 points in an opening loss against East Union.
NEXT WEEK: Holly Springs at Coahoma County; Coffeeville at Houlka
JOURNAL PICK: Coahoma County
Houston (0-2) at Okolona (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Okolona had five players score TDs in last week’s win against Houlka. … Houston RB Damien Fields ran for 96 yards on 19 carries in last week’s loss against Calhoun City.
NEXT WEEK: East Webster at Houston; Okolona at Blytheville, Ark.
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
H.W. Byers (2-0) at Coldwater (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Byers QB Anthony Rubin threw a game-winning TD with less than a minute to play last week against Holly Springs. … Coldwater won 28-8 last season.
NEXT WEEK: S.V. Marshall at Byers; Coldwater at Biggersville
JOURNAL PICK: Coldwater
Lafayette (1-1) at DeSoto Central (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Lafayette’s Ole Miss commit D.K. Buford rushed for 80 yards and scored 3 TDs in a win at Corinth last week. … DeSoto RB Alan Lamar rushed for 81 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Lewisburg.
NEXT WEEK: Oxford at Lafayette; DeSoto Central at Lake Cormorant
JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette
Marshall Academy (2-0) at Tunica Academy (2-0)
THE BUZZ: Marshall is averaging 52 points per game and took OT to beat Oak Hill last week. … Marshall won 54-21 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Magnolia Heights at Marshall; Tunica at Lee Academy
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
New Site (1-1) at Kossuth (0-2)
THE BUZZ: New Site beat Biggersville 51-50 last week.The Royals have passed the 50-point mark three times in the past two seasons with just one victory to show for it.
NEXT WEEK: Immanuel at New Site; Kossuth at Tishomingo County
JOURNAL PICK: Kossuth
North Sunflower (0-2) at Calhoun Academy (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Calhoun QB JT Washington completed 7-of-15 passes for 149 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in last week’s loss at Delta. … Calhoun won 60-0 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Calhoun: Open; Marvell (Ark.) at North Sunflower
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun
Noxapater (0-2) at Vardaman (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Vardaman was to play TCPS this week, but picked up Noxapater after TCPS cancelled its season. … Noxapater originally had a bye week.
NEXT WEEK: French Camp at Noxapater; Vardaman at Hamilton
JOURNAL PICK: Noxapater
Smithville (2-0) at Caledonia (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Caledonia is coached by former Tupelo High offensive coordinator Andy Crotwell … Smithville QB Drew Lann had 3 TD runs in a win against Hatley last week.
NEXT WEEK: Smithville at Thrasher; Caledonia at New Hope
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Northpoint Christian (1-1) at Holly Springs (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Northpoint recently changed its name from Southern Baptist Educational Center. … Holly Springs has been outscored 65-34.
NEXT WEEK: Hillcrest (Tenn.) at Northpoint; Holly Springs at Coahoma County
JOURNAL PICK: Holly Springs
Starkville (1-1) at West Point (0-1)
THE BUZZ: WP RB Aeris Williams rushed for 194 yards on 32 carries in a loss at South Panola last week. … Starkville RB Jacquez Horsley rushed for 162 yards on 20 carries in a loss against Oxford in “The Little Egg Bowl.”
NEXT WEEK: Southaven at Starkville; Columbus at West Point
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville
Starkville Academy (1-1) at Washington (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Washington RB Landon Zepponi rushed for 157 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s win against Leake. .. Washington won the last meeting, a 20-0 playoff win two seasons ago.
NEXT WEEK: Hillcrest Christian at Starkville Academy; River Oaks (La.) at Washington
JOURNAL PICK: Washington
Tishomingo County (1-1) at Belmont (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Tishomingo still has two players suspended from the opening-week fight at Mooreville. … Belmont QB Luke Alexander threw for 166 yards and 3 TDs in last week’s loss against Mantachie.
NEXT WEEK: Kossuth at Tishomingo; Belmont at Baldwyn
JOURNAL PICK: Belmont
Tri-County (2-0) at Oak Hill (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Tri-County is the MAIS A state champion. … Oak Hill RB Samuel Harrell rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries in an OT loss against Marshall last week.
NEXT WEEK: Tri-County at East Rankin; Winston at Oak Hill
JOURNAL PICK: Tri-County
Walnut (1-1) at Alcorn Central (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Walnut is riding high after a dramatic Joe Bowl win at Falkner. … AC’s Jason Gurley had two catches for 57 yards and a TD in last week’s loss at Tishomingo County.
NEXT WEEK: Middleton (Tenn.) at Falkner (Thursday); Hatley at Alcorn Central
JOURNAL PICK: Walnut
Compiled by Brandon Speck
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