By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Ackerman at East Webster
THE BUZZ: Ackerman (3-3) defeated Caledonia 14-10 last week. … East Webster (3-3) lost 21-0 to St. Andrews. … This is the Division 2-2A opener for both teams. … Ackerman is coached by Adam Dillinger, the son of former Baldwyn coach Jimmy Dillinger.
Belmont at Kossuth
THE BUZZ: Belmont (3-2) lost 26-7 last week to rival Red Bay, Ala. … Kossuth (5-0), No. 2 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, defeated Mooreville 26-7. … This is the Division 1-3A opener for both teams. … The unbeaten Aggies are averaging 260 yards per game rushing while Belmont’s averaging 250.
Benton Co. at Union Co.
THE BUZZ: Benton County (0-2) lost 54-0 last week to Greenville O’Bannon. … Union County (0-5) lost 41-20 to Strayhorn. … Union County QB D.J. Armstrong passed for 2 touchdowns.
Biggersville at Falkner
THE BUZZ: Biggersville (2-3) lost 53-13 last week to Thrasher. … Falkner (3-2) defeated Coldwater 15-14. … Thrasher is 3-0 in Division 1-1A action while Biggersville is 1-2.
Booneville at Alcorn Central
THE BUZZ: Booneville (3-2) defeated Tishomingo County 21-6 last week. … Alcorn Central (1-5) lost 41-6 to rival Corinth. … This is the Division 1-3A opener for both teams. … Booneville RB Xzavier Rogers has rushed for 391 yards and 4 TD.
Bruce at Walnut
THE BUZZ: Bruce (5-1), No. 2 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Houston 25-17 last week. … Walnut (3-3) lost 39-13 to Hamilton. … Walnut RB Dominic Steele has rushed for 552 yards and 7 TD. … This is the Division 1-2A opener for both teams.
Calhoun City at Baldwyn
THE BUZZ: Calhoun City (5-1) No. 1 in the Journal’s small school rankings, lost 28-13 last week to Amory. … Baldwyn (2-4), No. 5 in the Journal small school rankings, beat South Pontotoc 35-16. … This is the Division 1-2A opener for both teams. … Bearcats RB Duke Upshaw rushed for 121 yards on six carries against South Pontotoc.
Coldwater at Smithville
THE BUZZ: Coldwater (3-3) lost 15-14 last week to Falkner. … Smithville (1-3) had an open date last week. … Coldwater is 1-2 and Smith 1-1 in Division 1-1A play. … Smithville lost 31-0 to Vardaman two weeks ago.
Copiah at Starkville Academy
THE BUZZ: Starkville Academy (5-1) lost 23-0 last week to Jackson Prep. … Copiah (3-3) lost 42-14 to Presbyterian Christian. … Starkville is 1-0 while Copiah is 0-0 in MAIS AAA District 2 action. … The Vols were giving up 6.2 points per game prior to playing Prep.
Corinth at Itawamba AHS
THE BUZZ: Corinth (2-3) defeated Alcorn Central 41-6 last week. … IAHS (4-1) beat Okolona 48-13. … This is the Division 1-4A opener for both teams. … Charles Moore scored 3 TD for IAHS against Okolona. … Davorius James registered 4 sacks for Corinth.
Delta Academy at Calhoun Academy
THE BUZZ: Calhoun Academy (3-3) lost 30-20 last week to North Sunflower. … Delta Academy (3-3) beat Kemper Academy 30-20. … Both teams are 3-2 in MAIS 8-man District 1 action.
Grenada at Tupelo
THE BUZZ: Grenada (4-1) opened Division 1-6A play last week with a 59-29 win against DeSoto Central. … Tupelo (2-3), No. 4 in the Journal’s large school rankings, lost its division opener, 24-23, to Columbus. … Tupelo looks to replace QB Luke Hobson, who suffered an ankle injury last week. … Grenada’s option attack has produced 1,117 rushing yards this season.
Hernando at West Point
THE BUZZ: Hernando (1-4) lost 21-14 last week to Clarksdale in its Division 1-5A opener. … West Point (2-3), No. 2 in the Journal’s large school rankings, defeated Lake Cormorant 42-14. … Tez Lane scored 2 TD for Green Wave in its division opener.
Holly Springs at Ripley
THE BUZZ: Ripley (2-3) defeated East Union 47-3 last week. … Holly Springs (2-4) beat Independence 35-12 for its second consecutive win. … Ripley RB Isaac Bails has rushed for 563 yards, 11 TD this season. … This the Division 1-3A opener for both teams.
Houlka at Thrasher
THE BUZZ: Houlka (0-5) lost 14-12 last week to Tupelo Christian Prep. … Thrasher (4-0) beat Biggersville 53-13. … Thrasher is 3-0, Houlka 0-3 in Division 1-1A action. … Thrasher is averaging 251 yards per game rushing.
H.W. Byers at Tupelo Christian Prep
THE BUZZ: H.W. Byers (1-4) lost 35-0 last week to Vardaman. … TCPS (3-2) defeated Houlka 14-12. … The Eagles are 2-1 in Division 1-1A play while H.W. Byers is 1-2 in the division. … TCPS held Houlka to 139 yards total offense last week.
Lewisburg at Lafayette
THE BUZZ: Lewisburg (5-1) defeated Byhalia 53-22 last week. … Lafayette (6-0), No. 1 in the Journal’s large school rankings, beat Pontotoc 48-7. … This is the Division 2-4A opener for both teams. … QB Jeremy Liggins rushed and passed for 1,122 yards and accounted for 13 TD for Lafayette.
Louisville at Houston
THE BUZZ: Louisville (5-1) defeated Aberdeen 14-6 last week. … Houston (3-3) lost 25-17 to Bruce. … This is the Division 4-4A opener for both teams. … Houston RB Kantrell Murry is averaging 9.03 yards per carry.
Mantachie at Aberdeen
THE BUZZ: Mantachie (2-3) lost 34-31 last week to Hatley. … Aberdeen (2-4), No. 1 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, lost 14-6 to Louisville. … This is the 2-3A opener for both teams. … Micah Sparks scored 3 TD last week for Mantachie. … QB Josh Williams scored Aberdeen’s lone TD last week.
Marshall Academy at North Delta
THE BUZZ: Marshall Academy (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 20-12 win against Indianola Academy last week. … North Delta (5-1) defeated Tunica Academy 44-27. … Marshall is 2-0 and North Delta 1-0 in MAIS AA District 1.
New Albany at Senatobia
THE BUZZ: New Albany (4-2) lost 31-13 last week to Cleveland. … Senatobia (3-2) had an open date. … This is the Division 2-4A opener for both teams. … Senatobia has rushed for 1,248 yards in five games. … RB Boston Newsome had rushed for 767 yards, 3 TD for New Albany.
Okolona at Hatley
THE BUZZ: Okolona (2-4) lost its fourth consecutive game, falling 48-13 last week to IAHS. … Hatley (4-2) defeated Mantachie 34-31. … This the Division 1-2A opener for both teams. … Everett Brooks and Fred Ward lead Okolona’s ground game with 369 and 341 yards.
Oxford at New Hope
THE BUZZ: Oxford (3-2) opened Division 1-5A play last week with a 34-14 win against Center Hill. … New Hope (3-2) beat Saltillo 34-19 in its league opener. … WR Robert Liggins caught 3 TD passes last week for Oxford.
Potts Camp at Middleton, Tenn.
THE BUZZ: Potts Camp (2-3) lost 35-20 last week to Rossville (Tenn.) Christian Academy. … Middleton (2-4) defeated New Site 41-22. … Potts Camp is playing as an independent this season.
Provine at Starkville
THE BUZZ: Starkville (3-2) defeated Jackson Lanier 53-13 last week in its Division 2-5A opener. … Provine beat Jackson rival Callaway 31-30 in its division opener. … Ladorious Pittman rushed for 103 yards and scored on a 75-yard run for the Yellowjackets against Lanier.
Saltillo at Clarksdale
THE BUZZ: Saltillo (2-3) lost its Division 1-5A opener, 34-19, last week to New Hope. … Clarksdale (3-2) defeated Hernando 21-14. … Saltillo QB Chase Watson has completed 69 of 143 passes for 1,293 yards, 10 TD, 8 Int.
Shannon at Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Shannon (2-3) had an open date last week after falling 56-14 to top-ranked Lafayette Sept. 16. … Pontotoc (4-2) lost 48-7 last week to the same Lafayette squad. … This is the Division 1-4A opener for both teams. … RB Deonte Dilworth has rushed for 645 yards, 2 TD for Pontotoc.
South Pontotoc at Nettleton
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc (2-4) lost 35-16 last week to Baldwyn. … Nettleton (1-5) lost 40-20 to North Pontotoc. … This the Division 2-3A opener for both teams. … Matt Bailey caught a 91-yard TD pass for South Pontotoc in last week’s game.
Tishomingo County at Amory
THE BUZZ: Tishomingo County (2-4) beat Wilson, Ala., 18-7 last week. … Amory (4-2) defeated the Journal’s top-ranked small school, Calhoun City, 28-13, last week. … Amory QB Forest Williams threw 3 TD passes in win. … This is the Division 1-4A opener for both teams.
Tunica Rosa Fort at North Pontotoc
THE BUZZ: Tunica Rosa Fort (3-2) had an open date last week after losing 10-8 Sept. 16 to Lake Cormorant. … North Pontotoc (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 40-20 win against Nettleton. … This is the Division 2-4A opener for both teams. … Mitchell Cunningham led the Vikings with 184 yards rushing, 3 TD against Nettleton.
Water Valley at Mooreville
THE BUZZ: Water Valley (4-2) defeated North Carrollton George 37-0 last week. … Mooreville (4-2), No. 3 in the Journal’s 3A rankings, lost 26-7 to Kossuth. … This is the Division 2-3A opener for both teams. … Josh Johnson’s 30-yard TD run was Mooreville’s lone score last week.
Williams-Sullivan at Hamilton
THE BUZZ: Williams-Sullivan (0-6) lost 67-0 last week to McClain. … Hamilton (5-1), No. 3 in the Journal’s small school rankings, defeated Walnut 39-13 last week. … This is the Division 2-2A opener for both teams.