Oxford (1-0) at Starkville (1-0)
THE BUZZ: No longer a division game since Starkville’s move to Class 6A. … Class 5A champ Starkville opened with a win over 4A champ Noxubee County. … Oxford got two TD passes from sophomore Jack Abraham in a 32-30 win against Jackson Prep.
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
Ripley (1-0) at North Pontotoc (0-1)
THE BUZZ: New Ripley QB Dalton James threw for 216 yards and accounted for 3 TDS in a 45-14 win against Itawamba AHS. … North Pontotoc WR Greg Gambrel had 105 yards and a TD in a loss at Bruce. … Ripley won 42-28 at home last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Saltillo (1-0) at Pontotoc (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds rushed for 230 yards on 36 carries and a TD and had a 95-yard TD on a kick return in Saltillo’s win against DeSoto Central. … Pontotoc gave new coach Scott Brown a win at Houston. … Five players contributed to Pontotoc’s 30 points last week.
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Hatley (0-1) at Smithville (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Very heated Monroe County rivalry. … Smithville won last week with a single TD, Tyler Hood’s run in the third quarter of a 7-0 win against Belmont. … Smithville has won 17 of the last 18 meetings. … Hatley scored only once, a Justin Dillard run in a 40-8 loss at South Pontotoc last week.
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Houston (0-1) at Calhoun City (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Denver McQuary got off to another great start in a loss for Houston. He has 2 picks, after finishing his freshman season with 7. … Houston won last season’s matchup 37-14. … The Toppers also had a 52-yard interception return for a TD from Jacquis Thornton.
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun City
Lafayette (0-1) at Corinth (1-0)
THE BUZZ: This is the third meeting between the schools. They split the first two meetings in 1993-94. … Lafayette RB DK Buford rushed for two TDs last week at Tupelo. … Corinth coach Doug Jones was proud of his defense that upheld a 28-0 shutout of Kossuth when their backs were against the wall.
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
Mooreville (1-0) at Nettleton (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Both won on opening week, but Mooreville is very short-handed after having 17 players suspended by the MHSAA for Friday night’s brawl against Tishomingo County. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber threw three TD passes in last week’s win at Baldwyn, all to Levert Jernigan. … Nettleton can match last season’s victory total with a win.
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
New Albany (0-1) at Itawamba AHS (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Both teams coming off big – surprisingly big – losses. … New Albany gave up 465 yards to Water Valley last week. … New Albany QB Bryce Collins had a 73-yard TD pass to Jimmy Baldon. … Last season, Itawamba won a wild 44-43 game at New Albany on a kick block from now-senior Ethan Orr.
JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS
Aberdeen (0-1) at New Hope (0-0)
THE BUZZ: Sammie Burroughs caught a 55-yard TD pass last week for Aberdeen. … New Hope gets Aberdeen rival Amory in two weeks.
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
Alcorn Central (1-0) at Tishomingo County (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Tishomingo is without nine players, key losses, due to suspensions from last week’s fight at Mooreville. … Alcorn out for revenge after last year’s 72-6 loss.
JOURNAL PICK: Alcorn Central
Amory (1-0) at Senatobia (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Amory will be without QB Jon David Poss, who will miss the season with a torn ACL. … Amory’s Austin Renfro had three TD runs in Friday’s win against Independence.
JOURNAL PICK: Amory
Biggersville (0-1) at New Site (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Biggersville sophomore QB Caleb Kitchens threw for 214 yards and 4 TDs in last week’s 45-28 loss to Alcorn Central.
JOURNAL PICK: Biggersville
Bruce (1-0) at Potts Camp (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Bruce LB Latrell Marks had a 79-yard TD INT and a 5-yard fumble recovery for a TD in a 19-14 win against North Pontotoc. … Potts Camp RB Jordon Harris had 224 all-purpose yards and 9 tackles in a loss at Hamilton.
JOURNAL PICK: Bruce
Calhoun Academy (0-1) at Delta (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Calhoun WR Cameron Bryant had a 70-yard TD catch in a loss against Humphreys County last week.
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy
East Union (1-0) at Middleton, Tenn. (0-1)
THE BUZZ: East Union RB Blake Spruill rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries in a win against Houlka.
JOURNAL PICK: East Union
East Rankin (0-1) at Starkville Academy (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Starkville Academy looking for its first TD after a 35-3 loss against Lamar last week.
JOURNAL PICK: East Rankin
East Webster (1-0) at Noxapater (0-1)
THE BUZZ: East Webster rolled up 53 points in a 47-point win against Vardaman last week.
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Hamilton (1-0) at Caledonia (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Freshman RB Keshon Heard scored two TDs in Hamilton’s 14-12 win over Potts Camp, including a kick return.
JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton
Holly Springs (0-1) at H.W. Byers (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Byers QB Anthony Rubin threw for 182 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Ashland last week.
JOURNAL PICK: Byers
Houlka (0-1) at Okolona (0-0)
THE BUZZ: Houlka already looking for a new coach after Rob Allen resigned this week. … Okolona playing its first game after East Oktibbeha canceled last week’s.
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
Kossuth (0-1) at McNairy, Tenn. (0-0)
THE BUZZ: Kossuth was shut out last week at Corinth. … McNairy is coached by former Saltillo, Pontotoc and Tishomingo coach Charlie Dampeer. … McNairy did not play last week.
JOURNAL PICK: McNairy Central
Mantachie (1-0) at Belmont (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Belmont still looking for the end zone after a 7-0 loss at Smithville last week. … Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell threw for 145 yards and 2 TDs last week in a win at Ethel.
JOURNAL PICK: Belmont
Oak Hill (1-0) at Marshall (1-0)
THE BUZZ: Marshall QB Dakota Dailey accounted for 290 yards and 4 TDs in a 56-14 win against Kirk last week.
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
South Pontotoc (1-0) at Vardaman (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Vardaman looking for its first win under new coach Larry Gann. … Wesley Ross rushed for two TDs and passed for another in a win against Hatley.
JOURNAL PICK: Vardaman
Tupelo (1-0) at Center Hill (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Tupelo rushed for nearly 300 yards in a season-opening win against Lafayette. … Jarvis Wilson had a pair of rushing scores last week for the Golden Wave.
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
How did we do?
Last week:22-7 (.758)
Compiled by Brandon Speck