Calhoun City (6-3, 3-0) at Okolona (5-3, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Winner wins the division. … Calhoun City has won 3 of the last 4 meetings. Okolona last won in 2007. … LB Steele Liles had 11 tackles in Calhoun City’s win against Eupora. … Okolona won at Bruce in OT thanks for J.C. Buchanan’s TD run and a goal line stand.
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
New Albany (4-6, 1-3) at Ripley (9-1, 3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … New Albany has won 4 straight in the Hwy. 15 Rivalry. … Ripley RB Christian Johnson scored a career-high 4 TDs in a win against Byhalia. … Ripley is the No. 2 team in the Journal’s Class 4A/3A rankings, No. 3 in the state’s AP Poll. … New Albany RB Devin Wilson rushed for 167 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Rosa Fort.
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Saltillo (6-4, 2-3) at Lewisburg (3-5, 2-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … First-ever meeting. … Lewisburg QB Jake Harville and RB Colton Freeman combined to rush for 172 yards on 41 carries in a loss against New Hope. … Saltillo QB Tyler Tollison threw a pair of TD passes in a loss at West Point. …LB Ian Huckaby had 15 tackles in the loss.
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Smithville (7-2, 5-1) at Hamilton (7-2, 5-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Monroe County rivals. … Both are in the mix for a first-round home playoff game. … Smithville has won 3 of 4 in the series. … Smithville had 3 RBs with more than 100 yards in a win against Falkner, Neil Knight (147), Dee Moore (128) and Drew Lann (126). … Hamilton RB Keshon Heard had a rushing TD and caught the game-winner in a win at Coldwater.
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Tupelo (8-1, 4-1) at Horn Lake (3-6, 1-4)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A game. … Tupelo has won the last 3 meetings a combined 103-7. … Horn Lake broke a 4-game losing streak with a win at Hernando. … Four RBs scored TDs in Tupelo’s win against DeSoto Central. … RB Quinn Tiggs had 179 total yards in the win. … Tupelo can clinch a home playoff game with a win.
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
Walnut (8-2, 3-1) at Mantachie (7-3, 3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell accounted for 6 TDs in a win at East Union. … Winner gets first-round home playoff game. … Walnut had an 8-game winning streak snapped against Baldwyn. … Walnut TE/LB Jake Bennett started at QB last week after Will Quinn suffered a broken leg two weeks earlier.
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Amory (4-6, 2-2) at Corinth (9-1, 4-0)
THE BUZZ: Amory has won back-to-back games to break a 6-game losing streak. … Corinth is the Journal’s No. 1 Class 4A/3A team and No. 2 in the state’s AP Poll.
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
Baldwyn (7-3, 4-0) at New Site (2-7, 0-4)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Baldwyn QB Corbin Scott threw for 4 TDs and 196 yards in a win at Walnut. …New Site RB Quentin Greizak rushed for 69 yards, had 101 receiving and scored all three New Site touchdowns in a loss at Hatley.
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Belmont (2-7, 1-3) at Alcorn Central (2-8, 0-4)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Chandler Higginbottom had 11 tackles in a loss against Booneville. … Alcorn senior Adam Carter rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries in a loss at North Pontootc.
JOURNAL PICK: Belmont
Biggersville (2-8, 1-6) at Thrasher (4-5, 2-4)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1 game. … Thrasher has won the last two in the series, 35-0 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Thrasher
Byhalia (3-5, 2-2) at Lafayette (5-5, 2-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Lafayette ATH DK Buford rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries in a win at Senatobia. … Last two meetings were Lafayette shutouts, a combined 101-0 in 2009-10.
JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette
East Union (6-3, 1-3) at Hatley (3-6, 1-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Winner makes the playoffs for the first time in school history. … The teams have split their first two meetings.
JOURNAL PICK: Hatley
Eupora (6-2, 1-2) at East Webster (6-3, 0-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Winner clinches playoff berth. … East Webster DT LaTerris Powell had 9 tackles in a loss against Bruce.
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Hebron Christian (5-3, 3-0) at Calhoun AcaD. (5-4, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: MAIS 8 Man 7 game. … Calhoun Academy RB Sam Moore rushed for 93 yards and a TD in a loss at Sharkey Issaquena. … 3 of Hebron’s last 4 wins are shutouts.
JOURNAL PICK: Hebron
Itawamba AHS (6-3, 2-1) at Tishomingo Co. (2-8, 0-4)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … IAHS RB Mike King rushed for 120 yards and 2 TDs in a shutout of Pontotoc. … Brannon Gamble caught 8 passes for 118 yards and a TD in a loss at Amory.
JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS
Kossuth (4-5, 3-1) at Booneville (7-2, 3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Winner earns a home playoff game. … Booneville has won 4 of its last 5, while Kossuth has won 3 in a row. … Booneville has won 4 of 5 in the series.
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Nettleton (6-4, 2-2) at Louisville (10-0, 4-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Louisville is allowing only 5.3 points per game. … Laonta Nabors rushed for 90 yards and a TD in Nettleton’s win against South Pontotoc.
JOURNAL PICK: Louisville
North Pontotoc (7-3, 4-0)at Mooreville (3-6, 1-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … North Pontotoc clinched Division 1-3A last week. … Mooreville could earn a playoff berth tonight with a win and a Belmont loss.
JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc
Noxubee County (6-3, 4-0) at Houston (1-9, 1-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-4A game. … Houston RB Zach White scored Houston’s lone TD in a loss at West Lauderdale. … Noxubee County won 40-13 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Noxubee County
Oxford (9-0, 5-0) at Center Hill (1-8, 0-5)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. …Center Hill WR Jonathan Weeks caught 8 passes for 132 yards and a TD in a loss at Lake Cormorant. … Oxford sophomore Kenzie Phillips rushed for 92 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Clarksdale.
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
Potts Camp (1-8, 0-4) at Byers (9-0, 4-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … Byers QB Anthony Rubin threw for 180 yards and 5 TDs on 10-of-11 passing in a win at Strayhorn. He rushed for another 120. … Potts Camp has won 2-of-3 meetings.
JOURNAL PICK: Byers
Shannon (3-6, 1-3) at Pontotoc (3-7, 2-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Shannon won 36-20 last season. … Shannon DL Alex Metcalf had 12 tackles in a loss against Corinth.
JOURNAL PICK: Shannon
South Pontotoc (3-7, 0-4) at Aberdeen (5-5, 3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Aberdeen sophomore Donta Carter rushed for 91 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Winona. … South Pontotoc’s last win in the series came in 2006.
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
Starkville (7-2, 5-0) at Warren Central (6-3, 4-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … Starkville has won 6 straight. … Marcus Ragan had a TD catch in Warren Central’s win at Clinton.
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville
Starkville ACaD. (4-6, 1-2) at Jackson Acad. (7-2, 5-0)
THE BUZZ: MAIS AAA 1-1 game. … JA won 42-14 last season. … Starkville Academy has lost 3 straight games.
JOURNAL PICK: Jackson Academy
West Point (5-4, 3-2) at New Hope (4-5, 2-3)
THE BUZZ: Aeris Williams rushed for 254 and 3 TDs in a win against Saltillo … West Point won 28-7 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: West Point
Compiled by Brandon Speck