Week 12 high school football capsules

Football stockKEY GAMES

Lafayette (6-5) at Itawamba AHS (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 4A first-round game. … Lafayette has won 3 straight after dropping 3 straight. … Lafayette sophomore Tyrell Price rushed for 228 yards and a TD on 17 carries in a win against Byhalia. … Itawamba AHS has won 6 of its last 7 games. … In a 46-6 win at Tishomingo County, Hunter Sheffield had a 64-yard punt return for a TD. … Lafayette has won 2 of 3 meetings against the Indians, a 31-6 playoff win in 2009.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Houston/Greenwood

Pontotoc (3-8) at Ripley (10-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 4A first-round game. … Ripley RB Christian Johnson rushed for 146 yards on 22 carries in a 33-0 shutout of New Albany. … Ripley outgained New Albany 502-70 … Ripley beat Pontotoc 35-7 on Sept. 27. … Pontotoc has won 4 of the last 5 meetings.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Gentry/Noxubee County

North Panola (6-5) at Booneville (8-2)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. … North Panola WR Willie Hibbler, an Ole Miss-committed TE, has 25 catches for 585 yards and 7 TDs. … Booneville RB Zeus Rogers rushed for 107 yards and a TD in a win against Kossuth. … North Panola RB Tevin Wink rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and 2 TDs in a win against Independence. … Booneville QB Jack Simpson has thrown for 1,152 yards and 11 TDs.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Nettleton/East Side

Olive Branch (7-4, 3-3) at Tupelo (9-1, 5-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A regular-season finale. … Olive Branch has been eliminated from playoff contention. … Olive Branch has scored at least 42 points in its last 3 wins against Tupelo, 53-43 last season. … Tupelo RB Quinn Tiggs rushed for 203 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Horn Lake. … Tiggs has rushed for 1,054 yards on 140 carries and scored 9 TDs.

NEXT WEEK: THSwill host Warren Central in first round of 6A playoffs.

JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo

REGULAR SEASON FINALES

Hamilton (8-2) at Coffeeville (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Winner wins division. …Coffeeville has won 7 straight games after an 0-3 start against larger-school contenders Calhoun City, Water Valley and Bruce. … The Pirates shut out Falkner, 58-0 last week. … Hamilton beat Monroe rival Smithville on Byron Butler’s 40-yard TD pass to Keshon Heard.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Coffeeville

Lake Cormorant (6-4, 3-3) at Oxford (10-0, 6-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Lake Cormorant QB Bailey Walker completed 31 of 34 passes for 220 yards and a TD in a loss at Clarksdale. … Oxford hasn’t won by less than 10 points.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Oxford

New Hope (4-6, 2-4) at Saltillo (7-4, 3-3)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … It’s simple for Saltillo. A win means a second straight playoff appearance. … Saltillo junior Diamante Pounds rushed for 274 yards on 37 carries and 3 TDs in a win at Lewisburg.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo

Houlka (3-7, 2-5) at Smithville (7-3, 5-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Smithville has won the only two meetings. … Smithville QB Drew Lann had 151 yards on 20 carries and was 5-of-12 passing for 78 yards in a loss at Hamilton.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Smithville

Clinton (3-7, 2-4) at Starkville (7-3, 5-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … Starkville would win the division with a victory and a Warren Central loss at Columbus. … Starkville had a 6-game win streak snapped at Warren Central.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Starkville

Pillow Academy (4-6, 2-3) at Starkville Academy (4-7, 1-3)

THE BUZZ: MAIS AA II DI game. … Starkville Academy has lost 5 straight in the series.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Pillow

Thrasher (5-5, 3-4) at Coldwater (4-6, 3-4)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Coldwater is 3-1 against Thrasher, a 34-7 win last season. … Thrasher junior Harley Hester rushed for 158 yards and 3 TDs in a shutout against Biggersville.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Coldwater

Falkner (6-4, 5-2) at Vardaman (0-10, 0-7)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Coffeeville shut out Falkner last week, the first time the Eagles were held scoreless since Aug. 25, 2011. … Falkner RB Jeramie Lawrence is questionable after leaving last week’s game with an injured hamstring. … Falkner’s last win in the series came in 1999.

NEXT WEEK: Playoffs

JOURNAL PICK: Falkner

OTHER PLAYOFF GAMES

Humphreys County (3-8) at Aberdeen (6-5)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. …Aberdeen sophomore Jerrick Orr caught 2 passes for 87 yards and a TD in a win against South Pontotoc. … Humphreys County has lost 3 straight and 6 of its last 8.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Belmont/Charleston

West Tallahatchie (4-7) at Baldwyn (8-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. …Armontie Price and Keyton Stone each had 14 tackles in Baldwyn’s win at New Site. … West Tallahatchie RB Trendarius Anderson rushed for 402 yards and 5 TDs in a win at Strayhorn.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Bruce/Simmons

Belmont (3-7) at Charleston (9-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. …Belmont QB Luke Alexander rushed for 147 yards on 5 carries and scored 2 TDs in a win at Alcorn Central. … Charleston has allowed 10 points or less in 6 of its 9 wins.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Humphreys County/Aberdeen

Bruce (6-3) at Simmons (5-6)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. …Played in the first round last season, a 47-13 Bruce win. … Bruce is coming off a bye week. … Jay Johnson rushed for 95 yards and had 36 receiving in a loss against Okolona.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces West Tallahatchie/Baldwyn

East Union (7-3) at Byers (10-0)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. …East Union junior Lane Plunk caught 4 passes for 103 yards in a win at Hatley. … Byers RB Marquis Moore rushed for 254 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Potts Camp.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Eupora/South Delta

J.Z. George (5-6) at Calhoun City (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. … George closed the regular season with a 7-6 win against West Bolivar. … Calhoun City won the division at Okolona with a late 43-yard TD pass from Chakel Gates to Travone Petty.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Walnut/Coahoma AHS

Byhalia (3-6) at Corinth (10-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 4A first-round game. … Byhalia has allowed 101 points in back-to-back losses. … Corinth has won 9 straight games.

NEXT WEEK: Winner will face Cleveland/West Lauderdale

Houston (1-10) at Greenwood (9-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 4A first-round game. … Greenwood QB Kwadra Griggs threw for 237 yards and 4 TDs in a win at Cleveland. … Houston was held to 14 rushing yards on 23 carries in a 34-0 loss against Noxubee County.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Lafayette/Itawamba AHS

Kossuth (4-6) at Water Valley (10-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. … Water Valley was held to less than 38 points in only two of its 10 wins. … Kossuth had won 3 straight before a 14-0 loss at Booneville. …

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Ruleville Central/Louisville

Strayhorn (2-8) at Mantachie (8-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. … Mantachie is playing its first home playoff game in 15 years …. Strayhorn’s 2 wins have come against teams a combined 5-14. … Mantachie senior QB Dustin Carrell rushed for 62 yards and a TD, passed for 112 yards and a TD, made all six of his PATs in a win against Walnut to clinch the home game.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Okolona/West Bolivar

DeSoto, Ark. (9-2) at Marshall Academy (10-1)

THE BUZZ: MAIS AA quarterfinal game. … Marshall opened the playoffs last week with a 49-13 victory over Tunica Academy. … Dakota Dailey threw three TD passes and had a short scoring run. Devin McGregor caught one of those TDs, ran for another, and also had a 38-yard interception return TD.

NEXT WEEK: MAIS semifinals

Nettleton (6-5) at Cleveland East Side (8-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. … East Side rushed for 505 yards in a win against O’Bannon. … Nettleton was held to minus-25 yards rushing on 12 carries in a loss at Louisville.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces North Panola/Booneville

Independence (4-7) at North Pontotoc (8-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 3A first-round game. … Independence RB Xavier Wooten rushed for 115 yards in a loss against North Panola. … North Pontotoc won 5 straight to finish a perfect 5-0 in division. … WR Brooks Shannon scored 3 TDs in a 34-0 shutout at Mooreville.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Kemper County/O’Bannon

Okolona (5-4) at West Bolivar (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. … West Bolivar has won 5 of 6, outscoring opponents 61-7 in the last 4 games. … West Bolivar ended Okolona’s season last Nov. 2 with a 49-36 win.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Strayhorn/Mantachie

Shannon (4-6) at Rosa Fort (9-1)

THE BUZZ: Class 4A first-round game. … Rosa Fort senior Terreous Johnson rushed for 138 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Senatobia. … Shannon junior Cameron Montgomery caught an 83-yard TD pass from JT Loving as Shannon clinched a playoff berth with an OT win at Pontotoc.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces Yazoo County/Kosciusko

Walnut (8-2) at Coahoma AHS (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Class 2A first-round game. …Walnut had won 8 straight before ending the regular season with back-to-back losses. … Walnut’s three losses are against teams with first-round home games: Booneville, Baldwyn and Mantachie.

NEXT WEEK: Winner faces J.Z. George/Calhoun City

Compiled by Brandon Speck