Amory (2-1) at New Albany (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Amory is coming off its first loss, a 26-point defeat to rival Aberdeen. … New Albany beat Pontotoc on a 34-yard Eathen Rainey field goal as time expired. … Amory won 30-21 last season.
NEXT WEEK: New Hope at Amory; New Albany at Corinth
JOURNAL PICK: Amory
Booneville (2-0) at Corinth (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Booneville was off last week, a 15-day break between games after a Skunk Bowl win against Baldwyn. … Corinth’s Brice Spence rushed for 96 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Lewisburg. … Corinth won 22-16 at Booneville last season.
NEXT WEEK: Tishomingo County at Booneville; New Albany at Corinth
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Mooreville (1-2) at Mantachie (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Mooreville’s two TDs in a loss against Baldwyn came on Tay Rucker’s 64-yard punt return and Taylor Franks’ 45-yard run. … Mantachie lost its first game in OT at South Pontotoc. … Mantachie won this rivalry game 20-14 for the first time in six years last season.
NEXT WEEK: Moorevile open; Mantachie at Alcorn Central
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Noxubee County (1-2) at Aberdeen (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Noxubee County has won the last two meetings, 45-0 last season at Aberdeen. … The Bulldogs won the A-Game at Amory for the fifth straight season. … Aberdeen’s Jerrick Orr had a 28-yard TD and a 71-yard TD catch against Amory.
NEXT WEEK: West Point at Noxubee County; Aberdeen at Itawamba AHS
JOURNAL PICK: Noxubee County
Oxford (3-0) at Lafayette (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Crosstown Classic will be the first game played on Lafayette’s newly-turfed field. … Ole Miss-commit D.K. Buford had two TDs in a win at DeSoto Central, giving him 7 on the season. … Oxford QB Jack Abraham threw 5 TDs in a win against East Side, two to D.K. Metcalf.
NEXT WEEK: Oxford open; Lafayette at Shannon
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
Shannon (1-1) at Nettleton (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Shannon is coming off a 47-0 loss to Tupelo. … Nettleton is coached by former Shannon coach Mike Scott. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber threw for 273 yards, 2 TDs and a pick in a loss at East Webster.
NEXT WEEK: Lafayette at Shannon; Nettleton at Kossuth
JOURNAL PICK: Shannon
South Pontotoc (3-0) at North Pontotoc (1-2)
THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc has tripled its win total from a season ago. … North Pontotoc’s Brooks Shannon scored on a pass reception and an interception in a win against Choctaw County. … North Pontotoc has won five straight in the rivalry.
NEXT WEEK: Walnut at South Pontotoc; North Pontotoc at Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc
Tupelo (3-0) at Saltillo (3-0)
THE BUZZ: First meeting of the Lee County neighbors. … Head coaches Pat Byrd (Saltillo) and Trent Hammond (Tupelo) are the past two former Amory coaches. … Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds has rushed for 651 yards and 5 TDs on 79 carries. … Tupelo scored four different ways in a blowout of Shannon, including two INT returns by James Gilleylen and Antonio Clifton.
NEXT WEEK: Tupelo open; Saltillo at Baldwyn
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Belmont (1-2) at Baldwyn (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Baldwyn QB Corbin Scott threw 3 TDs in a win against Mooreville. … Belmont RB Bernardo Torres rushed for 100 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Tishomingo County.
NEXT WEEK: Belmont open; Saltillo at Baldwyn
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Center Hill (1-2) at Itawamba AHS (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Itawamba’s Hunter White scored two TDs in a loss at Saltillo. … Kaelin Thomas rushed for 134 yards and a TD in Center Hill’s win at Byhalia.
NEXT WEEK: Center Hill open; Aberdeen at Itawamba AHS
JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS
Coffeeville (0-3) at Houlka (1-2)
THE BUZZ: First meeting between the two teams. … Houlka can match last season’s win total.
NEXT WEEK: Thrasher at Coffeeville; Houlka at Vardaman
JOURNAL PICK: Coffeeville
Coldwater (1-2) at Biggersville (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Coldwater has given up 86 points in two straight losses. … Coldwater has won three straight in the series.
NEXT WEEK: Coldwater open; Biggersville at Smithville
JOURNAL PICK: Coldwater
Columbus (1-1) at West Point (1-1)
THE BUZZ: Columbus had 87 yards in penalties in a win against New Hope. … West Point has won 6 of the last 7 meetings.
NEXT WEEK: Columbus at Louisville; West Point at Noxubee County
JOURNAL PICK: West Point
East Webster (3-0) at Houston (0-3)
THE BUZZ: East Webster stayed perfect after a comeback win against Nettleton. … Damien Fields’ 32-yard TD was Houston’s lone score in a Battle of the Creek loss at Okolona.
NEXT WEEK: East Webster at Caledonia; Houston at Choctaw County
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Hatley (0-3) at Alcorn Central (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Alcorn Central QB Jack Awwad threw 2 TD passes in a loss against Walnut. … Hatley has been outscored 171-26.
NEXT WEEK: Benton County at Hatley; Mantachie at Alcorn Central
JOURNAL PICK: Hatley
Hillcrest (1-2) at Starkville Academy (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Hillcrest’s Deondric Ward scored Hillcrest’s only TD in a loss at Copiah. … Starkville Academy has won all four meetings.
NEXT WEEK: Heritage at Hillcrest; Starkville Academy at Magnolia Heights
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville Academy
Holly Springs (0-3) at Coahoma County (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Coahoma County won previous two meetings by a combined margin of 56-0 in 2009-10.
NEXT WEEK: Holly Springs at Potts Camp; Coahoma County open
JOURNAL PICK: Holly Springs
Immanuel (2-1) at New Site (1-2)
THE BUZZ: New Site was shut out 56-0 at Kossuth. … Immanuel won 82-80 last season in a game that drew national headlines.
NEXT WEEK: Immanuel at Heidelberg Academy; New Site open
JOURNAL PICK: New Site
Kossuth (1-2) at Tishomingo County (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Tish County QB Blake Hawkins threw for 5 TDs and 341 yards in a loss at Belmont. … Tishomingo won 15-12 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Nettleton at Kossuth; Tishomingo County at Booneville
JOURNAL PICK: Tishomingo County
Magnolia Heights (2-1) at Marshall Academy (3-0)
THE BUZZ: Magnolia shut out North Delta, then was shut out at Jackson Academy. … Marshall QB Dakota Dailey threw for 227 yards and 3 TD passes in a win against Tunica.
NEXT WEEK: Starkville Aca. at Magnolia; Marshall at West Memphis (Ark.)
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
Okolona (2-0) at Blytheville, Ark. (0-1)
THE BUZZ: Okolona took back the Battle of the Creek trophy with a win against Houston. … Blytheville’s nickname is Chickasaws. Okolona is in Chickasaw County.
NEXT WEEK: North Panola at Okolona; Blytheville vs. Mills, Ark.
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
Pontotoc (1-2) at Calhoun City (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Donte Freeman caught a 66-yard TD pass in Pontotoc’s loss at New Albany. … Calhoun City freshman SS Jesse Nabors had 12 tackles in a loss at Water Valley.
NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at Pontotoc; Calhoun City at Ripley
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun City
Potts Camp (0-3) at Benton County (0-2)
THE BUZZ: Potts Camp is averaging 11 points per game.
NEXT WEEK: Holly Springs at Potts Camp; Benton County at Hatley
JOURNAL PICK: Potts Camp
Ripley (3-0) at North Panola (1-2)
THE BUZZ: North Panola gave up 75 points at Hernando. … Ripley is averaging 48 points per game as the Journal’s top-ranked team.
NEXT WEEK: Calhoun City at Ripley; North Panola at Okolona
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Southaven (3-0) at Starkville (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Southaven has won three straight in the series, the last time in 2010. … Starkville’s Fontavious Smith had 4 catches for 47 yards and a TD in a loss at West Point.
NEXT WEEK: Mitchell (Tenn.) at Southaven; Starkville at Columbus
JOURNAL PICK: Southaven
Smithville (2-1) at Thrasher (2-0)
THE BUZZ: First Division 1-1A game this season for both. … Smithville has won the previous five meetings a by a combined 214-46.
NEXT WEEK: Biggersville at Smithville; Thrasher at Coffeeville
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
S.V. Marshall (0-3) at H.W. Byers (3-0)
THE BUZZ: Marshall’s Okeivis Alexander rushed for 127 yards and a TD in a loss against McClain. … Byers’ Marquis Moore rushed for 190 yard on 23 carries and 2 TDs in a win at Coldwater.
NEXT WEEK: S.V. Marshall open; Byers at Independence
JOURNAL PICK: Byers
Vardaman (1-3) at Hamilton (2-1)
THE BUZZ: Last played in 2006, a 46-0 Vardaman win. … First Division 1-1A game for both.
NEXT WEEK: Houlka at Vardaman; Hamilton at Falkner (Thursday)
JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton
Water Valley (3-0) at Bruce (3-0)
THE BUZZ: Water Valley QB EJ Bounds rushed for 130 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Calhoun City. … Bruce QB Donta Armstrong rushed for 115 yards and a TD in a win against Coffeeville.
NEXT WEEK: Senatobia at Water Valley; Bruce open
JOURNAL PICK: Water Valley
Winston (0-3) at Oak Hill (1-2)
THE BUZZ: Winston QB Logan Webb scored the Patriots’ only TD in a loss against Heritage. … Oak Hill’s Drew and Drake Riley combined to rush for 190 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Tri-County.
NEXT WEEK: Central Holmes Christian at Winston; Oak Hill at Newton County Academy
JOURNAL PICK: Oak Hill
Compiled by BrandonSpeck