Bruce (3-1) at Amory (2-3)
THE BUZZ: Amory has lost three straight games after QB Jon David Poss was lost for the season with a torn ACL. … The Panthers were held to 1.64 yards per carry on 33 attempts in a shutout loss against New Hope. … Bruce’s Pat Gardner had 9 tackles two weeks against Water Valley. … Bruce QB Donta Armstrong accounted for 198 total yards and 2 TDs in that game.
NEXT WEEK: Itawamba AHS at Amory; Calhoun City at Bruce
JOURNAL PICK: Bruce
Corinth (4-1) at Aberdeen (2-3)
THE BUZZ: Aberdeen blew an 8-point, fourth-quarter lead and was outscored 16-0 in a 44-36 loss at Itawamba AHS. … Jerrick Orr had touchdown runs of 30 and 60 yards in the loss. … Last played in the Class 3A North semis in 2007, a 22-19 Corinth win. … Tiberius Herd had a fumble return for a touchdown in Corinth’s win against New Albany.
NEXT WEEK: Pontotoc at Corinth; Aberdeen at Nettleton
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
Nettleton (3-2) at Mantachie (4-1)
THE BUZZ: Nettleton has won six straight in the series, last season a 28-27 win. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber is 6th in the state in passing yardage with 1,168 yards. … Mantachie QB Dustin Carrell has thrown for 805 yards, 13 TDs and 2 INTs. … Alston Dill rushed for 138 yards and 3 TDs in Mantachie’s win at Alcorn Central.
NEXT WEEK: Aberdeen at Nettleton; Mantachie at Baldwyn
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
North Pontotoc (3-2) at New Albany (2-3)
THE BUZZ: North Pontotoc is coming off back-to-back rivalry wins against South Pontotoc and Pontotoc. … North Pontotoc WR Marcus Green, a Louisiana-Monroe commit, had 132 total yards and a TD in a win at Pontotoc. … New Albany’s Tyreese White had 11 tackles in a loss at Corinth. … New Albany won 56-13 last season.
NEXT WEEK: Kossuth at North Pontotoc; New Albany at Senatobia
JOURNAL PICK: New Albany
Ripley (5-0) at Pontotoc (1-4)
THE BUZZ: Ripley’s Stephon Foote had a 50-yard INT return for a TD in a win against Calhoun City. … Christian Johnson had 174 yards rushing on 24 carries in the win. … Ripley is No. 3 in the state Class 3A poll again this week. … Pontotoc’s Jon Hall rushed for 100 yards and the Warriors’ only TD in a loss against North Pontotoc. … Pontotoc has won four straight games against the Tigers.
NEXT WEEK: Ripley at Lafayette; Pontotoc at Corinth
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Shannon (2-2) at Okolona (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Shannon’s Cedrick Nabors had 12 tackles, 3.5 TFLs in a loss against Lafayette. … First meeting since 2006. … Okolona QB Jacolbi Heard’s 1-yard TD run sent last week’s eventual loss against North Panola to overtime. … Okolona opens division play next week, a stretch first-year coach Jack Clark calls “Murderer’s Row.”
NEXT WEEK: Tishomingo County at Shannon; Okolona at East Webster
JOURNAL PICK: Shannon
Tupelo (4-0) at Hernando (3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A opener for both teams. … Hernando allowed 20 points in the fourth quarter in a loss at Lake Cormorant. … Tupelo, which has played three of its first four games on the road, is coming off a bye week. … Six players caught passes in Tupelo’s win at Saltillo.
NEXT WEEK: Grenada at Tupelo; Hernando at Southaven
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
West Point (2-2) at Oxford (4-0)
THE BUZZ: Oxford, which is ranked No. 1 statewide in Class 5A, has scored at least 30 points in all four of its wins. … West Point has allowed at least 33 points three times. … It’s the Division 1-5A opener for both teams. … West Point has won eight straight meetings in the series.
NEXT WEEK: Clarksdale at West Point; Oxford at Saltillo
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
Alcorn Central (1-4) at New Site (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Alcorn Central has managed only 12 points in its last seven quarters. … New Site’s Quentin Greziak and J.T. Herring rushed for a combined 271 yards on 45 carries in a win against Immanuel.
NEXT WEEK: Booneville at Alcorn Central; East Union at New Site
JOURNAL PICK: New Site
Baldwyn (2-3) at Tishomingo County (2-3)
THE BUZZ: In his first action since getting hurt in the season-opener, Baldwyn’s Duke Upshaw scored on a 13-yard run in a loss against Saltillo. … Tishomingo County’s Trevor Hawkins and Joseph Flanagan combined for 16 tackles and 3 TFLs in a loss at Booneville.
NEXT WEEK: Mantachie at Baldwyn; Tishomingo County at Shannon
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Belmont (1-3) at Red Bay, Ala. (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Red Bay’s 26-7 win last season was the Tigers’ first in the series since 2006, a string of three straight losses. … Belmont WR Lorenzo Braxton scored on a 70-yard pass from Luke Alexander in a loss at Baldwyn two weeks ago.
NEXT WEEK: Mooreville at Belmont; Sheffield, Ala. at Red Bay
JOURNAL PICK: Belmont
Benton County (0-4) at Walnut (4-1)
THE BUZZ: Walnut is trying to start the season 5-1 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 8-4 under Timmy Moore. … First meeting between the two teams.
NEXT WEEK: Thrasher at Benton County; Hatley at Walnut
JOURNAL PICK: Walnut
Booneville (3-1) at Harding Academy (1-4)
THE BUZZ: Booneville RB Zeus Rogers and QB Jack Simpson each scored two TDs in a win against Tishomingo County. … Harding, fromTennessee, has given up 37 points per game in three straight losses.
NEXT WEEK: Booneville at Alcorn Central; Harding at Northpoint Christian
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Coffeeville (2-3) at BiggersvIlle (1-4)
THE BUZZ: Last faced off in 2004, a 40-0 Coffeeville win. … Biggersville senior WRs Jaylon Gaines and Darian Barnett are averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game.
NEXT WEEK: Coldwater at Coffeeville; Biggersville at Vardaman
JOURNAL PICK: Coffeeville
East Webster (5-0) at JZ George (1-3)
THE BUZZ: JZ George is averaging 6.3 points in its three losses. … East Webster’s Draper Nelson had 8 tackles in the Wolverines’ win at Caledonia.
NEXT WEEK: East Webster at Okolona; Leland at JZ George
JOURNAL PICK: East Webster
Eupora (4-0) at Houston (0-5)
THE BUZZ: Eupora is 4-0 against Houston since 2007, the last win in 2010. … Nathan Smith had 19 tackles for Houston in a loss at Choctaw County and ranks seventh in the state with an average of 12.8 tackles per game this season.
NEXT WEEK: Eupora open; Caledonia at Houston
JOURNAL PICK: Eupora
Holly Springs (2-3) at Coahoma AHS (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Holly Springs RB Ben Norman rushed for 151 yards and 3 TDs in Monday’s win at Potts Camp. … Coahoma’s Cordera Shivers rushed for 115 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Palmer.
NEXT WEEK: North Panola at Holly Springs; Coahoma AHS at Potts Camp
JOURNAL PICK: Holly Springs
Marshall Acad. (4-1) at Fayette Academy (0-5)
THE BUZZ:Fayette had only one first down in a loss at University School of Jackson (Tenn.). … Fayette, from Tennessee, is one of three more out-of-state teams on Marshall’s regular season schedule.
NEXT WEEK: Marshall at North Delta; St. George’s (Tenn.) at Fayette
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
Memphis University School (3-2) at Lafayette (3-2)
THE BUZZ: MUS beat South Panola 26-9. … Lafayette QB Devin Thomas was held to minus-6 rushing yards, but his TD run was the lone six-pointer in a 10-0 win at Shannon.
NEXT WEEK: Christian Brothers (Tenn.) at MUS; Ripley at Lafayette
JOURNAL PICK: MUS
North Panola (2-3) at Calhoun City (3-2)
THE BUZZ: North Panola junior TE Willie Hibbler, an Ole Miss commit, caught 3 passes for 105 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Okolona. … Calhoun City’s Shaquille Wright had 18 tackles in a loss at Ripley.
NEXT WEEK: North Panola at Holly Springs; Calhoun City at Bruce
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun City
Oak Hill (3-2) at Heritage (4-1)
THE BUZZ: Heritage has won 6 straight games against Oak Hill. … Oak Hill RB Drew Riley rushed for 91 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Newton County Academy.
NEXT WEEK: Oak Hill at Manchester Academy; Washington at Heritage
JOURNAL PICK: Heritage
Saltillo (4-1) at Lake Cormorant (3-1)
THE BUZZ: Saltillo clinched a playoff berth with last season’s final regular season game at Lake Cormorant. … Lake Cormorant had won the first three games in the series, dating back to 2009. … Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds is second in the state in rushing with 829 yards.
NEXT WEEK: Oxford at Saltillo; Lake Cormorant at Lewisburg
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Smithville (4-1) at Coldwater (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Smithville scored 22 unanswered last week to win its opening division game at Thrasher. … Smithville, fifth in this week’s Class 1A poll, has won its four previous meetings against Coldwater.
NEXT WEEK: Smithville off; Coldwater at Coffeeville
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
South Pontotoc (3-2) at Mooreville (1-3)
THE BUZZ: Mooreville has won two straight in the series. … South Pontotoc QB Wesley Ross rushed for 105 yards and a TD on 27 carries in a loss against Walnut.
NEXT WEEK: South Pontotoc at Kemper County; Mooreville at Belmont
JOURNAL PICK: South Pontotoc
Starkville (2-2) at Columbus (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Columbus won 34-32 last season. … Starkville RB Jacquez Horsley has carried the ball 100 of the Jackets’ 154 carries.
NEXT WEEK: Northwest Rankin at Starkville; Clinton at Columbus
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville
Strider (0-4) at Calhoun Academy (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Teams’ first meeting since 2006.
NEXT WEEK: Strider at Hebron; Briarfield at Calhoun
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy
Vardaman (0-5) at Thrasher (2-2)
THE BUZZ: Thrasher’s only win against Vardaman came in 2011.
NEXT WEEK: Biggersville at Vardaman; Thrasher at Falkner (Thursday)
JOURNAL PICK: Thrasher
Winston (1-4) at Starkville Academy (2-3)
THE BUZZ: Winston RB Taylor Moody rushed for 158 yards in a win against Central Holmes Christian.
NEXT WEEK: Winston at Leake Academy; MRA at Starkville Academy
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville Academy
Compiled by Brandon Speck and Gene Phelps