WEEK 7: High School Football Capsules

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Aberdeen (2-4) at Nettleton (4-2)

THE BUZZ: Nettleton hasn’t beaten Aberdeen since 2007, the same year the Tigers went to the Class 3A state championship. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber completed 15-of-21 passes for 328 yards and 4 TDs in a win at Mantachie. … WR Jeremy Smith had 185 yards and 2 TDs. … Aberdeen WR Sammie Burroughs had 93 yards and a TD on 5 catches in a loss against Corinth.

NEXT WEEK: Kemper County at Aberdeen; Nettleton at Winona

JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton

Calhoun City (3-3) at Bruce (4-1)

THE BUZZ: Calhoun City has won the Skuna River Rivalry six straight times. … Bruce junior LB Pat Gardner had 12 tackles, 3 TFLs in a shutout at Amory. … QB Donta Armstrong was 9-of-14 for 90 yards and 2 TDs in the 21-0 win.

NEXT WEEK: Calhoun City at East Webster; Bruce at Eupora

JOURNAL PICK: Bruce

East Union (4-0) at New Site (2-3)

THE BUZZ: EU RB Blake Spruill rushed for 186 yards and 2 TDs on 18 carries in a win against Strayhorn. … Lane Plunk and Jacob Elder each had 11 tackles. … New Site RB J.T. Herring had 198 yards on 38 carries in a loss against Alcorn Central. … Joey Champion had a 96-yard TD catch.

NEXT WEEK: Walnut at East Union; New Site at Mantachie

JOURNAL PICK: East Union

Grenada (5-0, 1-0) at Tupelo (5-0, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Tupelo is allowing 8.2 points per game. … Six Golden Wave players rushed for TDs in a win at Hernando, led by Quinn Tiggs’ 78 yards on 9 carries. … Tupelo has won the last three in the series. … Grenada RB Kesner Spencer rushed for 174 yards and 3 TDs on 19 carries in a win against Desoto. … Grenada coach Ashley Kuhn is a former IAHS coach.

NEXT WEEK: Horn Lake at Grenada; Southaven at Tupelo

JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo

Mantachie (4-2) at Baldwyn (3-3)

THE BUZZ: Baldwyn has dominated the series, but teams haven’t played since 2010. … Mantachie eighth grader Daniel Mangels had 4 carries for 33 yards and a TD in a loss against Nettleton. … Baldwyn sophomore Duke Upshaw had 126 yards rushing and 2 TDs in a win at Tishomingo County. … Senior Martel Brown had 3 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs.

NEXT WEEK: New Site at Mantachie; Baldwyn at Hatley

JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn

Okolona (3-2) at East Webster (6-0)

THE BUZZ: First of three straight road games to open division play for Okolona. … East Webster has won 3-of-4 in the series … The three players to score TDs in Okolona’s win at Shannon also combined on one TD – a 58-yard TD pass from Jacolbi Heard to Rakeem Bogan and Dequin Babbit’s 2-point run. … Sophomore RB Jack Wilson ran for 2 TDs in East Webster’s win at J.Z. George.

NEXT WEEK: Okolona open; Calhoun City at East Webster

JOURNAL PICK: East Webster

Oxford (5-0, 1-0) at Saltillo (5-1, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Saltillo is much-improved, its lone loss against 6A Tupelo. Oxford, the AP’s top 5A school is a great measuring stick. … Oxford is 4-0 against the Tigers. … Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham has thrown for 1,138 yards and 12 TDs. … Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds is third in Mississippi with 975 rushing yards.

NEXT WEEK: Lewisburg at Oxford; Saltillo at Clarksdale

JOURNAL PICK: Oxford

Ripley (6-0) at Lafayette (3-3)

THE BUZZ: Crucial division-opener in 2-4A and one of only two division road games for Ripley … Lafayette is still winless on its new home turf. … Ripley RB Christian Johnson ran for 2 TDs (60, 42) in a win at Pontotoc. … The Tigers are averaging 42 points per game.

NEXT WEEK: Senatobia at Ripley; Lafayette at Rosa Fort.

JOURNAL PICK: Ripley

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Biggersville (1-5) at Vardaman (0-6)

THE BUZZ: Biggersville QB Caleb Kitchens has thrown for 1,126 yards and 12 TDs. … Vardaman scored its highest total of the season, 28, in a loss at Thrasher.

NEXT WEEK: Falkner at Biggersville; Vardaman at Coldwater

JOURNAL PICK: Vardaman

Booneville (4-1) at Alcorn Central (2-4)

THE BUZZ: Booneville has won the last three meetings by a combined 157-6. … Booneville RB Zeus Rogers rushed for 145 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Harding (Tenn.) Academy.

NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at Booneville; Alcorn Central at Mooreville

JOURNAL PICK: Booneville

Briarfield (3-1) at Calhoun Academy (3-2) 

THE BUZZ: Briarfield was averaging 49 points per game until being shut out at Delta. … Calhoun won this game 44-24 last season.

NEXT WEEK: Humphreys Acad. at Briarfield; Calhoun at Central Academy

JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun

Caledonia (2-4) at Houston (0-6)

THE BUZZ: Houston RB Damian Fields rushed for 102 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Eupora. … Caledonia has lost three straight games entering division play.

NEXT WEEK: West Lauderdale at Caledonia; Houston at Kosciusko

JOURNAL PICK: Caledonia

Clarksdale (2-2) at West Point (2-3)

THE BUZZ: Four players rushed for TDs in Clarksdale’s win against New Hope. … WP RB Aeris Williams, a Mississippi State commit, rushed for 137 yards in a loss at Oxford.

NEXT WEEK: Saltillo at Clarksdale; West Point at Center Hill

JOURNAL PICK: West Point

Coahoma AHS (3-2) at Potts Camp (1-4)

THE BUZZ: Coahoma QB Samuel Brunt was 3-for-4 for 100 yards and a TD in a win against Holly Springs. … Potts Camp sophomore Keldrick Wiseman had 179 all-purpose yards in a loss against Holly Spirings.

NEXT WEEK: Strayhorn at Coahoma AHS; Potts Camp at West Tallahatchie

JOURNAL PICK: Coahoma AHS

Hatley (2-3) at Walnut (5-1)

THE BUZZ: Hatley has won two straight and is coming off a bye week. … Walnut has won the last three meetings by a combined 86 points.

NEXT WEEK: Baldwyn at Hatley; Walnut at East Union

JOURNAL PICK: Walnut

Houlka (2-4, 1-2) at Hamilton (3-2, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Houlka can match it’s season-high win total. … Hamilton is 4-0 against Houlka, a 54-14 win last season.

NEXT WEEK: Houlka open; Hamilton at Thrasher

JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton

Itawamba AHS (3-2) at Amory (2-4)

THE BUZZ: Amory has dropped four straight. … Itawamba AHS has won 6 straight games against their Hwy. 25 rival.

NEXT WEEK: Shannon at Itawamba AHS; Amory at Pontotoc

JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS

Kossuth (1-4) at North Pontotoc (3-3)

THE BUZZ: Louisiana Monroe WR coach Mario Price is expected to be in Ecru to watch Warhawks WR commit Marcus Green. … Green had 182 all-purpose yards in a loss at New Albany.

NEXT WEEK: Belmont at Kossuth; North Pontotoc at Booneville

JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc

Marshall Aca. (5-1, 2-0) at North Delta (4-2, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Devin McGregor scored 4 TDs, 3 rushing in a win at Fayette. … Marshall broke a three-game series losing streak last season.

NEXT WEEK: Marshall open; North Delta at Lee Academy

JOURNAL PICK: Marshall

Mooreville (2-3) at Belmont (1-4)

THE BUZZ: Teams have split the last 4 meetings, Belmont winning 26-20 last season. … Belmont junior Chandler Higginbottom had 10 tackles in a loss at Red Bay, Ala.

NEXT WEEK: Alcorn Central at Mooreville; Belmont at Kossuth

JOURNAL PICK: Belmont

MRA (4-2) at Starkville Academy (3-3)

THE BUZZ: MRA RB Caleb Shufelt rushed for 82 yards and a TD in a win at Magnolia Heights. … MRA won the last meeting 45-13 in 2010.

NEXT WEEK: Washington at MRA; Starkville Academy open

JOURNAL PICK: MRA

New Albany (3-3) at Senatobia (1-4)

THE BUZZ: New Albany has won the last two meetings by a combined 8 points. … NA WR Jarel Lipsey had two catches for 105 yards and a TD in a win against North Pontotoc.

NEXT WEEK: Byhalia at New Albany; Senatobia at Ripley

JOURNAL PICK: New Albany

Northwest Rankin (1-4) at Starkville (3-2)

THE BUZZ: NW Rankin has lost 3 straight. … Starkville’s Princeton Jones threw for 223 yards and 2 TDs on 15-of-24 passing in a win at Columbus.

NEXT WEEK: Columbus at Northwest Rankin; Starkville at Greenville-Weston

JOURNAL PICK: Starkville

North Panola (3-3) at Holly Springs (2-4)

THE BUZZ: North Panola TE Willie Hibler, an Ole Miss commit, has 12 catches for 349 yards and 5 TDs. … Holly Springs is 0-2 at home.

NEXT WEEK: Palmer at North Panola; Holly Springs at Water Valley

JOURNAL PICK: North Panola

Oak Hill (3-3, 1-1) at Manchester (1-5, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Manchester has won 3 straight against Oak Hill. … Oak Hill junior LB Drake Riley has 16 tackles in a win at Hartfield.

NEXT WEEK: Indianola Academy at Oak Hill; Manchester at Canton Acad.

JOURNAL PICK: Oak Hill

Pontotoc (1-5) at Corinth (5-1)

THE BUZZ: Corinth has won four straight games. Pontotoc has dropped five in a row. … The teams have split the last two meetings, with a 14-11 Corinth win last season.

NEXT WEEK: Amory at Pontotoc; Corinth at Tishomingo County

JOURNAL PICK: Corinth

South Pontotoc (3-3) at Kemper County (5-1)

THE BUZZ: Kemper had won 5 straight until a 50-point lass at Philadelphia last week. … South’s Armon Gregory had a 10-yard TD catch in a loss at Mooreville.

NEXT WEEK: Lousiville at South Pontotoc; Kemper County at Aberdeen

JOURNAL PICK: Kemper County

Thrasher (3-2) at Falkner (3-2)

THE BUZZ: Thrasher’s last win in the series came in 2007. … Falkner QB Jase Stroupe and RB Jeramie Lawrence combined to rush for 268 yards and 4 TDs in a win at Houlka. … Sophomore Jarrrett Waldon had 11 tackles in the win.

NEXT WEEK: Hamilton at Thrasher; Falkner at Biggersville

JOURNAL PICK: Falkner

Tishomingo County (2-4) at Shannon (2-3) 

THE BUZZ: Shannon’s Diamonta Stubbs caught a 48-yard TD pass from JT Loving in a loss at Okolona. … Tishomingo sophomore Caleb Smith caught 3 passes for 68 yards in a loss against Baldwyn.

NEXT WEEK: Corinth at Tishomingo County; Shannon at Itawamba AHS

JOURNAL PICK: Shannon

West Tallahatchie (2-4) at Byers (5-0)

THE BUZZ: West Tallahatchie has managed only 15 combined points in back-to-back losses. … Unbeaten Byers is getting votes in the AP Class 2A poll.

NEXT WEEK: Potts Camp at West Tallahatchie; Byers at Coahoma County

JOURNAL PICK: Byers

Compiled by Brandon Speck

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