WEEK 8: Friday, Oct. 11 Football Preview

 Houston's Damian Fields (32) runs for a touchdown in the second half of Friday's game against division foe Caledonia. Also shown are Caledonia's Jordan Anderson (23) and Houston's Wes Parker (9). (Photo Floyd Ingram)


Houston’s Damian Fields (32) runs for a touchdown in the second half of Friday’s game against division foe Caledonia. Also shown are Caledonia’s Jordan Anderson (23) and Houston’s Wes Parker (9). The Hilltoppers travel to Koscuisko tonight for another division game against the Whippets. (Photo Floyd Ingram) 

KEY GAMES

Calhoun City (4-3, 1-0) at East Webster (6-1, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Last played in 2010, a Calhoun City win. … Calhoun City RB Lavorious Varnado rushed for 69 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Bruce. … East Webster QB Jack Wilson rushed for 1 TD and threw for 2 in a loss against Okolona.

NEXT WEEK: Calhoun City open; Bruce at East Webster

JOURNAL PICK: East Webster

Coffeeville (4-3, 4-0) at Smithville (5-1, 3-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … The teams split meetings in 2009-10. … Smithville RB Tyler Hood and QB Drew Lann accounted for 7 TDs in a win against Coldwater two weeks ago. … Smithville has won 9 straight division games dating back to last season. … Coffeeville has won 4 straight games since starting the season 0-3 against 2A contenders Calhoun City and Bruce and 3A contender Water Valley.

NEXT WEEK: Coffeeville open; Smithville at Vardaman

JOURNAL PICK: Smithville

Kemper County (6-1, 1-0) at Aberdeen (3-4, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Aberdeen QB Josh Williams rushed for 154 yards and 3 TDs in a win at Nettleton. … Williams also threw for 160 yards. … Kemper RB Devontae Vickers rushed for 231 yards on only 9 carries and scored 3 TDs in a win against South Pontotoc. … Kemper junior Bryce Brown had 4 TFLs in the win.

NEXT WEEK: Kemper County at Nettleton; Aberdeen at Louisville

JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen

North Pontotoc (4-3, 1-0) at Booneville (5-1, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … First meeting since 2008. … North Pontotoc’s Greg Gambrell had a 100-yard pick-6 in a win against Kossuth. … Booneville RB James Christian rushed for 63 yards and a TD on 11 carries in a win at Alcorn Central. … Next week against Mooreville, Booneville will honor legendary coach Jim Drewry.

NEXT WEEK: North Pontotoc at Belmont; Mooreville at Booneville

JOURNAL PICK: Booneville

Senatobia (1-5, 0-1) at Ripley (7-0, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Senatobia has averaged only 5 points in 3 straight losses. … Senatobia RB Tevin Wooten rushed for 132 yards in a loss against New Albany. … Ripley RB Christian Johnson rushed for 107 yards in a win at Lafayette. … Ripley scored 24 unanswered points to win.

NEXT WEEK: Senatobia at Byhalia; Ripley at Rosa Fort

JOURNAL PICK: Ripley

Shannon (3-3, 1-0) at Itawamba AHS (4-2, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Shannon has won 2 of the last 3 in the series. … Itawamba AHS is riding a 3-game win streak. … Indians sophomore Hunter White rushed for 197 yards on 23 carries in a win at Amory. … Shannon senior Denarius Smith caught 5 passes for 54 yards in a win against Tishomingo County.

NEXT WEEK: Amory at Shannon; Itawamba AHS at Corinth

JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS

Southaven (5-2, 1-1) at Tupelo (6-0, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A game. … The teams have split the last four meetings. … Tupelo sophomore QB Daniel Bristow was an efficient 13-for-15 passing for 258 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Grenada. … Tupelo has allowed only 3 TDs in the last 5 weeks. … Tupelo RBs Quinn Tiggs and Jarvis Wilson have each scored 5 TDs rushing.

NEXT WEEK: Grenada at Southaven; Tupelo at South Panola

JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo

Walnut (6-1, 1-0) at East Union (5-0, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … First meeting between the schools. … EU RB Blake Spruill has rushed for 778 yards and 11 TDs. … EU senior Ty Ballard leads the Urchins with 5.4 tackles per game. … Walnut RB Armani Linton rushed for 4 TDs in a win against Hatley. …

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

JOURNAL PICK: Walnut

 

CHICKASAW JOURNAL GAMES

 

Houston (1-6, 1-0) at Kosciusko (2-5, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-4A game. … Houston RB Damian Fields rushed for 101 yards and a TD on 12 carries in a win against Caledonia. … Houston has won 2 straight in the series.

JOURNAL PICK: Houston

Vardaman (0-7, 0-4) at Coldwater (2-4, 1-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Coldwater is 0-4 against Vardaman. … Vardaman won 40-32 last season.

JOURNAL PICK: Coldwater

 

ALSO TONIGHT

Alcorn Central (2-5, 0-1) at Mooreville (2-4, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Booneville held Alcorn Central to 2.19 yards per rush. … Mooreville RB Chris Rucker had 155 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries in a win at Belmont.

JOURNAL PICK: Mooreville

Amory (2-5, 0-1) at Pontotoc (1-6, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Amory had 115 yards in penalties against Itawamba AHS. … Amory has won three straight in the series.

JOURNAL PICK: Amory

Baldwyn (4-3, 1-0) at Hatley (2-4, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Three of Baldwyn’s last 5 wins against Hatley have been shutouts, 69-0 last season. … Baldwyn LB Marbrecio Crump had 14 tackles in a win against Mantachie.

JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn

Belmont (2-4, 1-0) at Kossuth (1-5, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Belmont QB Luke Alexander rushed for 2 TDs in a win against Mooreville. … Blake Cain had a 72-yard kickoff return for a TD in Kossuth’s loss against North Pontotoc.

JOURNAL PICK: Belmont

Benton County (0-5) at Marshall Academy (6-1)

THE BUZZ: Marshall QB Dakota Dailey rushed for 3 TDs in a win against North Delta. … Benton County is coming off a bye week.

JOURNAL PICK: Marshall Academy

Bruce (4-2, 0-1) at Eupora (5-0, 0-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Bruce’s Jay Johnson rushed for 2 TDs in a loss against Calhoun City. … Eupora beat Bruce at Eupora in the North finals last season.

JOURNAL PICK: Bruce

Byhalia (1-4, 0-1) at New Albany (4-3, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … First meeting since 2008, a 48-19 New Albany win. … Eathen Rainey kicked a pair of field goals in New Albany’s win at Senatobia.

JOURNAL PICK: New Albany

Calhoun Academy (5-2, 1-0) at Central (1-4, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: 8-Man Division 7. … Calhoun Academy broke a 4-game losing streak in the series with last season’s 46-6 win. … Calhoun QB JT Washington threw for 175 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Briarfield.

JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy

Corinth (6-1, 1-0) at Tishomingo Co. (2-5, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Corinth has won 5 straight games in the series. … Tish County RB T.J. Lambert rushed for 98 yards and a TD in a loss at Shannon.

JOURNAL PICK: Corinth

Falkner (4-2, 2-0) at Biggersville (2-5, 1-3)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A. … Falkner QB Jase Stroupe completed all 6 of his passes for 128 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Thrasher. … Biggersville RB Bradley Davis had 139 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Vardaman.

JOURNAL PICK: Falkner

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

THE BUZZ: Hamilton’s Nick Owens had a 53-yard pick-6 in a win against Houlka. … First meeting since 2006, a 34-14 Hamilton win.

JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton

Holly Springs (2-5, 0-1) at Water Valley (6-1, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-3A game. … Holly Springs gave up 581 total yards in a loss against North Panola. … Water Valley QB EJ Bounds was picked off twice in a 42-10 loss at Charleston.

JOURNAL PICK: Water Valley

Indianola Academy (7-0, 3-0) at Oak Hill (4-3, 2-1)

THE BUZZ: MAIS AA 2 game. … Indianola has outscored opponents 112-7 in its last 3 games. … Oak Hill RB Blake Thomas rushed for 67 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Manchester.

JOURNAL PICK: Indianola

Lafayette (3-4, 0-1) at Rosa Fort (5-1, 1-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Lafayette RB D.K. Buford rushed for 91 yards and a TD on only 3 carries in a loss against Ripley. … Rosa Fort RB Terreous Johnson rushed for 74 yards in a win against Byhalia.

JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette

Lewisburg (2-3, 1-1) at Oxford (6-0, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Lewisburg sophomore Jake Harville rushed for 148 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Lake Cormorant. … Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham has thrown for 1,288 yards and 14 TDs.

JOURNAL PICK: Oxford

Louisville (7-0, 1-0) at South Pontotoc (3-4, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Louisville has 3 shutout wins and has allowed double digits only twice. … South has dropped 4 in a row.

JOURNAL PICK: Louisville

Nettleton (4-3, 0-1) at Winona (1-6, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Quarterback Dakota Cruber is Nettleton’s leading rusher with 325 yards and 5 TDs. … Winona has scored only 16 points in 3 straight losses.

JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton

New Site (2-4, 0-1) at Mantachie (4-3, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Mantachie WR Nick Burns caught 3 passes for 47 yards and a TD in a loss at Baldwyn. … New Site junior J.T. Herring rushed for 211 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against East Union, his second 200-yard game of the season.

JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie

Potts Camp (1-5, 0-1) at W. Tallahatchie (2-5, 0-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … First meeting between the teams. … West Tallahatchie has scored a combined 15 points in 3 straight losses.

JOURNAL PICK: West Tallahatchie

Saltillo (5-2, 1-1) at Clarksdale (3-2, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Saltillo senior AJ Rye had 10 tackles in a loss against Oxford. … Clarksdale RB Chris Carpenter rushed for 77 yards and 2 TDs in a win at West Point.

JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo

Starkville (4-2, 2-0) at Greenville-Weston (1-5, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … Starkville has outscored 3 straight opponents 104-27. … Greenville-Weston has lost 5 straight.

JOURNAL PICK: Starkville

West Point (2-4, 0-2) at Center Hill (1-5, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Teams have split the first two games of the series. … Center Hill RB Danterius Ellington rushed for 117 yards and a TD in a loss at New Hope.

JOURNAL PICK: West Point

Compiled by Brandon Speck

 

The Houston High School Topper Pride Band marches at last week's game with Caledonia. This photo and more band and football game photos can be viewed by clicking BUY PHOTOS at the top of this webpage.

The Houston High School Topper Pride Band marches at last week’s game with Caledonia. This photo and more band and football game photos can be viewed by clicking BUY PHOTOS at the top of this webpage.

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