WEEK 9: High School Football Previews

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Aberdeen (4-4, 2-0) at Louisville (8-0, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Louisville beat Aberdeen in the 2008 Class 3A North finals. … Aberdeen broke a 4-game losing streak in the series last season, 32-21. … Aberdeen QB Josh Williams rushed 19 times for 145 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Kemper County. … Sophomore LB C.J. Williams had 11 tackles in the win.

NEXT WEEK: Aberdeen at Winona; Louisville at Kemper County

JOURNAL PICK: Louisville

Amory (2-6, 0-2) at Shannon (3-4, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Fred Garth’s 40-yard pick-6 was Amory’s only TD in a loss at Pontotoc. … Amory has won the last two in the series. … Senior LB Devaughnta Shumpert had 13 tackles, 2 TFLs in Shannon’s loss at Itawamba AHS. … Sophomore Tyshon Cooper rushed for 73 yards and a TD on 6 carries.

NEXT WEEK: Tishomingo County at Amory; Corinth at Shannon

JOURNAL PICK: Shannon

Itawamba AHS (5-2, 2-0) at Corinth (7-2, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Corinth is the Journal’s No. 2 Class 4A/3A team, IAHS is No. 3. … Corinth is riding a 6-game win streak, Itawamba has won 4 in a row. … Itawamba has won 3 of the last 4 in the series. … IAHS sophomore Hunter White rushed for 159 yards in a win against Shannon.

NEXT WEEK: Pontotoc at IAHS; Corinth at Shannon

JOURNAL PICK: Corinth

Mooreville (3-4, 1-1) at Booneville (5-2, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Booneville will honor former coach Jim Drewry with a pregame ceremony. … Booneville WR Hunter Henley caught 7 passes for 78 yards and a TD in a loss against North Pontotoc. … First meeting since 2008, a 44-7 Booneville win. … Mooreville is allowing an average of 53.5 points in its 4 losses.

NEXT WEEK: Mooreville at Kossuth; Booneville at Belmont

JOURNAL PICK: Booneville

New Albany (4-4, 1-1) at Lafayette (3-5, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Lafayette RB D.K. Buford rushed for 2 TDs and 74 yards in a loss at Rosa Fort. … The Commodores are 0-3 on their new artificial turf surface. … Bulldogs RB Devin Wilson rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries in a loss against Byhalia. … New Albany has won 15 of its last 17 division games.

NEXT WEEK: Rosa Fort at New Albany; Lafayette at Senatobia

JOURNAL PICK: New Albany

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

THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … First meeting since 2004, a 41-6 Eupora win. … Okolona is coming off a bye week. … Okolona outscored East Webster 26-0 in the second half of a 32-24 win. … Okolona QB Jacolbi Heard had a 38-yard TD pass to Rod Jones on a fourth-and-long in the win.

NEXT WEEK: Okolona at Bruce; Eupora at Calhoun City

JOURNAL PICK: Okolona

Ripley (8-0, 2-0) at Rosa Fort (6-1, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Ripley’s John Austin Moore returned the opening kick 95 yards for a TD in a win against Senatobia. … QB Dalton James threw for 236 yards on 14-for-21 passing in the win. … Ripley is the Journal’s No. 1 Class 4A/3A team and the No. 1 team in the AP Class 3A poll. … Rosa Fort senior Cedric Carter caught 3 passes for 115 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Lafayette.

NEXT WEEK: Byhalia at Ripley; Rosa Fort at New Albany

JOURNAL PICK: Ripley

Tupelo (7-0, 3-0) at South Panola (7-1, 3-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A game. … Tupelo RBs Quinn Tiggs and Jarvis Wilson combined to rush for 221 yards in a win against Southaven. … Tupelo has allowed more than 7 points only 3 times. … Tupelo is the No. 2 team in the Journal’s Class 6A/5A rankings and No. 5 in the AP’s Class 6A poll. South Panola is the No. 1 team in 6A according to the AP. … Tupelo hasn’t beaten South Panola since 2001.

NEXT WEEK: DeSoto Central at Tupelo; South Panola at Southaven

JOURNAL PICK: South Panola

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Biggersville (2-6, 1-4) at Hamilton (5-2, 3-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Biggersville freshman Airon Morgan leads Mississippi freshmen with 88 tackles, an average of 11 per game. … Hamilton won the last two meetings in 2005-06.

JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton

Bruce (5-2, 1-1) at East Webster (6-2, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Bruce junior Jay Johnson totaled 250 all-purpose yards in a win at Eupora. … EW’s Mckinley Hollenhead caught 5 passes for 93 yards in a loss against Calhoun City.

JOURNAL PICK: Bruce

Calhoun Acad. (5-2, 2-0) at Kemper (4-3, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: MAIS 8-Man Division 7 game. … Calhoun Academy has won 2 straight in the series.

JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun Academy

Center Hill (1-6, 0-3) at Saltillo (5-3, 1-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Center Hill QB Danterius Ellington threw 4 TD pass in a loss against West Point. … Saltillo sophomore QB Tristen Daniel threw for 178 yards and 2 TDs in his first start of the season, a loss at Clarksdale.

JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo

Coahoma AHS (5-2, 2-0) at Byers (7-0, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … First meeting between the teams. … Byers received 30 votes in the AP Class 2A poll.

JOURNAL PICK: Byers

East Union (5-1, 1-1) at Baldwyn (5-3, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Baldwyn WR Clayton Gray caught 2 TD passes in a win at Hatley. … First meeting between the schools.

JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn

Hatley (2-5, 0-2) at Mantachie (5-3, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Teams have split the last four games. … Mantachie won 44-7 last season. … Mantachie senior Clay Johnson rushed for 76 yards and a TD in a win against New Site.

JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie

Houston (1-7, 1-1) at Leake Central (5-2, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-4A game. … Leake RB Jamari Green rushed for 101 yards and a TD in a loss against Noxubee County. … Houston LB Nathan Smith had 18 tackles and 3 TFLs in a loss at Kosciusko.

JOURNAL PICK: Leake

Independence (3-5, 1-1) at Holly Springs (2-6, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-3A game. … Holly Springs has been outscored 106-8 in its last two losses. … Independence junior LB Said Jones had 11 tackles in a loss against Charleston.

JOURNAL PICK: Independence

Kemper County (6-2, 1-1) at Nettleton (5-3, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Nettleton junior Jordan Smith caught 4 passes for 83 yards and 2 TDs in a win at Winona. … Kemper QB Kelvin Bourrage was 13-for-18 for 197 yards and 3 TDs in a loss at Aberdeen.

JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton

Kossuth (2-5, 1-1) at Alcorn Central (2-6, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Kossuth broke a 3-game losing streak with last week’s win against Belmont. … Alcorn Central has been shut out in 3 of its last 4 games.

JOURNAL PICK: Kossuth

Lake Cormorant (5-2, 2-1) at West Point (3-2, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … West Point RB Aeris Williams rushed for 252 yards and 4 TDs in a win against Center Hill. … West Point is 4-0 all-time against Lake Cormorant.

JOURNAL PICK: West Point

Lee, Ark. (0-8, 0-2) at Marshall Acad. (7-1, 2-0)

THE BUZZ: MAIS 1-A game. … Lee has lost 4 straight, a combined 184-0. … Teams last met in 2008, a 40-22 Marshall win.

JOURNAL PICK: Marshall

Madison Central (5-2, 3-0) at Starkville (5-2, 3-0)

THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … MC won 24-8 last season. … Starkville has scored at least 33 points in 5 straight games.

JOURNAL PICK: Madison Central

North Pontotoc (5-3, 2-0) at Belmont (2-5, 1-1)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … NP WR Marcus Green had 198 total yards and 2 TDs in a win a Booneville. … Belmont senior Barry Rogers rushed for 90 yards in a loss at Kossuth.

JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc

Oak Hill (5-3, 2-1) at Canton (5-3, 1-2)

THE BUZZ: MAIS 2A-2 game. … Kraft McLean rushed for 73 yards and a TD in Canton’s win against Manchester. … Sophomore Drew Riley rushed for 145 yards and a TD in Oak Hill’s win against Indianola.

JOURNAL PICK: Oak Hill

Oxford (7-0, 3-0) at New Hope (3-4, 1-2)

THE BUZZ: Oxford has allowed double-digit points only once since August. … Oxford sophomore QB Jack Abraham was 19-for-23 for 247 yards and 3 TDs in a win against Lewisburg.

JOURNAL PICK: Oxford

Strayhorn (1-6, 1-1) at Potts Camp (1-6, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Potts Camp won 18-7 last season at Strayhorn.

JOURNAL PICK: Strayhorn

Smithville (5-2, 3-1) at Vardaman (0-7, 0-5)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Vardaman has won 6 of the last 7 games in the series.

JOURNAL PICK: Smithville

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

THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … T.J. Lambert rushed for 93 yards and a TD in Tishomingo County’s loss against Corinth.

JOURNAL PICK: Pontotoc

Walnut (7-1, 2-0) at New Site (2-5, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Walnut’s Armani Linton had 185 of Walnut’s 348 rushing yards in a win at East Union. … Walnut has won 7 straight. … New Site LB Timmie Hamby had 13 tackles and an interception in a loss at Mantachie.

JOURNAL PICK: Walnut

Winona (1-7, 0-2) at South Pontotoc (3-5, 0-2)

THE BUZZ: South Pontotoc has allowed 65 and 63 points in its last two losses. … Winona sophomore Teon Thomas rushed for 100 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Nettleton.

JOURNAL PICK: Winona

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