Baldwyn (6-3, 3-0) at Walnut (8-1, 3-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Ozzie Price had 9 tackles and a TFL in a win against East Union. … Baldwyn QB Corbin Scott threw for 189 yards and 3 TDs. … Baldwyn won 35-6 last season. … Walnut QB Will Quinn will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg.
NEXT WEEK: Baldwyn at New Site; Walnut at Mantachie
JOURNAL PICK: Baldwyn
Corinth (8-1, 3-0) at Shannon (3-5, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … Corinth has won 6 straight games. … The teams have split the last four meetings. … Two Shannon QBs were a combined 3-for-18 passing for 33 yards in a loss against Amory. … Shannon has lost 4-of-5 and averaged only 4 points per loss.
NEXT WEEK: Amory at Corinth; Shannon at Pontotoc
JOURNAL PICK: Corinth
DeSoto Central (6-3, 3-2) at Tupelo (7-1, 3-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-6A game. … Tupelo RB Quinn Tiggs rushed 17 times for 90 yards in a loss at South Panola. … Tupelo has yielded more than 10 points only three times this season. … DeSoto sophomore Alan Lamar rushed for 147 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Hernando. … DeSoto’s win last year broke a 5-game losing streak in the series.
NEXT WEEK: Southaven at DeSoto Central; Tupelo at Horn Lake
JOURNAL PICK: Tupelo
Falkner (6-2, 5-0) at Smithville (6-2, 4-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Smithville has taken 7-of-8 from the Eagles. … Falkner had 409 rushing yards and 6 TDs in a win against Coldwater. … Jeramie Lawrence had 165 of those and 3 TDs.
NEXT WEEK: Coffeeville at Falkner, Smithville at Hamilton
JOURNAL PICK: Smithville
Okolona (4-3, 1-1) at Bruce (6-2, 1-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-2A game. … Both teams are one game back of Calhoun City in the division race. … Okolona has been outscored in the last two meetings 82-14. … Bruce QB Donta Armstrong rushed for 126 yards and the winning TD in a 7-3 win at East Webster.
NEXT WEEK: Calhoun City at Okolona; Bruce ends regular season
JOURNAL PICK: Okolona
Rosa Fort (7-1, 3-0) at New Albany (4-5, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Rosa Fort beat Ripley after Ripley’s tying TD was taken off the board by the officials. … New Albany’s Jon Robbins and Chris Brown had 10 tackles each in a loss at Lafayette. … New Albany has beaten Rosa Fort each of the last three seasons. … Rosa Fort QB Larrial Tyler, Jr. completed just 9 passes against Ripley, but averaged more than 30 yards per.
NEXT WEEK: Senatobia at Rosa Fort; New Albany at Ripley
JOURNAL PICK: Rosa Fort
Saltillo (6-3, 2-2) at West Point (4-4, 2-2)
THE BUZZ: Saltillo junior RB Diamante Pounds is the state’s second-leading rusher, while West Point RB Aeris Williams is third. … Pounds rushed for 304 yards and 4 TDs on 31 carries in a win against Center Hill. … Williams rushed for 272 yards and 2 TDs on 40 carries in a win against Lake Cormorant. … Saltillo hasn’t scored in double digits against the Green Wave since 28-12 loss in 2009.
NEXT WEEK: Saltillo at Lewisburg; West Point at New Hope
JOURNAL PICK: Saltillo
Aberdeen (4-5, 2-1) at Winona (2-7, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Winona hasn’t beaten Aberdeen since 2007. … Aberdeen sophomore Jerrick Orr caught 5 passes for 156 yards in a loss at Louisville.
JOURNAL PICK: Aberdeen
Alcorn Central (2-7, 0-3) at N. Pontotoc (6-3, 3-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Peyton Finch had a a 69-yard pick-6 in North’s win at Belmont. … Alcorn Central QB Josh Berry had minus-34 yards rushing, but scored a TD in a loss against Kossuth.
JOURNAL PICK: North Pontotoc
Booneville (6-2, 2-1) at Belmont (2-6, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Zeus Rogers rushed for 215 yards and 3 TDs in Booneville’s win against Mooreville. … Belmont RB Chris Higginbottom rushed for 60 yards and a TD in a loss against North Pontotoc.
JOURNAL PICK: Booneville
Byhalia (3-4, 2-1) at Ripley (8-1, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Ripley’s first loss came in controversial fashion at Rosa Fort, with a protest that was denied by the MHSAA Wednesday. … QB Dalton James appeared to have scored the tying TD, but it was waved.
JOURNAL PICK: Ripley
Byers (8-0, 3-0) at Strayhorn (2-6, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … Byers is 0-2 against Strayhorn, by a combined 14-point margin the past two seasons.
JOURNAL PICK: Byers
Calhoun Aca. (5-3, 2-1) at Sharkey-Issaquena (9-0, 4-0)
THE BUZZ: Sharkey-Issaquena has won two of the last three meetings. … Calhoun Academy was scoring more than 45 points per game prior to last week’s loss against Kemper Academy.
JOURNAL PICK: Sharkey-Issaquena
Clarksdale (4-3, 3-1) at Oxford (8-0, 4-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-5A game. … Clarsksdale RB Juantavius Gray rushed for 156 yards and a TD in a win against Lewisburg. … Oxford sophomore Kenzie Phillips had 127 yards and a TD in a win at New Hope.
JOURNAL PICK: Oxford
DeSoto(Ark.) Aca. (8-1, 3-0) at Marshall (8-1, 3-0)
THE BUZZ: MAIS A 1 game. … Teams first meeting since ’05, a 26-20 DeSoto win. … Marshall QB Dakota Dailey passed for 3 TDs and rushed for 1 TD in last week’s win against Lee Academy.
JOURNAL PICK: Marshall
Eupora (6-1, 1-1) at Calhoun City (5-3, 2-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Calhoun City’s Cartin Mcbride rushed for 222 yards and 3 TDs in a win at East Webster. … Eupora won 35-13 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Calhoun City
Hamilton (6-2, 4-1) at Coldwater (3-5, 2-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Both of Hamilton’s losses have come on the road. … Haven’t played since 2004, a 14-7 Coldwater win.
JOURNAL PICK: Hamilton
Holly Springs (2-7, 0-3) at Palmer (1-6, 0-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-3A game. … Holly Springs is riding a 4-game losing streak. … Palmer had the ball 32 minutes, but was shutout 47-0 at Charleston.
JOURNAL PICK: Holly Springs
Houlka (2-6, 1-4) at Biggersville (2-7, 1-5)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Biggersville was shutout last week at Hamilton, its first shutout loss of the year. … Houlka has lost 3 straight games.
JOURNAL PICK: Biggersville
Houston (1-8, 1-2) at West Lauderdale (6-3, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-4A game. … Houston’s J.J. Jones rushed for 66 yards and a TD in a loss at Leake. … West Lauderdale had won 3 straight until a shutout loss at Noxubee.
JOURNAL PICK: West Lauderdale
Lafayette (4-5, 1-2) at Senatobia (1-7, 0-3)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-4A game. … Lafayette QB Devin Thomas went 6-for-9 for 178 yards and 3 TDs in a win against New Albany. .. Senatobia RB Tevin Wooten rushed for 152 yards and a TD in a loss at Byhalia.
JOURNAL PICK: Lafayette
Leake Academy (6-3, 4-0) at Oak Hill (5-4, 2-2)
THE BUZZ: MAIS AA 2 game. … Leake has won 4 of its last 5 games. … Oak Hill sophomore Kaleb Darnell rushed for 76 yards and a TD in a win at Canton.
JOURNAL PICK: Leake
Mantachie (6-3, 2-1) at East Union (6-2, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-2A game. … Mantachie senior Nick Burns caught 5 passes for 112 yards and a TD in a 37-7 win against Hatley. … After a 6-0 start, East Union has scored only 15 points in back-to-back losses.
JOURNAL PICK: Mantachie
Mooreville (3-5, 1-2) at Kossuth (3-5, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-3A game. … Mooreville won 35-28 last season. … Kossuth has won 2 straight games to get within a game of first place in the division.
JOURNAL PICK: Kossuth
New Site (2-6, 0-3) at Hatley (2-6, 0-3)
THE BUZZ: Timmie Hamby had a 42-yard fumble recovery for a TD in New Site’s loss against Walnut. … Hatley has won both meetings in the series.
JOURNAL PICK: Hatley
Pontotoc (3-6, 2-1) at Itawamba AHS (5-3, 2-1)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-4A game. … IAHS had a 4-game win streak snapped with a 20-9 loss at Corinth. … Pontotoc has won two in a row, scoring 69 points, after a six-game losing streak. … Itawamba won 42-13 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Itawamba AHS
Potts Camp (1-7, 0-3) at Coahoma Co. (4-4, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-2A game. … Coahoma County RB Darien Gardner rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries in a win at West Tallahatchie. … Potts Camp has won four in a row.
JOURNAL PICK: Coahoma County
South Pontotoc (3-6, 0-3) at Nettleton (5-4, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 4-3A game. … Nettleton QB Dakota Cruber was 26-for-47 for 375 yards and 2 TDs in a loss against Kemper County. … South Pontotoc has lost 6 straight after a 3-0 start.
JOURNAL PICK: Nettleton
Starkville (6-2, 4-0) at Murrah (4-5, 2-2)
THE BUZZ: Division 2-6A game. … Division leader Starkville QB Princeton Jones rushed for 87 yards and 2 TDs in a win against Madison Central. … Murrah junior Malik Dear caught 4 passes for 55 yards in a loss at Warren Central.
JOURNAL PICK: Starkville
Starkville Aca. (4-5, 1-1) at Heritage (7-2, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: MAIS AAA II Division 1 game. … Starkville Academy is coming off an open week after back-to-back losses. … Heritage won 19-6 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Heritage
Tishomingo Co. (2-7, 0-3) at Amory (3-6, 1-2)
THE BUZZ: Tishomingo County Junior T.J. Lambert rushed for 156 yards in a loss at Pontotoc. … Amory sophomore TJ Fields rushed for 132 yards on 34 carries and a TD in Amory’s win at Shannon. … Amory broke a 6-game losing streak last week. … Amory won 60-14 last season.
JOURNAL PICK: Amory
Vardaman (0-9, 0-6) at Coffeeville (5-3, 5-0)
THE BUZZ: Division 1-1A game. … Vardaman has lost 3 straight in the series. … Coffeeville has won 5 straight, all division games.
JOURNAL PICK: Coffeeville
Compiled by Brandon Speck