BILOXI ---The East Mississippi Community College football team’s historical season continued Sunday with a 27-24 win against Arizona Western College in the second-annual Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi Stadium. The win allowed the Lions, ranked No. 5, to cap off head coach Buddy Stephens second season with a school record 11 wins to go win one loss. EMCC, which won its first state championship last month by beating Gulf Coast 75-71, made the school’s first bowl appearance since a 1963 visit to the Hospitality Bowl in Gulfport.
The picture was one of desolation. The 2009 season was supposed to be a coronation, a five-month love fest in which the West Point High School football team reclaimed what was rightfully something it had lost in 2005. But Shannon High didn’t get that message, and on Aug. 21 the Red Raiders spoiled the Green Wave’s plans with an exciting 27-20 overtime victory in the season opener for both teams.
ABERDEEN — Charles Davison picked the right time this weekend to make his first trip to Aberdeen. Davison, who lives in Atlanta, was one of more than 300 friends, family members, and citizens on hand Sunday at Aberdeen High School to attend the dedication of the Aberdeen High School gymnasium in the name of boys basketball coach Roy Hazzle. The gym, formerly known as the “Aberdome,” will now be known as the Roy E. Hazzle Gymnasium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State found playing St. Bonaventure to be a little bit easier this season. Last season, the Bulldogs had to score the final five points to beat the Bonnies 76-71. However, the rematch Saturday was never in doubt as MSU hit four 3-point field goals in the first 4 minutes, jumped out to a 16-2 lead and went on to a 105-53 win at Humphrey Coliseum. It ties for the largest margin of victory in the 12-year era of coach Rick Stansbury.
SCOOBA – Today’s Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi figures to be a formidable matchup of two of the nation’s rising junior college football programs. Paired together from opposite sides of the cournty, the No. 5 East Mississippi Community College Lions (10-1) will meet the sixth-ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College (9-1). Kickoff for the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s second-annual junior college bowl event is set for 2 p.m. at Biloxi Indian Stadium.
JACKSON - Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the West Point High School football team. Denied a touchdown on a 12-play drive that ultimately fizzled out on the opposing 14, the Green Wave shook it off on their next drive and went 13 plays. Lakenderic Thomas' 9-yard run on first down was the spark West Point needed Saturday to take the lead and go on to a 35-14 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
JACKSON - Michael Carr doesn't covet glory. The West Point High School senior believes too much in God to believe the Green Wave's success on the football field is because of only him. But the standout wide receiver showed Saturday night why he is one of the state's top difference-makers.
JACKSON – It took only 2 minutes, 47 seconds for the Aberdeen High School football team to leave Tylertown shell-shocked. The Chiefs needed only 11 seconds before halftime to deliver a counter punch that ultimately proved to be even more devastating. Jameon Lewis’ 75-yard touchdown pass to Ken Brown with 15 seconds to go before halftime shifted the momentum and was part of a run of 34 unanswered points that propelled Tylertown to a 34-20 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
JACKSON – A ball-control offense and a play-making quarterback proved to be a potent one-two punch Saturday for the Tylertown High School football team. But the ability of the Chiefs’ defense to regroup after falling behind 20-0 to Aberdeen in the first quarter of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium proved to be the final piece to a championship puzzle. The Chiefs (15-0) held the Bulldogs (13-3) to 83 yards in the second half and ripped off 34 unanswered points to pull an improbable comeback.
Pat Byrd enjoyed his 19 years being a football coach at Amory High School. When Lee County School Superintendent Mike Scott first contacted Byrd about coaching the Saltillo High School football team a few days before Thanksgiving, Byrd wasn’t ready to leave Amory. Scott called him again a few days later during the Thanksgiving break and the persistence paid off. Byrd felt he owed it to himself to give it some thought. He came to the conclusion that a change wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Johnathan Brandon scored 20 points Saturday to help the New Hope High School boys basketball team beat Madison Central 65-45 at home and remain undefeated. Hank Washington scored 12 points and Jeremy Byrd, Davis Lee and Raymond Walters scored eight points each for New Hope (9-0). The next game for New Hope is against Kosciusko at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ackerman Tournament.
Ground Taylor (Davis), Ground Chuck, Ground Allen, Ground Chambless. If you were going to build a timeline to trace the development of West Point High School’s love for running the football, it would have to date to the 1960s when Bubba Davis and Skip Taylor were players for the Green Wave. As a junior offensive lineman in 1963, Davis recalls a game against New Albany or Pontotoc when West Point ran the same running play nine consecutive times.
JACKSON — Winning a state championship is a lot like assembling a puzzle. From offense to defense to special teams, coaches have to tinker with and fine tune parts of the game plan to maximize their squad’s chances for success. Developing a dominant offensive line is just another piece to that puzzle.
JACKSON — Through three games, the Aberdeen High School offense hardly looked like a juggernaut. Injuries to the quarterback have a way of slowing things down. But once senior quarterback Aaron Andrews got healthy he quickly discovered how good the Bulldogs’ offense could be. Not only did he have a talented duo of Jamerson Love and Victor Hodges at running back, but he also had senior wide receivers Erik Buchanan, Mario Lucas, and Rashad Pargo and junior Jalen Devauld to throw to.
STARKVILLE — Sometimes there comes a time when a coach has to give up something he loves. That time has come for Starkville High School football coach Bill Lee. After 30 years of coaching on the high school and junior college levels, Lee has decided to retire effective at the end of the school year. Lee said opportunity to spend more time in ministry and with his family motivated him to make the decision.
“Roll Tide, Redden.” Regardless of which college football team you love, those words have a familiar ring if you live in Columbus or in West Alabama. That’s because Alan Redden just might be the area’s biggest fan of the University of Alabama. He holds that title even though he drives a truck for his business, Redden Satellite, that has lettering outlined in blue and orange — the colors or archrival Auburn.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury knows St. Bonaventure center Andrew Nicholson will be a difficult matchup. The toughest thing for the Bulldogs about facing Nicholson is center Jarvis Varnado might have his shot-blocking hand taped up. Varnado dislocated two fingers on his left hand last week attempting to block a shot against Old Dominion. Stansbury isn’t sure how much he’ll be able to help against the Bonnies at 1 p.m. Saturday.
MACON — Hebron Christian School girls basketball coach Greg Watkins wondered if the Lady Eagles could handle the pressure of going into overtime. That question was answered Thursday night. Tied at 39 at the end of regulation, the Lady Eagles used a 15-point overtime to earn a 54-47 victory against Central Academy. Watkins wasn’t only concerned about playing an extra quarter, he was worried about dealing with the Lady Vikings’ defense. He was pleased his players responded.
The Sulligent High School basketball coaches have visions of grandeur when it comes to the Blue Devil Classic. Sulligent boys coach Tommy Chism and girls coach Ronnie Hubbert would like to expand the one-day classic and have teams from Alabama play teams from Mississippi. The inaugural Blue Devil Classic will tip off Saturday with the Caledonia and Baldwyn boys from Mississippi, and Sulligent, Curry, Dora, and Hamilton boys and girls from Alabama.
Leaders look past the present and to the future. Marcus Hinton didn’t intend for his Aberdeen High School football career to end last season with a loss to Louisville in the Class 3A North Half State title game. But as the reality of the Bulldogs’ 41-21 loss to the eventual state champions sunk in, Hinton looked around and saw the potential through a lot of disappointed faces. He wanted to erase that sentiment and help his teammates re-focus on another goal.
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