November 12, 2009
The game appeared over. Marshall Academy, outplayed for three quarters, trailed 21-7.
“We looked to be dead in the water,” said Keith Wicker, head coach of the Patriots. “I’ve never been involved in one like that. It was unreal - good gracious.”
MA scored three touchdowns in just over five minutes and rallied to beat Leake Academy 28-21 in the opening round of the Class AA football playoffs Friday night at home. Next up for the Patriots is Lamar School in the quarter-finals.
Potts Camp boys take third in state
The Potts Camp boys and girls finished third and fifth, respectively, in the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet Saturday at Mississippi College.
The Cardinals scored 73 points and trailed second-place West Union (48) and champion Myrtle (29).
In this column a few weeks ago, I wrote that during this time of the season most teams worth their salt in the SEC were chasing the Florida Gators. Well, for all intent, and definitely purpose, the Crimson Tide has caught them. The Gators had already clinched the Eastern Division title of the SEC prior to last Saturday’s game and had only a perfunctory test in their contest against Vanderbilt. The Commodores haven’t beaten the Gators since 1988. And Florida has to face South Carolina next weekend. I fail to see the threat to any Gator tranquility.
Patriots hosting Lamar this Friday
The challenge gets greater each week in the playoffs.
This Friday night, Nov. 13, the Lamar School Raiders invade Marshall Academy in round two of the Class AA playoffs, bringing with them a high-powered, pass-oriented offense that averages 40 points per game. Both teams are 10-1.
Indians end year with loss
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians had postponed their last game of the season for a few days because of inclement weather and field conditions. They hosted the Cougars of North Panola on Tuesday evening of last week at Indian field.
The Indians received after the Cougars deferred possession until the second half. The first half was scoreless until the last 2:58 when the Cougars’ D. Loveberry scored on a second and goal from the 1. They tried for two but came up short.
Marshall sweeps Lee
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy varsity basketball teams made the long trip to Marianna, Ark., Monday, Nov. 2, and returned to Mississippi with blowout wins.
It was the season opener for the Patriots, while the Lady Patriots improved to 1-2 after two losses in the Magnolia Heights Tournament.
The MA boys were in control throughout and downed the Cougars 77-43.
Hannah ready to lead Shockers
By BARRY BURLESON
A former Holly Springs Hawk will lead Wichita State into its season opener this weekend on ESPNU.
Clevin Hannah, who helped Holly High win state titles in 2004 and 2005, is the senior point guard for the Shockers. They tip off the season versus Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in the O’Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience (CBE) Classic.
Basketball registration continues
The Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration for youth basketball.
The league is for boys and girls ages 4-14.
Registration is available at the Eddie L. Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building or city hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a $20 registration fee. For more information, call 662-252-4807.
West fired as Memphis head coach
University of Memphis head football coach Tommy West has been relieved of duties as announced by athletic director R.C. Johnson Monday. He will coach the remaining three games, and a search for his replacement will begin immediately.
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