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Booneville holds on to claim Skunk Bowl
by H. Lee Smith II
Aug 27, 2016 | 66 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BALDWYN — Booneville jumped out to a two-touchdown lead and held on to beat Prentiss County rival Baldwyn in the Skunk Bowl. The Devils ran their mark to 2-0 in hoisting the trophy for the first time since 2014. Booneville jumped on top 7-0 on an 18-yard pass from Preston Stroupe to Jarius Crump with just under 4 minutes left in the second quarter. The Devils added to their halftime lead on a 15-yard pass from Stroupe to Tyrese Bell midway of the third. The conversion failed, leaving Booneville with a 13-0 advantage. Baldwyn got on the board with 4:47 remaining on a 3-yard run by Johndrix Robinson. Booneville returns home Friday when it hosts Nettleton. Walnut 31, Falkner 14 The Wildcats regained control of the trophy as the Tippah County rivals battled in the Joe Bowl on Thursday. The game is named in memory of Joe Horton, who coached both schools and died of a heart attack during the annual contest. Walnut (1-1) led 16-6 at the break and 24-6 after three. The Wildcats have now won eight of the last 11 meetings. Walnut totaled 406 yards of offense, 209 coming on the ground. Kevin Hurley was 9-of-18 through the air for 197 yards and a score. Montario Hunt had 162 yards and two scores from scrimmage on 13 touches. “We played good defense for the most part, except letting (Alex Caldwell) get loose on that long touchdown run in the second,” said Walnut Head Coach John Meeks. Caldwell had 180 yards on 23 carries, including a 70-yard scoring run. The Eagles had minus-two yards of offense outside of Caldwell, finishing with 178. Chester Co. 43, McNairy Central 14 Tyler Dysart made his debut for the Eagles a memorable one as he rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns against the Bobcats at Don Whitaker Stadium. Dysart, who played last year at South Gibson, became eligible this week and that was bad news for the Bobcats. He rushed for over 200 yards against the Bobcats last year while playing for South Gibson. The Bobcats actually led 14-12 before Dysart and the Eagles erupted to run over the home team. Chester Co. scored three touchdowns in a three-minute span of the second quarter to turn the game around. Will Jones returned a kickoff 76 yards for the touchdown and Cole Miller added the PAT to give the ‘cats a 7-6 lead. Trailing 12-7, MC scored on the first play of the second quarter when Dylan Crabb connected with Grant McMahan on a 55-yard scoring play to give the Bobcats their final lead of the game.
Alcorn County trio falls back to 1-1
by H. Lee Smith II
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Alcorn Central, Corinth and Kossuth followed up Week 1 victories with Week 2 losses. For the second year in a row. At Larry B. Mitchell Stadium, Pontotoc led 14-10 at intermission and, after enduring a 30-minute delay due to the lack of lights, held on for a 38-26 win. Kossuth (1-1) tied the game at 7-7 early in the second on an 18-yard pass from Matthew Bobo to Charlie Bonee. A 35-yard field goal by Diego Longoria midway of the second have the Aggies their only lead at 10-7. Pontotoc (2-0) took a 14-10 lead at the break and led 21-10 early in the third. Kossuth got 175 yards and a touchdown from Jaley Adams. Hunter Brooks had a rushing TD among his nine carries on the night. The Aggies also got a 74-yard halfback pass from Bonee to Beau Lee, but didn’t come away with a TD on the drive. Kossuth recorded a safety to get to within 21-12 early in the third, and got to within 24-19 heading to the final 12 minutes. Kossuth returns to action Friday at Baldwyn. Tupelo 44, Corinth 21 The Warriors ended the game strong, scoring twice in the game’s final six minutes in their first visit to Tupelo since 2004. The Golden Wave (2-0) scored on their second drive of the game and held a 7-0 lead at the 5:52 mark of the first. Corinth (1-1) tied the game on a 74-yard run by D.T. Sheffield on the final play of the first quarter. Sheffield’s run was the lone first-half highlight for the Warriors. On its other 22 plays over the first two quarters, Corinth netted just two yards. Tupelo scored on its first three possessions of the second quarter and led 24-7 at the break. The Wave scored on it’s first three second-half drives, taking a 37-7 lead after three quarters and a 44-7 advantage one play into the final quarter. Corinth got scoring runs by Jay Cobbs and Ellis Counce in the final six minutes of play. Unofficially, Tupelo outgained Corinth 368-162 in the 68th meeting of the program’s since 1919. The Warriors play host to Ripley, which beat North Pontotoc 34-30, on Friday. Tishomingo Co. 28, Central 0 The visiting Braves claimed their 12th straight win over the Golden Bears and recorded their first shutout since last year’s season opener with Mantachie. Alcorn Central (1-1) travels to Walnut (2-0) on Thursday.
Garrett, top SEC QB chasers back for more
by The Associated Press
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Southeastern Conference quarterbacks take plenty of heat off the field, and this year will probably take even more on it. The league is loaded with star pass rushers, some of them highly rated NFL prospects, even if the SEC is short on established passers. The SEC’s top 10 pass sack leaders return. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Alabama linebacker Tim Williams and defensive end Jonathan Allen, Tennessee end Derek Barnett and Mississippi end Marquis Haynes all are back after reaching double digits in sacks last season. That surplus of talented, hard-to-block edge rushers is nothing new considering the SEC has had 36 defensive linemen or linebackers selected in the first round of the NFL draft over the past decade, many of them outside linebackers and ends. So maybe Williams, Alabama’s quarterback-harassing outside linebacker, can follow Von Miller, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011. Perhaps Texas A&M’s Garrett can at least come close to Jadeveon Clowney’s status as the top pick two years ago. “If you can do it in the SEC, you can do it anywhere,” said Charles Harris, Missouri’s latest in a line of stellar pass rushers. “That’s how I feel.” Of the five sack leaders all but Williams ranked among the nation’s top 20 in sacks per game, and he was a specialist on a deep front seven who played limited snaps. “Only played on third down,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “Never had another role on the team.” OK, few teams have that luxury. But Williams, whose role is expected to increase significantly, and Allen both opted to return for their senior seasons instead of entering the draft. At least seven SEC ends and outside linebackers have already been listed as potential first-round picks according to various mock drafts, with Barnett and Garrett pegged as candidates for the Top 10. “We’ve got a bunch of good d-linemen in this conference — a lot,” said Barnett. Enough of them that Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze notes the importance of a viable play action threat, “because pass setting against the defensive linemen that we face in this league, it’s hard to make a living at that.” Here’s a look at some of the SEC’s top pass rushers: —The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Garrett has racked up 24 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss in his first two years and was a finalist for the Lombardi and Hendricks awards. He plays opposite Daeshon Hall, who’s even bigger and had seven sacks. “We’ve got two of the best defensive ends in the country in Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said at SEC media days. Garrett said they create openings for each other. “He’s just as effective as me,” he said. —With Allen and Williams, Alabama also has a formidable pass rushing duo. The 6-3, 291-pound Allen had 12 sacks last season, with 11 coming against ranked teams. “He plays like a bullet,” Tide safety Eddie Jackson said. Williams had 10.5 sacks on just 148 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, which said he had an average of one pressure per 2.8 pass rushing attempts. Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, the third overall draft pick, averaged one pressure for every 4.9 attempts, PFF said. —Barnett’s 20 sacks through two seasons is just 12 shy of Reggie White’s Tennessee record set from 1980-83. He had nine sacks in the last eight games in 2015. “He’s a savage when he’s out on the field,” Volunteers defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said. —Ole Miss’s Haynes tied the school record as a sophomore with 10 sacks and has 17.5 in his first two seasons. —Missouri’s Harris led the SEC in tackles for loss per game, racking up 18.5 in 12 outings. He follows in a line of pass rushing ends like 2015 first-rounder Shane Ray “Charles is one of the next great ones, in my opinion,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said.
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Update: Northeast student shot on campus
by Brant Sappington
Aug 26, 2016 | 26243 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Northeast Mississippi Community College student was shot in the leg while jogging on the campus Thursday night. Two students were jogging on Jefferson Street on the campus around 11 p.m. when shots were fired in their direction. One shot struck one of the students in the back of the leg. He was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville where he was treated and released, according to College Police Chief Randy Baxter in a written statement from the school. Booneville police and the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department assisted in responding to the incident. Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey told the newspaper early Friday a person of interest in the case was in custody, but emphasized the NEMCC police department is in charge of the case and referred all questions to the college. “When something like this occurs, our top priority is and will always be the safety of our students and our entire campus community,” Northeast president Ricky G. Ford said in a statement released by the school Friday morning. “Our campus police officers responded with urgency and continue to work to determine who and what initiated this incident.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was hurt,” Ford continued, “and at the same time we are relieved no one was more seriously injured.” The statement said the school will have no further comment on the situation while the investigation continues.
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