Sports / Outdoors – 10/4/2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 4, 2002

Panolian Sports : October 4, 2002

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Undefeated Tigers and Conquistadors to Meet


BATESVILLE – The picture in Region 1-5A is becoming clearer as district games began last Friday, September 27.
Only three teams remain undefeated in this northern division: Olive Branch, South Panola and Starkville.
Olive Branch, under new head coach Jamie Mitchell, and South Panola will meet up Friday, October 4, on the Olive Branch campus.

Olive Branch has racked up some impressive numbers, as this much improved team is now on a rampage.

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For the season, Olive Branch has defeated Cleveland 35-7; Memphis Northside 41-6, Memphis Wooddale 42-12, and Memphis Millington 36-0.

Olive Branch got its mettle tested with district opponent Southaven, but stood strong on the way to a 14-7 upset over the Chargers. In 1999 Olive Branch shutout Southaven 26-0.

The past two years Southaven has shown marked improvement and was 4-0 going into last week’s game against Olive Branch.

In 2000 Southaven won that matchup 21-6. In 2001 Southaven came out on top 34-7. In 2001 South Panola defeated Olive Branch 28-6 on a very cold, rainy night.

South Panola enters tonight’s game riding high on a 5-0 record, after defeating district opponent Horn Lake 41-24.

With the stunning news Olive Branch defeated Southaven, this team has finally gotten the message across that the Conquistadors are no longer a pushover team.

Southaven tagged South Panola in 2001 with a 28-14 loss. In 2000 Olive Branch took a one point decision from the Tigers 17-16.

Though at one point South Panola could count on this game with Olive Branch being a shoe-in district win, those days seem to be long over.

The South Panola team is displaying a multi-dimensional team which can attack the endzone from many areas.

In four of the five games played, South Panola has scored on its special teams: kickoff return, extra points and field goal. These areas are responsible for 26 of the the Tigers 122 points this season.

Each of the Tigers’ assistant coaches works with an area of the special teams. This move by head coach Ricky Woods could possibly be the reason Moss Point and Clarksdale were defeated by the Tigers this year.

Also, playing a part in this game will be the condition of the field. Hurricane Lilli is expected to drop some rain, but the field will not have had enough time to dry.

This battle of the undefeated teams is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

ND Pulls Out a Big "Must Win"

Though he was down, North Delta defensive end Ryan Overall, No. 82,
grabbed a Marshall runner and stopped a potential score.
North Delta hosts Bayou in homecoming action Friday, October 4.

Ole Miss Takes on the Gators

OXFORD – Ole Miss will look for its first 2-0 start in the SEC since 1970 when the Rebels host the No. 6 Florida Gators Saturday at 11 a.m., at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field. The game will be televised by CBS Sports and will feature two of the nation’s premier quarterbacks in Florida junior Rex Grossman and Ole Miss junior Eli Manning.

Though he has only played in one game all season, linebacker Eddie Strong of Batesville is expected to start against Florida, according to sports information.

  AUG 30 H Moss Point 17 14
  SEP 6 A Greenwood 26 14
  SEP 13 A Clarksdale 20 15
  SEP 20 H Clinton 18 0
  SEP 27 H* Horn Lake – Homecoming 41 24
  OCT 4 A* Olive Branch 27 13
  OCT 11 H* Columbus    
  OCT 18 A* Tupelo    
  OCT 25 H* Southaven    
  NOV 1 A* Starkville    
  NOV 8 A* Greenville    
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game

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  AUG 23 A Rossville 35 0
  AUG 30 H Lee (MS) 0 7
  SEP 6 H SBEC 46 12
  SEP 13 A Kirk 18 28
  SEP 20 A Indianola 27 13
  SEP 27 H* Marshall 14 7
  OCT 4 H* Bayou – Homecoming 39 0
  OCT 11 H* Strider    
  OCT 18 A* Marvell    
  OCT 25 H* West Memphis    
  NOV 1 H Magnolia Heights    
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game

  AUG. 30 A Hernando 21 35
  SEPT. 6 A Lafayette 12 41
  SEPT. 13 H Holly Springs 14 6
  SEPT. 20 H* Independence 0 14
  SEPT. 27 H* Coahoma – Homecoming 27 0
  OCT. 4 A* Palmer 14 28
  OCT. 11   Open    
  OCT. 18 A* Charleston    
  OCT. 25 A* Senatobia    
  NOV. 1 H* Rosa Fort    
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game