Sports / Outdoors – 10/29/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Panolian Sports : October 29, 2002

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Tigers Clinch Playoff Berth
SP Faces Starkville for Regional Title Friday Night

Receiver or Linebacker…
South Panola linebacker James Barksdale, No. 3, intercepts this ball of Southaven after linebacker
Connie Shegog (not pictured) tips the ball Friday,
October 25. South Panola downed Southaven 28-14
to clinch a playoff berth.


BATESVILLE – The 9-0 South Panola Tigers have moved to the number one spot in the state after a 28-14 rout of the Southaven Chargers, Friday, October 25.

That was not the only way the Tigers moved up in the polls.

Wayne County, then No. 1, was upset by Hattiesburg Friday night 42-21. Warren Central, then ranked No. 4, also lost to Clinton 6-0, and Moss Point defeated Gulfport 21-7, which left South Panola the only undefeated team in 5A.

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"This win was a total team effort," said Tiger head coach Ricky Woods. "We overcame adversity.

"No one wants to drop touchdowns," Woods continued. "No one wants to throw interceptions. No one wants to fumble the ball, but that’s going to happen even when you are trying real hard. We blocked and tackled, and we ran hard. That’s the key to winning any game. You are going to win more than you lose if you do that. We played together as a team."

With the field relatively moist and rain falling intermittently throughout the second half, South Panola did not play the cleanest of games, but the team got the job done.

South Panola had a total of 372 offensive yards, which included 297 rushing yards and 75 in the air. Southaven had 223 total yards, 138 in the air. They were held to 85 rushing yards.

South Panola controlled the clock 31:58 minutes to Southaven’s 16:02 minutes.

Quarterback Rickey Wright scored three touchdowns on the night to bring his total to 13 touchdowns on the year.

Leading rushers for the Tigers were tailback Marcus Griffin with 91 yards on 13 carries, followed by fullback Javar Pollard with 85 yards in 16 carries and one touchdown. Wright had 57 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. Tailback Derek Pegues had 57 yards on 10 carries.

Wright threw for 75 yards. Tightend Mario Chapman had 64 yards on two receptions. Pollard had 11 yards on one reception.

Travis Sanford punted three times for 112 yards.

Wright scored the first touchdown with 4:46 left in the first quarter on a three yard run. That play was set up by a 35 yard reception from Wright to Chapman.

The Tigers led 7-0 after Randy Wilson’s extra point kick. The touchdown capped a six-play 51 yard drive, which also included a pass interference penalty against Southaven.


South Panola received a Superior Rating at the State Marching Championship held in Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Saturday, October 26. The Tiger band was rated in the large band division. In the overall ratings, South Panola placed fourth out of 15 bands. The band was rated in percussion, color guard and overall band. All received superior ratings.

ND Clinches Playoff Spot
Green Wave Washes Out West Memphis

North Delta running back Collins Bryant (l) runs for one of his three touchdowns on the evening against West Memphis, Friday, October 25. Bryant has 18 rushing touchdowns for the season.


BATESVILLE – North Delta and West Memphis Christian School scored 50 points in Friday’s Academy 1-2A conference matchup but 44 of those points belonged to the Green Wave team.

The 44-6 Green Wave win clinched a playoff berth for North Delta for the third year in a row. North Delta (7-3 overall, 4-1 conference) has one game remaining against Magnolia Heights, Friday, November 1.


  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 14 3
  OCT 18 A* Tupelo 28 3
  OCT 25 H* Southaven  28 14
  NOV 1 A* Starkville    
  NOV 8 A* Greenville    
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game

SP game real-time internet broadcast available at

  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 6 12
  OCT 18 A* Marvell 21 6
  OCT 25 H* West Memphis  44 6
  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 8 52
  OCT. 25 A* Senatobia  6 27
  NOV. 1 H* Rosa Fort    
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game