Sports / Outdoors – 12/3/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Panolian Sports : December 3, 2002

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Tigers bound for State Championship

South Panola player John Jerry holds up the North Half trophy along with other players and coaches after the Tigers defeated Southaven 21-10 for the North Half title Friday, Nov. 29. The Tigers will play Wayne County in the State Championship game Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:15 p.m.


SOUTHAVEN – Through some gutsy plays, the South Panola Tigers were able to stump Southaven 21-10 and earn a fifth trip to the state championship game.

After three back-to-back appearances in 1996, ?97 and ?98, the Tigers have not been in the final round since.

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For its first playoff appearance since 1991, Southaven had a good run and ends the season 10-4.

The Tigers (14-0) claimed the North Half title and will enter the championship with its best record since 1997. The No. 1 Tigers will meet No. 3 Wayne County Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:15 p.m.

The 5A State Championship will be played in Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

The Tigers and the Chargers met earlier in the year in a Tiger 28-14 win.

In this game before an estimated 7,000 the Tigers had to utilize the services of different entities of the team in order to get the job done. South Panola got on the board first on a 15-yard quarterback keeper by Rickey Wright with 5:03 to go in the first quarter.


Ole Miss senior Eddie Strong (center) was honored during Senior night at Ole Miss prior to the Eggbowl Thursday, Nov. 28. With Strong were his mother Faye Strong and sister Calandra Strong.

Ole Miss honored its seniors prior to the kickoff of the Eggbowl Game against Mississippi State Thursday, Nov. 28. Honored from Courtland was Toward Sanford (back) with his parents James and Valerie Sanford and his daugher, Ariel.

SP Schools to Dismiss Early Friday; Early Tickets Available at High School
South Panola will travel to Jackson to take on the Wayne County War Eagles in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) 5A State Championship Friday, Dec. 6. The game will be held in the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium off Woodrow Wilson Drive. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m.

South Panola (14-0) defeated Southaven 21-10 in the North State championship game Friday, Nov. 29, to earn the berth. Wayne County (13-1) defeated Oak Grove 28-21 in the South State championship game.

In honor of this game and to give the fans and students a chance to attend, the South Panola School District will dismiss at 1 p.m. Friday, according to superintendent Dr. C.L. Stevenson. "The schools will follow a Tuesday schedule," Stevenson said.

Tickets will be $8 and available at South Panola during regular school hours Wednesday and Thursday. At the gate, the tickets will be $10. No tickets will be sold at South Panola Friday.

  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 21 7
  NOV 8 A* Greenville-Weston 35 14
First Round Playoffs:
  NOV 15 H Forest Hill    
Quarterfinal (Second) Round:
  NOV 22   Horn Lake 56 35

Semi-Final (North Half) Round:
  NOV 29   Southaven 21 7
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 13 63

First Round Playoffs:
  NOV 8   Manchester 35 14

Second Round Playoffs (North Half):
  NOV 15 A Marshall    

MPSA AA State Championship:
  NOV 21   Oak Forest, LA 17 14
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 – OT 14 8
All games are 7:30 p.m.     –     *District game