Sports / Outdoors – 12/31/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Panolian Sports – December 31, 2002

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Locals Rudd and Townsend to Meet in NFL Playoffs
CLEVELAND – The Browns (9-7 overall, 3-3 division) will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5-1 overall, 6-0-0 division) Sunday at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh. Rudd will meet former South Panola and Alabama Crimson Tide teammate Deshea Townsend for the third time this season.  Pittsburgh won both contests by three points each.

On Sept. 29, Pittsburgh won 16-13 and on Nov. 3 the Steelers won 23-20. Ironically, the Steelers clinched the division with a 3-point win over Baltimore Sunday, Dec. 29, 34-31.

Lady Cougars Nail Palmer 76-59
Porter Continues 3-point Domination in Weekend Games

Whitney Whitehead and Otisha Porter are becoming a force for the North Panola Lady Cougars. The duo have been excelling to the top of their games and helping the team to secure another win by beating M.S. Palmer, Friday Dec. 27, 76-59.

"Otisha is getting better and hitting more three-pointers," said asst. girls coach, Vivian Spann.

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Porter scored 19 points in the game and four baskets from three point land.

Darcus Black contributed 10 points to the win, but does her best work on defense, snagging rebounds. She had six on defense and four on the offensive board.

Cougars Notch First Win of Season
Walker Scores Season High 30 Points

The Cougars of North Panola are celebrating their first win of the season with a 71-67 win over M.S. Palmer, Friday, Dec. 27.

Cougar guard Terry Walker was on fire. Walker scored a season high 30 points.

"Our boys are finally coming together," said assistant coach Clinton Young. "They really wanted to win."

North Panola came out smoking. They were scoring in double digits every quarter, with the third quarter being the most aggressive, where they scored 22 points. The team seemed to be on an even keel.

Independence Bowl Champs: Ole Miss Rebels
Panola Native Sanford Scores 2 TDs for Ole Miss
Ole Miss senior fullback Toward Sanford had reason to celebrate. He scored two touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 27-23 Independence Bowl victory over Nebraska, Friday, Dec. 27. This was Sanford’s final game with the Rebels.
Ole Miss senior linebacker Eddie Strong (r) ended his Ole Miss career on a high note in the Independence Bowl. Strong had 10 total tackles in the game and a big pass breakup over the Nebraska quarterback.

Marshall wins GMAC Bowl

Byron Leftwich had the better of things in Wednesday’s, Dec. 18, GMAC Bowl, billed as a clash of two of the nation’s top QBs.  Leftwich’s four TD passes led Marshall to a 38-15 victory over Louisville giving the Herd five straight bowl wins.

Playing for the Herd team is Panola County native Toriano Brown. Defensive lineman Brown wears No. 94 and just finished his junior year.

This season Brown played in all 13 games for the Herd. He had 48 solo tackles and assisted on 43 tackles for a total of 91. He had 14.5 sacks for 44 yards. He also had five tackles for 25 loss yards. He had two interceptions for five yards and one quarterback hurry.

Brown was a member of the 1998 South Panola state championship team and was home over the Christmas holidays. Brown said he was glad the bowl game was played before the holidays so he can spend the time with his mom Rosemary, daughter Kasja and other family members.

Brown was redshirted his first season with the Herd and during the second season did not see playing time due to a thigh injury.


  NOV 14 4:00 A Grenada
  NOV 21 4:45 H Lafayette
  NOV 23 6:00 A Cleveland
  NOV 25 4:45 H Tupelo
  NOV 26 6:00 A West Point
  DEC 3 4:45 A Oxford
  DEC 10 4:45 H Horn Lake
  DEC 13     OPEN
  DEC 20 4:45 H Olive Branch
  JAN 7 6:00 H Calhoun City
  JAN 9-11 6:00 A Water Valley Tournament
  JAN 14 6:00 H Holly Springs
  JAN 17 4:45 A Olive Branch
  JAN 18 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 21 4:45 H Southaven
  JAN 24 4:45 A Byhalia
  JAN 28 4:45 A Horn Lake
  JAN 31     OPEN
  FEB 4 4:45 A Southaven
  FEB 7 4:45 H Byhalia
  FEB 13-14 TBA   Divisional Tournament

1 – 7th/8th Girls;   2 – 7th/8th Boys;   3 – Jr High Girls
4 – Jr High Boys;    5 – Varsity Girls;    6 – Varsity Boys
  NOV 12 4:00 3-6 H Strider
  NOV 19 4:00 3-6 A Calhoun
  DEC 7 11:00 1-6 H Lee (MS)
  DEC 10 3:30 1-6 A Marvell
  DEC 12 4:30 3-6 A Kirk
  DEC 14 4:00 3-6 H Bayou
  DEC 20 4:00 3-6 H West Memphis Christian
  DEC 21   1-6 A Magnolia Heights
  JAN 3 3:00 3-6 A Lee (AR)
  JAN 7 3:00 1-6 A Marshall
  JAN 8-11     A Magnolia Heights Tournament
  JAN 14 4:30 3-6 A Bayou
  JAN 18 4:00 3-6 A Indianola
  JAN 21 4:30 3-6 A West Memphis Christian
  JAN 24 3:00 1-6 H Marshall
  JAN 25 2:00 5-6 A Strider
  JAN 27 3:00 1-6 H Marvell
  JAN 30 4:00 3-6 H Kirk
  JAN 31 4:00 3-6 H Indianola
  FEB 1,3     A Jr. High Tournament
  FEB 4   5-6 H Magnolia Heights
  FEB 6-8       North AA Tournament
  FEB 11-12, 14-15 TBA   H North State AA Tournament
  FEB 18-19, 21-22 TBA     State AA Tournament
  FEB 24-MAR 1 TBA     Overall Tournament – MS College

  NOV 14-16 6:00 A Coldwater Tournament
  NOV 19 6:00 A Hernando
  NOV 23 6:00 H Coldwater
  NOV 26 6:00 A Olive Branch
  DEC 7 6:00 A H.W. Byers
  DEC 10 6:00 A M.S. Palmer
  DEC 13 6:00 H Lafayette
  DEC 16 6:00 A Coldwater
  DEC 20 6:00 H Coahoma County
  DEC 27 6:00 H M.S. Palmer
  DEC 28 6:00 A Rosa Fort
  JAN 7 6:00 A Charleston
  JAN 10 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 14 6:00 H Independence
  JAN 16-18 6:00 H NPHS Cougar Classics
  JAN 21 5:00 A Coahoma County
  JAN 24 6:00 A Water Valley
  JAN 28 6:00 H Charleston
  JAN 31 6:00 H Rosa Fort
  FEB 4 6:00 A Independence
  FEB 7 TBA A Senatobia
  FEB 11-13 TBA   District Tournament
  FEB 17 & 18 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 21 & 22 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 25-27 TBA A State Tournament – Jackson, MS