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Sports / Outdoors – 9/16/2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: September 16, 2003

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ND Homecoming Court
 
The North Delta 2003 homecoming court will be presented at the homecoming game against Indianola Friday, Sept. 19. The 2003 queen will be crowned at halftime. The court includes (front, l to r) junior maids Laura Burkhalter, Margaret Britt and Lelia Burkhalter; senior maids Taylor Capwell, Lindsay Thomas, Jessica Jenkins and Magan Lawrence; (back, l to r) freshman maids Beth Ann Youngblood and Caroline Moore; sophomore maids Amanda Langston, Ashley Golden and Caitlin Bailey.
    

Green Wave falls to Kirk
    
North Delta’s Brandon Ciaramitaro wraps up a Kirk runner Friday night in the district opener. Kirk defeated the Green Wave 17-8. Coming in to help on the tackle were (l to r) Patrick Ellis, No. 6, Rocky Reed, No. 50 and Heath Reed, 22.
    
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

The highest score the North Panola Cougars (1-2) have scored in any game in the last two years is 14 points.

Friday night they made up for it.

The Cougars claimed a decisive 46-12 victory over the Holly Springs Hawks by doing just about everything right.

Of interesting note the yardage gained by both teams did not reflect the actual score of the game.

North Panola scored on three interceptions and one punt return. Only four of the touchdowns were from the offensive side of the ball.

Robert Glover intercepted a Hawks pass with 9:13 left in the first quarter and returned it for a 36 yard touchdown. Albert Johnson’s extra point kick was good for the 7-0 Cougar lead.

Dexter Thomas took a 35-yard pass from Glover for a touchdown reception with 4:52 left in the first quarter. Johnson’s kick was good for the extra point and the Cougars led 14-0.

Holly Springs drove the ball down the field at the end of the first quarter and Loren Coleman scored on a 12-yard run with 1:45 left. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and the Cougars maintained a 14-6 lead.

The Cougars scored three touchdowns in the the second quarter.

Nicholas Thompson returned an interception for a 25-yard touchdown with 10:25 on the clock. Glover took in the 2-point conversion.
     


NP Stomps Hawks 46-12
 
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

The highest score the North Panola Cougars (1-2) have scored in any game in the last two years is 14 points.

Friday night they made up for it.

The Cougars claimed a decisive 46-12 victory over the Holly Springs Hawks by doing just about everything right.

Of interesting note the yardage gained by both teams did not reflect the actual score of the game.

North Panola scored on three interceptions and one punt return. Only four of the touchdowns were from the offensive side of the ball.

Robert Glover intercepted a Hawks pass with 9:13 left in the first quarter and returned it for a 36 yard touchdown. Albert Johnson’s extra point kick was good for the 7-0 Cougar lead.

Dexter Thomas took a 35-yard pass from Glover for a touchdown reception with 4:52 left in the first quarter. Johnson’s kick was good for the extra point and the Cougars led 14-0.

Holly Springs drove the ball down the field at the end of the first quarter and Loren Coleman scored on a 12-yard run with 1:45 left. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and the Cougars maintained a 14-6 lead.

The Cougars scored three touchdowns in the the second quarter.

Nicholas Thompson returned an interception for a 25-yard touchdown with 10:25 on the clock. Glover took in the 2-point conversion.
 


NFL Punt, Pass, Kick Contest Set for Sunday
    
The Batesville Parks and Recreation will conduct the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest Sunday, Sept. 21, at Trussell Park.

Registration will be held at 2 p.m. Parents or guardians must be present to register child. Participants must have a copy of their birth certificate in order to register.

The contest is open to girls and boys ages 8 through 15. Participants will be divided into age and gender groups.

No football shoes, cleats or turf shoes will be allowed. Only soft sole gym shoes will be permitted.

For more information, call coach Ronald McMinn at 563-7611.
    


 
   
SP High Octane Offense Delivers
    
South Panola head coach Ricky Woods does not care how a touchdown is made as long as one is. Here quarterback Derek Pegues on a bootleg play decides to go the air method for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the night against Carver High School in New Orleans.
    
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

Over 800 South Panola Tiger fans traveled the six hours to New Orleans to see the Tigers (3-0) defeat the Carver Rams, 42-22.

A 45 minute drizzle had stopped and left the field damp and the air very warm and humid for the ballgame.

Due to an injury delay in a previous game at Tad Gormley Stadium, the Rams and Tigers did not take the field until 7:30 p.m.

Quarterback Derek Pegues and tailback Marcus Griffin continue to lead the high octane Tiger offense in points and yards.

Both scored two touchdowns and both rushed for over 100 yards.

For the first time this season, an opponent scored on the Tigers. The Rams, whose crowd was blatantly smaller than the Tiger crowd, scored first on a 58 yard touchdown reception with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers picked up a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt and gave the Rams another shot at the ball.

After two consecutive penalties, the two-point conversion failed and the score stood Rams 6-0.

On the Tigers’ possession after the touchdown, the Tigers fumble and the Rams recover. On the Rams’ first down of the possession, Richard Mitchell pulls down his third interception of the year with 24 seconds left in the quarter and returned it to Carver’s 33 yard line.

Griffin carried the ball to the 12 yard line and with :08 left in the first quarter, Pegues went 12 yards for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the evening.

Russ Belk kicked the extra point and gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead.

The Tigers gave themselves a little breathing room when they marched 57 yards in seven plays for a seven yard touchdown reception from Pegues to Jeremy Jones with 1:43 left in the first half. Belk’s extra point kick was good and the Tigers led 14-6.
     


Referee Notes by William Corerro
Officials Give Options on Penalty Calls

Okay, I’ll get the bragging out of the way first.
With our two sons playing this great game of football every weekend is even more fun than ever. Richard, the 5-year old, played in his first football game ever and the 5-and 6-year-old Warriors won.

He did well blocking and being so cute. This is flag football and with these guys the flags hanging on each side almost touch the ground. He is already learning a ton about the game though and will even sit with me and watch some of a game on TV.

Then it was time for me to make my head coaching debut with the 9- and 10-year-old Warriors. The team played well and handily beat the opposing team from Horn Lake.

Having been involved with football for most of my life, one of the best moments of all was watching my oldest, Phillip, score a touchdown. He also had a lot of yards carrying the ball and had several tackles and quarterback sacks at his linebacker position.

Okay, that’s it for the bragging dad. I just get so excited seeing these young guys learning about football and how it teaches how to play the game of life, too. It takes hard work to succeed in both.

When you’re watching a game and there’s a flag on a play, you will see the Referee talking to the offended team about the penalty enforcement.

Most of the time, there is really no need to even ask for captain for his choices. We just simply do what is obviously best for the offended team, enforce the penalty and move on. But, if it’s a situation where a choice needs to be made, then we’ll be sure he knows what he needs to do, so to speak.

We always try to make the teams, the captains and coaches look good in those penalty situations. The conversation with the captain might go like this: “Okay, I think you’re going to want to decline this and make it fourth down and about 10 from where the ball is. If you take the penalty, we’ll back them up 10 yards from where that flags is but it will still be third down.”

I guess the reason we do it like this is because all through this conversation, the player you are talking to is looking at the coach to see what he wants to do. A time out cannot be called to decide the penalty enforcement but I will allow them a few seconds to look at the bench for directions.

On any dead ball foul such as a false start we don’t even do a preliminary signal because there is no reason to decline the penalty. I just verify who did what and then tell the Umpire which way to walk the five yards and then do the signaling and announcing drill.

Every now and then, a coach will be sharp enough to decline an intentional delay-of-game penalty when the punting team was trying get five more yards of field to work with.

Steve Spurrier used to decline those every time. The yardage part of any foul may be declined. It’s the same for any unsportsmanlike fouls that are enforced after the play. No need to waste time asking a captain because he will want the yardage in his favor.

But then there’s always the exception. Had one in a high school game not too long ago where by declining the penalty on the offense, it would have been fourth down and about 11 to go.

They would have had to punt. But for some reason, the coaches wanted the penalty. So I had to reverse the obvious, penalize the 10-yard holding foul and make it third down again. I tried but they insisted on taking it.

Until after I marked the ball ready for play and they realized what they did. But then there was nothing that could be done. The offense had a big gain and made a first down. All I could do was shake my head and laugh (to myself).

Don’t forget: Get out on Friday nights and Saturdays and see some great games. Whether it’s the 5- and 6-year old flags games, 9- and 10-year olds, 11- and 12-year olds, junior high, high school or colleges it is all happening at a field or stadium near you.

Northwest has two more Thursday night games in October, too. Leave the couch alone and do a burger from the concession stand. It just doesn’t get any better…….See you next week.