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Sports / Outdoors – 9/26/2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: September 26, 2003

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ND Looks for First District Win Tonight
    
North Delta backup quarterback Forrest Wilbanks scrambled for some yards against Indianola last week.
    
BY ANGIE LEDBETTER
CONTRIBUTING SPORTS WRITER

The North Delta Green Wave will travel to Holly Springs tonight to take on rival Marshall Academy Patriots (2-3 overall, 0-2 district) for its district game of the season.

The Patriots opened the season by defeating Lee Marianne. The second week they lost to 3A Magnolia Heights 7-6.

Opening the district season Sept. 5, the Patriots lost to Marvell 26-6. Two weeks ago, Marshall fell to Bayou 21-16. After the back-to-back district losses, the Patriots shutout Desoto, Ark., 27-0.

Marshall is currently in last place in the district.
Marvell holds first place in 1-AA with a district record of 2-0 with North Delta in fourth place with a 0 -1 district record.

This is one of the biggest rivalry games that the Green Wave will play this year. Last year, the Green Wave faced the Patriots twice, once in regular season and again for the North Half Championship.

The Green Wave emerged the victor in both contests, 14-7 and 7-0, respectively.

The Green Wave win over Marshall gave North Delta the return trip to Mississippi College to play for the State Championship game.
    


SP defense makes opponents pay
    
South Panola’s Amber Burgos returns a ball during a volleyball match with Tupelo Tuesday afternoon. South Panola won the match by defeating Tupelo in two of three sets 9-15, 15-8, 15-13. South Panola will host a tournament Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

     


 
   
NP Cougars Look to Extend Win Streak
      Over Wildcats Tonight
    
Selected to cheer on the North Panola Cougars this season are cheerleaders Stephanie McGhee (l) and Jarvisha Thomas.
    
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

The North Panola Cougars are riding the wind on a two-win streak and hope to keep it going tonight.

The Cougars will travel to Independence to take on the 3-1 Wildcats. The Wildcats’ lone loss came to the always tough Senatobia Warriors 20-12 last week in their first conference game of the season.

Cougar head coach Brown Walker describes Independence as a "tough" team who lost to a tough Senatobia team.

Walker said Independence has one of the fastest running backs in the conference.

Independence ran over coldwater 54-6 in its season opener but had some trouble with Holly Springs Sept. 5 and only won 22-21.

The Cougars defeated Holly Springs a couple of weeks ago 46-12.
    


SP defense makes opponents pay
    

BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

BATESVILLE – The South Panola Tigers have used their defense to maximum capacity to hold their non-conference opponents to 31 points this season.

Tonight the defense will be put to the test again as it faces Horn Lake (1-2) in the first conference game of the season.

In a time correction from Tuesday’s article, the kickoff for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.

Horn Lake has had a little trouble with some teams early in the season. The Eagles fell in their first two games to Memphis Carver 28-24 in the season opener and then 49-30 to Grenada. The lone win was to Memphis Westwood 48-12 Sept. 12.

To start the third quarter, the Green Wave punted the ball 50 yards. A few plays later, the Colonels fumbled the ball on the 20 yard line and Dustin Maples recovered it for the Green Wave.

With 3:37 on the clock, Maples ran 16 yards into the endzone for the first score of the night. The extra point kick failed and the Green Wave led 6-0.

The fourth quarter started with a Scott Powers interception on third down and 12 and returned the ball to the 43 yard line.