Sports / Outdoors – 10/28/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: October 28, 2003

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North Panola High School will play the Lafayette football game on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. instead of Friday.  Due to Halloween coming on Friday night, we will play on Thursday night.

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All three local teams playoff bound
2003 Mississippi Private School Association 1-AA District Champs
     North Delta 61; West Memphis 18
The North Delta Green Wave 2003 football team clinched the 2003 MPSA 1-AA District Championship with a 61-18 win over West Memphis, Ark. Friday night.

After a solid defense effort, the North Delta Green Wave have clinched the 1-2A District Championship for the first time since the 2000 state championship season.

Running back Dustin Maples rushed for 283 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to a 61-18 victory over the West Memphis Black Knights, Friday.

The Green Waves improved their overall record to 6-3 and 4-1 in the district. Week after week, this young team saw improvements and showed everyone that they could win. The Green Waves clinched the district championship and made it to the playoffs after winning this game against the Black Knights. The next step would be to win the playoff games and capture the North Half State title again and head on down to Clinton, to play for the MPSA AA State Championship for the fourth straight year.

The Green Wave defense made itself known on the first few plays of the game. Black Knight’s quarterback, Devin Gardner was sacked behind the line of scrimmage to bring up a fourth down and force a punt.

With 3:20 on the clock, Forrest Wilbanks scored on a five-yard quarterback keeper.

3-3a Playoff Bound
     North Panola 7; Senatobia 27


It was a game for dominance when the North Panola Cougars and the Senatobia Warriors met up last Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, the Warriors were bound and determined to emerge after back-to-back losses.

This game determined who would place third and fourth in the upcoming 3-3A playoffs in the postseason. Since Senatobia won, that placed the Warriors in third place after they had lost to both Independence and Cleveland earlier in the season.

North Panola has now lost to all three of these teams but did defeat the other three teams in the district to earn a playoff berth.

North Panola ended its district play this season, but first and second place are still up for grabs. Independence and Cleveland High School will duke it out Friday night in Cleveland to determine that place.

Though the game did not turn out as the Cougars wanted, that does not mean they did not play a tough game.

1-5A Playoff Bound
     SPHS 48; Southaven 11


The undisputed No. 1 South Panola Tigers went 9-0 on the season after soundly defeating the then No. 13 Southaven Chargers 48-11 on the road last Friday night.

South Panola has been the Associated Press No. 1 team all season, but when Wayne County fell to West Jones 23-15 Friday night the Tigers rose to the top of The Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10 poll Sunday. West Jones moved up to No. 2 at 9-0 on the season, followed by 5A Oak Grove 9-0. Wayne County and Starkville, both at 8-1, round out the top five teams.

South Panola took the Chargers seriously as the Chargers have been a major threat to many top-ranked teams throughout the season.

The first quarter of that game was a battlefield for both teams. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and that first possession ended in a turnover on downs on the 41 yard line. Southaven punted its first possession away.

Finally with 34 seconds left in the quarter, quarterback Derek Pegues broke for an untouched 69-yard run up the middle for a touchdown.

Big Fun
Otis Boothe (c) caught this big old six and a half pound, 24-inch largemouth bass in his mother’s, Mrs. Minnie Boothe, pond Thursday afternoon. He was fishing with buddies Melvin Willie (l) and Calvin Ferrell.

Referee Notes by William Correro
Judges and officials rule

The similarities between football and the game of life seem to show up at strange times.

When three-fourths of my family all had fall break a few weeks ago, my better half decided it would be a great time for us all to ride the Amtrak to Jackson for the day to sightsee in our state’s capitol. Richard, our 5-year-old had never ridden the train, and we figured the boys might learn something about our state in the process.
After we arrived, my sister, Aunt Carolyn Shanks, provided transportation for us so we were all set after totally disrupting her downtown office.

The first stop was a mostly empty capitol building, which was perfect for showing the boys how the law-making branch of our government works.

Next were the State Supreme Court and the associated justice’s chambers.

My close friend, Justice George C. Carlson, Jr. proved to be a great tour guide introducing us to Chief Justice Edwin L. Pittman in his chambers for a short visit.

As you can guess, the conversation quickly drifted to football and how he and the court are allowed time to think about their decisions while referees have to make immediate rulings with very limited time to think about it all.

I agreed and Justice Carlson added that I have to not only be a judge but also jury and even a sort of “executioner” while wearing my robe of stripes.

See how lucky you are – a free lesson in government, law and football thrown in all while reading a newspaper.

Speaking of football, my first of three trips to Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium was an interesting one. Alabama really never had much of a chance and I’m sure Bear was rolling in his grave during that one.

It was fun to see all my Jefferson – Pilot Sports friends with the early game and then sneaking back in after for a late lunch/dinner at the family camp at the stadium.

Before I ate, I walked back over to the TV trucks still at the stadium to visit with my friends for a few minutes before they left for the airport and private jet back to Charlotte, North Carolina.

One thing that always makes my tired is to see all the equipment and cables involved in getting a SEC game back to the millions of televisions. I say tired because of the work involved pulling all that cable to it’s proper place and then packing it up for the next week’s game. The trucks get to the site a few days before the game and start stringing cables to each camera, microphone location and every other piece of equipment. It can add to more than a few miles of wire.

Actually, the numbers can be staggering. From ten to eighteen cameras, one to two dozen microphones and then add in three different communication channels, monitor feeds to the press box and sideline talent and on and on, Then there are the wireless sets which can be a real pain to keep working throughout the game. Jefferson-Pilot always puts a wireless microphone on the Umpire to better pick up the sounds from the trenches in addition to the dish or parabolic mics on each sideline.

The wireless rigs are a pain because of the number frequencies involved. Think about it for a minute: Besides TV there are security, law enforcement, stadium management, coaches headsets, cell phones (try and guess how many of those are in use in a game with over sixty thousand people in the house.) and on and on, each using a different radio frequency. The CBS tech people once told me that when they get to the site they have to get all their wireless sets on and keep them on until after the game so they won’t lose the frequency.

In the Tennessee at Florida game I was in a month ago, CBS had ordered a wireless headset just for me (I love not dragging a wire around) which worked fine until it got close to game time and the frequencies started loading up. So you can guess who came out on the short end of that deal. This same CBS crew did the Florida at Ole Miss game last season when all the headset communication systems went down completely just before kickoff. I talked to the producer and coordinated national TV with the game for the first half with just a cell phone.

With all of that it’s just amazing everyone leaving a game these days is not glowing from all the electromagnetic energy. That still is nothing compared to the energy felt on the field though……

See you next week.