Sports / Outdoors – 10/31/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 31, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: October 31, 2003

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 Green Waves and Chiefs renew rivalry
North Delta players doused head coach Rick Johnston following the 61-18 blowout of West Memphis to clinch the MPSA 1-AA District Championship. Scott Powers, No. 34 and Scott Ross, No. 54, did not trust the others to get it right so they performed the honors.

The North Delta Green Waves have made themselves known over the past few weeks as a team to be reckoned with.

North Delta (6-3 overall, 4-1 district) has taken note to this. The talk now has gone forward to the biggest rivalry of the year, the Magnolia Heights Chiefs (3-5 overall, 1-5 district).

The Green Wave will travel about 25 miles north to Senatobia to take on the neighboring Chiefs for their last regular season game of the year.

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Coming off a powerful win over West Memphis to clinch the district championship, the Green Waves are not taking the Chiefs for granted.

This has always been a game where you can throw out all of the records and just wait and see who plays the best that night.

The Chiefs won last Friday night 35-6 over Indianola Academy. The other two teams they defeated are Marshall 7-6, and SBEC 14-7.

Chiefs are in last place in their District 1-AAA division as of right now.

Last year the Green Wave hosted the Chiefs on their own turf and the Chiefs won in a solid game 56-13. This year the Green Wave will play the Chiefs on their turf and hope that they can come home with a win.

No. 1 Tigers and No. 4 Yellowjackets square off tonight
     Pegues crosses 1,000 yard mark;
    Griffin knocking at the door


All eyes will be back in Tiger stadium when the No. 1 undefeated South Panola Tigers host the No. 4 Starkville Yellowjackets (8-1 overall, 5-0 district).

This game will determine the 1-5A district champion for this season, even though both teams have one game left next week.

South Panola is led by junior quarterback Derek Pegues who has 99 rushes, 1,025 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. He has six 100-yard games and one 200-yard game.

He has 35 completions on 68 attempts for 52 percent completed passes. Pegues has thrown for 702 yards and eight touchdowns this season so far.

Also starting junior tailback Marcus Griffin has 103 carries for 932 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. He has had five 100-yard games this season.

He needs 68 yards to break the 1000-yard season.

Backing up these two on the ground are Clayton Morgan, Rickey Sanford, Germichael Sanford and Jeremy Jones. In the air game are Travis Sanford, Will Poole, Charles Twilley and Jeremy Jones.

Associated Press Poll TOP 20

1. South Panola (17) 9-0
2. West Jones (1) 9-0
3. Oak Grove 9-0
4. Starkville 8-1
5. Wayne County 8-1
6. Picayune 8-1
7. Clarksdale 7-2
8. West Point 7-2
9. Grenada 8-1
10. Collins 8-1
11. Ocean Springs 6-3
12. George County 7-2
13. Lawrence County 8-1
14. Corinth 8-1
15. Cleveland 7-2
16. Gautier 6-2
17. Pontotoc 8-1
18. Tylertown 9-0
19. Southaven 5-4
20. Brookhaven 7-2