Sports / Outdoors – 10/5/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Panolian Sports Headlines: October 5, 2004

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North Panola Cougar quarterback Perry Trammell (l) rushed for a touchdown against Rosa Fort Friday night. The Cougars won their homecoming game 35-14.

Trammell’s teammate Tecory Walton, No. 1, throws a key block to free Trammell to score. Walton also scored a touchdown in addition to three pass touchdowns by Dexter Thomas from Trammell.

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Also scoring were Roderick Jefferson, two 2-point conversions and A.J. Johnson, one extra point kick.

Tigers Battle OB to Remain Undefeated
South Panola’s defense was all over the Olive Branch offense. Marcus Johnson (bottom) pulled a runner down while Kerry Hoskins (r) helped him out. Brandon Burnett, No. 37, was trying to get over to help.
By Myra Bean
Sports Editor

OLIVE BRANCH – The South Panola Tigers went to great lengths in order to retain their undefeated status with a 28-10 win over then undefeated Olive Branch.

Quarterback Derek "Smoke" Pegues outshone all players with the help of the big offensive line.

Pegues rushed for 202 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. With that great night, Pegues also had some negative moments with adverse effects.

For the first time this season, Pegues threw two interceptions. He only attempted three passes. One interception resulted in a field goal.

The Tigers (6-0 overall, 2-0 district) knew they were in for a very physical fight going into enemy territory in Desoto County. Tensions were high for both teams which had a lot on the line and something to prove.

The crowd estimated at more than 5,000 was pumped and ready. Olive Branch had a few reserved seats open, but the Tiger crowd had filled its side before the opening kickoff.

The gauntlet had been thrown. The time for talk had passed. The only talking allowed was within the boundaries of the gridiron.

Olive Branch got first dibs to settle its case with the opening kickoff and proceeded to make its way into Tiger territory.

The Tigers responded – no touchdown allowed. Olive Branch said that was okay. Kicker Ryan Hoorman was their crunch time man.

It was not to be as Hoorman missed a 44-yard field goal with 9:26 on the clock.

The Tigers responded on their first possession. One minute, 18 seconds later, South Panola put the first points on the board. Pegues scored on a 38-yard run.

He broke to the left and left all takers behind. Tiger tailback Germichael Sanford was instrumental in moving the ball into Quistor territory. On first and 10 from the Tiger 35, Sanford took the ball to the Olive Branch 40-yard line.

Pegues capped a four-play 80-yard drive with the touchdown.

Russ Belk was perfect on the night with four points after touchdown (PATs).

Tiger territory became an elusive dream for Olive Branch for the rest of the first quarter. The Quistors only saw the 50 yard line but did not actually cross it after the first possesion.

Dandy Dozen defensive lineman John Jerry stopped the Quistors next possession with an interception he returned for a touchdown.

Santarious Armstead blocked the pass and the ball was batted around for a couple of times before Jerry secured it and took it in for an 18-yard run with 7:05 left in the first quarter.
With the PAT, the Tigers had a quick 14-0 lead going into the second quarter.

The Tigers received the ball right before quarter change on their own 10 yard line. It took 16 plays for the Tigers to go 90 yards for a three yard run by Germichael Sanford. He got help going into the endzone from Jeramie Griffin who pulled him across the line. Olive Branch defenders had his legs to keep him from going forward.

With the PAT the Tigers led 21-0 with 5:16 left in the half.

On the Quistors’ possession after the Tiger touchdown, Olive Branch kept pounding away with its pass game to move the ball into Tiger territory for the first time since its first possession.

On a drive in which Olive Branch earned four first downs, they scored a 20-yard pass with 2:55 left in the half. With the Hoorman PAT, the Quistors cut into the Tiger lead 21-7.

In a new play where the Tigers spread the offense, Pegues threw long but the Quistors intercepted the ball and were on an path to score. Tiger lineman Willie Oliver came over and made a touchdown saving tackle to knock the runner out at the Tiger 19 yard line.
The Tiger defense held the Quistors to a one yard gain, but Hoorman kicked a 35-yard field goal to further cut the lead 21-10 going into halftime.

The Tiger’s first possession of the third quarter was a little rocky. Pegues was dropped behind the line for a sack on second down and seven where he lost five yards. Then on third and 12 he threw his second interception of the year.

As a credit to the defense, the Quistors had to punt the ball away.

The Tiger offense redeemed itself on the next possession. Pegues took the ball from his own 26 to his own 49. Then from the 50, he lived up to his nickname and smoked the Quistor defense as he sprinted for a 50-yard touchdown run up the right side.

The PAT gave the Tigers the final score of the night.

South Panola still had a little trouble holding onto the ball later on in the game. The Tigers fumbled and the Quistors recovered with 5:00 left in the game on their own 40 yard line.

Two plays later, Kerry Hoskins intercepted his first ball of the night, but the Tigers had to punt the possession away.

Three minutes later Hoskins was at it again with the interception at the 2:00 mark. He ran for the touchdown but it was negated on a blocking in the back penalty.

The Tigers had 480 total yards, including 459 rushing.

Germichael Sanford was the second leading rusher with 139 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.

Other rushers include Darius Barksdale, 47 yards, 6 carries; Karreem Carr, 42 yards, 3 carriies; and Jeramie Griffin, 29 yards, 8 carries.

Justin Davis had one reception for 21 yards.

Olive Branch was held to 192 total yards, including 158 passing.

Green Wave Cruises to Victory Over Kirk
North Delta lineman Brandon Ciaramitaro (r) sacks the Kirk quarterback Friday night. The Green Wave cruised to a 41-13 win.

By Angie Ledbetter
Contributing Writer
The North Delta Green Wave put one more game down in the history book on Friday night when they defeated the Kirk Academy Raiders in district play before their own home crowd in Grenada. This time the Green Wave would go down as the top performer, 41-13. They would improve to 7-0 and 3-0 in district. The Green Wave were looking to turn the tables on the Raiders after getting beat by them for the last two years, and that is exactly what the Green Wave did.

Adam Goodwin scored early in the game when he took the ball 41 yards into the endzone for the first score of the night. The PAT failed and the Green Wave were up 6-0. A few minutes later, Clint Egbert returned the ball 41 yards on a punt return to help set up another score. With 2:58 on the clock, Forrest Wilbanks scored on a two yard run and then made the two point conversion for the Green Wave. At the end of the first quarter, the Green Wave had 14-0 lead over the Raiders.

Early in the second quarter, Wilbanks hit Harrison Nickle from 16 yards out for another touchdown and the two point attempt failed for the Green Wave. With only 2:00 left in the first half, Wilbanks scored on another one-yard run and the two point conversion by Harrison Nickle was good to give the Green Wave a 28-0 lead at the half.

At the half, the Green Wave had 24 carries for 236 yards and 16 passing yards. They had 14 first downs. Maples had 9 carries for 66 yards. Wilbanks had 6 carries for 37 yards. Adam Goodwin had 7 carries for 122 yards. Cody Hallmark had 1 carry for 9 yards. Clint Egbert had 2 returns for 56 yards. Wilbanks was 1 for 1 for a 16 yard touchdown. Kirk had 20 carries for only 42 yards and no passing yards. They had only 3 first downs.

The Green Wave received the ball to start the third quarter. With only a few minutes off of the clock, Dustin Maples took the ball 80 yards into the endzone for the first score of the second half. The PAT by Jonathan Shedd was good to give the Green Wave a 35-0 lead. The Green Wave continued there scoring on the Raiders. With 4:09 left on the clock, Cody Hallmark took the ball from 8 yards out to the endzone for another Green Wave score. The two point conversion was no good to give them a 41-0 lead over the Raiders.

Green Wave head coach Rick Johnston started substituting his players at this time. The fourth quarter started with new faces in the game for the Green Wave team.

With 10:19 on the clock, Klint Byars scored for the Raiders on a 10 yard run and the extra point by Brian Logan was good to give the Raiders their first score of the game. The Raiders scored once again with only 5:25 left in the game when Colby Sultan scored on a 10 yard run also and the extra point failed and this ended the scoring for the night with the Green Wave defeating the Raiders.

Johnston was glad to get this game behind his team. "It has been kind of one of those things like a thorn in our side and we have gotten past it," said Johnston. "We are looking forward now."

I am very happy with the win, no doubt, commented Johnston. "I thought that our kids played well. We were real physical and came out and played our brand of football. We held on to the football and that was the main thing. That has been what has killed us the past couple of years, not holding onto the football against those guys. We were able to get that done tonight."

When asked about his expectations going into the game, Johnston replied. "I felt like if we played our football, then we would be all right. Did I expect to happen what happened, probably not, but I was very pleased with the outcome."

Johnston said that it is always a goal to be 7-0 at this point of the season and that is always where you want to be. "As far as my knowledge since I have been here, we have never been 7-0 at this point," said Johnston. "Back in 1994, we went 12-2, but we got beat the second or third game of the season by Clarksdale Lee. I am very happy where we are. We have just got to continue to get better every week. We still have a lot of football ahead of us."

Johnston said that his team has eliminated some problems that they had at the beginning of the season when they played Central Holmes. "We did a lot of things wrong in the game against Central Holmes," said Johnston. "We didn’t do everything right on Friday night and I don’t know that you will ever do everything right. We were a lot more consistent about what we did. The Kirk kids played hard. They are well coached. That was probably one of the top two as far as the most physical games that we have played all year long. I am very pleased and I think that we have eliminated some of the problems. We are just going to continue to work on some things. We aren’t taking very good angles out of my outside linebackers, so we have got to get that worked out. We let the quarterback get on the corner, which he is a very good athlete and I think that he was the second fastest guy in the state in 2A last year. It was strictly because we didn’t take very good angles. We came unblocked from the outside linebackers a couple of times and just didn’t make the play because we took a poor angle."

"The guys are fired up and they are playing hard," said Johnston. "We have just got to keep everybody healthy. We have Marianne Lee this week and they are 6-1."

North Delta carried the ball for 43 times for 401 yards. Wilbanks was 1 for 1 for 16 yards passing to give the Green Wave a total offense of 417 yards with 5 touchdowns. They had 22 first downs and 4 penalties for 30 yards.

Maples was the leading rusher with 149 yards on 11 carries with 1 touchdown. Goodwin had 9 carries for 126 yards with 1 touchdown. Wilbanks had 8 carries for 46 yards with 2 touchdowns. Patrick Ellis had 5 carries for 40 yards. Cody Hallmark had 2 carries for 17 yards with 1 touchdown. Hunter Coy had 4 carries for 26 yards. Nickle had a 16 yard reception for a touchdown. Cody Hallmark, Brandon Ciaramitaro, Dakota Mabry, and Patrick Ellis each had a quarterback sack.

The Kirk Academy Raiders had 41 carries for 148 yards on rushing. They were 3 for 5 for 31 yards in passing for a total offense of 179 yards.

Teams in Homestretch
By Myra Bean
Sports Editor

It’s hard to believe over half the regular football season is gone. If South Panola and North Delta keep up the pace, they will both end the season undefeated and ready for some postseason play.

North Panola is sitting pretty in the district now with two district wins under its belt. If they can win two of the next three district games, they may be looking at another trip to the playoffs. Winning all three district games is a sure thing for the playoffs.

This has been a tremendous year for Panola County football teams. I have to pinch myself to believe it is actually happening.

These athletes put in a lot of hours over the summer to get to the point they are now and it is paying off. They are looking very good on the ball fields with few injuries.

The opponents are falling by the wayside and offering very few challenges. Not to say there will not be some big games in the near future. Most games every Friday are big but some are more challenging than others.

I know the guys are probably not surprised they are doing as well as they are doing.

When you work hard, you expect to get payoffs from that.

North Delta started its season off first and are a week ahead of the other teams. They are sitting pretty at 7-0 right now with three district games under their belts. Three more district opponents remain in the final four games of the regular season. The Waves have scored 272 points and allowed 88.

So nothing is a done deal for the Green Waves yet, but they are on the right track.

Mississippi Private School Association teams in AA play two playoff games, Nov. 5 and 12, and the championship game will be Nov. 18. Bookmark your calendars and let’s head to Clinton.

The Tigers are shutting the mouths of all critics who said this inexperienced team did not deserve to enter the 2004 season at the No. 1 spot.

This was one of those times they had to do their talking on the field at the tune of 6-0, scoring 275 points and allowed 53.

Not bad at all for those two teams.

If South Panola stays on record pace, 21-game win streak right now, they will face three playoff games and then the coveted state championship Dec. 3.

You have your dates – go highlight them.

The teams need hometown support at home and on the road. Get your pep buses ready and take as many people as possible.

I know you say they are going to win anyhow. I hope so, but having you at their backs means a whole lot. They know they ask a lot of the fans, but if you can spare just a few more weeks as the schedules get tougher, they would more than appreciate it.

See you on the sidelines..