Sports / Outdoors – 10/19/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Panolian Sports Headlines: October 19, 2004

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— Panola County Teams Make a Clean Sweep  Friday Night —

NP Quarterback Perry Trammell
ND’s Offensive Line
Russ Belk kicks 5 of 6 PATs with Luke Kiihnl holding
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3-5 Overall, 3-2 District
Though Not Pretty, NP Claims 1 Point Win
Unbeknownst at the time in the second quarter, Albert "A.J." Johnson kicked the game winning extra point for North Panola in the 7-6 defeat of Cleveland Friday night. Holding was Perry Trammell.
By Myra Bean
Sports Editor

SARDIS – "Git ‘er done" is what the North Panola Cougars (3-5 overall, 3-2 district) did against Cleveland (2-6 overall, 0-4 district) Friday night.

Unlike Tennis, football only requires one point to win and the Cougars did what was necessary to claim the 7-6 victory over Cleveland.

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Cleveland’s undoing was a missed extra point in the first quarter. Since they did not score any more in the game, the Cougars’ one yard touchdown by Tecory Walton in the second quarter, followed by Albert "A.J." Johnsons extra point kick was enough to claim the district victory.

Neither team could get back to endzone due to some stellar defensive play on both sides.

This win keeps North Panola in contention for a playoff spot if the Cougars can snatch a win Friday night from Senatobia who leads the district with a 7-1 overall, 4-0 district record.

Also vying for that fourth spot in Region 3-3A is Tunica Rosa Fort who lost to Independence 40-32 Friday night. The fourth spot will be in limbo until Rosa Fort and Cleveland East Side meet Oct. 29. Though East Side is considered the favorite in that game, as fans well know, anything can happen in football, especially this time of year.

The Cougars will travel about 14 miles to take on the Warriors in this final district game of the 2004 season.

Kickoff is 7 p.m.

9-0 Overall, 4-0 District
After the Hype, ND Wins Big Over Indianola
By Angie Ledbetter
Contributing Writer

The North Delta Green Wave remain undefeated after downing the Indianola Colonels 28-7 on Friday before a standing room only crowd.

The 7-1 Colonels came into the game with high anticipation of giving the Green Wave its first loss of the season. The Green Wave team thought differently and had high anticipation of remaining undefeated. They came out of the game with a 9-0 overall, 4-0 district record and a big district win.

The Green Wave remains the only undefeated team in the district. The Colonels lost their first district game of the season.

Neither team scored in the first quarter of the game.

In the second quarter with 8:40 on the clock, the Colonels had a third down and two with the ball on the Green Waves 17 yard line. Brandon Ciaramitaro and Scott Ross stepped up and stopped the Colonels advancement. The Colonels had to punt the ball. With 6:51 on the clock, the Colonels quarterback was sacked by Ciaramitaro and Hal West for a loss.

The first score came on a Green Wave Adam Goodwin 21 yard touchdown with 2:17 left in the second quarter.

Jonathan Sheddss point-after-touchdown (PAT) was good to give the Green Wave a 7-0 lead.

Ciaramitaro sacked the quarterback again with 1:03 on the clock. The Colonels scored with 28 seconds left on the clock when John Randle Wells caught a seven-yard pass from quarterback Will Barrett. The PAT by Barrett was good to tie the ballgame 7-7.

The Green Wave retaliated with 14 seconds left on the clock when Harrison Nickle scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and the PAT by Shedd was good to give the Green Wave a 14-7 lead at halftime.

The Green Wave took the opening kickoff on the third quarter. Harrison Nickle returned the ball down to his own 39 yard line. Adam Goodwin, Dustin Maples and Forrest Wilbanks drove the ball down the field but were stopped on the Colonels 40 yard line on fourth down and five.

Some defensive efforts include Patrick Ellis tackle for loss yards and Cody Hallmarks quarterback sack forcing the Colonels to punt.

The Green Wave defense stepped up big. Harrison Nickle tipped the pass and Patrick Ellis intercepted it. The Green Wave took over on the Colonels 40 yard line with 4:21 on the clock.

The next few plays by Wilbanks, Goodwin and Maples brought the ball down to the Colonels 17 yard line. The Green Wave got a holding penalty and they were faced with a first down and 22 with the ball on the Colonels 29.

Wilbanks scored on a nine-yard run with only 58 seconds left in the third quarter of the game. The PAT failed and the Green Wave had a 20-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.

With 6:45 left in the game, the Colonels had a fourth and 12 with the ball on the 42 yard line of the Green Wave.

The Colonels went for the first down, but a quarterback sack by Ciaramitaro forced a turnover on downs.

With 4:47 left in the game, Wilbanks scored on a five yard run and the two pint conversion by Maples was good to give the Green Wave the 28-7 victory.

The Green Wave defense had a big night against the Colonels with five quarterback sacks.

Some of the other defense players who contributed in this much heated ballgame were Jacob Gurley, Clint Egbert, Patrick Ellis, Harrison Nickle, Dakota Mabry, Adam Goodwin, Hunter Coy, Brandon Smith and Scott Ross.

The Green Wave finished the game with 330 yards on 50 rushes. Wilbanks completed one of five passing attempts for seven yards to give them a total offense of 337 yards with four touchdowns.

The leading rusher for the Green Wave was Maples with 20 carries for 130 yards with one two-point conversion. Wilbanks had 15 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Goodwin had 10 carries for 67 yards with one touchdown. Nickle had 1 carry for 17 yards and two returns for 120 yards. Hallmark had one carry for 11 yards and Ellis had two carries for six yards.

On the other side of the field, the Colonels had 24 rushes for 76 yards and they were 15 for 26 yards in passing for a total offense of 236 yards with only one touchdown. They had nine first downs and four penalties for 35 yards.

Head coach Rick Johnston told the team after the game he was very proud of them.

"I told you at halftime that we were a second half team," Johnston said. "We found them in the first half and it paid off in the second half. You did a great job. The defense stepped up. You didn’t break, you stepped up. I will tell you this, I will hold up to my end of the bargain!"

After Johnston told the players this on the field, they went wild. They started celebrating with screams, jumping up and down and saying, "WE DID IT BABY!"

Johnston said that he was very excited over this win.

"I am very excited," said Johnston. "I thought that our kids played hard. Our defense kind of bent, but they didn’t break. We made some big plays on both sides of the ball. Most of the times, we have been a second half team, and tonight was a second half effort again. We played solid in the first half.

"We had a couple coverage assignments that weren’t very solid, but that sometimes happens," he added. "We made some adjustments at halftime and got that taken care of pretty much. We were able to get our hands on some balls and get an interception or so and had a chance at a couple more."

Johnston spoke about the play of Harrison Nickle right before the half.

"Harrison made a big play for us. It kind of gave us the momentum back.They had just scored and evened the game at seven and that gave us some momentum going into halftime. The kids were excited. It was just a big win. I didn’t look very often, but I know that it was very loud out there tonight, so we must have had a bunch of people here. Our fans are some of the best in the world. These kids fed off of that and they are to be commended," Johnston said.

When asked about the five quarterback sacks, Johnston had to make some adjustments after watching Indianola play.

"At the beginning, we were going to try and cover and not get a lot of pressure where we wouldn’t give up the big plays, but we found out pretty quick that we couldn’t let the quarterback sit back there and throw the football. He did a great job when he wasn’t pressured, so we had to come with some pressure and make some big plays."

Johnston commented about his deal that he made with his team concerning him shaving his head.

"Its going to happen. I just told the players when its going to happen and they are okay with it. They are excited about it. That is something that has been discussed about 10 years around here and has never happened or never even crossed my mind. This is a special group that we have. We have had some special groups in the past. The kids are great and they have worked hard."

Looking ahead but not trying to Johnston said they just have to play the season out.

"We will just see what happens next week.  This definitely helped our chances. It was a huge win for us and I am very proud of my team, I promise you that."

Assistant coach Lance Thomas said it was a very exciting win.

"It is something that we have been working for since January," said Thomas. "These kids have been in the weight room for a long time. We have been working hard. We have got some seniors who have been working for about two and a half years for this and I feel really good about it. These kids put in a lot of effort and they are a very special group.  I think that in the next couple of weeks, we are going to keep on rolling. We are just going to keep the train rolling. This is a very big step tonight. We have got to take care of business here on out.  We have two more district ballgames ahead."

When asked about shaving his head, Thomas replied. "If I had shaved my head, it wouldn’t have been a bit of excitement, it would have just been another day because I shave my head all the time."

The Green Wave will host Bayou Academy Friday night. Seniors will be recognized. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

8-0 Overall, 4-0 District
Tigers Pound Tupelo in Important District Game
South Panola defensive end Justin Harris caught the Tupelo receiver before he could get more yardage.
By Myra Bean
Sports Editor

TUPELO – Region 1-5A is all shook up after some upsets Friday night.

The No. 16 nationally ranked South Panola team sits alone in the top spot with a perfect 8-0 overall, 4-0 district season after the 41-14 pounding it gave the Tupelo Golden Waves Friday night.

In a surprising move, Columbus took West Point in a 28-13 upset. West Point has lost two straight district games after starting the season 6-0.

Olive Branch remains in second place in the district with only one loss, at the hands of South Panola, with a 48-7 win over Horn Lake.

In addition to West Point, Tupelo, Columbus and Starkville have two district losses to their credit.

South Panola has three more district games to play with Southaven coming to town Friday night for the Tigers final home game of the regular season.

Southaven played Starkville in a close one but came out on the losing end 6-3. Southaven scored on a 33-yard field goal and Starkville followed on a 15-yard touchdown reception, but missed the extra point. Neither team could find the endzone or the uprights in the second half.

South Panola v. Tupelo
South Panola quarterback Derek Pegues needed 65 yards to cross the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He rushed for 64 yards but lost nine yards on a sack. He ended up with 55 yards on the night and now needs only 10 yards to go over the 1,000 yard mark.

Germichael Sanford led the Tigers with three touchdowns and 161 rushing yards. He is also knocking on the 1,000 yard mark and after Friday night needs 125 yards.

The game was delayed for approximately 20 minutes when Tiger linebacker Donatae Woodall was knocked unconscious on a kickoff. He was taken from the field in a gurney and transferred by ambulance to the hospital. He is home and doing well, according to Tiger head coach Ricky Woods.

Also injured on the Tiger sideline are Chris Strong, Justin Davis and Garret Stone.

Tupelo got the opening kick, but could not do anything with it as Pegues pulled down his second interception of the season and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown with just 59 seconds ticked off the first quarter clock.

Tiger kicker Russ Belk was five of six points-after-touchdown (PATs) for the night. The PAT was good to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The Tiger kickoff team had a few problems Friday night. On the kickoff after the touchdown, Tupelo returned the ball from its own eight yard line to the Tigers 10 yard line. Jeremy Williams made the touchdown saving tackle.

The Tigers stingy defense held. The defense knocked Tupelo back to the 18 yard line on back-to-back sacks by Santarious Armstead and Leroy Diggs.

An incomplete pass brought up fourth and down and 14 for Tupelo who at this point attempted a 35-yard field goal but missed with 9:09 on the clock.

The two teams were pounded away at each other as the first quarter lasted 40 minutes.

It took just a little under two minutes for the Tigers to score their next touchdown. On first down and 10 from the Tupelo 15, Sanford scored his first touchdown on a 15-yard run up the middle, dragging a Tupelo defender with him. With the PAT, the Tigers led 14-0.

On the Tigers next possession after the Tupelo punt, the Tigers fumbled the ball with 5:22 left in the first quarter and Tupelo recovered on the Tiger 23 yard line.

Tupelo used its air game to turn the fumble recovery into a one-yard touchdown run with 4:11 mark. With the PAT, Tupelo cut the Tiger lead 14-7.

It only took six plays from the Tupelo 21 for the Tigers to score on a 19-yard run by Sanford with 2:04 left in the first quarter. With the PAT, the Tigers led 21-7.

The Tiger determined defense held once again. Tiger linebacker Marcus Johnson, who had nine solo tackles, two assists, one pass deflection and two sacks for the night, was very instrumental in stopping the next Tupelo possession which went into the second quarter.
Johnson had back-to-back tackles for loss yardage and knocked Tupelo from the Tiger 48 to its own 49. Then second tackle was for one lost yard.

On the first play of the second quarter, Justin Harris recovered a Tupelo fumble on the Tupelo 43 yard line with 11:53 on the clock. On the Tigers first play of that possession, they fumbled and Tupelo recoevered on its own 48.

The Tiger defense bailed out the offense and forced Tupelo to punt the ball away.

Pegues completed a pass to Travis Sanford for a touchdown but it was negated due to a holding penalty.

But later on in the possession, Germichael Sanford scored his third touchdown of The night on a 12-yard run with 6:04 left in the first half. the Tigers led 28-7 after Belk’s PAT.

On the kickoff, the Tiger team had a break down as Tupelo freshman Kenneth Davis returned the kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown with the 5:50 mark. This is the play in which Woodall was injured. With Tupelos PAT, the Tiger lead was cut 28-14.

The Tigers did not lay down for that slap in the face. On an 11-play, 78-yard drive, the Tigers scored on a one yard run by Pegues with 1:19 left in the first half. Belk’s PAT gave the Tigers a 35-14 lead going into halftime.

Members of the Tiger backup teams take the field after halftime. Darius "Tigg" Barksdale rushes for 72 yards in the second half on nine carries.

Tupelo intercepted a Pegues pass but the determined Tiger defense held and Tupelo punted on fourth down.

The next Tiger possession featured two big plays. The first was a 66-yard pass from Pegues to Travis Sanford to set up the next big play, an 11-yard run by Jeramie Griffin for the touchdown with 7:29 left in the third quarter.

The missed field goal by Belk made the touchdown the final score of the game.

Pegues completed five of eight passes for 101 yards. Travis Sanford had three catches for 83 yards and Luke Kiihnl had one catch for 23 yards. Jeremy Williams one catch or a negative five yards.

The Tigers had 333 rushing yards and 101 passing for a total of 434 yards. Tupelo was held to 74 total yards with 36 rushing and 38 passing.

The Tigers return home Friday night to take home the Southaven Chargers with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Senior Tigers will be recognized during pregame. Senior band members will be recognized at halftime.