Sports / Outdoors – 10/25/2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Panolian: SPORTS – October 25, 2005

  From the 10/25/05 issue of The Panolian     *REVISED*    


ND Green Waves trump Bayou 54-26
By Angie Ledbetter

Senior tailback Dustin Maples scored six touchdowns in the North Delta 54-27 trumping of the Bayou Academy Colts Friday night.

Maples rushed for 163 yards on 24 carries in route to his personal best touchdown record. One of his touchdowns was a 90-yard kickoff return.

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The North Delta Green Waves improved their district record to 3-2 after downing the Colts in Cleveland.

The win put the Green Wave in third place in their district. Lee Academy clinched the district title after defeating Indianola Academy 33-12 in Clarksdale.

On the first play of the game, the Colts fumbled the ball and the Green Waves recovered it on the Colts’ 30 yard line. A few plays later, Dustin Maples scored on an 18-yard run. The PAT by Dakota Mabry was good to give the Green Wave a 7-0 lead with 11:15 on the clock.

With 6:44 on the clock, the Colts got on the scoreboard when Paul Mangialardi scored on a nine-yard run. With the the PAT the game was tied at seven.

On the kickoff Maples went 90 yards for the touchdown and the PAT by Mabry was good for the 14-7 Green Wave lead at the end of the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, Maples scored with 11:22 on the clock on a 12-yard run. With the PAT by Mabry, the Green Wave went up 21-7.
Then the Colts scored on a three-yard run with 6:16 on the clock. With the PAT, the Green Wave lead was cut to 21-14.

The Colts came right back and scored again with 2:43 on the clock when Austin Wilson took the ball 80 yards untouched into the endzone. The Colts missed the PAT and the Green Wave held on to a slight 21-20 lead.

The Green Wave got one more score on the board before the half when Maples ran seven yards into the endzone. At the half, the Green Wave led 27-20 due to the missed PAT.

It was 3:15 on the third quarter clock before the Green Wave would score. It was Maples on a 22-yard run for the 33-20 lead after the missed PAT. This was the only score in the third quarter of the game. The Green Wave defense had held the Colts from scoring in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Maples scored on a five-yard run with only five seconds off the clock. Again the Green Wave missed the PAT.

With the Green Waves in the dominating role, Maples scored again with 10:36 left in the game on a four-yard run.

Forget the PATs, Jacob Gurley scored the two point conversion and the Green Waves were up 47-20.

The Colts got on the scoreboard for the first time in the second half on a five yard run with 5:20 left in the game.

The two point conversion was intercepted Gurley. The Green Wave enjoyed a 47-26 lead over the Colts.

Green Wave Head Coach Rick Johnston started putting in new players for the Green Wave team to give all of the players some playing time. The younger players got to see some playing time in this game also. Coming in as the new quarterback was sophomore Devin Maples.

Also coming in for the Green Wave team were Jim Beard, Jim Tyler Dalrymple, Austin Atkinson, Matthew Pike, Andy Barnes, Matthew Locke and Seth Barnett.

The Green Wave scored one more time when Evan West scored on a 32-yard run and the PAT was good by Dalrymple to give the Green Wave a 54-26 victory.

The Green Wave finished the game with 340 yards in rushing on 43 carries and they were four of eight for 40 yards in passing for a total offense of 380 yards with seven touchdowns. They had 22 first downs and were penalized nine times for 75 yards. The Green Wave had no turnovers for the night.

Junior fullback Dakota Mabry had eight carries for 79 yards.

Senior quarterback Forrest Wilbanks registered 61 yards on seven carries. Junior tailback Evan West rushed for 33 yards one two carries with one touchdown. Devin Maples had one carry for three yards and Patrick Ellis had one carry for one yard.

Receiving the ball were Evan West, one reception for 21 yards; Heath Reed, one catch for 10 yards; Dustin Maples, one reception for six yards; and Jacob Gurley, three yards on one catch.

The Bayou Colts had 58 carries for 330 rushing yards with three touchdowns and they completed two passes of 11 for 31 yards for a total offense of 361 yards. Bayou lost two of three fumbles, and threw one interception.

The Green Waves will close out the regular season at home Friday night hosting Marshall Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Bowyer captures flag at Sam’s Town 250
By Chuck Estey and Rebecca White

Once again the three quarter mile oval Memphis Motorsports Park put on a top notch show Saturday in the Nascar Busch Series Sam’s Town 250 benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

A full field of 43 drivers fired up their cars to the command given by a national celebrity with local roots, Lisa Marie Presley.

The sold out crowd got a mixture of old and new with five drivers wheeling a NASCAR Busch Series car for the first time. Two of the rookie drivers have long time racing connections.

Stephen Wallace, driving the No. 64 Dodge, is the son of retiring Nextel Cup Driver Rusty Wallace and A.J. Foyt IV, driving the No. 38 Dodge, is the great-grandson of driving legend A. J. Foyt.

The defending 2004 Sam’s Town 250 race winner and current Busch Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. looked poised to protect his Nascar Cup points standings by winning the pole position.

Closest points rival Clint Bowyer backed his No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet into the wall on his second lap of qualifying forcing crew members to make needed repairs and positioning Bowyer to start in the 35th position at the back of the field.

Veteran driver Bill Elliott’s No. 6 Dodge had a special paint scheme to honor the 40th anniversary of Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Elliott finished the race in 16th place.

Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 8 Bass Pro Shop Chevrolet took advantage of the pole position by taking the lead at the drop of the green flag.

Lap 25 saw the first lead change of the race with the No. 1 Yellow Freight Dodge driven by Johnny Sauter taking over first place. A fast pit stop by the No. 8 crew allowed Truex to take back the number one position until lap 45 when Sauter again forced his way to the front, holding the position only a short time, before giving it back to Truex again at lap 69.

Truex and Sauter battled each other for the lead position until lap 102 when Clint Bowyer’s AC Delco Chevrolet raced up from the back to take the lead from Johnny Sauter. Truex again took the lead but the strong car of Bowyer would prove too much for the rest of the field.

After a late caution, the race finished under a green and white checkered flag with Clint Bowyer headed for Victory Lane. Martin Truex Jr. captured third place behind the No. 18 Chevrolet of J.J. Yeley.

Truex still holds the lead ahead of Bowyer by 100 points in the Busch Series points championship. Dual series driver Carl Edwards, who arrived in Memphis only moments before the start of the race, came back from an early race spin to capture fifth place.

The Sam’s Town 250 was filled with a record breaking 15 cautions and one short red flag session to allow for clean up of debris on the track..

Tailgate watching
By William Corerro

About the only time we get to see what the tailgating is like is when we ride to the stadium.

I love watching the people cringe, make obscene gestures at us (although some actually-sort of-indicate they like us) and the rest just look as the convoy of vehicles and our escorts pass their tailgate site with loud sirens and blue lights wide open.

At LSU, I like to see how many pots I can see on the grills of what has to be some great gumbo or jambalaya or even my favorite: crawfish stew. Not something one is liable to see at Ole Miss or Alabama.

I remember working a spring game down there where I got to sample some pot-cooking as we walked into the stadium. For a spring game we just drive to the stadium in our own vehicles and as I walked in with my bags, some groups had their tail-gate with cookers set up next to the stadium. I was gazing longingly at one source of aroma that had me drooling openly when on of the cooks offered a bowl full and an adult beverage with a big smile on his face. I had to pass on the adult beverage but in that Styrofoam bowl was the best crawfish stew I’ve ever had. They even told me the crawfish had slept in a bayou the night before. Not a typical pre-game meal for sure but I sure had a happy face working that game. I did see one cooker with a large pot on it where one cook was beating the top with a large spoon yelling, "Now jus git back in ‘ere you". For the record I didn’t go ask to try any of that.

For those not involved with football below the high school level, you really don’t know what you are missing. It is great to the connoisseur of football to see young stars-to-be learning the fundamentals.

My Phillip finished his seventh grade season this week which is the next level up from youth football that he played for the previous five years. It gets real though when you are playing for your school with real coaches and riding a bus to the games.

He really learned a lot and I am very proud of his accomplishments on the field. But I really feel indebted to his dedicated coaches who spend a lot of "under-paid" time teaching this great game. If you ever get the chance, be sure and thank the youth and junior high football coaches. This is where great football is born.

Northwest Homecoming is this Saturday so get out to Bobby Franklin Field and make some loud noise for OUR team. I’ll be at Auburn with Ole Miss in the house but I want a good report on the crowd. See you next week.

     Erika Draper was crowned queen at South Panola’s homecoming Friday night by last year’s queen April Flowers. Her escort was Justin Vaughn.
     In charge of the homecoming crown at South Panola Friday night was Brandis Lloyd (right) with her escort Trey Loden. See A14 for SP homecoming photos.
SP routs Tupelo in 34-17 homecoming win
     South Panola defensive players make Tupelo pay for daring to gain some yardage against them. Playing for South Panola in the red were Rodney Diggs, No. 28, David Baker, No. 55 and Justin Harris, No. 11.
By Myra Bean

The No. 10 nationally ranked South Panola Tigers continued their domination in the district as they handed Tupelo a 34-17 loss Friday night.

South Panola celebrated Homecoming 2005 as Erika Draper, daughter of Dennis and Jan Draper Sr., was crowned queen during halftime festivities.

The Tigers (8-0 overall, 4-0 district) were led by junior fullback Jeramie Griffin who had 146 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

Senior tailback Rickey Sanford rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

The Tigers had one interception by senior defensive back Kerry Hoskins, his second of the season. The Tigers turned that interception into a touchdown with 10:58 on the first quarter clock. Sanford scored on an eight-yard run.

Senior Rodney Gray returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown run just before halftime with 1:07 on the clock.

It did not take long for the Tigers to dominate the Golden Waves.

On the Golden Waves’ first possession, Hoskins intercepted the ball on second down and returned it to the eight yard line. Sanford took it from there on first down for the first score of the evening with 10:58 on the first quarter clock.

Then on the first down of the Tigers’ next possession, Griffin stepped over and through a few defenders, broke to the right and sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown with 7:04 left in the first quarter.

With the two-point conversion, the Tigers led 14-0.

The Tigers had a little trouble as Tupelo intercepted senior quarterback Leroy Diggs’ pass with 7:27 left in the first half.

Tupelo could not get the ball into the endzone from that interception but did kick a 40-yard field goal with 4:59 left in the quarter.

On the Tigers’ next possession, Sanford broke for his second touchdown run, a 44-yarder with 3:25 left in the first half. The extra point kick was no good and the Tigers led 20-3.

Tupelo punted away its next possession which Gray returned for a touchdown with 1:07 left in the half. With the PAT by Barrett Johnson, the Tigers took a 27-3 lead into halftime.

Right before the half, the Tigers lost defensive lineman Demario Lewis to a sprained right knee. His return to action date was not known as of Monday.

He joins the ranks of Germichael Sanford, Rickyus Barksdale and Ruben Corley on the injury list.

The Tigers lost a fumble on their first possession which stopped a possible touchdown drive with 8:54 on the third quarter clock. The Tigers lost it on the Tupelo 23 yard line.

Tupelo meticulously drove the ball 77 yards for a six-yard touchdown in a 15-play drive which took eight minutes and 26 seconds of clock time. The six-yard touchdown pass came with 28 seconds left in the third quarter. The PAT was good to cut the Tiger lead to 27-10.

The Tigers scored once more in the fourth quarter using eight and a half minutes of clock in a 96-yard 14-play drive.

Junior tailback Terrance Griffin capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the game. Johnson’s PAT was good for the 34-10 lead.
Tupelo did not give up. The Golden Waves used the air game to strike one more time before the time expired.

They returned the kickoff to the Tiger 43 yard line and moved the ball to the 27. On a Tiger pass interference, the ball was placed on the 14 yard line.

On a pass, Tupelo scored with :16 left in the game. With the PAT, they cut the Tiger score 34-17.

For the second straight week, the Tigers were outbid for an onside kick from the opposition. Tupelo recovered the kick but was unable to score on the first pass completion with 15 seconds left in the game and could not get off another play before the time expired.

The Tigers put up 349 total offensive yards, including 305 on the ground and 44 in the air.

Tupelo was held to 115 total offensive yards with 69 on the ground and 86 in the air.

Other Tiger rushers include Diggs, 29 yards, four carries; Justin Market, even yards, five carries; and Terrance Griffin, 25 yards, two carries, one touchdown.

Diggs completed six of 11 passes for 44 yards, all to Rodney Gray.

The Tigers will take their last trip of the regular season to Southaven Friday, October 28. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Take Interstate 55 North, towards Memphis. Take Exit 291, Stateline Road and take a left. Go to Highway 51 and take a right. Take a right on Rasco Road. Southaven High School is on the right about a half mile down.
Close encounters of the football kind
By Myra Bean

Did anybody else this weekend say, "Hey, what’s going on with the football season?’"

I mean who’d a thunk Alabama and Tennessee would have that much trouble with each other? You can’t get much better football than that even if you sat down and programmed every move.

Alabama probably thought they wouldn’t have had to play that hard with Ole Miss last week and wouldn’t have to pull out all the stops. The Rebels almost made them pay but alas, the Tide sneaked in the back door for the win.

The Tide knew they were going to have their hands full with Tennessee but I don’t know if they knew they were going to be overflowing with Vols.

Those of us who thought those two teams were going to leave their defenses at home were sadly mistaken. No touchdown was scored. Cool.

Oh, by the way, Alabama and Georgia are not scheduled to meet each other. It may be the SEC Championship game. That gives us something to look forward to.

Then on the high school level. Columbus and Grenada had a barn burner.

Columbus led 19-0 going into the fourth quarter and Grenada came back and beat them 20-19. Oh yeah, this is football.

For those of you who told me that 49ers/Redskins game was going to heat up the television screen, WRONG. I’m glad that game was not on my TV. Washington won by the way 52-17. I guess the 49ers forgot to bring their shoulderpads.

That LSU/Auburn game turned out to be a great one along with the South Carolina/Vandy game. Even Ole Miss and Kentucky gave the fans a close encounter game. I refuse to discuss Miss. State and Houston.

I think I was as surprised as the Colts when the Texans decided to play yesterday. I thought it would be a total bore but not really. What’s up Dallas with that last minute loss?

Northwest ends the season at home Saturday with homecoming. The Rangers need all the help that we can give them. Let’s go see some football Saturday at 2 p.m.

Well, we have three more weeks in the football contest. I may not keep up with the NFL as closely as I have. I will be getting involved with local basketball by that time and I may miss a few games.

Well, have a good week.

Registration for the Batesville Men’s basketball league will be held Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Batesville Intermediate School gymnasium.
     Teams must have a representative at this meting and should bring $100 deposit to insure a place in the league. Practice times will be assigned at this time.




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