Sports / Outdoors – 11/15/2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Panolian: SPORTS – November 15, 2005

  From the 11/15/05 issue of The Panolian     *REVISED*    


South Panola 2005 District 1-5A Champs
Undefeated 11-0 overall, 7-0 district
4th Consecutive Undefeated Regular Season
     The South Panola Tiger team celebrated its fourth consecutive undefeated regular season Friday with a 27-10 win over Grenada. The Tigers earned homefield advantage and will host Vicksburg in the first round of playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. on Tiger Field.

Tigers meet Grenada’s hard knocks with bang
By Myra Bean

It took four quarters of tough play for the South Panola Tigers to claim their fourth consecutive undefeated season.

The Tigers (11-0 overall, 7-0 district) downed Grenada and its hard knocks 27-10 Friday night in a district showdown.

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The loss ended Grenada’s (6-5 overall, 3-4 district) season.

South Panola will host Vicksburg in the first round of the North 5A playoffs.

Other playoffs in 5A include Columbus at Northwest Rankin; Starkville at Madison Central; Warren Central at Olive Branch; Gulfport at Oak Grove; Brandon at Ocean Springs; Hattiesburg at George County and Moss Point at Meridian.

Grenada entered with an air game which challenged the Tiger pass defense. Grenada completed 12 of 27 attempts for 147 yards and two interceptions.

Intercepting the ball for the Tigers were senior Karreem "Moody" Carr and sophomore Darius "Tigg" Barksdale.

Junior tailback Rickey Sanford was the game’s leading rusher with 153 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.

Junior quarterback Leroy Diggs followed with 76 yards on 16 carries. Barksdale had 40 yards on four carries and one touchdown. Junior fullback Jeramie Griffin rushed for 44 yards on nine carries.

Grenada received the opening kickoff then fumbled and South Panola’s Karreem "Moody" Carr recovered the ball on the 23 yard line.

Two plays later Barksdale scored the first Tiger touchdown on a 20-yard run with 56 seconds ticked off the clock. He broke through the line of scrimmage and hot footed it up the middle to the endzone. Barrett Johnson’s PAT gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers punted away the possession and Grenada got the ball on the Tiger 22 yard line. The Chargers could not get it any closer than the 10 yard line and had to settle for a 27 yard field goal with 6:27 left in the first quarter to cut the Tiger lead to 7-3.

The Tigers got some unexpected help in the second quarter in the form of a 20-yard touchdown pass from Diggs to junior tight end Vandell Pollard with 4:54 left in the first quarter. With the PAT, the Tigers led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Sanford was also instrumental in this drive, with a run from the Tiger 20 to the Grenada 32 for a 48-yard run.

Close to the end of the quarter, South Panola was penalized for a pass interference call which put Grenada on the 18 yard line to begin the second quarter.

Grenada went for the touchdown on third down and eight from the 16, but Tiger Barksdale was there for the interception, his fifth of the year, in the endzone with 10:35 left in the first half.

Grenada’s next possession ended in a missed 41-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the first half.

Then the Tigers had to punt away their next possession and Grenada got it on their own 37. On first down and 10, Grenada completed a pass to the Tiger 27 yard line.

Five plays later, the Chargers scored their one and only touchdown on an 11-yard pass with 2:51 left in the half. With the PAT, the Tiger lead was cut to four, 14-10.

The Tigers started their next drive on their own 16 yard line with 2:50 left in the half. Using their run game, the Tigers got down to the Grenada 34. Only one pass play was completed during the drive.

Then, using the air game to their advantage, Diggs found senior wide receiver Rodney Gray for a 34-yard touchdown in double coverage at the left corner of the endzone. Johnson’s kick was blocked and the Tigers took a 20-10 lead into halftime.

South Panola scored one touchdown in the second half. Sanford scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter at the 6:03 mark. With the PAT, the Tigers sealed the game 27-10.

On one of their punts in the fourth quarter, Griffin had to rekick because the officials denied seeing Grenada fumble the ball and South Panola recovering it. The Tigers turned the ball over on downs and the Grenada possession ended when Carr intercepted the ball with 8:45 left in the game.

The Tigers had 360 rushing yards and 58 passing yards for a total of 418 yards of offense.

Grenada had 26 yards on the ground added to its 147 passing yards for 173 yards of total offense.

South Panola had possession of the ball double that of Grenada with 32:08 to 15:52 minutes.

The Tigers had two fumbles and lost one. Grenada lost its one fumble.

South Panola was penalized eight times for 61 yards. Grenada was penalized five times for 43 yards.

One of the penalties for Grenada came late in the fourth quarter. The 25-second clock was started before the ball was placed and the officials had the clock reset.

Grenada’s coach argued with the official and was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty. It took almost five minutes for the officials and the coach to straighten out the situation.

The playoff game for South Panola and Vicksburg will begin at 7 p.m. No reserve tickets will be sold for playoff games. All tickets are $7. Tickets can be bought from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday only at the high school and at the ticket booth which will open at 6 p.m.

Tigers come from behind
to win basketball shootout
Lady Tigers too late with comeback
By Myra Bean

Grenada came into town for some basketball action Thursday night with South Panola and left a line of excitement with them.

With the crowd on its feet and cheering them on, the Tigers (2-0) retook the lead and the 52-49 win.

The Lady Tigers (1-1) made a last ditch effort to retake the lead but fell 47-42.

The Tigers were down 37-32 going into the fourth quarter but caught up and tied Grenada at 41 on a Justin Vaughn steal and field goal with 4:46 left in the game. He completed the three-point play with a free throw after Grenada’s foul.

The teams tied the game at 44 before the Tigers pulled ahead with 1:36 left in the game on a Vaughn field goal off the back glass.

Grenada pulled within one with one of two free throws 48-47 but it was Vaughn again on a turnaround jump shot to give the Tigers a 50-47 lead.

Grenada completed two free throws to pull back within one with 47.4 seconds left in the game.

Both teams turned the ball over with traveling penalties and Grenada fouled to send Roderick Moore to the free throw line with 14.2 seconds left in the game to shoot one and ones. Moore completed both shots to pad the Tigers’ advantage.

Grenada tried for a three-pointer at the buzzer but was unsuccessful.

Vaughn was the Tigers’ high scorer with 18 points, followed by Joseph Hankins and LaRico Treadwell with 9 points each.

Lady Tigers
The 47-42 win by Grenada was not indicative of how deep of a hole the Lady Tigers had to dig themselves out of in the second half.

The Lady Tigers were down 16-13 at halftime. The third quarter was very unproductive for South Panola as Grenada built a 34-17 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Tigers rallied off six unanswered points to get back in the game. Grenada was still able to keep the Lady Tigers outside of striking distance.

The Lady Tigers got fourth quarter scoring from Courtney N. Jones, Kim Sanford, Jessica Govan, Skylar Barnes, Raquel Burdette and Vetorra Cole.

Tenisha Mitchell scored nine points for the Lady Tigers, followed by Vetorra Cole and Celeste Cole with six points each.

The team played Tupelo on the road last night but the scores were not available at presstime. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will participate in the J.Z. George Invitational Tourament November 16 through 19.

At J.Z. George, the Lady Tigers will play Wednesday and Thursday at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 19, the girls will play at 7:30 p.m. and the boys at 9 p.m.

These are the last basketball games for the Tigers until after the Thanksgiving holidays. The Tigers return to action Tuesday, November 29, at home to host Oxford beginning at 5 p.m.

Running punters lose roughing protection; official son gets first chew out from coach
With a trip to Fayetteville last week I can now say I’ve worked a game in every SEC stadium. I’ve worked several scrimmages at the stadium but not a real game until this ninth season in the league.

And it was a fairly decent game even though it was a little on the ugly side. It was fun to see and speak to Coach Spurrier for the first time since his return to the SEC. Plus it was a really special weekend having my father make the ride with me.

He got the full tour of the TV production facilities and spent most of the game on the sideline. Another field-level eyewitness to the intensity of SEC football.

You’ve all seen how some kickers are punting the football where they catch the snap and then start running toward the right side and kicking on the run.

By doing the running they have, by rule, given up the protection normally reserved for punters and kickers. Now they are simply a ball carrier with a price on his head.

There is no foul involved if a punter does this and say a defensive end almost gets him with the ball but is still too slow and hits him well after the ball is gone. On a traditional punt, the kicker can only be legally hit if the defenders touch the ball.

Once the ball is gone it is either a running into the kicker foul which is five yards or a roughing which carries a penalty of 15 yards plus a first down. No one has yet to give me a good reason for these rugby-style running kicks.

In the "like father like son" department, I have had to put my son to work at the Ole Miss practices when he goes with me.

Most of the time I will have at least one other official helping but two is still not enough to cover anything properly. I’ll get Phillip to watch the line of scrimmage for me to help the wide receivers get their alignment and to let me know on screen passes if the ball is caught behind or beyond the line of scrimmage.

You can’t have an ineligible man downfield if the pass is caught behind the line. When they are passing a lot in team drills, I will get downfield some to watch the receivers and defenders so having him there is handy. When he was eating with the team after practice one night, one of the coaches told him if he’s going to eat the least he could do is call a penalty out there.

How about that: a 13 year old official "trainee" and he gets his first college coach "griping" at him. He just smiled back and I told him that’s what we have to do too. See you next week.



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