Friday night update

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2007

South Panola, North Delta win; North Panola falls

By Myra Bean

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Local football teams had their share of problems last night.

South Panola and North Delta won, but not before each team lost over 100 yards due to penalties.

South Panola took on the high octane offense of Grenada and won 41-13. The Tigers were hit with 26 penalties for 193 yards.

North Delta backup quarterback Blane Joyner was airlifted from the Calhoun Academy field to Baptist North Oxford. Early Saturday morning report from Green Wave head coach Richard Russo is Joyner has no broken bones, just some heavy bruising. Joyner returned home on Saturday.

North Delta shutout Calhoun Academy 20-0 but was hit with 135 yards in penalties and had at least three touchdowns negated.

Starting quarterback Michael Johnson scored two touchdowns on runs of 29 and 44 yards and Devin Maples scored on a two-yard run. The defense only allowed Calhoun eight total offensive yards.

North Panola lost to Lafayette 32-14. North Panola scored first and led 8-7 with four minutes to go in the half.

Lafayette scored and took a 14-8 lead into halftime. The game was tied at 14 with one and a half minutes left in the third quarter.

Lafayette intercepted a North Panola Quinn Ellis pass and ran it back for a touchdown.

On its next possession, North Panola fumbled and Lafayette recovered.

In the fourth quarter, Lafayette kicked a 37-yard field goal and scored a touchdown to put the game away.

Scoring for  North Panola were Bruce Wilbourn on a two-yard run and Vernon Lewis on a one-yard run.

If Grenada’s claim to fame was an air game, then South Panola had one, too. Quarterback David Renfroe completed eight of 12 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Renfroe caught Justin Market for a 35-yard score and also found Bud Barksdale for a 32-yard strike.

Barksdale also intercepted a Grenada pass and returned it for a 73-yard touchdown run.

South Panola had 517 total offensive yards with 411 on the ground.

The Tigers extended its win streak to 63 and are selling t-shirts to celebrate owning the longest active win streak in the nation.

Next Friday all three teams will play at home.

South Panola will host Trezevant of Memphis at 7 p.m.

North Delta is home to host Marshall Academy who lost its first game Friday to Indianola. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

North Panola is home to host Holly Springs in the first district game of the season.


South Panola T-shirt sizes: Short sleeve

Youth medium and large, Adult small, medium, large and extra large $15

Adult 2X and 3X large $15

Long Sleeve:

Youth medium and large, Adult small, medium, large and extra large $16

Adult 2X and 3X large $17.

Order at South Panola High School, (662) 563-4756.