10-12 Friday night highlights
Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2007
By Myra Bean
There is a reason the South Panola Tigers are the state champions. They know how to win.
That was not more evident than against Columbus Friday night who ran up a 14-0 halftime score on the Tigers. It has been a while since the Tigers found themselves shutout at halftime.
Playing with both starting cornerbacks Montez Austin and Bud Barksdale, the Tigers climbed on the back of starting senior tailback Tig Barksdale and crawled out of the hole to take a 21-14 victory. Barksdale scored two touchdowns on the night while amassing 175 yards on 24 carries.
Quarterback David Renfroe scored on a six-yard run to tie the game at 14.
Columbus was threatening to score with 1:27 left in the game to tie the score or go ahead on a two-point conversion if they got a touchdowns, but the Tiger defense which had been having trouble all night long forced a turnover on downs on fourth and five from the seven yard line.
South Panola will be at home to host Tupelo Friday night in more district action.
By Brad Greer
In Sardis, quarterback Mattew Shaw threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns all in the first half as Oxford jumped out to a 27-0 first- quarter lead in route to a 62-40 slugfest victory over North Panola Friday night.
Bruce Wilbourn scored four touchdowns including a 45-yard punt return to lead North Panola. Defensive tackle Templeton Hardy had a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown quarterback Quin Ellis connected with Ricky Hunt on a 44-yard scoring strike to finish out the scoring for the Cougars who fell to 4-3 on the season.
North Panola hosts Independence in a Region 3-3A contest next Friday night.
North Delta topped off homecoming queen Lacy White’s night with a 26-22 come from behind victory over Marvell, Ark. to retake first place in the 1-1A.
Michael Johnson scored on a 99-yard touchdown and was so excited he could not do an interview following the game.
North Delta goes on the road to face non-district foe Tupelo Christian next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.