ND Homecoming

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 17, 2008

ND to culminate homecoming against Tupelo Christian

By Brad Greer

Homecoming week can be a special time of the year. It is a time to pick a homecoming queen and getting up enough nerve to ask someone to the dance.

  It is also a time to beat the stuffing out of an unwilling opponent.

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  That is what the North Delta School will be looking to do  as the Green Wave celebrates homecoming 2008 when they take on Tupelo Christian tonight at 7:30.

   The Green Wave, 5-3, will also be looking to extend a three-game winning streak after defeating Marvell, Ark 34-21 last week. Tupelo meanwhile comes into the contest with an identical 5-3 record on the season. The Eagles have lost the last two games to Winona and Hebron Christian  after starting off the campaign at 5-1. Tupelo is led by quarterback Brett Pierce and wide receiver Darius Garrett.

North Delta is coming off its most impressive outing of the year in last week’s victory over Marvell. The Green Wave registered 420 yards of offense including 387 yards rushing. Tres Brasell and Bateman Greenlee each rushed for a pair of  touchdowns while the Wave defense was equally impressive by forcing five turnovers. Michael Magee’s 71-yard interception return iced the game. Geri Lamm, Brasell and Corbin Baker also picked off passes.

Bryan Nickle also had a helping hand in the victory with 149 all-purpose yards including 116 yards on six carries. Green Wave head coach Lance Thomas said on Wednesday his team has had a good week of practice despite all of the distractions.

“Monday we practiced in shorts and helmets then went over our defensive schemes Tuesday and had a very good practice today and we feel like we are ready.”

We feel like we are playing some good football but I feel like we can play better,” said Thomas.

For the second straight week, the Green Wave will face a spread offense in Tupelo, but Thomas said this pair of Eagles can also run the ball.

“They are a lot like Marvell, but they do a good job of running the ball. They have a real good tailback that if he gets to the corner he can be dangerous.”

North Delta will be without the services of senior fullback/linebacker Hunter West who sustained a torn MCL last week, but could return to the lineup in two weeks. Thomas said sophomore Carson Bailey will spell West at linebacker while Magee and John Paul Keel will split time at fullback.