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Friday night highlights 9-11-09

North Panola freshman quarterback Martavious Butler drops back to pass Friday night against Greenwood linebacker Brandon Strong. The Panolian photo by Myra Bean

All 3 Panola County teams win


As the three Panola County teams prepare for an open week September 18, they each get to take an air of accomplishment with them.

South Panola, North Panola and North Delta defeated their respective opponents Friday night.

North Delta vs. Indianola


North Delta overcame a first half sluggish start to defeat Indianola 12-7 on a bug infested  North Delta Field.

Indianola scored on its first possession on a 10-play, 80-yard drive, capped by an 11-yard run by Indianola quarterback Caleb Dobson. With 4:45 left in the first quarter, the kick was good by Zach Whitfield for the 7-0 lead. The Green Wave answered back on the first play after kickoff. Tres Brasell raced 65-yards for a touchdown. Brasell ran an unsuccessful two-point conversion and was down 7-6 at halftime. The game winner came with 9:05 to go in the third quarter on a Brasell two-yard touchdown run. Bryan Nickle was stopped on the two-point conversion run.

The game-winning score was set up by a fumble recovery by Carson Bailey on Indianola’s 20-yard line.

Brasell had 22 carries for 155 yards. Nickle had five rushes for 49 yards, four receptions for 32 yards and 11 tackles on defense.

North Panola vs. Greenwood


North Panola was successful in its first road trip with a 13-12 nailbiter win over Greenwood.

With a new quarterback under center, freshman Martavious Butler drove the team to the victory. He connected with wide receiver Ricky Hunt for the two touchdowns of the game. Butler hit Hunt for a 25-yard score with 4:44 left on the first quarter clock. Also for the first time this year, North Panola’s Terrance Miles kick the extra point for the 7-6 lead, which stood at halftime. Greenwood scored first on a 70-yard run by Terrance Hudson with 9:25 left in the first quarter. The kick was no good.

The second and third quarters were scoreless. In the fourth quarter, both teams scored again. Greenwood went ahead on a 10-yard run by Hudson with 10:06 left in the game.

After a fumble recovery by Cougar Cortez Hibbler on the Greenwood 21 yard line. Butler connected with Hunt on a 20-yard pass with 5:24 left in the game to take the lead. The two-point pass from Butler to Marques Phillips failed and the Cougars led 13-12. Kicker Miles had gone down with a preliminary report of a torn (MCL) Medial Collaterial Ligament.


South Panola vs. Clarksdale

South Panola met old nemesis and rival Clarksdale for a Friday night romp on the gridiron. The Tigers squashed the Wildcats 42-14.

Nicklos Brassell had four touchdown passes for the Tigers. He had nine receptions for 224 yards on the evening. Lee Self completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for 297 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Self scored the only rushing touchdown of the evening.

Antonio Conner led hte Tigers with seven tackles, three interceptions, one returned for a 33 yard touchdown and eight pass delections. Devin Clark had four tackles, two quarterback sacks with 20 yards lost.