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Tonight’s Ticket: Alcorn County Football Capsules
by H. Lee Smith II
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Corinth (7-3, 3-1) @ Amory (6-4, 3-1) When: Tonight, 7 Where: Longenecker Field, Amory High School Coaches: Corinth, Doug Jones (3rd year, 25-8); Ben Ashley (2nd year at Amory, 10-11) On the Air: WXRZ-FM (94.3), “Game of the Week” Last Meeting: Corinth won 45-15 last season. Last Week: Corinth beat Shannon 31-6, Amory beat Tishomingo County 55-48. The Skinny: The winner finishes second and gets a home game next Friday in the playoffs. Loser will travel to either Cleveland or Greenwood in the opening round. Amory has won three straight since getting trucked 55-28 at Itawamba in the Division 1-4A opener for both clubs. Corinth’s lone league loss was also at IAHS as the Indians ran house 56-21. Zatorius Gates leads a team that missed the playoffs last season. The sophomore has passed for 882 yards and 12 scores and rushed for 712 yards and four more. Corinth is also led by its quarterback in junior Antares Gwyn. He’s passed for 1,207 yards and 16 TDs and rushed for 927 and 13 more. His 2,134 yards and 29 scores top the division, although Corinth was able to win big last week without him accounting for a score. Booneville (5-4, 2-2) @ Kossuth (7-3, 2-2) When: Tonight, 7 Where: Larry B. Mitchell Stadium, Kossuth High School Coaches: Booneville, Mike Mattox (5th season, 35-20); Kossuth, Brian Kelly (4th year, 26-19) Last Meeting: Booneville won 14-0 last season. Last Week: Booneville beat Belmont 24-13, Kossuth lost 55-21 to Mooreville. The Skinny: A year after the game decided a home playoff contest, this one will determine where in the Delta they go. The winner earns the No. 3 spot at a trip to the Division 3 runner-up -- most likely Cleveland East Side. The loser finishes fourth and has to go to the champion, which should be Holmes County Central -- a consolidated effort of Lexington McClain, S.V. Marshall and Williams-Sullivan. The recent series has been tight, with Booneville holding a 5-4 edge. Both teams lost to Mooreville. The Devils have won the last two in the series by a combined 55-16 score. Alcorn Central (1-9, 0-4) @ Belmont (2-7, 0-4) When: Tonight, 7 Where: Belmont High School Coaches: Alcorn Central, Jeff Boren (3rd season, 5-27); Belmont, Kerry Moody (12th year, 65-63) Last Meeting: Belmont ran house 61-19 last season. Series History: Belmont leads 17-8. Series began in 1970. Last Week: Central was blanked 42-0 by North Pontotoc. Belmont lost 24-13 to Booneville. The Skinny: Both teams wrap their season up tonight with the finale deciding fifth and sixth place in the division. A playoff team a season ago, Belmont hasn’t won in the league since beating Alcorn Central a year ago. The Bears, meanwhile have suffered 33 straight division losses. Central won eight of the first 14 meetings, but hasn’t won since 1996. Belmont has won 11 straight in that span and is perfect in the series under Moody. Thrasher (3-6, 2-4) @ Biggersville (2-8, 2-5) When: Tonight, 7 Where: The Lions’ Den, BHS Coaches: Thrasher, Lamart Harvey (3rd year, 14-16); Biggersville, Ronnie Lawson (12th season, 33-97) Last Meeting: Thrasher won 42-0 last year. Series History: Biggersville leads 18-12 in a series that began in 1983. Last Week: Thrasher lost to Benton County 22-8, Biggersville beat Houlka 34-27. The Skinny: Both teams are playing out the string on a long season. Tonight is the final game for the Lions, who drew Week 12 as their open date in the nine-team division. Thrasher will close out its season next week at Coldwater. Biggersville held on down the stretch last week to pick up its second win of the season and avoid any possibility of recording the program’s third 10-loss season. A win tonight would be the most wins since 2011. Biggersville won 15 of the 16 meetings from 1995-2010. The Rebels have reeled off three straight in the series by a combined score of 130-13, including consecutive shutouts. The two have met each year -- except for 1987 -- since the rivalry began in 1983. The Lions now have a roster edge of 28-25 after eight from the unbeaten and Tri-County Conference championship team were moved up. Both head coaches played at their respective schools.
County quintet to slug it out for North
by H. Lee Smith II
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Alcorn will be well represented in Newton. A total of five local seniors will take part in two Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Slow-Pitch Softball Games set for Saturday at Newton County High School in Decatur. Corinth’s trio of Jamia Kirk, Katie Vandiver and Rebekah Williams are part of the 12-deep North squad in the Class 4A/5A/6A games. The North squad will be coached by Rodney Moore and Penny Grubbs from Itawamba Agricultural High School. Kossuth’s Carleigh Mills and Madison Switcher will be on the North squad in the Class 1A/2A/3A game. Dana Rhea and Jacob Kidd, of 3A runner-up Nettleton, will lead the 12-member team. Williams led the 19-8 Lady Warriors in batting average (.579), hits (55), doubles (14), home runs (6) and RBI (35). She slugged .937 with 89 total bases in 95 at-bats and recorded an OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) of 1.533 -- two more team highs. Kirk hit .579 with 53 hits and a team-leading six triples. She tied for team honors with 42 runs scored. Vandiver hit .351 with six doubles and 20 runs batted in in 94 at-bats. Mills helped the Lady Aggies earn the runner-up spot in Division 1-3A with a team-high 19 homers. She homered in every park KHS played in 2014 up until a second-round loss at Mooreville. Switcher hit around .480 with two round-trippers. Her defense was key in KHS (6-19, 2-2) making the playoffs as she committed just two errors and had a hand in 10 double plays after being moved to shortstop.
No. 1 MSU winning despite shaky defense
by David Brandt
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STARKVILLE -- Undefeated Mississippi State is the consensus No. 1 team in the country so smiles and praise are easy to find in Starkville. But the success accolades have covered up a defense that — at least statistically — has been average. Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) is giving up 439.6 yards per game this season, which ranks last in the league. The Bulldogs are also allowing 21.6 points per game, which ranks seventh out of 14 teams. So far, the Bulldogs have been able to overcome the deficiencies. The offense has been among the league's best and when the defense has needed a stop, its done the job. Coach Dan Mullen said veteran leadership has allowed his team to brush bad plays aside and focus when the big moments come. "There are a lot of guys who have been in the program for a while and understand that we are here to play 60-minute football games," Mullen said. "They also understand that the other team is going to make plays. The key when that happens is to put the ball down and play the next play." But there's still some anxiety — especially with a secondary that was burned for several big plays in last weekend's 45-31 victory over Kentucky. The Wildcats' sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State safety Jay Hughes acknowledged the big plays were frustrating, but no one is panicking. "I'm not too concerned," Hughes said. "I trust the guys around me. The coaches always say that you don't want to peak early in the season, so that gives me hope that we'll be even better in the future." Mississippi State's secondary probably won't be tested much in the coming weeks. The Bulldogs face Arkansas (4-4, 0-4) on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. The Razorbacks are averaging just 199 passing yards per game. Arkansas' ground-bound approach should play right into Mississippi State's strength. Its rushing defense is giving up just 118 yards per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Beniquez Brown are one-two on the team in tackles and have combined for 11? tackles for a loss. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen wasn't buying that Mississippi State's defense is struggling. "They've got a real solid D-line, their linebackers are big and physical," said. "Those guys are really disruptive, and they kind of make a lot of plays for them. Their secondary, obviously, they're good SEC players. They've got a bunch of athletic guys back there, and they'll make the plays when you let them." Following the Arkansas matchup, Mississippi State plays Football Championship Subdivision opponent Tennessee-Martin in a game that figures to be little more than a scrimmage. But on Nov. 15, the Bulldogs must hit the road to face Alabama. The Tide's passing offense ranks second in the league, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. Any lingering issues in Mississippi State's secondary could become very apparent. Hughes said Mississippi State isn't letting all the success over the past two months go to its head. The Bulldogs have been the nation's No. 1 team for nearly a month, but they still have plenty of faults. "You don't want to be complacent," Hughes said. "When something's wrong, we're still quick to point it out."
Ward 1 Alderman Andrew “Bubba” Labas, Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin, Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill, Mayor Tommy Irwin, Ward 5 Alderman Michael McFall and Alderman at Large Mike Hopkins performed their swearing in ceremonies on Thursday afternoon at city hall. Adrian L. “Chip” Wood was unable to attend. All six alderman return to their posts for at least the second straight term.
Ward 1 Alderman Andrew “Bubba” Labas, Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin, Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill, Mayor Tommy Irwin, Ward 5 Alderman Michael McFall and Alderman at Large Mike Hopkins performed their swearing in ceremonies on Thursday afternoon at city hall. Adrian L. “Chip” Wood was unable to attend. All six alderman return to their posts for at least the second straight term.
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