Scanning the local sports landscape, things are about to get busier as cross country has joined the active list while soccer and basketball are just around the corner with November, regular-season starts with practices slated to begin next month or before.

Join me again for the next few minutes as we take a gander at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week … and beyond.

Alcorn Central hosting first-ever homecoming paradeThe Alcorn Central football team will host Baldwyn Friday for homecoming 2021. But prior to the big game, the Golden Bears will host their first homecoming parade in recent memory on Thursday. The event will begin in the Elementary School parking lot at 6:30 p.m. with the parade route taking them left on Central School Road and then left on the main entrance all the way around to the football field.

There will be class floats and homecoming maids, along with the homecoming queen, as well as other club representatives.

And the big attraction .. the 3-1 Alcorn Central football team.

Following the parade, there will be a pep rally and bonfire. All community residents are invited.

Football Bullets

Alcorn Central lost starting wide receiver/defensive back Alex Moore for the season to a broken fibula. Moore underwent successful surgery on Saturday and his recovery/rehab period is reported to be from 12-15 weeks.

If that holds true, Moore – expected to be among the best basketball players in the DC coverage area this winter – could possibly return for the latter part of division play after the new year.

Corinth lost standout running back-linebacker Chris Rodgers to an ankle injury against Houston. However, head coach Justin Dye said the injury was more of a turned ankle and that Rodgers may miss the New Albany game but could possibly be good to go when the Warriors face Caledonia at home next week in the region opener.

Kossuth attempted ‘zero’ passes in last Friday’s rain-soaked 38-12 win at Tishomingo County. The Aggies ran for 287 yards with three players rushing for at least 60 yards. It is the first time in recent memory that Kossuth went an entire game without a pass attempt.

Alcorn Central is one of three area teams celebrating homecoming this Friday. Kossuth will host Adamsville for their 2021 homecoming contest while Tishomingo County will host South Pontotoc for their special night.

Northeast football has lost consecutive games, allowing only 18 points in each contest. The main problem for the Tigers has been putting enough points on the board to pick up their first win. They have scored 16 and 13 the past two weeks. Things just get harder for Greg Davis’ squad this week as they travel to face defending national champion Northwest in Senatobia. The Rangers feature former Corinth High School standout DT Sheffield, who is putting up similar numbers as what former Biggersville star Qua Davis posted for Itawamba last year before signing with Ole Miss. Sheffield is expected to sign with a Power-5 university following the season.

Booneville’s potent ground game was held in check by the stingy New Albany defense last week. The Bulldogs practically shut down the BHS rushing game as the Blue Devils finished with six yards on 27 attempts, an average of 0.2 yards per rush.

CC teams showing off in early racesCross Country teams from defending state boys and girls champion Corinth to defending girls state champs Kossuth, even the up-and-coming Biggersville squad, all had good showings at the recent meet at Saltillo High School.

The event is one of the best-attended in north Mississippi.

According to new Biggersville coach Dawn Hilliard, a Walnut graduate, the Lions varsity and JV squads were up to the task. The JV finished first with Case Hilliard earning first-place honors while Brooks Seago took third. Lucie Brand led the Biggersville JV girls with a second-place finish. The JV Lions placed third overall in all classifications from 1A-6A. Corinth claimed first place in the 4A division while Biggersville was third in 1A.

Check the Daily Corinthian for more upcoming details on how each school has performed so far, along with periodic photos as they are sent.

Volleyball entering final three weeksFour area volleyball teams were in action Monday as a new week started with the sport entering the home stretch.

The playoffs begin Oct. 12.

Corinth hosted Tishomingo County Monday looking for redemption as the Lady Braves stopped the Lady Warriors last week in Iuka. Elsewhere Monday, Biggersville hosted Baldwyn while Alcorn Central, who spent last week in quarantine, traveled to play Hardin County in Savannah.

The full slate of matches for the remainder of the week can be found in the local schedule.

Ole Miss, National ChampionsIt’s always nice to have a dream and right now Ole Miss fans are starry-eyed with their teams’ 3-0 start with an average margin of victory of 32 points per game.

That includes a 40-point blowout of Tulane in the rain Saturday.

Oh, and Rebels quarterback Matt Corral is now, reportedly, the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy along with Alabama QB Bryce Young.

Those two teams play a week from Saturday in Tuscaloosa in what I expect will be the national ‘Game Day’ Game of the Week. Look for the Game Day crew, including the main draw Lee Corso, on the UA campus for the game.

Ole Miss has a fighter’s chance of going on the road and upsetting Nick Saban’s squad but OM has only won in Tuscaloosa three times in the series history. Fortunately, one of those came a few short years ago when Hugh Freeze was roaming the sidelines in Oxford.

But talk of a national championship is premature.

As far as the controversial call in the Mississippi State/Memphis contest, I side with my friend, colleague, and former co-worker Gregg Ellis on this one – the Bulldogs had plenty of chances to win that game despite that blown call. Don’t forget, the ‘Dogs were trailing by a touchdown when that happened. It’s not like Leach’s club was robbed, they just blew it the rest of the game. I’m still waiting for that patented ‘Air-Raid’ offense to explode. It hasn’t happened yet.

But it should have.

Until next time …

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