Scores from Monday, Sept. 22

Softball
Corinth 15, Itawamba AHS 14
East Union 14, Wheeler 2
Jumpertown 22, Hickory Flat 12
Tishomingo County 16, Shannon 2
West Union 6, Belmont 3

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Scores from Saturday, Sept. 20

Softball
Mooreville 15, East Webster 3
Mooreville 11, Choctaw Central 6
East Webster 15, Choctaw Central 5
Jumpertown 11, Thrasher 3
Jumpertown 7, Wheeler 1
Booneville 16, Jumpertown 2

Cross Country
At Saltillo High School
1A-3A Girls
Team
1. Choctaw Central 24, 2. Hatton (Al.) 93, 3. Myrtle 104, 4. Mooreville 108, 5. Tupelo Christian 121, 6. New Site 149, 7. Hickory Flat 160, 8. Kossuth 195, 9. South Pontotoc 224, 10. East Union 244, 11. Alcorn Central 267, 12. Booneville 359, 13. French Camp 385, 14. North. Pontotoc 407.
Individual
1. Kyannah Grant, Choctaw Central, 19:48; 2. Kyarrah Grant, Choctaw Central, 20:43; 3. Kendra Sanders, Mooreville, 20:46; 4. Kareem Bell, Choctaw Central, 20:52; 5. Allison Neely, Choctaw Central, 21:44; 6. Gracie Pipkin, Hickory Flat, 21:46; 7. Emma Woolhouse, Tupelo Christian, 21:59; 8. Bailey Steadman, Hatton, 22:00; 9. Stephanie Floyd, Myrtle, 22:01; 10. Sarah Duley, East Union, 22:02.
1A-3A Boys
Team
1. Alcorn Central 45, 2. Hatton (Al.) 76, 3. Kossuth 95, 4. East Union 98, 5. Choctaw Central 126, 6. Hickory Flat 136, 7. West Union 225, 8. South Pontotoc 266, 9. Myrtle 267, 10. New Site 271, 11. Tupelo Christian 297, 12. French Camp 328, 13. Hatley 387, 14. Belmont 402, 15. Mooreville 422, 16. Booneville 427, 17. North Pontotoc 429, 18. MSMS 509.
Individual
1. Shechem Grant, Choctaw Central, 17:31; 2. Samuel Holley, Alcorn Central, 17:34; 3. Colt Montgomery, Hatton, 18:12; 4. Rick Hodum, Kossuth, 18:14; 5. Noah Bryant, Ingomar, 18:16; 6. Trevor Godwin, Alcorn Central, 18:17; 7. Luke Holley, Alcorn Central, 18:19; 8. Hunter Nobles, East Union, 18:25; 9. Dylan Mardis, Hatton, 18:26; 10. Zach Rowan, East Union, 18:36.

4A-6A Girls
Team
1. Tupelo 49, 2. Lawrence County (Al.) 69, 3. Oxford 90, 4. Saltillo 107, 5. Pontotoc 108, 6. Corinth 174, 7. Senatobia 183, 8. Lafayette 198, 9. New Albany 251, 10. Horn Lake 309, 11. Byhalia 335, 12. Ripley 343.
Individual
1. Rebecca Buteau, Madison Central, 18:59; 2. Emma Knight, Corinth, 20:13; 3. Swayze Elliot, Oxford, 20:15; 4. Olivia Love, Tupelo, 20:25; 5. Rachel Starnes, Lafayette, 20:42; 6. Elizabeth Lunn, Pontotoc, 20:50; 7. Savannah Hudgins, Tupelo, 20:59; 8. Leanna Long, Tupelo, 21:08; 9. Emily. Hankins, Oxford, 21:10; 10. Kenzie Burfield, Lawrence County (Al.), 21:20.
4A-6A Boys
Team
1. Tupelo 63, 2. Oxford 72, 3. Saltillo 72, 4. Lawrence County (Al.) 85, 5. Madison Central 106, 6. Pontotoc 136, 7. Senatobia 187, 8. Corinth 228, 9. Tishomingo County 251, 10. Amory 288, 11. Ripley 351, 12. Byhalia 353, 13. Lafayette 364, 14. Houston 390, 15. New Hope 429, 16. Horn Lake 494, 17. New Albany 523.
Individual (no times available)
1. Darnell Collier, Tupelo; 2. Tristan Orman, Oxford; 3. Jonathan Tyler, Oxford; 4. Kyle Bailey, Lawrence County, 5. Ken Gassaway, Saltillo; 6. Zachary Duclos, Lawrence County; 7. Lance Crabtree, Saltillo; 8. Logan. Long, Tupelo; 9. Jacob Ferguson, Pontotoc; 10. Matthew Weeks, Madison Central.

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Saltillo RB Diamante Pounds on his fantasy value

Saltillo senior RB Diamante Pounds talked with Jeff Roberts last night – after Saltillo’s 24-hour delayed 38-13 win against Baldwyn – about his NeMissPreps fantasy football value.

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Postgame Video: Aberdeen 57, IAHS 29

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Aberdeen led 22-7 on Itawamba AHS Friday night at Lester Miley Stadium. Then IAHS tied it, seemingly grabbing momentum near the end of the first half.

But an Aberdeen punt by quarterback Josh Williams pinned the Indians at the 2 yard line and a play later, Daniel Freppon fumbled. Williams scored from the 8 and the Bulldogs scored the game’s next 27 points in a 59-27 win.

Itawamba coach Toby Collums was stern in his postgame talk with the Indians, now 1-4 and facing a bye week before opening 1-4A play in two weeks.

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Aberdeen coach Mark Bray was happy to see the points after being shut out last week at Noxubee County.

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Four Downs: Week 5

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1. This was a weird Friday

There was a game that started with 2:55 left in the first quarter. In a Thursday game delayed by lightning, Baldwyn had a 13-0 lead. Saltillo scored all 38 points 24 hours later. Booneville knocks off No. 2 Corinth last week. This week, the Blue Devils struggle with 1-4 Tishomingo County. No idea who Booneville is at the moment. Noxubee County holds Aberdeen to 71 yards in a shutout a week ago, turns around this week and allows West Point, a running team that struggles to run, 33.

2. Kossuth was defensively impressive.

The Aggies entered this week’s medium school rankings at No. 5. They make me look smart and that’s hard to do. Shutting out Nettleton 20-0 is impressive. Tigers can score in bunches. That’s a good 3A win.

3. Aberdeen WR Jerrick Orr is the real deal.

Big fan of the junior. He has all the potential in the world to be the best athlete in the Journal area next season. Heck, he may be now. Three touchdown catches tonight against IAHS, one a fingertip grab falling out of bounds, another a one-one-one win.  He has a great chemistry with Josh Williams. That’s dangerous for 3A. Anxious for Aberdeen at Louisville on Oct. 17.

4. What to watch for.

Two huge games next week. Oxford is at West Point and Aberdeen is at new No. 1 medium school Corinth. Yes, please.

5. Can I have a fifth down? Thanks. No. 1 Starkville QB Brady Davis was sick, again. Davis threw for 341 yards and five TDs to five receivers. I’m bad at math, but that’s 1,173 yards, 18 TDs and a pick in four games. Stop it already, BD. Enough! Memphis is thrilled – and a bit nervous a larger fish comes calling.

 

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Freak injuries have deterred Trojans

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James Ray needs to somehow win back the favor of the football gods. They haven’t shined on his Trojans very much this season, with players hobbling, going to the dentist and even over-celebrating.

“It’s been some crazy stuff,” the Bruce coach said. “We’ve had two guys miss games because of wisdom teeth. They just all of a sudden wake up and they’re infected and they’ve got to be taken out, had a guy have an abscess under his armpit that had to be cut out…”

The story continues. Bruce is 1-3 after last week’s controversial loss at Water Valley – flagged 14 times for 175 yards to Water Valley’s four for 35. West Bolivar is in town tonight before Amory closes non-division.

A tough schedule that included games at North Pontotoc and Coffeeville didn’t let up as injuries piled up.

Senior receiver Jaddarius Benson caught a touchdown pass in Week 2, jumped in celebration and tore his ACL upon landing. He was last season’s second-leading receiver and was expected to break out.

Senior LB/TE Tyler Donovan broke his wrist, then two spots in the same hand only days later.

“Hopefully one day we can get healthy and show who we really are,” Ray said.

Donovan is also the kicker. He kicked at Water Valley and will likely continue to do that, but using him elsewhere depends on how serious his surgery has to be. Donovan thinks he broke it over the summer, but it flared up in the opener at North. With a brace on, he breaks his hand at Coffeeville.

Linebacker Jamar Brown is scheduled to return this week after having the abscess cut out. He practiced Monday for the first time.

Bruce missed three starters the first game, three in the second, five in the third and four last week.

“This week, we’ll be down to two, so we’re excited about that,” Ray said, then laughed.

 

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Want better officiating? So, pay them.

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There are a lot of good officials in Mississippi. But there are a lot of bad ones, too. And they give the good ones a bad rep.

How do you get rid of the bad ones? Pay the good ones more. Falkner coach Quess Hood isn’t fussing about officiating, but he does have some great ideas on how to improve it, which over the last couple of seasons has seemed to get worse by the Friday.

“Most of them do it for a little money, but it’s a hobby, not their livelihood. We (coach) to feed our families,” Hood said.

Very little money for the beating they take from the fence-huggers. For football, officials get from $55-$100 per game.

“I understand they have other jobs. You can’t be an official all the time. They need help,” Hood said. “We don’t have enough officials.”

So how do we fix the problems? Pay them more. Make it more of a livelihood, from the wallet of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Should the MHSAA, which gets a cut before anyone, cut back on their cut and dispense it elsewhere?

Hood said Falkner has to spend $500K for catastrophic insurance, while the MHSAA gets 40 percent of the gate in Classic games and 40 percent of gates in the playoffs. That’s a chunk. So why are schools having to pay those amounts for injury provision and still give the state association nearly half their gate money for some games, while footing the officiating bills?

“I’m not critical of (MHSAA executive director) Mr. (Don) Hinton and all of them, but we need to look at streamlining, help some of the poorer schools put fences around their football fields, help pay officials,” Hood said. “That would attract more into it. When you’ve got people lined up to take those jobs, you can replace … I’m not saying it to be ugly, but if we had people lined up to be officials, we wouldn’t have to take bad officials.”

How about the MHSAA takes 20 percent of the gate, gives 10 percent extra to the officials’ and lets the school keep 70 percent instead of 60. The schools also have to pay mileage for up to two cars per Friday and in the playoffs, a clock operator.

Refs get paid. Schools get more money to put back into the program. Win-win. How do you get good officials? The same way businesses keep talented workers: pay them. More pay, more officials lining up to work. The bigger the pool to pick from, less bad officials. Weed ‘em out.

“There a lot of good ones out there and bad calls happen sometimes because they don’t get a replay,” Hood said.

True, some calls are tough, but I’ve also seen some crews that are tough to justify. Hood is spot on. And he’s also right about this idea. Officials should be part of the MHSAA, just like the schools. That way, everyone is in the loop at the same time. Rules are discussed in group sessions, as opposed to separate meetings.

Hood said he doesn’t complain about judgement calls.

“But when you misinterpret rules, that’s what I get mad about. We talk about all these rule changes, then get to the first game, they call it differently,” he said.

Like new block-in-the back rules he says are still called the old way. That leads to ejections and fines, more MHSAA money.

“Anytime I get real mad, it’s because I want to defend my kids,” Hood said. “I’m out to protect my kids. When my kids do wrong, I get on them. When I feel like you’ve wronged them, I defend them. Not all (officials) are like that. I wouldn’t do what they do for what they get paid. It’s ridiculous.”

If officials are literal parts the of MHSAA, there is a bigger circle of trust and less rules would be misinterpreted.

SEC officials are part of the SEC. They are in the loop. To make the game the best it can be – about the athletes – that needs to be done in Mississippi high schools, as well. The officials would be paid by the MHSAA and maybe for the first time, actually held accountable. They’d be official officials.

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Falkner coach weighs in on ejections

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Bruce coach James Ray was ejected from last week’s game at Water Valley. It was tough to find anyone who thought it warranted. There are exceptions to every rule, but a lot of times coaches get ejected simply because they’re standing up for their players.

Here is a link to this week’s story in the #DJournal, and below a thought from Falkner coach Quess Hood.

Hood said yelling at officials does no good. He recalls a situation where his snapper was bowled over on an extra point. It wasn’t called, and still wasn’t called when it happened again, despite Hood expressing his displeasure during a timeout. That can result in coaches reacting in a way they normally wouldn’t.

“Anytime I get real mad, it’s because I want to defend my kids,” Hood said. “I’m out to protect my kids. When my kids do wrong, I get on them. When I feel like you’ve wronged them, I defend them. Not all (officials) are like that. I wouldn’t do what they do for what they get paid. It’s ridiculous.”

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Baldwyn-Saltillo postponed by lightning

Baldwyn players wait in Saltillo's weight room during Thursday's delay. (@brandonspeck)

Baldwyn players wait in Saltillo’s weight room during Thursday’s delay. (@brandonspeck)

Saltillo players wait during Thursday's delay. (@brandonspeck)

Saltillo players wait during Thursday’s delay. (@brandonspeck)

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SALTILLO – Saltillo couldn’t stop Baldwyn on its opening drive. And it took a hold to stop Saltillo’s Diamante Pounds from scoring a 65-yard touchdown. Lighting stopped everything Thursday at Willis Wright Stadium.

No. 2 small school Baldwyn scored on its first possession, then scored after a fumble on Saltillo’s first try for an early 13-0 lead. It was a lot of action in the 9 minutes, 5 seconds the game lasted in front of a packed house

Play will resume tonight at 7, with free admission. Baldwyn has the football at the Saltillo 40 yard line with a 2nd-and 10.

“It changes everything for both teams. It’s strange. It really is,” Saltillo coach Pat Byrd said.

Baldwyn was rotating Jacob Turner and Duke Upshaw at quarterback. A pair of 2-yard runs from Upshaw, one on the 10-play, 74-yard opening drive and one that followed a backwards that got past Pounds, were left on the board.

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Scores from Thursday, Sept. 18

Football
Baldwyn 13, Saltillo 0, susp. (game will resume Friday at 7 p.m.)

Softball
Corinth 5, Mooreville 4
Myrtle 8, West Union 2
Smithville 17, Nettleton 13

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Week 5 AP Prep Rankings

Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers.

Class Overall

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Starkville (7)

(3-0)

106

1

2. South Panola (3)

(3-0)

100

2

3. Tupelo

(4-0)

61

4

4. Oak Grove

(2-0)

55

8

(tie) Picayune (1)

(3-0)

55

6

6. Oxford

(3-1)

50

5

7. Brandon

(3-1)

46

7

8. Madison Central

(3-1)

32

3

9. Petal

(3-1)

20

NR

10. St. Stanislaus

(4-0)

14

NR

Others receiving votes: Warren Central 13, Wayne County 13, Germantown 7, Cleveland 6, Philadelphia 5, Clinton 4, Murrah 3, Ocean Springs 3, Jackson Prep 3, St. Martin 2, Charleston 2, Noxubee County 1, Meridian 1, Bassfield 1, Leake Central 1, Resurrection Catholic 1.

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Class 6A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Starkville (8)

(3-0)

107

2

2. South Panola (3)

(3-0)

101

1

3. Tupelo

(4-0)

68

4

4. Oak Grove

(2-0)

46

NR

5. Brandon

(3-1)

38

5

Others receiving votes: Madison Central 26, Warren Central 21, Petal 19, Murrah 7, Ocean Springs 7.

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Class 5A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Picayune (7)

(3-0)

105

1

2. Oxford (3)

(3-1)

97

2

3. Wayne County

(2-1)

90

3

4. Laurel

(2-1)

56

4

5. West Point

(2-2)

31

NR

Others receiving votes: Germantown 23, New Hope 19, Saltillo 7, Pearl 6, Pascagoula 6.

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Class 4A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. St. Stanislaus (10)

(4-0)

100

1

2. Cleveland

(4-0)

85

2

3. Noxubee County

(3-1)

77

3

4. Corinth

(3-1)

39

4

5. Ripley

(3-1)

38

5

Others receiving votes: Leake Central 30, Richland 12, Lafayette 9, McComb 8, Purvis 8, Kosciusko 7, Yazoo City 7, West Lauderdale 7, Magee 7, Forrest Co. AHS 6.

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Class 3A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Philadelphia (9)

(4-0)

104

1

2. Charleston

(3-1)

84

2

3. Tylertown

(2-1)

77

4

4. Louisville

(2-2)

64

2(tie)

5. North Panola (2)

(3-1)

55

5

Others receiving votes: Southeast Lauderdale 22, Kemper County 16, Collins 12, Kossuth 6.

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Class 2A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Calhoun City (6)

(4-0)

94

2

2. Taylorsville (2)

(4-0)

92

3

3. Bassfield (3)

(3-1)

89

1

4. Eupora

(4-0)

62

4

5. Baldwyn

(4-0)

50

5

Others receiving votes: Bay Springs 25, Hollandale Simmons 14, East Marion 8, Mize 6.

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Class 1A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Cathedral (9)

(4-0)

106

1

2. Coffeeville

(3-1)

88

3

3. Resurrection Catholic (2)

(4-0)

81

NR

4. Nanih Waiya

(4-0)

72

5

5. Smithville

(3-1)

32

4

Others receiving votes: Lumberton 19, St. Aloysius 15, St. Joseph, Greenville 14, Pelahatchie 7, Salem 6.

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Class Private Schools

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Jackson Prep (10)

(3-1)

109

1

2. Magnolia Heights (1)

(4-0)

96

3

3. Jackson Aca.

(3-1)

73

2

4. Centreville Aca.

(4-0)

52

5

5. Starkville Aca.

(4-0)

44

NR

Others receiving votes: Madison-Ridgeland Aca. 26, Pillow Aca. 20, Simpson Aca. 7, Columbia Aca. 7, Presbyterian Christian 6.

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Scores from Tuesday, Sept. 16

Softball
Hatley 10, Calhoun City 0
Baldwyn 3, New Site 1
Smithville 15, Vardaman 0
Amory 6, Corinth 4
Jumpertown 11, Wheeler 10
Booneville 10, Kossuth 9
South Pontotoc 10, Independence 4
Ingomar 5, West Union 1

Volleyball
Pontotoc 3, South Panola 0

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