Scores from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Booneville 4, Corinth 3
North Pontotoc 26, Holly Springs 1
East Webster 11, Houston 0
East Union 9, Myrtle 5
Amory 14, Tupelo 2
Nettleton 4, Smithville 3
Hamilton 9, Hatley 6
Mooreville 12, Saltillo 2

Pontotoc 3, Alcorn Central 0
New Albany 3, Potts Camp 0

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Video: Workhorse Stroupe enters final season


Talked with Falkner QB Jase Stroupe at the Oxford Jamboree. He led Falkner to a 57-0 rout of Middleton (Tenn.) in Week 1. Here’s the story of our talk and some extras on the video.

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Scores from Monday, Aug. 25

Amory 16, Columbus 3
Falkner 16-15, Hickory Flat 2-0
Ingomar 14, Pine Grove 2
Itawamba AHS 9, New Site 4
Jumpertown 16, Blue Mountain 2
South Pontotoc 14, Vardaman 2
Walnut 18, Biggersville 13
West Union 6, Mantachie 5

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Kossuth players honoring fallen classmate, hero

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*This story was published in our 2014 Football Journal.

Ben Shipman won’t lead the Kossuth band onto the field when the Aggies open the season at Corinth.

But the former Aggies’ drum major will get a hero’s remembrance.

Shipman, 17, was killed in an auto accident in March. His 2015 senior classmates are honoring him with a unique tribute.

“We saw the Batman cleats and thought it would be a good way to kind of honor him,” Kossuth senior lineman Ty Dickson said.

Dickson said Shipman always carried his Batman lunchbox around. So Kossuth’s 13 seniors will wear Under Armour Batman cleats this season.

Dad Ritchie Shipman said the outpouring of support, from visitation to Facebook to people he’d meet on the street, helped ease the loss just a little. A decorated musician, Ben never bragged to Ritchie about helping students with classwork or guiding new band members.

“It was amazing for me to see how many lives he touched,” Ritchie said. “To hear the teachers and kids talk about how much they loved him and how much he helped them, I didn’t know anything about helping kids with work and beginner band. Maybe I took it for granted. It just made my heart grow with how much I loved him.”

Kossuth is a family thing. Mom Trina is an elementary teacher. Daughter Whitney graduated there. Ritchie ran the scoreboard at football games.

Trina admits going to all the games will be tough, but Ritchie says he’ll still be there to support the Aggies “big time” and other family on the team.

“He really loved Kossuth. He loved supporting the football team and all the Aggie sports,” said Trina. “He loved cheering in the stands. It was one of his favorite parts of being drum major.”

Every player’s helmet will have a Batman decal with “Ben” written inside the Batman symbol.

“They wanted to do it in remembrance of him,” Kossuth coach Brian Kelly said. “Great people. It was a tough day for a small school like Kossuth. It is for any school, but it was hard to deal with. He was such a great kid and student, a 4.0, never had a problem out of that kid.”

Shipman tried athletics, Ritchie said. But he found his spot to express his love for Kossuth sports in the band.

“He loved it. He wasn’t really athletic. He tried, but was a little awkward,” Ritchie said, then seemingly smiled over the phone. “He loved football and going to basketball games and when Kossuth went to state in baseball, really got into that. He just loved leading the band, loved being involved.”

Kossuth is home on Aug. 29 against McNairy (Tenn.) Central.

It will be an emotional night for everyone. Trina understandably choked up when talking about Ben. Emotional, but with Batman symbols that clearly reflect the impact her son had – has – on his school.

He left memories, but also a lesson that transcends band and football, and even school.

“Every time you put on your cleats, you remember you never know when it could be over,” Dickson said.

Shipman’s life in Kossuth ended, but there are plenty of signals that show just how much he’ll always be there.

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Week 2 Rankings

Class 6A/5A

1. Tupelo 1-0

Friday: Beat Lafayette 20-0

This week: Center Hill

2. Oxford 1-0

Friday: Beat Jackson Prep 26-21

This week: Starkville

3. Starkville 1-0

Friday: Beat Noxubee County 51-19

This week: at Oxford

Class 4A/3A

Ripley (1-0)

Friday: Beat Itawamba AHS 34-21

This week: North Pontotoc

2. Corinth (1-0)

Friday: Beat Kossuth 42-0

This week: at Lafayette

3. Booneville

Friday: Beat Walnut 21-14

This week: at Baldwyn (Thu.)

4. Aberdeen (1-0)

Friday: Beat Shannon 42-19

This week: New Hope

5. Itawamba AHS (0-1)

Friday: Lost to Ripley 34-21

This week: at New Albany

Class 2A/1A

1. Calhoun City (1-0)

Friday: Beat Coffeeville 30-20

This week: at Houston

2. Baldwyn (1-0)

Friday: Beat Nettleton 28-25

This week: Booneville (Thu.)

3. Hamilton (1-0)

Friday: Beat Potts Camp 43-27

This week: Caledonia

4. Falkner (1-0)

Friday: Beat Middleton (Tenn.) 57-0

This week: at Walnut (Thu.)

5. Bruce (0-1)

Friday: Lost to North Pontotoc 28-20

This week: Potts Camp

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High School Softball Schedule

Monday, Aug. 25
Columbus at Amory
Jumpertown at Blue Mountain
Mantachie at West Union
New Site at Itawamba AHS
Vardaman at South Pontotoc
Walnut at Biggersville

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Amory at Tupelo
Baldwyn at Kossuth
Belmont at New Site
Biggersville at Tishomingo County
Blue Mountain at Falkner
Corinth at Booneville
East Webster at Houston
East Union at Myrtle
Hamilton at Hatley
Houlka at Ingomar
Jumpertown at Pine Grove
Mantachie at Shannon
Mooreville at Saltillo
Smithville at Nettleton
Vardaman at Calhoun City
Walnut at Hickory Flat

Thursday, Aug. 28
Amory at Smithville
Belmont at Tishomingo Co.
Falkner at Hickory Flat
Hatley at Calhoun City
Hamilton at Itawamba AHS
Ingomar at East Union
Kossuth at Corinth
Nettleton at North Pontotoc
Pine Grove at Wheeler
Shannon at Houlka
South Pontotoc at Houston

Friday, Aug. 29
Baldwyn at Booneville
Hickory Flat at Jumpertown
Houlka at Blue Mountain
Wheeler at New Site

Saturday, Aug. 30
Baldwyn at East Union
Belmont Tournament
Falkner at West Union
Hatley at Itawamba AHS
Hatley at Tupelo
Mooreville at East Union
Oxford at Calhoun City

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Week 2 High School Football Schedule

Booneville at Baldwyn
Falkner at Walnut
South Panola at West Point

Belmont at Mantachie
Calendonia at Hamilton
Calhoun City at Houston
Center Hill at Tupelo
Corinth at Lafayette
Delta at Calhoun Academy
Falkner at Walnut
Houlka at Okolona
H.W. Byers at Holly Springs
Itawamba AHS at New Albany
Marshall Academy at Oak Hill
McNairy Central at Kossuth
Middleton, Tenn. at East Union
Nettleton at Mooreville
New Hope at Aberdeen
New Site at Biggersville
North Pontotoc at Ripley
Noxapater at East Webster
Pontotoc at Saltillo
Potts Camp at Bruce
Senatobia at Amory
Smithville at Hatley
Starkville Academy at East Rankin
Starkville at Oxford
TCPS at Thrasher
Tishomingo Co. at Alcorn Central
Vardaman at South Pontotoc
West Oktibbeha at Benton County

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Scores from Saturday, Aug. 23

Monroe County Tournament
Amory 13, Hamilton 3
Smithville 2, Hatley 1
Amory 9, Smithville 8
Hamilton 10, Hatley 9
Amory 4, Hatley 1
Smithville 17, Hamilton 2

Union County Tournament
East Union 12, Ingomar 6
Myrtle 7, West Union 2
Ingomar 13, West Union 9
East Union 10, Myrtle 0
East Union 8, West Union 1
Myrtle 4, Ingomar 3

Cross Country
TCPS Invitational
Pontotoc 42, Mooreville 73, TCPS 83, Senatobia 88, South Pontotoc 124, East Union 126, Itawamba AHS 147, NE Lauderdale 195.
Top 10 Individual: Elizabeth Lunn, Pontotoc 21:53; Kendra Sanders, Mooreville 22:51; Allie Bennett, IAHS 23:47; Abby Hanby, TCPS 23:50; Sarah Dudley, East Union 23:53; Gracie Pipkin, Hickory Flat 24:03; Abby Tidwell, Pontotoc 24:17; Abbi Casey, Senatobia 24:19; Rachel Anderson, Mooreville 24:24; Lauren Koehler, Pontotoc 24:37.

Pontotoc 31, Senatobia 66, Hickory Flat 71, Amory 146, East Union 154, Tishomingo County 156, Kosciusko 231, Potts Camp 242, South Pontotoc 245, Itawamba AHS 248, NE Lauderdale 258, TCPS 281, Mooreville 383.
Top 10 Individual:
Jacob Ferguson, Pontotoc 19:03; Grayson Griffith, Pontotoc 19:24; Jarvis Harris, Hickory Flat 19:44; Chris Grisham, Pontotoc 19:52; Desmond Howard, Senatobia 20:11; Mack Warren, Pontotoc 20:12; Logan Locke, Tishomingo Co. 20:13; Jordan Peoples, IAHS 20:14; Levi Perkins, Senatobia 20:24; Drew Barnhill, NE Lauderdale 20:27.
Note: Complete results listed at

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Three Quick Week 1 Notes


A Great Thing

Houston back Brandon Townsend sat out last season. He started this year with 20 carries for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Toppers Friday game against Calhoun City is a big test to see how far the team has come after last year’s one win

For North Pontotoc to open the season with a quality win. Not to mention, it came against Bruce. Bruce is the real deal. This could do wonders for North Pontotoc, who not many people are paying attention to after the Vikes lost  a lot of firepower, QB Trey Jolly and ATH Marcus Green (to ULM) among them.

That Was Expected

Hamilton scored 43 points at Potts Camp. Figured, Lions are good.

I’d Be Concerned

If I was a 3A team watching very athletic and decently deep Aberdeen, which scored 42 points at Shannon. Louisville at Aberdeen Oct.  17.

If I’m Lafayette and I just got shut out against Tupelo and still have to play at Corinth without Tyrell Price. 

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Video: Aberdeen flashes offense in win at Shannon


SHANNON – Aberdeen’s offense looked potentially explosive and senior quarterback Josh Williams looked every bit a fourth-year starter in a 42-19 win at Shannon to kick off the 2014 season.

Williams made plays with his feet and arm all night, accounting for five touchdowns. Senior receiver Parish Cratic made a leaping touchdown as Williams scrambled free. Junior B.J. Williams shook off a would-be tackler in a 54-yard touchdown run. Senior Tyreke Gates had a shifty touchdown run. Senior Damian Curry held his concentration to make a catch in a rush of traffic. Eight players had at least one carry or one catch.

And junior touted receiver Jerrick Orr is still out after appendix surgery.

On a third-and-22, Aberdeen fumbled the ball near its own 10-yard line, but Tramonte Prather scooped it up and got all 22 yards he needed.  That was after Williams went to the bench after a hard tackle early in the fourth.

Here is Mark Bray talking about defensive adjustments and the win.

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Shannon coach Darryl Carter watched his team miss early chances, then saw Aberdeen pull away with back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter.

Senior Cameron Montgomery had a touchdown catch of 34 and a run of 32 yards.

Here is Carter.

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Week 1 Scores, Aug. 22

Scores, Aug. 22, 2014

Aberdeen 42, Shannon 19

Amory 23, Independence 7

Alcorn Central 42, Biggersville 8

Baldwyn 28, Nettleton 25

Booneville 21, Walnut 14

Calhoun Aca. 33, Humphreys Aca. 0

Calhoun City 30, Coffeeville 20

Corinth 42, Kossuth 0

East Webster 64, Vardaman 14

Falkner 57, Middleton (Tenn.) 0

Hamilton 43, Potts Camp 27

Holly Springs 14, Byhalia 0

Houston 29, Pontotoc 12

H.W. Byers 30, Benton Co. 16

Mantachie 32, Ethel 0

Marshall Aca. 70, Kirk Aca. 22

Mooreville 12, Tishomingo Co. 7

New Site 16, Thrasher 6

North Pontotoc 28, Bruce 20

Oak Hill Aca. 41, Hartfield Aca. 6

Okolona 40, East Oktibbeha 8

Oxford 26, Jackson Prep 21

Ripley 34, Itawamba AHS 21

Saltillo 34, DeSoto Central 13

Smithville 13, Belmont 2

South Pontotoc 27, Hatley 22

Starkville 51, Noxubee Co. 19

Starkville Aca. 42, Lamar School 21

Tipton-Rosemark (Tenn.) 36, TCPS 0

Tupelo 20, Lafayette 0

Water Valley 36, New Albany 33

West Point 21, Grenada 16

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Week 1 Picks


Myself and @genephelps will be picking five games each week. Feel free to comment with your picks.

Tupelo at Lafayette

Speck: Tupelo; Gene: Tupelo

Ripley at Itawamba AHS

Speck: Ripley; Gene: Ripley

Baldwyn at Nettleton

Speck: Baldwyn; Gene: Baldwyn

Aberdeen at Shannon

Speck: Aberdeen; Gene: Aberdeen

Oxford at Jackson Prep

Speck: Oxford; Gene: Prep

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