A complete effort from the offense, defense and special teams couldn’t have come at a better time for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night.
The Rangers won their second MACJC North Division game in as many tries with a one-sided 37-7 win over Coahoma at Bobby Franklin Field. Thursday’s win saw the Rangers (4-0 overall, 2-0 in division play) grab an early lead that only continued to grow in the first half. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead on the Tigers (2-2, 1-1) thanks to the passing of quarterback Brent Osborn, the receiving of wideout Myles White and the hard running of Jay Jones and Calvin Malone. (September 24, 2010, Page 6A)
All three area high school football teams will be in different places in their season when they trot out of their locker rooms tonight.
The Oxford Chargers (3-1 overall) travel to New Hope tonight to open its Class 1-5A schedule, while the Lafayette Commodores (5-0, 1-0) host Class 2-4A opponent Byhalia for their second region game and the Water Valley Blue Devils (4-1) conclude their non-region schedule with a bout at Independence.
During Oxford’s 3-1 start, quarterback Guy Cameron Billups has been leading the offense with precision.
The senior has completed 50 of 88 passes for 870 yards and nine touchdowns. (September 24, 2010, Page 6A)
Reports of the Lafayette Lady Commodores’ demise may have been slightly premature.
On Thursday, Lafayette virtually checked its ticket to the playoffs with a convincing 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-10, 25-16) win over Class I, Region 2 opponent Center Hill.
The emotional victory subsequently put the Mustangs and Lady Commodores in a tie for the second spot in Region 2, but according to the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s rule book, Lafayette will advance because it wins the third tie breaker. (September 24, 2010, Page 7A)
The voice recording on Ky Madden’s cell phone emphasized why he is one of the most highly recruited prep basketball players in the nation this year. With a bevy of college coaches and reporters always calling, the 6-foot-5 Madden’s phone message system has hit an overload with requests for his time.
Such is the life for the Lepanto, Ark., point guard standout who will make his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. Madden is rated as the 16th-best point guard in the nation by ESPN and ranked in the top 20 by recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com. As far as overall prospects in the nation, Madden is a consensus Top 100 player due to his outstanding athletic ability, ball skills and intense desire to win. (September 24, 2010, Page 7A)
The improvements made on offense by the Water Valley Blue Devils so far this year can be credited to several different players. From quarterback E.J. Bounds to running backs Torrey Horton, Zenty Allen and Eric Buckley to the offensive line as a whole, there are a lot of reasons why the Blue Devils have made tremendous strides as an offense. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette will return to action at home for the first time against a Region 2-4A opponent Friday night. Byhalia (3-2 overall, 0-1 in region play) will be Lafayette’s opponent for Homecoming and according to LHS coach Anthony Hart, the Indians appear to be the biggest team the Commodores (5-0, 1-0) have played so far. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
The Chargers (3-1overall) have already avenged their loss to the Tigers in convincing fashion, now they have their sights set on Friday’s opponent, 2-2 New Hope.
Last year at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Chargers dropped a 21-11 decision to the Trojans, who would go on to play for the North half title. The loss is one that head coach Johnny Hill called the most embarrassing of his career. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
Friday night will be the final non-region game of the season for the Water Valley Blue Devils. For coach Brad Embry, it’s another chance for his offense, defense and special teams units to work out kinks as they prepare for the games that really count.
WVHS will begin the first of three-straight games on the road at Independence, a team the Blue Devils lost to 7-6 last year. (September 23, 2010, Page 7)
Preparations for Saturday’s home game against Fresno State resumed Tuesday for the Ole Miss Rebels, who ending up losing two impact players during the session.
Sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s practice, while freshman running back/wide receiver Korvic Neat suffered a strained hamstring. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
The Lafayette Lady Commodores will not be making a second-straight run at a state title.
With a return trip to Jackson on the line, the Lady ‘Dores were unable to knock off Region 2 leading Lewisburg, falling at home 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) on Tuesday. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
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