Two valuable lessons about being prepared at the start of a game and not underestimating an opposing team were the big things the Lafayette Commodores took away from their 42-24 win over Center Hill Friday night.
A slow start by the normally reliable LHS defense resulted in 17 first-half points for the Mustangs, while the overall execution of the Commodores, a group that usually has no trouble putting teams away early, was only enhanced for the future.
For coach Anthony Hart, the win, which improved the Commodores to 5-0 on the year overall and 1-0 in Region 2-4A play, turned out to be a good test for his team. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
Oxford’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in the MSU High School Invitational meet held Saturday. Both teams finished fifth overall.
The Chargers were led by Lucien Duchaine who finished ninth overall with a time of 18 minutes, 11 seconds. Marcus Barnes was 16th with a 19:06, Kevin Clancy was 25th with a 19:31, while Wilson Gardner rounded out the finishers with a 35th-place finish (20:03). Scott Parkin and Austin Carter also scored for the Chargers. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
Lafayette’s varsity girls cross country team finished fourth in Saturday’s Saltillo Meet. Esmeralda Rodriguez led the team with an eighth-place finish on the 4K course with a time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Manon Mullen was 17th with a time of 17:59. Mariah Buford and Corey Hollis finished 27th and 28th respectively, while Teierah Campbell was 52nd overall. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
It’s never too early to talk baseball and on Friday I was able to take in the Diamond Rebels first scrimmage of the fall before heading to Water Valley for the Blue Devils’ 27-21 victory over North Pontotoc. (more…) (September 18, 2010)
Hello from sunny Oxford, where the 1-1 Ole Miss Rebels are set to face the 0-2 Vanderbilt Commodores.
Ole Miss enters today’s game fresh off of s 27-13 victory over Tulane in New Orleans, while the Commodores come to Oxford with having lost to No. 15 LSU 27-3. (more…) (September 18, 2010)
WATER VALLEY —It wasn’t pretty, but in the end the Water Valley Blue Devils did just enough to come away from Bobby Clark Field on Friday night with a 27-21 victory over the Class 4A North Pontotoc Vikings.
(more…) (September 18, 2010)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football series, writing about the first few meetings between the two schools and then taking a look at a notable 1947 meeting when John Vaught’s Rebels overcame an early-season loss to the Commodores to win the Southeastern Conference championship. (September 17, 2010, Page 4B)
A decision to return to the gridiron this season has turned out to be a great thing for both senior wide receiver DeShaun McNeal and the Oxford Chargers.
After not playing football for two seasons, the 6-foot-5 McNeal decided he would give football one more chance. His value to the 3-1 Chargers has been immense, not only from a receiving standpoint, but also from a blocking and defensive standpoint as well. (September 17, 2010, Page 6A)
In Ole Miss’ offense under Houston Nutt, running backs have to learn to share.
All-Americans Darren McFadden and Felix Jones had to do it at Arkansas and now Enrique Davis, a former prep star, is learning how to do it.
While Davis was a standout in high school and at prep school, he admitted on Monday that he wasn’t surprised when he got to Ole Miss and found out that he would be one of several running backs to get carries.
The committee approach is something Davis said he has come to appreciate and understand. (September 17, 2010, Page 6A)
The early season success continued for the No. 11 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night as they posted a come-from-behind 25-19 win over East Mississippi at Sullivan-Windham Stadium.
The win was the opener of MACJC North Division play for the Rangers (3-0), who were able to end East Mississippi’s 15-game home winning streak in the process. The Rangers were led again on offense by the running of Calvin Malone and Jay Jones and the efficient passing of quarterback Brent Osborn. (September 17, 2010, Page 6A)
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