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Rebels fall in season opener
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
Aug 29, 2014 | 183 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Carroll Academy Rebels fell to the Bayou Academy Colts 45-0 in Friday’s season opener. The Rebels will host Manchester with the start of a three-game series at home through September 12 before a three-game road trip. Against Bayou, the Rebels managed to muster up 85 offensive yards with 89 rushing yards and negative four yards passing. Jake Liddell led the Rebels with 40 yards on 17 carries, and Bailey Howard had 28 yards on four carries. Senior Tristan Wiggins had six carries for 25 yards. Quarterback Dustin McGhee was 1 of 2 passing with one interception. The Rebels had five first downs in the game and only five penalties for 25 yards. Defensively, Cole Lake Streater led the team with four tackles and one sack. He also had a fumble recovery and a stopped two-point conversion. McGhee had two tackles, and Colby Holly added a tackle with three assists. Andrew Montgomery had a blocked PAT, and Austin Jennings had a fumble recovery. Friday night the Rebels face a Manchester Maverick team that lost 56-33 to Indianola Academy last week at home.
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Board hoping health clinic will reopen
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Aug 29, 2014 | 77 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a medical clinic sitting vacant in Vaiden, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors was thrilled to hear news about a major Mississippi hospital looking to open a facility in the region. At the start of Monday’s board of supervisors meeting, Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert informed the board that the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson may be interested in opening a medical facility between Grenada and Lexington. The UMMC has hospitals in both those towns, and Herbert informed the board that he would like to invite its CEO to a county board meeting. “I think this is a great opportunity,” Herbert said. “We’re in a perfect spot.” Following the departure of the Mallory Health Clinic personnel this past winter, Vaiden, Carroll County’s most populated town, has been without an operating medical facility. Beat Five Supervisor Rickie Corley has also expressed his concern about not having a clinic in the town since the closing of Mallory. With the clinic’s interior recently renovated, Corley said wants to start working on outside of the building as well. After Mallory exited the building in February, pipes froze and burst, causing water damage to the building. The county spent over $20,000 repairing the inside of the building. “I think we should enhance the work on the clinic,” Corley said. “This would be a win-win situation, and a great first impression.” At material cost only, Corley said he would like to use labor from the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Jail to do the work. One inmate recently did work at the Department of Human Services in Vaiden, and Corley was impressed with the work. “The inside looks nice, but the outside not so much,” Herbert said. Corley informed the board that the outside canopy and the parking lot would need to be repaired. Board agrees on Arrow for garbage deal Supervisors made a deal with a garbage company to save over $20,000 a year. On Tuesday, a day after county leaders took proposals for solid waste collection services, the board voted unanimously to move from Waste Pro, who currently collects trash from more than 3,700 homes in Carroll County, to Arrow Disposal Services, an Alabama-based company. Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert made the motion for the change, and Beat Three Supervisor Marvin Coward seconded the motion. “We’ve got a chance to save $22,000 with Arrow,” Herbert said. “I’ve checked their track record in other Mississippi counties, and it’s nothing but good things said about them.” Herbert said going with Arrow could save the county 51 cents a can in Carroll County. On Monday, the county took proposals from Arrow Disposal Services, Waste-Pro and Waste Management. Arrow submitted the lowest bid to the board of $10.75 a home, and Waste-Pro submitted the second lowest at $11.26. Waste Management submitted a bid of $17.50 a home. Former NFL running backs Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints and Sammy Winder, of the Denver Broncos, were in attendance at both meetings. McAllister and Winder hold positions with Waste Pro. A representative with Arrow told supervisors that trucks and new carts will be brought into the county. September 30 is the end of Waste Pro’s contract in Carroll County.
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Whippets win 30-7, spoil Tigers season opener
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
Aug 29, 2014 | 7 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Winona Tigers went into Kosciusko looking to get that first win of the season, but the Whippets had other plans, defending their home turf with a 30-7 win. The Tigers started out strong with a first quarter drive of over 70 yards and a Teon Thomas touchdown. However, the Whippets answered in the second quarter with 21 unanswered points. “Our second drive of 70 yards looked good,” head coach Joey Tompkins said. “After that, we had a couple of turnovers and a good number of three and outs. We can’t have that. We had a lot of mental mistakes.” Tompkins said this week the Tigers have worked on execution, along with play of the offensive and defensive lines. He said in the Kosciusko game, players had trouble with blocking assignments. The Tigers’ Marlo Hill had 18 carries for 59 yards. Hill also completed 6 of 13 passes for 50 yards. The Tigers had 42 rushes on the night for 155 yards. Teon Thomas had 11 carries for 35 yards and the Tigers lone touchdown in first quarter. Reed Rushing added the PAT. Ken Merritt caught four balls for 36 yards, with Zack Carter and Dee Armstead having a reception apiece. The Tigers got eight tackles from Carter at linebacker. This week, the Tigers will host Choctaw County for their home opener, and Tompkins expects a tough Charger squad to come to town. Tompkins pointed out Choctaw County senior quarterback Jamarcus Bradley as a player to watch for Friday night. In the Choctaw County 50-13 win over French Camp, Bradley was 6 of 15 for 206 yards. “He [Bradley] has started since his freshman year, and they’re pretty good up front,” Tompkins said. Tompkins said he hopes to a large crowd of supporters come out for the first home game. “We want to see a packed house; these players deserve the support,” Tompkins said. “They’ve worked hard, and they’ll play snap to snap.”
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Jaguars win showdown at Winona Christian
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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For the second year in a row, the game came down to the wire, and one point proved to be the difference between winning and losing. The J.Z. George Jaguars walked away with a 9-8 win over Winona Christian last week at Stars’ field before a record crowd. Last season, it was the Stars that came away with a 13-12 win on the Jaguars home turf. The jaw dropping action took place in the fourth quarter, near the game’s end. With only a few minutes left on the clock, the Jags were barely holding on to a 3-0 lead. In the second quarter Jags quarterback Toby Brown booted a 27-yard field goal. With a little over a minute to go, the Stars scored the first touchdown of the game behind a Justin Burkett run. Quarterback Morgan Mills hit Evan Wood for the two-point conversion, and the Stars took an 8-3 lead with under 50 seconds remaining. After the kickoff, the Jaguars marched down the field and threatened the Stars. With only six seconds left on the clock, Brown hit senior receiver Julius Cook in the back of the end zone for the Jaguars score, as time expired. “This was one of the biggest wins for this school in the last four or five years,” Jaguars head coach Ben Burton said. “It’s probably the most unorthodox win ever, too. I’m really proud of our guys, they showed a lot of potential. This was a big win.” The Jaguars had 208 rushing yards on 26 carries, and the Stars had 129 yards on 48 carries. For the Jaguars, Brown led the way with 77 yards on 13 carries and threw for 94 yards, going 8 for 15. Deangelo Jobe had a monster performance with 11 carries for 123 yards, and LeJarvis Jenkins had 23 yards rushing. Cook had three catches for 66 yards to go with that game winning score, and Issac Hodges had two grabs for 14 yards. Defensively for the Jaguars, Joe Russell had a big game with nine tackles. Andre Williams had seven stops, and De’Angelo Quarles added six tackles. The Jaguars will head back to North Carrollton this week for their season opener against Philadelphia, the 3A team that went 12-1 a season ago. The Tornadoes whipped South Delta 35-0 last week. “How we respond this week will determine what we do Friday,” Burton said. “If we play to our potential, we’ll come out alright.” Stars Head coach Ken Chandler said he could not have been more pleased with the effort his Stars put forth Friday night, and he gave J.Z. George a lot of credit. “They’re a different team from last year,” Chandler said. “They really cleaned up mistakes, and other than a few off-side penalties, they were sound.” Burkett led the way for the Stars on the ground with 64 yards on 13 carries. Stuart Dickerson had 16 carries for 35 yards, and Waye Watkins had nine carries for 21 yards. Watkins also threw 5 for 7 for 55 yards. Evan Wood caught three balls for 36 yards, and Luke Pittman had 2 receptions for 22 yards. On the defensive side, Burkett led with eight tackles. Walker Pearson, Cameron Pyron and Dickerson each had five tackles. Blake Green and Luke Pittman had four stops. Up next for the Stars will be a road trip to Columbus to take on Columbus Christian (formerly known as Immanuel Christian). “They have a lot of athletes, and three big linemen,” Chandler said. “This week we’ve worked on blocking and tackling, basically back on the little things.” Chandler said he wanted the Stars to put last week behind them and look ahead to Columbus Christian.
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Hornets fall to West Lowndes
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
Aug 29, 2014 | 8 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A costly second quarter doomed the Hornets’ chances for a week one win as they fell to the West Lowndes Panthers 46-12 in Columbus. The Hornets allowed 24 unanswered points to the Panthers, from district 3-1A, and fell to 0-1 on the season. West Lowndes jumped out to a 8-0 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime up 32-0 over the Hornets. Hornets head coach Josh Glasner said turnovers proved costly for his team. “We had four fumbles in the first quarter,” Glasner said. “We have to improve on the turnovers and execute better.” In the third quarter, the Hornets got on the board with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dontavian Sutton to Desmond Turner. In the fourth quarter, Sutton scored on a touchdown run. “We had some bright spots on defense, but we have to improve heading into this week’s game,” Glasner said. Glasner said he expects Ethel to be a better team than the year before, with several playmakers for the Tigers. “They’re a well coached team, and they’ll be competitive,” Glasner said. On the night, the Hornets rushed for 163 yards with Sutton leading the way with 79 of them on 14 carries. Akkevious Robinson had three carries for 40 yards, and sophomore James Bevis had 35 rushing yards. Defensively, Bevis led the way with nine tackles, and junior Malcolm Campbell had seven stops. Demarius Womack, who left the game with an ankle sprain, had five tackles. Michael Eskridge, Sutton and Keenan Holman each had five stops. On Friday the Hornets will host Ethel in an Attala County, Montgomery County matchup. Last season, the Hornets traveled to Ethel and defeated the Tigers 8-6 on their home turf. Ethel is coming off a 32-0 loss to Mantachie last week.
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