JACKSON – Winona finished sixth out of 11 small school boys teams at the MHSAA Middle School Cross Country Classic.
“I was extremely happy for all of them. They all ran extremely well,” said Coach Chris McRae of the six boys and two girls who participated in the meet at Choctaw Trails. “It's a very difficult course.”
Winona was strong on offense, but not so much on defense, in its Region 3-3A opener, posting a 56-40 victory over host Coahoma Early College.
“We're not very good on defense,” said coach Joey Tompkins. We're not tackling very well. We have to find some answers on that side of the ball.”
JACKSON – Carson Holly and Noah Durham turned in strong performances for the Winona boys cross country team at the MC Watson Ford Invitational meet at Choctaw Trails.
Running in a strong field on the same course where the state meet is held, Holly finished fifth with a time of 18:23.82 for 5,000 meters. That is his personal best.
CLINTON – An’Darius Coffey has been sensational for Winona at quarterback this year. But he was chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama Football All-Star Game as a defensive back, the position he is expected to play at the next level.
It's hard to miss Winona senior Saveon Gross in the middle of the Tiger defensive line – a 440 -pound immovable object. It's a position he has occupied since his freshman year.
“I can't say enough good things about him,” said Coach Joey Tompkins. “He is always going to be where he is supposed to be.”
Winona quarterback An'Darius Coffey was sensational, as usual, in a 54-35 victory over defending 3A state champion Water Valley. But it was a special teams touchdown and a defensive TD that turned the game in the Tigers' favor.
“That was the turning point,” said Coach Joey Tompkins.