November 3rd, 2012
After a two-hour bus ride to Batesville, Mississippi, the Raiders knew it would be an all or nothing battle ahead of them against the MAIS AA #4 North Delta Green Wave. Oak Hill hoped to play the role of giant killers on Friday night in the first-round playoff clash.
Score early, score late and dominate all four quarters on defense is one way to get the job done in football.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2; 7-0) employed that strategy on Friday night, defeating the New Hope Trojans 38-7.
This concluded the Green Wave 2012 regular season, one that boasts nine strong wins, seven of which were division victories, including a district clincher last week against Oxford.
West Point finds itself in what has become the norm for the Green Wave program over the past few seasons. The team will enter into the first round of the playoffs next week at home.
Josiah Coleman has a pedigree that runs deep with Mississippi law and politics.
He is the grandson of former Governor and Judge, J.P. Coleman and the son of retired Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Coleman.
He does not try to shy away from his family history. It's something that he's very proud of, but it's not the blood running in Coleman's veins that makes the 39 year-old law veteran believe he's qualified for the spot on the Mississippi Supreme Court that will be decided on Tuesday.
Ackerman native Tommy Coleman may be a familiar face to many in Clay County, having served 28 years as a Mississippi state trooper in this area shortly after moving to West Point in 1982.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-6; 2-3) had a tough loss on Friday night to the No. 4 ranked team in AA ball at North Delta Academy.
North Delta defeated the Raiders 42-14.
The Raiders two scores came after halftime, where they trailed 42-0 after two quarters of play.
The Raiders had end a remarkable turn-around season after losing all of their games in 2011. This was the most wins by Oak Hill since 2006 and the first playoff appearance since 2009, this all coming under new head coach Daniel Merchant.
Read more about Oak Hill's final game in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2;7-0) got a chance to rest some key players before next week's opening round of the 5A playoffs.
The back-ups played solid ball, and the visiting West Point team took down their final division opponent 38-7 at New Hope.
West Point finishes the season undefeated in the district.
Scoring early and dominating the entire game on defense, West Point scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 25-0 at the half.
Two late touchdowns by some up and coming players led to the final score.
The life of a kicker can be a lonely assignment, many times working by yourself to perfect your craft. Sometimes people do not even know your name or that you are a part of the team.
West Point fire officials responded not once but twice Wednesday to 813 Fifth Street where the home of Ferdinand Sykes caught fire early that morning and again that same afternoon.
It was around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when West Point firemen first responded to a fire at the home and stayed on scene for over an hour trying to completely extinguish the flames. The home, which has now been condemned, was filled from door to door with clothing and other items that officials had to climb over and around to reach parts of the home that was on fire.
Though Oak Hillâ€™s football team begins the MAIS AA playoff Friday, the Oak Hill Raiders and Oak Hill Lady Raiders basketball teams are making the final preparations to start their season next week. The Oak Hill Raiders had a somewhat disappointing finish to last yearâ€™s season finishing in the lower half of their district, while the Lady Raiders hope to continue their success from last season when Oak Hill made it into the All-Around State Tournament before losing out to Simpson Academy. Both teams are hoping that they can both be successful and have a winning season ahead of them this year.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors and Starkville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a three-year contract Wednesday to enter a cooperative regional development entity consisting of Clay and Lowndes counties.
County representatives passed the interim agreement, which was amended last week, with full board support, while the six aldermen in attendance also unanimously supported the contract. Only Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins was absent from the meeting.