August 22nd, 2011
Jimmy I. Pollan
Jimmy I. Pollan, age 61, passed away, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at his home in West Point.
Hebronâ€™s first taste of 8-man football Friday night left a bad one in their mouths as the Eagles were grounded 34-16 by Strider Academy in the season opener for both schools.
â€śItâ€™s a loss and no one is happy about that,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śIâ€™m real glad to see that nobody is just wanting to survive the season, or survive a game. We all want to win.â€ť
Strider scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening minutes, one however did not count as the kick-off return was called back due to several penalties. A few plays later, and the Rams had an 8-0 lead after a two point conversion.
As expected, Newton County Academy's Dillion Williams proved once again why he is one of the best backs in the MAIS.
Oak Hill gave up three big plays, including two to Williams Friday night as the Raiders dropped their season opener 18-7 in West Point.
"We got a long way to go," first year Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. "We got to be able to move the ball on offense better. It's a stepping stone. We knew it was a tough team coming in and they executed well. We just have to eliminate the big plays and tighten everything up."
Vannie Louise Hill Henley
Vannie Louise Hill Henley of Mayhew died on Wednesday August 17, 2011 at her residence at the age of 74. She was born May 1, 1937 in Chickasaw County to the late Vannie Lee Malone and Jake Hill. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Ruby C. Doss
Ruby C. Doss, age 75, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.
Funeral services are today, Friday. Aug. 19, 2011, at St. Robertson M.B. Church, with the Rev. Elbert Lee officiating. Burial will follow in St. Robertson M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation is today from noon - 6 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home of Starkville.
West Memorial Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements.
You may go online and sign the guest register at http://www.westmemorial.com
Mary Elizabeth Roberts-Jamerson
Mary Elizabeth Roberts-Jamerson, age 74, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point.
Funeral services are today, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. from the Bryan Union Hall, with Bro. Vincent Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Itâ€™s finally here.
West Point and South Panola will kick-off Saturday night in front of whatâ€™s sure to be a sellout crowd in West Point. What better way to start the 2011 season then with the reigning back-to-back state champions in 5A and 6A respectively.
For some, there may not be a better match-up.
The Green Wave have been preparing since the Spring in anticipation for this season. Summer workouts and weight training sessions have kept players in shape and no doubt motivated them to turnout another successful season under head coach Chris Chambless.
First year head coach Benjie Merchant will lead the Raiders against one of the best teams in MAIS Class Newton County.
But Merchant says the boys are really excited to finally get going after showing improvement everyday throughout the summer and fall practices.
â€śThereâ€™s been progress as far as instilling the basis of the program in what weâ€™re going to do,â€ť he said. â€śWe still have a long way to go.â€ť
Merchant is on the first level of trying to rebuild a program that has fallen on hard times over the years, including the last two seasons where they have won a combined six games.
When Hebron takes the field tonight, itâ€™s going to be a test to their conditioning, something they have worked hard on all summer.
With just 11 players on the team they had to move down to 8-man football this season, but thereâ€™s been no excuses. Even though they wonâ€™t qualify for any post season play, the Eagles have been positive and are looking forward to getting some licks on somebody else; Strider Academy.
West Point will have their hands full some argue when South Panola rolls into town on Saturday.
The Green Wave struggled at times defensively in the jamboree against Louisville, especially in the secondary.
But after a week of watching film, Green Wave defensive coordinator Kendall Pickens feels pretty confident his boys will step up to the task at stopping the Tigers.
â€śWe got to get more pass rush on the defensive line and in the secondary, we just have to work on techniques,â€ť he said.