September 22nd, 2012
Friday night, the West Point High Green Wave hosted the Lake Cormorant Gators, defeating them 23-17.
Balmy and slightly chilly, the Green Wave took the field, ready to win their homecoming game. Several standout players made crucial plays in clutch situations to ensure victory by nightâ€™s end.
Mario Virges (#20) was a powerhouse for the West Point defense, along with Freddie Reed (#44), Ed Brown (#56) and Lederrius Gallion (#90) on the line. The Green Wave defense was able to really set the pace of the game, while the West Point offense was in charge of time management.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (3-3;1-2) offense has had its struggles thus far in 2012, but Friday nightâ€™s home match against Canton was the roughest outing yet for the team.
Eight turnovers, including seven fumbles and a lone interception, would make all the difference in a 48-15 Tiger win over the Raiders.
â€śYou canâ€™t turn the ball over seven times against a good team like Canton,â€ť said head coach Daniel Merchant after the game.
James Raymond â€śJimmyâ€ť Blankenship, age 67, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Healthcare â€“ Golden Triangle.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, from 6 â€“ 8p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Mullins officiating. Interment immediately followed in Davis Cemetery in West Point.
Keyston Amar Avant
Keyston Amar Avant, infant son of Crystal D. Bean and Keon Avant, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
Graveside services were Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. from Johnson Creek Cemetery, with the Rev. Bruce Guyton officiating.
Carter's Mortuary Services was in charge of arrangements.
Michael Ross Montgomery
Michael Ross Montgomery, age 40, passed away Thursday, Sept, 20, 2012, in Starkville. He grew up in Long Beach. He was a landscape designer with Mississippi Gardens and attended Broadmoor Baptist Church, Adaton Baptist Church and New Covenant Church. Michael Ross Montgomery was a graduate of Mississippi State University, with two bachelor degrees; one in Landscape Architecture and the other in Landscape Construction and Management.
Grady Berryhill, age 89, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo.
He was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Monroe County, to the late Susan Head Berryhill and Wilford Franklin Berryhill. Mr. Berryhill was a Mechanic having had worked for Bryan Foods, Bishop Chevrolet, Jameson Ford, TXI and later in his own shop. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Mr. Berryhill was a Veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps, where he was an Aircraft Mechanic during WW II. Grady Berryhill married Jimmie Dell
Pierce Williams III
Pierce Williams III, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at his home.
Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. from St. Paul M.B. Church, with the Rev. Eddie Longstreet officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation is today, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. from Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
No one who was present at Hamblin Stadium on Friday night could say that both West Point High School and Noxubee County High School didnâ€™t play their hearts out down on McCallister Field.
Both teams came out and played their games. The Noxubee defense was impenetrable most of the night, and it certainly was when it really counted. West Point was not allowed a single point, and with the exception of the lone touchdown of the game, the Green Wave defense played virtually flawlessly, as well.
The action words for Friday nightâ€™s game were â€śgritâ€ť and â€śdetermination.â€ť
The residents of Pheba and the many fans surrounding Hebron Christian High School have been aglow in light of their teamâ€™s remarkable season thus far.
The Hebron Eagles are absolutely dominating their opponents on a weekly basis, at home and away, and in return they have a perfect 5-0 record about which to boast.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (3-2; 1-1) had 277 total offensive yards on Friday night agains the Winona Christian Stars.
After winning their first two games, the Raiders suffered back-to-back losses, including a district game last Friday against Manchester. Oak Hill had lost the focus and discipline it had the first two games against Newton County and Winston.
That was not the case on Friday night. Oak Hill won handily 21-6 against the Stars.