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September 30th, 2011
West Point returns home tonight looking to improve on their tremendous start to their district schedule after dominating Lake Cormorant 42-14.
Tonight they take on a truly untested Hernando that have lost two in a row since their lone victory on the season in week three.
The Green Wave jumped off the bus from a two-plus hour ride up north and built up a 42-0 lead over the Gators early before the defense finally broke down in the fourth quarter.
Just days after coming up short on their biggest fight of the season, Hebron quickly erased the 52-50 double overtime loss to Park Place and put their focus on the reigning 8-man football champions in Kemper Academy.
â€śI think itâ€™s a good it stings a little bit,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śThey know how it feels now and they donâ€™t want it to happen again.
Last week the Crusaders overcame a 22-6 half time deficit to send the game into overtime and eventually prevail after stopping Will Corben-Rogers diving effort on a two-point conversion.
Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year and as the season rolls along the teams donâ€™t get any easier.
Tonight, the Raiders get back into district action when they take on Leake Academy after a two game road trip that saw them get shutout 40-0 in both games.
Leake has had a decent season thus far, scattering two wins among four losses over a six game span. Those wins came against Immanuel and Kirk.
Head coach Benjie Merchant said all the teams theyâ€™ve played so far have improved across the board from last season, mostly with new additions.
School was out at Fifth Street Middle School, but there were a handful of students sitting in a classroom Wednesday afternoon learning another lesson.
They werenâ€™t in detention, but these girls, the West Point junior high cheerleaders, were meeting like they have been doing all semester and more importantly becoming better people in school and the community.
SCOOBA - Justin Cox is having a lot of fun playing college football.
The former West Point quarterback that guided the Green Wave to back-to-back Class 5A state titles in 2009 and 2010, has gotten off to a good start to his collegiate career in the secondary for East Mississippi Community College.
â€śItâ€™s pretty fun, making plays and all,â€ť he said. â€śI just canâ€™t wait to play again.â€ť
Coming off a scrappy 26-20 overtime victory over Louisiana Tech last weekend, Mississippi State will venture between the hedges to Athens to take on a rare SEC opponent in Georgia (2-2).
The two teams have met just 22 times in the conferenceâ€™s storied history.
MSU will look to win back-to-back games this season if they can find a way to pick up their explosive offense that has been missing since the first two games.
Kelsey Redus and Isabel Facella had another good outing at the pool last week for the Green Wave swimming team.
Redus finished ninth in the girls 50-freestyle while Facella placed in the top 20 for the green and white. Complete times and scores were not available as of press time.
Head coach Stephen Stockton said it looked as though several swimmers were a little tired with it being on Thursday.
â€śThey gave a great effort nonetheless,â€ť he said.
CLEVELAND - Running low on fumes and facing elimination, Hebron Christianâ€™s run at a state softball title came to an end Saturday afternoon after giving up the lone run in a 1-0 loss to Deer Creek Academy in the MAIS Class A North state playoffs.
With the score tied at 0-0 through the seventh inning, Chloe Tapley gave up a single up the middle, in her 19th inning of work as Hebron failed to capitalize on several scoring chances with runners on the bases in the first and fifth innings.
PEARL - Hebron quarterback Will Corben-Rogers was stopped inches of the goal line in the second overtime as Park Place, who overcame a 22-6 half time deficit, held on for a 52-50 victory over the Eagles Friday night at Smith-Wills Stadium.
The Crusaders' Damon Cole rushed for a school record 311 yards and five touchdowns to lead the way for what was to be a heart stopping second half of football.
Entering Friday night's road game at Lake Cormorant, West Point head football coach Chris Chambless stressed one fact to his team over and over this week in practice: It's a new season.
After struggling through a brutal non-district schedule with a 1-3 mark, the two-time defending state champions started their new season with a bang Friday night, opening Division 1-5A play with a convincing 42-14 road win over Lake Cormorant.