Cougars to host Warriors in 5-3A battle
By By Marty Stamper and Josh Taylor/The Meridian Star
OCT. 4, 2001
The Newton County Cougars will look to keep their spotless record untarnished when they host the Choctaw Central Warriors for homecoming Friday night at Decatur in a Region 5-3A contest.
The Cougars took a 27-9 region win at West Lauderdale last week to improve to 5-0 overall. Choctaw Central defeated Scott Central 22-6 in a non-region matchup last week to improve to 3-2.
McCool's team bounced back from a 53-30 drubbing from Philadelphia two weeks ago to knock off Scott Central.
Newton County leads the brief series 2-0, winning 24-7 in 1999 and 35-15 last fall.
Darryl Mapp led the Cougar offense last week with 169 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Brian McDonald completed 8-of-14 passes for 134 yards.
Josh Avant led Newton County's defense with 11 tackles. Derek Mapp and Richard Croft both had seven tackles.
Henry led the Warriors against Scott Central as he rushed 17 times for 155 yards. Robert Billy added 58 yards on 18 carries.
The top Warrior tackler was Randall Hickman with a dozen stops. Sam Farve had seven.
Newton at Williams-Sullivan
The Tigers look to open Region 5-2A play with a road win at Durant against the winless Yellow Jackets.
The Tigers completed non-region play with a 3-2 mark with the losses coming to powerhouses Newton County and Ackerman.
Sophomore running back Travaone Evans had 188 yards on 20 carries and senior running back Marquis Poole added 145 yards on 24 rushes in Newton's 46-21 win at Enterprise last week.
Junior quarterback Ladarrian Blaylock completed two touchdown passes and ran the ball 10 times for 98 yards.
Williams-Sullivan wobbled to 0-5 with a 54-0 loss to Marshall last week.
Scott Central at Kemper County
After a tough 55-0 loss last week to Noxubee County the Kemper County Wildcats stand at 0-5 for the year.
The good news is that the Wildcats will be starting their second season Friday night as they host district 5-2A rival Scott Central.
This will be the Wildcats first district game of the year.
The Wildcats are trying to correct some mistakes as they head into Friday's game.
Hebron Christian at Kemper Academy
The Kemper Academy Rams stand at 1-4 overall after a 31-0 loss last week to Wayne Academy.
The Rams are ready for their homecoming throwdown with Hebron Friday.
The Rams have had to adjust a couple things to match up with undefeated Hebron.
Even though the Rams are probably out of playoff contention with a 0-2 district record they are still playing hard.
Louisville at Noxubee County
The Region 2-4A leaderboard will come into sharper focus after Friday's game at Macon.
The host Tigers are 4-1 following last week's 55-0 rout of Kemper County. Noxubee is 1-0 in the region.
Louisville improved to 2-3 with a 32-0 win over Neshoba Central. The Wildcats are 2-0 in league play.
Lake at Noxapater
Both teams need a win in this Region 3-1A matchup. Lake fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in 3-1A with last week's 29-28 loss to Nanih Waiya.
Noxapater found the win column for the first time with a 33-6 win over Thomastown. The Tigers are 1-4 overall and 1-2 in 3-1A.
Leake Academy at Newton Co. Academy
The Generals of NCA are still looking for their first win of 2001 as they host Leake's Rebels Friday night at Decatur.
NCA fell to 0-5 with a 50-0 spanking from Heidelberg Academy last week.
Leake comes into the non-league game at 2-3 following last week's 20-6 loss to Simpson Academy.
Jeffrey Chancellor led Leake against Simpson with 78 yards on five carries. Of that total, 75 yards came on one play.
Luke Culpepper led the Leake defense with 11 tackles. Drew Thomas had 10.
West Point at Neshoba Central
The Rockets look for their first Region 2-4A win when they host West Point for homecoming.
Neshoba, 1-4, took a 32-0 blanking at Louisville last week, while West Point, 2-3, was losing 21-18 to Aberdeen in a pair of Region 2-4A games.
In other games involving North area teams, Winston Academy (4-1) hosts Lamar Academy (2-3), Philadelphia (4-1) hosts West Lauderdale (3-2), Nanih Waiya (4-1) hosts Pisgah (1-3), Union (2-3) is at Pelahatchie (3-1), Sebastopol (3-2) hosts Edinburg (2-3), Central Academy (0-5) hosts Presbyterian Christian (0-3), and Forest (0-5) hosts Richland (3-2).