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1 What is a dromophobiac afraid to
2 What diet did George Bernard Shaw
stick to throughout his adult life?
3 Which French president personally
authorized the sinking of the Green-
peace ship Rainbow Warrior?
4 What country was the movie “Full
Metal Jacket” filmed in?
5 Which explorer’s day is celebrated
on the second Monday in October?

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FRIDAY | AUGUST 29, 2014
Rollin Sloan works at F&M Farms.
September 2:
Caledonia Board
of Aldermen,
Town Hall, 6
September 12:
Lowndes County
School Board,
Central Office,
11 a.m.
September 16:
Columbus Mu-
nicipal School
Board, Brandon
Central Office,
6 p.m.
WEST POINT — A second
man has been arrested in con-
nection with a weekend fight
that left one man in a coma
after he was found laying in a
restaurant’s parking lot.
Marquavious McMillian,
20, of Aberdeen, was arrested
Thursday by the West Point
Police Department. He was
charged with one count of ag-
gravated assault for his alleged
role in a fight that took place in
the Huddle House parking lot
Saturday morning.
Ralph Weems IV, 32, was se-
verely injured in the incident.
A spokesperson with North
Mississippi Medical Center in
Tupelo, where Weems remains,
could not be reached for com-
ment this morning.
Courtez McMillian, 22, of
Okolona, was arrested Mon-
day and also charged with one
count of aggravated assault. Po-
lice are not saying if the alleged
offenders are related.
Both men received a
$250,000 bond. Authorities de-
clined to comment on whether
the men were re-
The case has
drawn national
attention for its
racial undertones
after a witness
said Weems was
beaten because
he was white. The two men ar-
rested for alleged roles in the
incident are black. Police Chief
Tim Brinkley has said evidence
does not support claims the in-
cident was racially motivated.
The investigation is ongoing.
Witnesses are still being inter-
viewed, according to Brinkley.
The case will be presented
to the grand jury in October.
Brinkley said the grand jury
will decide if the case should be
elevated to a hate crime.
Anyone with information is
asked to call Golden Triangle
CrimeStoppers at 800-530-7151
or the West Point PD at 662-
Second man arrested in West Point fight
Zach Odom/Dispatch Staff
Jessica Gotcher of Starkville practices turning around the track at the Mississippi Brawl Stars roller derby practice in Columbus
Thursday night. The next Brawl Stars event is Sept. 27 in Pensacola, Fla., according to the team’s website.
Clay Co. moves forward with Airport Road project
Clay County supervisors accepted a
bid to widen and overlay Airport Road
during their meeting Thursday.
The project will widen a quarter of a
mile of road from 18 feet to 20 feet and
overlay the road leading to Mccharen
Field Airport, engineer
Bob Calvert said.
Falcon Contracting’s
bid of $167,277 was more
than $11,000 over the
engineer estimate of
$155,935 for the project.
That is a 7.2 percent over-
age, which is within the
10 percent allowed by the
Mississippi Office of State Aid Road
Of the amount, $122,000 will be fund-
ed by the Appalachian Regional Com-
mission, Calvert said. The remaining
costs will be split between the city of
West Point and Clay County.
In other business, the board autho-
rized Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy
Berry to advertise for a public hearing
on the upcoming fiscal year budget.
The hearing will be held Sept. 15 at
the Clay County Courthouse.
Currently, the base millage rate is
48.91, which is not expected to change,
14 school districts sue over underfunding
The Associated Press
JACKSON — Fourteen Mis-
sissippi school districts sued
the state Thursday, seeking
money they say they were ille-
gally shorted by the state’s pub-
lic school funding formula over
the last six years.
The lawsuit — which the
Clay County School District is
a part of — also asks a judge to
order lawmakers to never again
underfund the Mississippi Ade-
quate Educational Program.
State lawmakers have un-
derfunded the formula by
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
In this Aug.
14 photo-
graph, former
Gov. Ronnie
outlines why
he is trying
to get school
districts to
sign up for
against the
Musgrove’s legal group would make $27.8M
in fees from the 14 districts they represent
weekend to
West Point
Howlin’ Wolf tonight,
Prairie Arts on Saturday
Richard Ramsey
is excited about this
weekend. You can
hear it in his voice.
“Not only is it an in-
door event, we’ve got
one of the best stag-
es and acoustic ven-
ues around,” Ramsey
Ramsey, the vice president of the
Prairie Belt Blues Foundation, said
this year’s Howlin’ Wolf Music Fes-
tival in West Point will feature great
tunes and awesome eats.
The 19th annual Howlin’ Wolf
Memorial Blues Festival begins to-
night. The doors of Mary Holmes
College Auditorium open at 6 p.m.
This year’s lineup will feature the
The Dis-
patch will
kick off
c o l l e g e
football season with its first weekly
college football page.
This week’s page will offer a pre-
view of this week’s action, includ-
ing five fast facts about Mississippi
State’s game, a schedule of games for
the Southeastern Conference, Con-
ference USA and the Southwestern
Athletic Conferences and a national
schedule of games.
Dispatch kicks
off college
football page
Police chief: Grand jury to be presented case in October
Set public hearing for next
year’s budget
Weekly Q&A begins with
MSU’s sports info director
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closed in observance of Labor Day,
Monday, September 1.
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nColumbus Light and Water
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Waste Services will run regular routes
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in good territory or
hunting in good cover
during those times.
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Columbus Thursday
High/low ..................................... 95°/65°
Normal high/low ......................... 92°/68°
Record high .......................... 105° (1954)
Record low .............................. 52° (1952)
Thursday.......................................... 0.00"
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Atlanta 88 71 t 88 72 t
Boston 76 66 pc 84 72 t
Chicago 81 68 t 84 72 pc
Dallas 93 77 pc 94 78 pc
Honolulu 88 75 pc 89 75 s
Jacksonville 90 72 t 90 73 t
Memphis 84 73 t 86 76 t
Couple of showers,
An afternoon t-storm
or two
Partly sunny
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Aberdeen Dam 188' 162.96' -0.06'
Stennis Dam 166' 136.62' -0.06'
Bevill Dam 136' 136.36' +0.12'
Amory 20' 11.47' +0.21'
Bigbee 14' 3.62' none
Columbus 15' 4.48' -0.03'
Fulton 20' 7.32' -0.07'
Tupelo 21' 0.10' none
Sep. 24
Sep. 15
Sep. 8
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Sunrise ..... 6:26 a.m.
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Moonrise . 10:02 a.m.
Moonset .... 9:34 p.m.
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Minor ... 10:12 a.m.
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Minor ... 10:36 p.m.
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Nashville 87 72 t 83 72 t
Orlando 91 75 t 92 74 t
Philadelphia 83 71 pc 90 75 t
Phoenix 109 81 s 107 79 s
Raleigh 88 70 pc 88 71 pc
Salt Lake City 84 59 pc 76 54 pc
Seattle 67 55 c 68 55 sh
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Jo Shuffield, of Columbus, spots a butterfly on his shoulder after his walk at the Columbus Riverwalk on
“I know our guys up front have been working hard, and they’re
hungry. I think we’re going to see big things out of them this year.”
Mississippi State’s Taveze Calhoun, talking about his team’s game
Saturday against Southern Mississippi. Story, 1B. Daughter: Joan Rivers
‘resting comfortably’
The Associated Press
Rivers was hospitalized
Thursday after she was
rushed from a doctor’s
office when she went into
cardiac arrest, police and
hospital officials said.
In a statement, Melis-
sa Rivers said her mother
was “resting comfortably”
with family. She did not
elaborate on the 81-year-
old comedian’s condition.
“We ask that you con-
tinue to keep her in your
thoughts and prayers,”
Melissa Rivers said. She
offered thanks for the
“overwhelming love and
support for my mother.”
Earlier Thursday, The
Mount Sinai Hospital
spokesman Sid Dinsay
confirmed that Rivers was
brought there in the morn-
New York City police
officials, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity be-
cause they weren’t autho-
rized to publicly name Riv-
ers, said she was taken to
the hospital just after 9:30
a.m. Thursday. It was un-
clear why she was visiting
the doctor’s office.
Rivers’ representatives
didn’t immediately re-
spond to requests for com-
The entertainer has
logged a half-century in
show business and gave
rise to red carpet commen-
tary — and the snarky crit-
icism that often accompa-
nies it. Her signature red
carpet query: “Who are
you wearing?”
She continues to main-
tain a busy schedule, and
was to perform a show
Friday at the Count Basie
Theatre in Red Bank, New
Jersey. That show was
postponed because of her
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81-year-old went
into cardiac arrest
AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File
In this 2012 file photo,
Joan Rivers attends a
screening of the Season 2
premiere of WE TV’s “Joan
& Melissa: Joan Knows
Best?” in New York.
BEACH, Calif. — Over
the long months that
Victoria Mitchell lived
in her car with her infant
daughter, there was one
bright spot in her life:
doing laundry.
Every month, Mitch-
ell would trek to a local
laundromat and take ad-
vantage of Laundry Love,
a growing faith-driven
movement that helps
those who are homeless
or financially struggling
by washing their dirty
clothes for free.
Amid the comforting
routine of fluffing and
folding, volunteers be-
friend their patrons and
often find ways to help
that go beyond free soap
and quarters.
Mitchell, for example,
now has a job and place
to live after the Laundry
Love volunteers pooled
their money to help her
family rent a starter
apartment. They have
also watched her daugh-
ter Jessica grow from
a newborn to a curly-
haired toddler.
“You’re not just check-
ing a box to give a dona-
tion. You’re spending
the whole evening with
these people and getting
your hands dirty and it’s
intimate — you’re doing
people’s laundry,” said
LuzAnna Figueroa, who
volunteers at the group’s
Huntington Beach chap-
ter and has grown close
to Mitchell and her
Richard Flory, a re-
ligion expert from the
University of Southern
California who has stud-
ied Laundry Love exten-
sively, said Mitchell is
just one example of how
the organization can pro-
foundly impact people
through something as
simple as washing their
“It’s an opportunity
for people to live out
their faith out in a con-
crete way, in a frankly
elegantly simple model
where you do something
that’s necessary for peo-
ple who don’t have the
means to do it for them-
selves,” Flory said.
The movement began
about 10 years ago with
a small Christian church
in Ventura, California,
and has since spread to
more than 100 locations
throughout the country
to people from all faiths.
Suds, faith found at California laundromat
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
In this Aug. 13 photo, Jose Cortez, 4, sits in a laundry
basket while waiting for his mother to finish their laundry
during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Movement helps those struggling
financially wash clothes for free
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014 3A
Contact Helpline and the
Mississippi Modern Homestead
join Sunday to bring awareness
to suicide prevention with a
benefit concert at the Home-
stead center at 402 Lake Valley
Road in Starkville. The concert
is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“The Homestead is honored
to host Contact Helpline for
this event in commemoration
of the death of Robin Wil-
liams,” said Alison Buehler
of the Homestead. Contact, a
24/7 telephone helpline, has
received more than 10,000 calls
from people in crisis in North
Many who die by suicide
don’t want to end their lives,
they just want the pain to end,
said Contact Executive Director
Katrina Sunivelle.
That pain can be defined
as depression, anxiety, men-
tal illness, incurable health
problems, bullying, substance
abuse, loneliness, physical or
verbal abuse, Sunivelle ex-
The helpline’s mission is to
provide telephone crisis inter-
vention and be an initial point
of contact to the entire range of
available community resources.
Carefully trained volunteers
assist callers through personal
crisis and difficulty.
Tickets to the Aug. 31 event
featuring live music, food and
resources are $10, $5 for stu-
dents. Children under 5 attend
free. Contact is a United Way
agency. Tickets are tax deduct-
For more information, con-
tact Sunivelle at 662-327-2968 or
Sunday benefit concert brings awareness to suicide prevention
Mississippi Modern Homestead hosts
Contact Helpline benefit
The following arrest
were made by Oktibbeha
County Sheriff’s Office:
nDouglas Wayne Erwin,
21, was arrested Aug. 18
by OCSO and charged
with auto theft and parole
nJo Ann Mackey, 47,
was arrested Aug. 18 by
OCSO and charged with
possession of a controlled
nShaston C. Irons, 25,
was arrested Aug. 19 by
OCSO and charged with
burglary of a residence.
nReba Davis, 24, was
arrested Aug. 20 by OCSO
and charged with embezzle-
nJodie Young, 54, was
arrested Aug. 20 by OCSO
and charged with exploita-
tion of a child and touching
of a child for lustful purpos-
nAntwjuan Morelle
Terry, 26, was arrested Aug.
20 by OCSO and charged
with aggravated assault and
armed robbery.
nJennifer Stewart, 38,
was arrested Aug. 20 by
OCSO and charged with
nDeborah Lynn Furlow,
46, was arrested Aug. 20 by
OCSO and charged with
DUI-third offense.
nLadarius Montez
Webb, 24, was arrested
Aug. 21 by OCSO and
charged with sexual battery,
possession of a controlled
substance, and driving with
a suspended license.
nLonnie Andrew Larry,
32, was arrested Aug. 21 by
OCSO and charged with
sale of marijuana more than
30 grams.
nDakeeta Tucker, 39,
was arrested Aug. 21 by
OCSO and charged with
false pretense.
nKevin Antonio Jones,
45, was arrested Aug. 21 by
OCSO and charged with
domestic violence, assault
on an officer, and contempt
of court.
nJoe L. Belk, 58, was
arrested Aug. 22 by OCSO
and charged with DUI-third
nBrett Allen Hunter,
26, was arrested Aug. 22 by
OCSO and charged with
possession of a controlled.
nBrent Taylor, 34, was
arrested Aug. 22 by OCSO
and charged with sale of
marijuana more than 30
Dean Adams,
61, was ar-
rested Aug.
22 by OCSO
and charged
with false
Lee Richardson, 25, was
arrested Aug. 24 by OCSO
and charged with sale of
cocaine, possession of a
weapon by a felon, posses-
sion of marijuana with intent
to sell, and possession of
cocaine with intent to sell.
Terry Young
Davis Irons Mackey Erwin
Jones Tucker Larry Webb
Furlow Stewart
Adams Taylor Hunter Belk
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A 76-year-old man has been in-
dicted for fondling.
Charles Michael Rueff, 76, of 303
Warpath Road, was arrested Mon-
day and served with an indictment
for fondling, according to records
at the Lowndes County Adult De-
tention Center.
The case is being handled by in-
vestigators with the Lowndes Coun-
ty Sheriff’s Department, according
to Chief Deputy
Marc Miley.
Rueff received
a $5,000 bond. He
bonded out the same
day. Rueff does not
have a criminal his-
tory in Lowndes
Lowndes man indicted for fondling
76-year-old arrested Monday by LCSD
The Associated Press
LAUREL — A Missis-
sippi judge said he will
announce today whether
he will dismiss a lawsuit
that seeks to overturn Sen.
Thad Cochran’s victory in a
Republican primary runoff.
Judge Hollis McGehee
heard arguments for more
than an hour Thursday at
the Jones County Court-
house in Laurel. Cochran’s
attorneys said the lawsuit
filed by state Sen. Chris
McDaniel should be tossed
out because McDaniel wait-
ed too long to challenge re-
sults of the June 24 runoff.
McDaniel’s attorneys said
current state law does not
set a deadline for a chal-
McGehee likened
Thursday’s hearing to a
tennis match, saying attor-
neys for each side made
strong shots with their ar-
“I don’t know of any is-
sue I’ve ever dug any hard-
er in or stretched harder
trying to understand to
understand all aspects of
it,” McGehee said, without
indicating which way he
might rule.
McGehee later said he
would announce his deci-
sion about dismissal Fri-
day afternoon in Gulfport,
where he is presiding over
a trial in an unrelated case.
Cochran and McDaniel
were not in court Thurs-
day, but more than a dozen
McDaniel supporters were
there, including a state tea
party leader.
Attorneys for Cochran, a
six-term incumbent, argued
that the McDaniel lawsuit
should be dismissed be-
cause the Mississippi Su-
preme Court ruled in 1959
that a challenge for a mul-
ticounty election should be
filed no later than 20 days
after the election.
McDaniel attorney
Steve Thornton said Mis-
sissippi election laws have
been rewritten since 1959,
but Cochran attorney Phil
Abernethy countered that
the changes were not sig-
nificant and the Supreme
Court precedent should
still guide the judge in the
current case.
Results of the June 24
primary runoff were certi-
fied July 7, and McDaniel
started his challenge Aug.
4 with the state Republican
Party. After the GOP ex-
ecutive committee said it
didn’t have time to properly
consider the challenge, Mc-
Daniel filed a lawsuit Aug.
14 in his home of Jones
County. The state Supreme
Court appointed McGehee,
a retired judge from anoth-
er county, to handle the
Certified results show
Cochran defeated McDan-
iel by 7,667 votes.
McDaniel contends the
runoff was so shoddily
run that the judge should
either declare him the win-
ner over Cochran or order
a new runoff. There is no
known precedent in Mis-
sissippi for a judge over-
turning or ordering a new
statewide election.
Abernethy told McGe-
hee that the simplest de-
cision might be to dismiss
the case, which would then
likely prompt McDaniel to
appeal the dismissal to the
state Supreme Court.
Judge mulls request to toss out election challenge
Court will make announcement today
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Mattie Foster
Mattie Foster, 98, died
Aug. 21, 2014, at her
Services are 11 a.m.
Saturday at St. John
MB Church with the
Rev. Joe
Burial will
follow at
the church
is today
from 3-8
p.m. at Carter’s of Co-
Mrs. Foster was
born in Lowndes Coun-
ty on April 2, 1916, to
the late James Odneal
and Isa Odneal. She
was formerly employed
as a custodian with
Columbus City Schools.
She was a member of
St. John MB Church.
In addition to her
parents, she was sur-
vived by her husband,
Hosie Foster; siblings,
Mary Sharp, Carrie
Mason and Willie Hum-
phries; and stepson;
Claude Young.
Dorothy Johnson
othy Hayes Johnson,
72, died Aug. 18, 2014,
at Greenwood Leflore
Medical Center.
are 11 a.m.
at Charity
Full Gospel
in Colum-
bus with
Rene Reed
Burial will follow at
Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today from
3-8 p.m. at Carter’s of
Mrs. Johnson was
born in Hughes, Arkan-
sas, on Feb. 26, 1942,
to the late James and
Laura Hayes. She was
a member of United
Kingdom Ministries.
In addition to her
parents, she was pre-
ceded in death by her
husband, Louis Black-
well; three brothers;
five sisters; and daugh-
ter, Patricia Monroe
She is survived
by children, Rose M.
Lawrence and Charles
E. Blackwell, both of
Crawford, Louis Black-
well III and Bernetta
Reed, both of Colum-
bus; siblings, Eula Har-
vey and Rosie Payne
Jackson, both of Chica-
go; 15 grandchildren
and 24 great-grandchil-
Linda Johnson
da Joyce Johnson, 51,
died Aug. 19, 2014, at
Baptist Memorial Hos-
pital-Golden Triangle.
are 2 p.m.
at Beulah
Grove Full
in Artesia
with Timo-
thy Bourne officiating.
Burial will follow at
the church cemetery.
Visitation is today from
3-8 p.m. at Carter’s of
Ms. Johnson was
born in Columbus on
Dec. 28, 1962, to the
late Willie Smith and
Catherine Johnson. She
was a member of Beu-
lah Grove Full Gospel
Baptist Church.
She is survived by
siblings, Alvin Johnson
of Columbus, Willie
Johnson of Baltimore
and Francis Smith of
Rosemary Lee
Rosemary Lee, 49, died
Aug. 20, 2014, at Baptist
Memorial Hospi-
tal-Golden Triangle.
Services are 2 p.m.
at Provi-
dence MB
Church in
with the
Rev. Joe
L. Peoples
Burial will
follow at the church
cemetery. Visitation is
today from 3-8 p.m. at
Carter’s Funeral Ser-
vices in Columbus.
Ms. Lee was born
in Columbus on June
14, 1965, to Major Lee
Sr. and the late Helen
Lee. She was a mem-
ber of Providence MB
In addition to her
mother, she was
preceded in death by
brother, Curtis Lee.
In addition to her
father, she is survived
by children, Lamar
Lee, Shannon Lee and
Constance Lee, all of
Columbus; siblings, An-
nie P. Lee, Robbie Ann
Harrison and Major
Lee Jr., all of Columbus;
and 6 grandchildren.
Gwenevere Roberson
Gwenevere Roberson,
46, died Aug. 11, 2014,
at her residence.
Services are 11 a.m.
Saturday at Stephen
Chapel MB Church
in Columbus with the
Rev. Joe
L. Peoples
Burial will
follow at
in Craw-
Ms. Roberson was
born in Muskegon,
Michigan, on Novem-
ber 27, 1967, to Cleve-
land L. Miller and the
late Shirley Walker.
She was a member of
Stephen Chapel MB
In addition to her fa-
ther, she is survived by
her stepfather, Frankie
Walker of Columbus;
and siblings, Terrie
Clayborn and Marty
Walker, both of Colum-
Patsy Carver
Patsy C. Carver, 81,
died Aug. 28, 2014, at
Baptist Memorial Hos-
pital-Golden Triangle.
Arrangements are
incomplete and will be
announced by Memori-
al Funeral Home.
James Edwards
Rev. James Earl “Bear”
Edwards, 71, died Aug.
23, 2014, at Aurora
Health and Rehab.
Services are 3 p.m.
Sunday at
Chapel in
was born
in Colum-
bus on Dec. 19, 1942,
to the late Nathaniel
Humphries and Mary
Alice Edwards. He was
formerly employed as
assistant director of
Kids Growing in Christ
Mission and a disc jock-
ey for WACR FM radio.
In addition to his
parents, he was preced-
ed in death by siblings,
Annie L. Edwards, Pa-
tricia Smith and Jesse
He is survived by
his wife, Gwendolyn
Edwards of Columbus;
daughter, Monica Ru-
dolph of Montgomery,
Alabama; siblings, Fred
Edwards of St. Louis,
Carolyn Edwards and
Valarie Ann Richard-
son, both of Columbus;
seven grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchil-
Martha Cole
LA PORTE, Ind. —
Martha Evelyn Cole,
80, died Aug. 26, 2014,
at Franciscan St. An-
thony Health in Michi-
gan City, Indiana.
Services are 11 a.m.
Monday at Lowndes
Funeral Home Chapel
with Junior Eads offici-
ating. Burial will follow
at Egger Cemetery in
Caledonia. Visitation
is Monday form 9:30-
11 a.m. at the funeral
Mrs. Cole was born
in Harrison, Arkansas,
on March 24, 1934, to
the late Kermit and
Irene Smith Baucom.
She was formerly em-
ployed as a seamstress.
She was also employed
with Burger King.
She was a member of
Victory Tabernacle in
In addition to her
parents, she was pre-
ceded in death by her
husband, Melvin Cole;
daughters, Darlene and
Debra; brother, Pete
Baucom; and sister,
Kathyren Phillips.
She is survived by
daughters, Valerie
Peterson of Rolling
Prairie, Indiana, Lynn
Banaski of Valparaiso,
Indiana; siblings, Wan-
da Andrews, Ellis Bau-
com, David Baucom,
Tony Baucom, Kermit
Baucom Jr., Leslie
Baucom and Michael
Baucom; five grandchil-
dren, two great-grand-
children and two
Memorials may
be made to Martha
Cole Memorial Fund,
c/o Lowndes Funeral
Home, 1131 N. Lehm-
berg Road, Columbus,
MS 39702.
Johnny Rice
Johnny James Rice, 67,
died Aug. 24, 2014, in
Services are 11 a.m.
Saturday at Austin
Church of Christ with
the Rev. Tyrone Stall-
ings officiating. Burial
will follow at Sessums
Community Cemetery.
Visitation is today from
1-6 p.m. at West Memo-
rial Funeral Home.
Mr. Rice is sur-
vived by his mother,
Lottie Minor Rice of
Starkville; daughters,
Patricia Rice Woodum
and Christie Rice, both
of Charlotte, North
Carolina, and Daphne
Lee of Starkville; two
sisters, Lorine Rice
Baker and Addie Rice,
both of Starkville;
brother, Curtis Rice
of Starkville; and four
AP Science Writer
funeral caused many.
Stephen Gire and other
health researchers on the
ground in Africa had some
hope that the Ebola outbreak
was coming under control
or at least plateauing in late
May. Then came the funeral
of a healer in Guinea. More
than a dozen of the mourners
contracted the disease there,
probably by washing or touch-
ing the body, and took it to Si-
erra Leone, according to a new
genetic mapping of the Ebola
virus that scientists hope will
help them understand what
makes this killer tick.
“You had this huge burst af-
ter it looked like the outbreak
was starting to die down,” Gire
said. “It sort of threw a wrench
in the response.”
Ebola exploded after that fu-
neral and has now killed at least
1,552 people in West Africa. It’s
probably more than that, with
40 percent of the cases in the
last three weeks, according to
the World Health Organization.
WHO officials said Thursday
the outbreak continues to ac-
celerate and could reach more
than 20,000 cases eventually.
Gire and more than 50 col-
leagues — five of whom died
from Ebola while fighting the
outbreak in Africa — have
mapped the genetic code of
this strain of Ebola, and in so
doing showed how crucial that
May funeral was. They hope to
use that to track mutations that
could become more worrisome
the longer the outbreak lasts.
This detailed genetic mapping
also could eventually make a
bit of a difference in the way
doctors spot and fight the dis-
ease, especially with work in
preliminary vaccines.
On Thursday, officials at the
National Institutes of Health
announced that they were
launching safety trials on a
preliminary vaccine for Ebo-
la. Researchers have already
checked that still-not-tested
vaccine against some of the
more than 350 mutations in
this strain of Ebola to make
sure the changes the disease
is making won’t undercut sci-
ence’s hurried efforts to fight
it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scien-
tist at Harvard University and
its affiliated Broad Institute.
Scientists dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues
World Health Organization says worldwide
Ebola cases could reach 20,000
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WASHINGTON — Faced with
deepening crises in the Middle
East and Ukraine, President Barack
Obama is putting the brakes on the
notion that American military pow-
er can solve either conflict.
While that stance is in keeping
with Obama’s long-standing aver-
sion to military entanglements,
it comes at a time when the effec-
tiveness of his preferred options
is being challenged and there are
indications that some in the admin-
istration are ready to take more ro-
bust actions.
In the conflict between Russia
and Ukraine, Obama has relied
largely on coordinated U.S. and
European Union sanctions to try
to shift Russian President Vladimir
Putin’s calculus. While the White
House can claim credit for inflicting
some pain on Russia’s economy, Pu-
tin appears to be only getting more
aggressive, with Ukrainian officials
accusing Russia of sending two
military columns across the border
During a news conference at the
White House, Obama warned that
Russia likely will face more West-
ern penalties because of its contin-
ued provocations. But he offered no
indication that he was considering
anything outside the realm of sanc-
tions and explicitly ruled out the
prospect of U.S. military interven-
“We are not taking military ac-
tion to solve the Ukrainian prob-
lem,” Obama said.
The president did authorize lim-
ited airstrikes earlier this month
to go after Islamic State militant
targets in Iraq. But the discussion
quickly shifted to whether the
strikes should extend into Syria,
where the militants have a safe ha-
Obama at first seemed to large-
ly rule out that option, a decision
that came as little surprise, given
his long opposition to plunging the
U.S. military into Syria, a country
ravaged by civil war. But staying
out of Syria got more complicated
after the extremists announced last
week that they had killed American
journalist James Foley and threat-
ened to kill additional U.S. hostages
in Syria.
The president has also had to
contend with assessments from
others in his administration about
the need to move into Syria. The
most notable statements came from
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen.
Martin Dempsey, who said un-
equivocally that the Islamic State
could only be defeated if the U.S.
were to go after the group in Syria
as well as Iraq.
Obama cautions against using
force to solve crises
Indications that some
in the administration
are ready to take more
robust actions
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Barack Obama leaves after speaking about the economy, Iraq,
and Ukraine on Thursday in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the
White House in Washington.
The Associated Press
wreath-laying ceremony
at a memorial in a histor-
ic New Orleans cemetery
is among the memorial
activities planned for the
anniversary of Hurricane
Julian Castro, the U.S
Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development, is
among those scheduled
to take part in the cere-
Today marks nine
years since the Aug.
29, 2005, storm hit. It’s
blamed for more than
1,800 Gulf Coast deaths.
In New Orleans, federal
levee failures unleashed
catastrophic flooding,
destruction and damage
were widespread.
The city continues to
The Data Center, an
independent organization
that gathers facts about
southeast Louisiana, says
Census figures show New
Orleans with an estimat-
ed population of 378,715
as of mid-2013. That’s 78
percent of its 2000 popula-
tion of 484,674.
Solemn remembrances set for Katrina anniversary
Aug. 29, 2005 storm blamed for
more than 1,800 Gulf Coast deaths
The Associated Press
nors have given nearly
$700,000 to online fund-
raising sites set up to col-
lect money for the family
of a black 18-year-old and
the white police officer
who fatally shot him in
the St. Louis suburb of
The Michael Brown
Memorial Fund has
raised almost $280,000
from more than 9,300
people in 13 days. Two
sites supporting police of-
ficer Darren Wilson have
taken in nearly $410,000
from nearly 10,000 con-
tributors. The donations
have come through the
A look at some key
points behind the fund-
raising efforts:
Brown family
The money collected
for the Brown family is
meant to defray funeral,
burial, travel and living
expenses “as they seek
justice on Michael’s be-
half.” None of the dona-
tions will go toward the
family’s legal fees, the
web page says.
Wilson’s supporters
Public rallies in sup-
port of Wilson have been
far smaller than the
street demonstrations to
protest Brown’s death.
But the contributions on
the officer’s behalf have
eclipsed the online dona-
tions to the Browns. An
page raised $234,900
within eight days and
was replaced by another
page that has collected
more than $175,000. The
combined total is from
nearly 9,900 donors. Ac-
cording to the page, that
money is to be spent on
“potential legal fees, re-
location and living ex-
penses” of Wilson and
his immediate family.
Since Brown’s death,
people from New York
to California have given
money to one side or the
other. The online fund-
raising is in addition to
other events benefiting
either side, including
benefit concerts and
T-shirt sales.
Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File
In this Aug. 9 photo, people donate money for the fami-
ly of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo.
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It is not quite as sinister as
George Orwell’s “1984,” but
we now live in a world where
the expectation of privacy can
hardly be taken for granted.
From the National Security
Agency’s controversial data
mining operations to surveil-
lance cameras to the ubiqui-
tous cell phone cameras, we
are generally being watched.
Unlike Orwell’s dark vision
of the technology-controlled
world to come, even those
most concerned with protect-
ing personal privacy will admit
that there are instances were
the technology we see today
has served useful purposes. It
was surveillance cameras that
helped identify the Boston
Marathon bombers in 2013.
It was video captured on cell
phones that told the story of
the Arab Spring in defiance of
the governments who sought
to suppress that information.
In recent weeks, we have
seen an example of another
kind: We wonder if the pres-
ence of a camera might have
prevented the death — or,
perhaps, the public reaction
to the death — of teenager
Michael Brown in Ferguson,
Missouri, three weeks ago.
This fall, the Columbus
Police Department will take
a significant step in prevent-
ing the sort of confusion that
currently reigns in Ferguson
by equipping its officers
with cameras to be worn on
their uniforms. The CPD has
purchased 50 “Axon” body
cameras with a $14,000 federal
grant. Plans for the cameras
were in place before the Fer-
guson event.
This is one of those rare
events where it seems there
are no detractors. Law-and-
order proponents favor the
cameras because it will
protect officers from claims of
abuse while those inclined to
view police with suspicion say
the cameras will hold police
accountable for their actions.
There is some evidence
that both claims are valid.
In 2012, the city of Rialto,
California, equipped its offi-
cers with these cameras. The
result seems to support both
views: After the cameras were
introduced in February 2012,
public complaints against
officers plummeted 88 percent
from the previous year while
officers’ use of force plunged
by 60 percent.
The benefits to the public
and our public servants in law
enforcement are obvious.
There should be a note of
caution, however. Like any
technology, the use of these
cameras relies on using them
properly. When do officers
turn on the camera? In what
instances should they be
turned off? Will the footage
be used in court in such a
way that fails to take into
account the full context of the
incident? In other words, will
cameras be turned on only
when it is beneficial to law
These are all legitimate
questions. If we have learned
nothing else about technology,
we have learned that it has the
potential for abuse.
Clearly, though, when used
properly under clearly-defined
guidelines, body cameras can
be a useful tool in discerning
fact from fiction.
CMSD supe: All 10th, 11th graders
OldHenry5005: Aside from the benefits one
can get from instant communication in today’s
world, when teaching or learning the basics, it
really doesn’t matter if it is a one room school
house or an academic palace, teaching and
learning can happen if the teacher and the
student are both motivated and try to do their
best. Many thinkers, scholars, mathemati-
cians, physicists, astronomers, philosophers
and others learned not in mega-million dollar
scholastic cathedrals, but in simple school
rooms, in modest buildings with limited tech-
How many of us go to doctors, dentists or
other professionals who learned without the
modern technology and grand buildings we
send our students to today? Did we not learn
without breaking the backs of the taxpayers
for ever larger and more opulent institutions of
learning (my last grade was the 10th, as I had
to go to work for the family)?
If that drive and determination that is there
in the one room school house, that makes
teaching and learning able to happen even
under those conditions, is built upon with the
benefits of new technology and instant com-
munication, students can learn more. They
can push themselves to the limits of theirs and
the school’s capabilities. If that drive, deter-
mination and willingness is not there, it’s just
wasted money and hardware.
Parents instill either motivation and deter-
mination or laziness and lack of caring. No
matter what outside individuals do to try and
motivate young people, the default behavior is
most often learned from the adult they depend
on every day for food, shelter and attention.
Lowndes County bond issue fails
Thendrix0823: Also a lot of people are
concerned about their taxes going up. The
superintendent and the powers-that-be need
to show the public just how much this will
increase their taxes. If we want more industry
to come to our area, we have got to improve
our workforce, and this tech center is one of
the ways we can do this.
People, please, every election is important.
Please get out there and vote.
John: The City of Columbus has the same
mental outlook or worse. I do not want to pay
more taxes to causes that throw it to the wind.
For some reason New Hope thinks the rest of
the county owes them something. New Hope
fell behind over 10 years ago and has not came
close to catching up. I will vote no the next
ETG: John, why should New Hope chil-
dren not have the same access to uncrowded
classrooms and good facilities like they have
in Caledonia?? And just where do you get the
silly idea that anyone in New Hope thinks that
“the rest of the county owes them something?”
I was channel surfing
through a morning
program not too long
ago and stopped long
enough to hear a guest
discussing meditation
with the CBS hosts.
There was the obligato-
ry Harvard doctor who
was doing research on
the benefits of medita-
tion and then there was
a hip-hop mogul who
was hawking his book
on the subject.
Normally such talking head
discussions fall on deaf ears and I
can’t get away from them quickly
enough, but today for whatever
reason I got distracted and lin-
gered on the station long enough
to hear something that gave me
The phrase that intrigued me
was “a calm mind is a creative
mind.” It started me considering
when I have my most productive
and creative thoughts. I have often
prefaced my latest and greatest
ideas with the comment of while
I was in the shower this morning
or while I was driving. When I say
that, I get many heads nodding
in understanding around me. For
me and apparently for others, the
shower and driving offer good
thinking time.
With all the hundreds of
channels of music and television
and our ever-present computer
masquerading as a cell phone, we
have allowed ourselves to become
addicted to watching or hearing
something from the time we wake
up to when we fall asleep. I have
a friend who even sleeps with the
military or history channel run-
ning all night. There are very few
times during the day when the
mind isn’t challenged to
be listening or watching
That opportunity to
be still and think was an
unappreciated pleasure
from my years of flying.
One of my favorite flight
schedules with Delta
was to pick up a “red
eye” from Seattle or
San Francisco back to
Atlanta. With a mid-
night departure, once
you switched over from
the airport departure controllers
to the air traffic controllers for the
center of the region you were trav-
eling through, they would often
clear you direct to the outer mark-
er in Atlanta. From that moment, it
was the glow of the cockpit lights
and the light from the stars as you
made your way to the east coast
sunrise with little interruption in
The radio calls were minimal
and unless you had a “chatty
Cathy” for a copilot, your thoughts
were mostly your own. It was
silent time that allowed for reflec-
tion with the majesty of the solar
system as the backdrop. I honestly
didn’t realize what value that time
held until recently when I thought
about how I don’t have it anymore.
About the time I turned 10 we
moved out into the country with
almost 15 acres around us. Af-
ter work, my father would mix a
crown and water and go out on the
terrace in the back to watch and
listen to the whippoorwills and the
crickets and the horses as they
settled in for the evening quietude.
I always thought he was just un-
winding from the day but now I am
guessing that was one of the few
really peaceful times during the
day he could claim to just sit and
think about anything or nothing.
Technically what I am describ-
ing from my personal experience
and observations may not be med-
itation in the accepted sense, but
it may be as close as some people
will come to conventional medita-
tion and still achieve some of the
same benefits. It is that contem-
plative time that allows for the free
flow of thoughts rather than the
deliberate focus on some problem
or issue plaguing us.
It could be meditation will have
to be like exercise, a planned
event. I absolutely believe our men-
tal health and temperament are
greatly improved by exercise and
it would seem that meditation falls
into that category as well. If that is
the case then it might behoove us
to dedicate time for that into every
According to Psychology Today
the benefits of meditation besides
improving creativity are helping
to “reduce stress, enhance con-
centration, improve sleep, manage
pain, and lower blood pressure”
and they even claim that brief
mini-meditations can be done as
needed throughout the day when-
ever you want to calm your mind
and relax your body.
I haven’t tried it yet, and just on
principle it sounds a bit “touchy,
feely” for my taste, but in the inter-
est of being open minded, I plan on
giving it a go for a couple of weeks
to see if there is really something
to it. If that doesn’t work I just may
have to take longer showers.
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city administrator owns and man-
ages Spruill Property Management
in Starkville. Her email address is
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$1.5 billion since 2009.
The districts, including
Greenville, Hattiesburg
and Simpson County, say
they’re owed $115 mil-
lion. More school systems
could join the lawsuit, but
districts that don’t join
would not receive back
Former Gov. Ronnie
Musgrove has been push-
ing the effort. As lieu-
tenant governor in 1997,
the Democrat helped steer
the Mississippi Adequate
Education Program into
law over the veto of Repub-
lican Gov. Kirk Fordice.
With lawmakers put-
ting more than $400 mil-
lion into savings accounts
in the current budget,
Musgrove argues there
was enough money to fill
the $250 million shortfall
in this year’s formula.
“It’s disheartening to
see over the last several
years that the Legisla-
ture won’t even follow the
law that they themselves
passed,” he told The As-
sociated Press earlier this
Current law says the
Legislature “shall” ful-
ly fund the formula, and
Musgrove argues that
leaves no room for inter-
pretation. He hopes the
lawsuit is resolved before
the Legislature convenes
in 2016. Others say it’s
not that simple, and any
verdict in Hinds County
Chancery Court would be
subject to appeal to the
state Supreme Court.
Backers of a ballot ini-
tiative to guarantee “an
adequate and efficient sys-
tem of free public schools”
into the state Constitution
have actively worked to
persuade school districts
not to sue. They warn law-
makers might react angri-
ly by cutting funding.
“Millions of dollars
will go into Ronnie’s and
other lawyers’ pockets in-
stead of into the schools,”
said Claiborne Barksdale,
a referendum supporter
and retired CEO of the
Barksdale Reading Initia-
tive, which is funded with
brother Jim Barksdale’s
$100 million pledge to im-
prove reading. “The irony
is striking. The constitu-
tional referendum is by far
the best way to attack the
underfunding issue — a
permanent, conservative,
approach with broad pub-
lic backing.”
Musgrove’s legal group
would make $27.8 million
in fees from the 14 districts
they represent, according
to Associated Press calcu-
lations using a sample fee
“It is disappointing to
me that Ronnie Musgrove
is using education as a
pretense to get rich at the
expense of the Mississippi
taxpayers,” Gov Phil Bry-
ant said in a statement,
warning that successful
suits could force the state
to raise taxes.
Musgrove argues his
approach will provide
faster relief and get dis-
tricts back money they’ve
already lost, instead of
just helping in the future.
He said the amendment
would have to be enforced
by time-consuming law-
suits that could be as ex-
pensive as his.
“There are so many
schools out there that can’t
wait into the future for the
ballot initiative,” he said.
“They’re having to cut pro-
Other districts suing
include Clarksdale, Leake
County, Okolona, Prentiss
County, Richton, Smith
County, Tate County,
Wayne County, West Tal-
lahatchie and Wilkinson
Richton Superinten-
dent Noal Cochran said
board members believe
they can support the law-
suit and the constitutional
amendment. Cochran said
the district has had to cut
teachers and electives
such as fine arts, while
it hasn’t been able to im-
prove its buildings.
“The board felt like we
had an obligation to try to
recoup the funding that’s
been lost,” Cochran said.
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2014 International Blues
Champion Mr. Sipp: the
Mississippi Blues Child.
Mr. Sipp, who hails from
McComb and was born
Castro Coleman, beat out
170 bands in Memphis to
be named champion.
Bass player George
Porter Jr., famous from
his days with The Me-
ters, will be rocking the
crowd with his blend of
blues and funk.
“The Funky Meters,
man, right here in the
Golden Triangle,” Ram-
sey said.
Other performers
will include Lightnin’
Malcolm, who recently
toured Europe opening
for Robert Plant of Led
Zepplin, and Texas star
Carolyn Wonderland,
who has been featured on
“Austin City Limits.”
“Bob Dylan will tell
you right quick — ‘Have
you heard Carolyn?’”
Ramsey said.
The celebrities go
beyond the musical line-
up. Attendees will be
graced with meat served
by Hank’s BBQ in Co-
lumbus, who’s pitmaster
Hank Vaiden has been
featured on the Food Net-
work’s “BBQ Pitmasters.”
Tickets for the festi-
val are $15 in advance
and can be purchased
in Coumbus at the Co-
lumbus Arts Council’s
Rosenzweig Arts Cen-
ter, in Starkville at Jack
Forbus Insurance and in
West Point at Culin-Arts.
Tickets are also avail-
able online at
Tickets at the door will be
Prairie arts
The fun does not stop
with the music. Saturday
brings the 36th Annual
Prairie Arts Festival to
the streets of downtown
West Point from 9 a.m. to
4p.m. The festival is based
in Sally Kate Winters Park
and will spill into down-
The focus is work
brought by artists and
craftspersons throughout
the South and the country.
There will be every type
of handmade craft imagin-
able, a longtime volunteer
told The Dispatch. Other
highlights will include a
classic car show, live mu-
sic, a Kidsville play-area,
a 5K run and a chainsaw
This year’s Prairie Arts
logo was designed by
Carthage-native Nancy
Waggoner, who is a fea-
tured artist in this year’s
Attendees coming
from Columbus will have
the option to take a shuttle
that departs the K-Mart
on Highway 45 North at
8:30 a.m. and will pick up
patrons from the festival
at 2 p.m. Round-trip shut-
tle tickets are $10. They
can be reserved from the
Growth Alliance, 662-494-
Clay County
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Berry said. Each of the
county’s five districts also
issue their own debt for
road maintenance.
“On average, 49 mills
is what you pay in Clay
County,” Berry said.
“That’s give or take de-
pending on which district
you live in.”
A Clay County mill is
currently worth just over
$114,000, Berry said.
The value of a mill will in-
crease to $115,842 when
the new budget year be-
gins Oct. 1.
The city of West Point’s
millage rate will also stay
the same as it is now. City
selectmen set the mill-
age rate during a special
meeting Wednesday. The
rate for the city and West
Point School District is
94.81. Of that, 54.9 mills
go to fund WPSD, with
another 31.76 to be used
for general city opera-
tions. The remainder is
for the Bryan Public Li-
brary and debt service for
both the city and school
Mayor Robbie Rob-
inson said earlier this
month that the value of a
West Point mill was pro-
jected to increase from
its current $75,000. In
June, selectmen adopted
a general fund budget of
$7,710,789. in expenses
between general gov-
ernment, the police and
fire departments, public
works and parks and rec-
Dispatch file photo
Helen Brown, left, and Ronnie Temple dance the night away during the 2012 Howlin’
Wolf Festival in West Point in this Dispatch file photo.
Continued from Page 1A
As part of our weekly
preview for MSU’s game
— which this week is
against Southern Missis-
sippi at 6:30 p.m. Satur-
day at Davis Wade Stadi-
um — the Dispatch will
provide a weekly Q&A
with someone involved in
MSU’s game-day prepa-
rations. Today’s feature
is on MSU’s new sports
information director Bill
Martin, who works with
the football team.
Also on today’s page,
The Dispatch will provide
a feature about former
New Hope High School
standout Trae Collins, who
hopes to make an impact
Saturday when his Golden
Eagles face the Bulldogs.
There also will be cap-
sule previews of the best
SEC games on Saturday,
including Alabama’s game
against West Virginia in
the Georgia Dome in At-
Go Dawgs!
WEST POINT — For three-and-
a-half quarters, the West Point and
South Panola high school football
teams stood toe-to-toe and traded
punches like they were in a classic
heavyweight fight.
The Tigers landed the last blow.
Senior Darrell Henderson scored
on a 13-yard
run with a
little less than
four minutes
to play, and South Panola’s defense
forced West Point’s third turnover
on the ensuing possession to escape
with a 14-10 victory.
“It was tough, very physical,” said
Henderson, whose game-winning
touchdown followed a 43-yard con-
nection between quarterback Tyler
Pogue and wide receiver Demetrius
Market. “It’s always a battle against
West Point. We love playing them,
and they love playing us because it’s
Starkville High School football
coach Jamie Mitch-
ell feels his squad
will be battled tested
by the time play in
the Mississippi High
School Activities As-
sociation Class 6A, Region 2 begins.
Starkville has assembled a
star-studded non-region schedule
designed to ensure it will be at peak
performance when it’s time to play
Kelly and the East Missis-
sippi Community College
football team received
rave reviews for their
opening act.
Kelly, a transfer from
Clemson University,
threw for 350 yards and
four touchdowns as top-
ranked EMCC opened
defense of its National
Junior College Athlet-
ic Association national
championship with a 52-
14 victory against South-
west Mississippi C.C. on
Thursday night at Hurst
“After the first couple
of series, we reached an
incredible comfort level,”
EMCC sophomore wide
receiver Brandon Acker
said. “Chad (Kelly) was
really throwing darts all
over the place. He had a
truly amazing game.”
EMCC won its 13th-
straight game and its sea-
son opener for the sixth
time in seven tries under
coach Buddy Stephens.
The final 25 minutes, 20
seconds were played un-
der the new Mississippi
Association of Commu-
nity and Junior Colleges
“mercy rule.” The rule
calls for a running clock
any time a team holds a
lead of 38 or more points
in the second half. The
teams ran only 18 plays in
the fourth quarter.
“It was a really good
The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Bo Wallace wants to
close his college career in style.
He’d rather forget the way his final
season started out.
The Ole Miss senior was intercepted
three times in the first half, and the No.
18 Rebels struggled to a 7-6 lead heading
to the fourth quarter against Boise State.
But Wallace tossed three of his four
touchdown passes in the final period —
on consecutive throws, no less — and
Ole Miss pulled away for a 35-13 victory
Thursday night.
“Just decent,” Wallace said, assess-
ing his 387-yard performance. “I have
things to work on. Luckily, we were able
to bounce back in the second half.”
The Rebels (1-0) got the victory
Special to The Dispatch
Kyle Shaw has won five NeSmith Late
Model races this year, though his first
big-money race win in the division still
eludes him.
The Millport, Alabama, native’s form this
season suggests he’s due: three NeSmith
Weekly Feature wins at Magnolia Motor
Speedway and three Crate Late Model wins
at Columbus Speedway. He’s second in track
points at Magnolia; and he qualified third in
two previous NeSmith National Tour races
at Magnolia this season.
The qualifying runs in the national rac-
es were followed by places in the top four,
deep into each race, before misfortune
found Shaw and forced him into finishes
of 13th and 15th.
“Some things have to go your way,
Adam Minichino: 327-1297
See EMCC, 3B
See SHAW, 3B
Stan Beall/Special to The Dispatch
Ole Miss’ Tony Conner goes up for an interception in the fourth quarter Thursday
night in a 35-13 victory against Boise State in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Heritage Academy wins
Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Heritage Academy’s Kaitlyn Oswalt looks back at the
umpire to see his call Thursday in her team’s game
against Central Academy in Columbus. Heritage
Academy won 9-2. Page 3B
Volleyball Anyone?
Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Starkville High School’s Tanita Thompson grabs a loose
ball and smiles during a break in the action Thursday
night against New Hope High in Columbus. Thompson
had three kills in a 3-0 victory. Page 3B
Kyle Shaw wants
win at Magnolia
STARKVILLE — When asked how
he and his teammates plan to slow
down a Southern Mississippi passing
attack that averaged 38 attempts per
game in 2013, Mississippi State cor-
nerback Taveze Calhoun’s answer had
nothing to do with the Bulldogs’ defen-
sive backfield.
Instead, the junior focused on an-
other group of Bulldogs that will be
crucial in Saturday night’s season
“I think it all starts up front with our
defensive line,” said Calhoun, who fin-
ished second on the team with three
interceptions a season ago. “If they
can get pressure and get to the quar-
terback, it makes our job easier. I know
our guys up front have been working
hard, and they’re hungry. I think we’re
going to see big things out of them this
How big an impact MSU’s defensive
line, led by sophomore defensive tack-
le Chris Jones and senior defensive end
Preston Smith, makes will likely help
determine the outcome in the game
that will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC
Network. The matchup of MSU’s de-
fensive line against the USM offensive
line pits one of the Bulldogs’ biggest
strengths against one of the Golden
Eagles’ biggest weaknesses.
In short, it’s the most pivotal match-
up on the field.
“They are big and they are physi-
cal,” USM coach Todd Monken said of
the MSU defensive line. “They’re just
plain nasty. We have to do a good job up
front and match their physicality.”
That will be a tall task for an of-
fensive line that ranked as one of the
country’s worst in 2013. The Eagles
rushed for 855 yards in 12 games, good
for 123rd out of 125 Division I teams.
USM’s offensive line allowed 36 sacks,
which registered 109th in the nation.
That’s a bad combination for a
group that will try to slow down a push
by a big, experienced MSU defensive
front. Jones, who recorded a team-best
10 quarterback hurries, is the headlin-
er. The former five-star prospect out of
Houston High School enters his soph-
omore season as one of the best defen-
sive linemen in the conference. He an-
chors a line that finished fourth in the
Southeastern Conference in rushing
MSU will try
to set tone
with ‘D’ line
Bulldogs hope experienced
group comes through Saturday
n Southern
6:30 p.m. Saturday,
Davis Wade Stadium (SEC Network)
New Hope High School standout Trae
Collins hopes to play a key role for
Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
Page 2B
Wallace, Rebels rebound after sluggish first half to defeat Broncos
Ole Miss 35, Boise State 13
Lions show no mercy on Bears
EMCC 52,
Southwest Miss., 14
Starkville set
to face Oxford
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Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch
West Point High School’s Kaelon
Collins goes up to make a catch in
between South Panola’s Kam
Edwards (5) and Quandarious
Hamilton (3). Collins fell to the
ground and came up with the ball
after it deflected off one of the
South Panola players.
Defensive battle
goes to Tigers
Late TD costs Green Wave
fourth-straight loss in series
South Panola 14,
West Point 10
Trae Collins didn’t know how to
How would you react if someone told
you you had a broken back?
Collins knew some-
thing didn’t feel right
his senior year at New
Hope High School, but
he didn’t know why. It
wasn’t until he arrived at
Southern Mississippi for
a chance to compete for
playing time as a fresh-
man that he realized he
was more injured than he thought.
“I didn’t know what to say,” said the
5-foot-11, 183-pound former two-star
recruit by,, and “I expected to come in
and contribute immediately. Getting
that news, I was heartbroken.”
The stress fracture to the L4-L5,
the two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar
spine, forced him to redshirt last sea-
son. Collins had to wear a back brace
for three months and needed to have
surgery. Suffice it to say he wasn’t able
to do anything. For a player who led all
of Mississippi High School Activities As-
sociation Class 5A teams with nine inter-
ceptions as a junior in 2011, that was “the
hardest thing” Collins has ever done in
his life.
On Saturday, Collins anticipates be-
ing back in his element. He said he ex-
pects to be a “third-down specialist” for
Southern Mississippi when the Golden
Eagles will take on Mississippi State at
Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be
a return home, of sorts, for Collins, who
was a standout at New Hope High, which
is about 45 minutes from Starkville.
Collins made a name for himself with
the Trojans. The Clarion-Ledger named
Collins one of its top 40 recruits for 2012.
He also earned All-District, All-Area,
All-Region, and All-Metro honors as a ju-
nior and as a senior, and had 1,000 yard
receiving and 10 touchdowns in his final
two seasons.
But Collins went from a football and
baseball standout to a fan because of
the injury. He admitted he had doubts
he would play football again, especially
after support staff personnel asked him
if he wanted to risk another injury and
said there was a possibility he might not
be able to get back to the level he was in
high school. But Collins said he is mov-
ing and feeling great and will play what-
ever role — a blitzer or as a cover corner-
back — in the Golden Eagles’ defense.
“I feel as good as I have ever been,”
Collins said. “I went back home and was
playing with some of guys and they said,
‘What did they do to you? We thought
you had back surgery?’ I was moving in-
credibly fast. It has been a blessing from
STARKVILLE — Bill Martin has
spent nearly 14 years working in media
relations within the Southeastern Con-
ference, spending most of that time at
But after being hired as Mississippi
State assistant direc-
tor for media relations
and now serving as the
school’s sports informa-
tion director for football,
Martin will begin his
first season in Starkville
when MSU plays host to
Southern Mississippi at
6:30 p.m. Saturday on
the SEC Network. Sports writer Bran-
don Walker sat down with Martin on
Thursday to discuss the new job, this
season, and the MSU football program.
Dispatch: You are eight months into
the job, what are your impressions?
Martin: Love it. It’s a great place, a
great staff. It’s everything I thought it
would be and more. When I came for my
interview, I was attracted to the place
because of the hospitality and southern
feel to it, the family environment. The
leadership of the athletic department as
a whole was just fantastic. I knew a lot of
people here before I took the job. When
(Athletic Director Scott Stricklin) talks
about the blue-collar mentality, the fits
me. Work ethic, working hard is proba-
bly No. 1 on my list of important thing,
and everybody does that here.
Dispatch: We are two days from game
day in your first season at MSU. What
has game week been like for you?
Martin: Hectic. It always will be be-
cause you’re getting back into the flow
of things. Once you get an established
routine, you’ll be fine. Also, there’s not
a SID in the country who hasn’t had a
hectic first week because you’re getting
back into a routine. All of the presea-
son checklists you have to go through
makes you very busy. And I’m kind of
like a control freak when it comes to
making sure things run smoothly.
Dispatch: MSU probably has more
individual hype than any team in recent
memory. A lot of people want to talk to
Dak Prescott, a lot of people want to talk
to Dan Mullen. How has that affected
your job this summer?
Martin: I expected that to happen.
That only happens, not because of us,
but it comes from having great players.
What they’ve accomplished in the past
has led them to this offseason hype.
That’s what makes our jobs fun. It’s
more work, but that’s what we do, and
that’s what we want to do. We always
want to promote players.
Dispatch: This is your first season
here, so you don’t have a point of refer-
ence, but to your knowledge, how much
more attention from national and re-
gional media has this team generated
this summer?
Martin: Unprecedented. One, you
The Associated Press
Top 25 Schedule
Today’s Game
No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State at Arlington,
Texas, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia at Atlanta, 2:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota, 9:30 p.m.
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. Navy at Baltimore, 11 a.m.
No. 6 Auburn vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at Virginia, 11 a.m.
No. 11 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 3 p.m.
No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 16 Clemson, 4:30 p.m.
No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin at Houston, 8 p.m.
No. 15 Southern Cal vs. Fresno State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Rice, 2:30 p.m.
No. 20 Kansas State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 6:10 p.m.
No. 22 Nebraska vs. FAU, 2:30 p.m.
No. 23 North Carolina vs. Liberty, 5 p.m.
No. 24 Missouri vs. South Dakota State, 2:30 p.m.
No. 25 Washington at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday’s Game
No. 10 Baylor vs. SMU, 6:30 p.m.
National Schedule
Today’s Games
BYU at UConn, 6 p.m.
Villanova at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m.
Bowling Green at W. Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Jacksonville St. at Michigan St., 6:30 p.m.
UTSA at Houston, 8 p.m.
Colorado St. vs. Colorado at Denver, 8 p.m.
UNLV at Arizona, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
Penn St. vs. UCF at Dublin, Ireland, 7:30 a.m.
Wagner at Georgetown, 11 a.m.
Ohio St. vs. Navy at Baltimore, 11 a.m.
Delaware at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
Delaware St. at Monmouth (NJ), Noon
Boston College at UMass, 2 p.m.
Duquesne at Buffalo, 2:30 p.m.
Holy Cross at Albany (NY), 5 p.m.
VMI at Bucknell, 5 p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.) at Fordham, 5 p.m.
Norfolk St. at Maine, 5 p.m.
Marist at Sacred Heart, 5 p.m.
CCSU at Towson, 5 p.m.
UT-Martin at Kentucky, 11 a.m.
Troy at UAB, 11 a.m.
UCLA at Virginia, 11 a.m.
Wofford at Georgia Tech, 11:30 a.m.
Georgia Southern at NC State, 11:30 a.m.
West Virginia vs. Alabama at Atlanta,
2:30 p.m.
James Madison at Maryland, 2:30 p.m.
Hampton at Old Dominion, 2:30 p.m.
Arkansas at Auburn, 3 p.m.
SC State at Benedict, 3 p.m.
William & Mary at Virginia Tech, 3 p.m.
Va. Lynchburg at Alcorn St., 4 p.m.
U. of Faith at MVSU, 4 p.m.
Clemson at Georgia, 4:30 p.m.
Elon at Duke, 5 p.m.
Liberty at North Carolina, 5 p.m.
Morehead St. at Richmond, 5 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at The Citadel, 5 p.m.
College of Faith at Davidson, 6 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman at FIU, 6 p.m.
Idaho at Florida, 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Furman, 6 p.m.
Florida A&M at Jackson St., 6 p.m.
Southern U. at Louisiana-Lafayette, 6 p.m.
Austin Peay at Memphis, 6 p.m.
Savannah St. at Middle Tennessee, 6 p.m.
W. Carolina at South Florida, 6 p.m.
Edward Waters at Tennessee St., 6 p.m.
Stetson at Warner, 6 p.m.
Southern Mississippi at Mississippi St., 6:30 p.m.
NC Central at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at SE Louisiana, 7 p.m.
Youngstown St. at Illinois, 11 a.m.
Indiana St. at Indiana, 11 a.m.
N. Iowa at Iowa, 11 a.m.
N. Dakota St. at Iowa St., 11 a.m.
Appalachian St. at Michigan, 11 a.m.
W. Michigan at Purdue, 11 a.m.
Colgate at Ball St., 1 p.m.
Marshall at Miami (Ohio), 2:30 p.m.
S. Dakota St. at Missouri, 2:30 p.m.
FAU at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.
California at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
Rice at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.
Morgan St. at E. Michigan, 5 p.m.
Ohio at Kent St., 5 p.m.
Grand View at Drake, 6 p.m.
Sacramento St. at Incarnate Word, 6 p.m.
New Hampshire at Toledo, 6 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin at Kansas St., 6:10 p.m.
Montana St. at Arkansas St., 6 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Samford at TCU, 6 p.m.
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Texas St., 6 p.m.
Cent. Arkansas at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.
Alabama St. at Sam Houston St., 6:30 p.m.
Grambling St. at Lamar, 7 p.m.
Florida St. vs. Oklahoma St. at Arlington, Texas,
7 p.m.
North Texas at Texas, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. LSU at Houston, 8 p.m.
Nicholls St. at Air Force, 1 p.m.
S. Utah at Nevada, 2 p.m.
Portland St. at Oregon St., 3 p.m.
UC Davis at Stanford, 3 p.m.
Montana at Wyoming, 3 p.m.
N. Arizona at San Diego St., 6 p.m.
Fresno St. at Southern Cal, 6:30 p.m.
UTEP at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Montana Western at E. Washington, 9:05 p.m.
Washington at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.
South Dakota at Oregon, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday’s Games
Alabama A&M vs. NC A&T at Orlando, Fla., 10:45 a.m.
Utah St. at Tennessee, 6 p.m.
Prairie View vs. Texas Southern at Houston, 4 p.m.
SMU at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.
Monday’s Game
Miami at Louisville, 7 p.m.
Southeastern Conference
Week 1
Thursday’s Games
Texas A&M 52, No. 9 South Carolina 28
No. 18 Ole Miss 35, Boise State 13
Temple 37, Vanderbilt 7
Saturday’s Games
Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, 11 a.m.
(SEC Network)
South Dakota State at No. 24 Missouri, 2:30 p.m.
West Virginia at No. 2 Alabama, 2:30 p.m.
Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Idaho at Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.
(SEC Network)
No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 13 LSU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday’s Game
Utah State at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (SEC Network)
Conference USA Schedule
Today’s Games
Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
(CBS Sports Network)
Texas-San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday’s Games
Troy at Alabama-Birmingham, Noon (FCS)
Florida Atlantic at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.
(Big Ten Network)
Marshall at Miami University, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Hampton at Old Dominion, 2:30 p.m.
Rice at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. (WTVA)
Bethune-Cookman at Florida International, 6 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Savannah State at Middle Tennessee, 6 p.m.
Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.
(SEC Network)
North Texas at Texas, 7 p.m.
UTEP at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Southwestern Athletic
Conference Schedule
Saturday’s Games
Virginia Lynchburg at Alcorn State, 4 p.m.
University of Faith at Mississippi Valley State, 4 p.m.
Southern U. at Louisiana-Lafayette, 6 p.m.
Florida A&M at Jackson State, 6 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas State, 6 p.m.
Alabama State at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.
Grambling State at Lamar, 7 p.m.
Sunday’s Game
Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina A&T, at Orlando,
Florida, 10:45
Next Week’s SEC Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 6
Florida Atlantic at Alabama, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)
Missouri at Toledo, 11 a.m. (WKDH-WTVA, ESPN)
Arkansas State at Tennessee, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)
Alabama-Birmingham at Mississippi State, 1 p.m.
(ESPN3, ESPN GamePlan)
Ohio at Kentucky, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Eastern Michigan at Florida, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Nicholls State at Arkansas, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
East Carolina at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN2,
San Jose State at Auburn, 6 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPNU)
Sam Houston State at #LSU, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Lamar at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Other State Schedules
Aug. 30 Va. Lynchburg, 4 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Southern Miss., 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 Louisiana College, 2 p.m.
Sept. 20 at MVSU, 4 p.m.
Sept. 27 Southern U., 4 p.m.
Oct. 2 Alabama State, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Grambling State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 Texas Southern, 2 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Prairie View, 1 p.m.
Nov. 8 at Alabama A&M, 1 p.m.
Nov. 15 Ark.-Pine Bluff, 4 p.m.
Nov. 22 Jackson State, 2 p.m.
Aug. 30 Florida A&M, 6 p.m.
Sept. 6 Va. Lynchburg, 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 Tennessee State, 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 Grambling State, 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 Prairie View, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 MVSU, 2 p.m.
Oct. 25 Southern U., 6 p.m.
Nov. 1 Alabama A&M, 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 at Alabama State, 1 p.m.
Nov. 15 at Texas Southern, 5:30 p.m.
No. 22 at Alcorn State, 2 p.m.
Aug. 30 University of Faith, 4 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Illinois State, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Alabama State, 5 p.m.
Sept. 20 Alcorn State, 4 p.m.
Sept. 27 Alabama A&M, 4 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Texas Southern, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Jackson State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 Prairie View A&M, 2 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 Grambling State, 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 at Southern U. 6 p.m.
n SECOND ACT: In his first
extended playing time as
Mississippi State’s quar-
terback a season ago, Dak
Prescott was sensational.
Putting up nearly 3,000
yards and 25 touchdowns
despite starting just seven
games, Prescott showed a
world of potential and made
many believe he could be
the most ideal fit for coach
Dan Mullen’s offense.
Prescott’s encore perfor-
mance starts Saturday
night, and the Haughton,
Louisiana, native should
get plenty of opportunities.
Prescott rushed for 829
yards on 134 carries last
year, while MSU’s trio of
returning tailbacks — Josh
Robinson, Nick Griffin, and
Ashton Shumpert — com-
bined to carry the ball 148
times, just 14 more than
Prescott. While that disparity
will likely diminish in 2014
as Prescott matures as a
passer, the opportunity ex-
ists for big numbers against
a Southern Mississippi
defense that finished 109th
in the country against the
run in 2013. By contrast,
the Golden Eagles’ defense
was 25th nationally against
the pass, setting the stage
for a likely barrage of carries
from Prescott and the MSU

the question facing the Bull-
dogs and Golden Eagles on
the eve of their first meeting
in 24 years. While tempera-
tures in Starkville around
kickoff are expected to be
mild for late August, the
rain chances are anything
but. Forecasters predict a
60-percent chance of precip-
itation near kickoff, meaning
the season opener could
be played in the elements.
If the teams have to play in
the rain, it would likely favor
MSU’s ground-oriented at-
tack, as the Eagles rushed
for just 855 yards as a team
in 2013, or 26 more than

n A LEG UP: If there’s
one matchup that doesn’t
heavily favor the Bulldogs,
it’s the kicking game. While
MSU enters the season still
searching for an identity in
the kicking game — junior
Evan Sobiesk and fresh-
man Weston Graves have
battled throughout camp
for the starting position —
Southern Miss is completely
settled. USM kicker Corey
Acosta enters his third
year as the starter. He has
connected on 22 field goals
in the past two years, includ-
ing 11 of 20 with a long of
50 yards a year ago. MSU,
meanwhile, struggled in the
kicking game, making 6 of
14 field goals in 2013.

GAME: Once Nick Mullens,
now a sophomore, took
over at quarterback midway
through the season, the
Golden Eagles’ passing at-
tack improved on a game-to-
game basis, culminating in
a 370-yard, five touchdown
explosion in the season fina-
le against Alabama-Birming-
ham. Similarly, MSU’s de-
fensive backfield improved
as the year progressed, as
the Bulldogs didn’t allow
a passing touchdown after
Week 10 against Alabama
and forced 14 turnovers
in the last three games.
Whichever unit carries over
that momentum from late
2013 — USM’s passing
game or MSU’s defensive
backfield — could determine
the outcome of Saturday
night’s game. Mullens and
company averaged 38 pass
attempts per game in the
final six games, while MSU’s
defense finished fifth in the
Southeastern Conference in
pass defense.

n NEW DIGS: What a setting
for the first meeting be-
tween MSU and USM in 24
years. The Golden Eagles
and Bulldogs will clash in a
game that will welcome fans
into a sparkling new $75
expansion to Davis Wade
Stadium, an enhancement
that resulted in more than
6,000 additional seats and
a bowled-in north end zone.
Those improvements will re-
sult in a new attendance re-
cord at DWS, likely breaking
the old mark of 58,103 set
in 2009 against Alabama.
The stadium’s new listed
capacity is 61,330.
—Brandon Walker
College Football
College Preview
n Sacks Mississippi State
recorded in 2013, good for
11th in the Southeastern
Conference. MSU will try to
improve this season against
a Southern Mississippi
offensive line that gave up
36 sacks in 2013.
n TIME / TV: 2:30 p.m., WKDH-WTVA
nLINE: Alabama by 26 1-2
nSERIES RECORD: First meeting
The Crimson Tide is on a two-game losing
streak. The last time Alabama lost three straight
was 2007, Nick Saban’s first season as coach.
The Tide lost four straight to close the regular
season that year and has lost only nine more
times since. As surprising as the Iron Bowl loss
to Auburn and Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma
last season, dropping a game as a nearly four
touchdown favorite would be the most shocking
loss Alabama has had under Saban. On the flip
side, beating the Tide for the Mountaineers could
change the trajectory of a program that has been
heading in the wrong direction.
West Virginia QB Clint Trickett and the pass-
ing games vs. Alabama’s secondary. Much of
West Virginia’s chances for success this season
ride on Trickett’s ability to get coach Dana Hol-
gorsen’s Air Raid offense putting up big numbers
again. Alabama’s secondary is talented and
experienced but cornerbacks Cyrus Jones and
Bradley Sylve have room for improvement.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers look well-
stocked at running back with Andrew Buie, Dustin
Garrison, Pitt transfer Rushel Shell and Dreamius
Smith all capable of being top-line ball carriers.
Alabama: QBs Jake Coker and Blake Sims.
Saban hasn’t said which quarterback will start.
He insists the competition has been tight. We’ll
all get a better idea of what exactly that means at
the Georgia Dome.
West Virginia has won 10 straight season
openers ... Alabama LB Trey DePriest won’t play
against West Virginia. Saban said the senior
is sitting out one game because of an NCAA
infraction, though he gave no details. ... In 94
games under Saban, the Crimson Tide has lim-
ited opponents to under 300 yards total offense
60 times (64 percent) ... In Holgorsen’s 38 games
at West Virginia’s coach, the Mountaineers have
24 games with 400 yards or more of offense, 13
games with at least 500 and six games with at
least 600.
nTIME / TV: 3 p.m., SEC Network
nLINE: Auburn by 20 ½
nSERIES RECORD: Auburn leads 12-10-1
The Tigers could make a statement to start de-
fense of their SEC championship. For Arkansas, it’s
a golden opportunity to demonstrate improvement
after a miserable first season under coach Bret
Bielema. Also, the two coaches have sparred over
everything from the hurry-up offense to game tape
Auburn sent before the 2013 meeting.
Arkansas running backs versus Auburn de-
fense. The Razorbacks have an impressive tail-
back trio in Jonathan Williams, Korliss Marshall
and 1,000-yard rusher Alex Collins. The Tigers
are deep at defensive tackle and this will be a test
for a defense that allowed 162 rushing yards last
season, 62nd nationally.
Arkansas: QB Brandon Allen. Hampered by
a shoulder injury most of last season, a healthy
and improved Allen could be a huge factor in the
Razorbacks’ hopes for a rebound. He’ll need to
challenge Auburn’s secondary at times to keep
the defense from loading up against the run.
Auburn: QBs Nick Marshall and Jeremy
Johnson. Marshall won’t start the game after
getting ticketed for marijuana possession during
that summer. How long the much bigger Johnson
will play before the preseason All-SEC pick gets
into the game — and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
says he will — is a mystery.
Both teams have a wealth of returning rushing
yards. Auburn, which became the first SEC team
to field the nation’s top ground game, leads the
country with returning players who accounted for
2,697 rushing yards. Arkansas is third with 2,288,
with fellow SEC West team Alabama (2,641) in
between. ... Only Arkansas and Wisconsin have
two 900-yard rushers returning, Collins and Wil-
liams. ... Auburn and Arkansas are deadlocked
5-5-1 in meetings at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The
average margin in the first 23 games is 0.5 points
(554-542) in favor of Arkansas. ... Malzahn was
the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator in 2006
and started his college career as an Arkansas
wide receiver.
No. 16 CLEMSON vs. No. 12 GEORGIA
nTIME / TV: 4:36 p.m., ESPN
nLINE: Georgia by 7 1/2
nSERIES RECORD: Georgia leads 41-18-4
A chance to make an early statement in the
national race. While college football’s first four-
team playoff is far down the road, this is an at-
tractive nonconference matchup that would likely
score points with the selection committee.
Clemson QB Cole Stoudt vs. the Georgia
secondary. Stoudt has some huge shoes to fill
taking over for Tajh Boyd, who directed the Tigers’
high-powered offense the last three years. Plus,
he’s got a highly touted freshman, Deshaun Wat-
son, pushing for playing time. Watson is expected
to get some snaps in the opener. Whoever is at
quarterback will likely try to take advantage of the
Bulldogs’ questionable pass defense. Corner-
back Damian Swann is the only returning starter
in the secondary, which could have two freshmen
among the starters.
Clemson: DE Vic Beasley led the Atlantic
Coast Conference with 13 sacks last season and
heads a front seven that appears to be Clemson’s
Georgia: QB Hutson Mason is a fifth-year
senior who spent the last four years as one of
Aaron Murray’s understudies. Mason looked im-
pressive when he got a chance to start two games
at the end of last season after Murray was injured.
Now, the Bulldogs are counting on him.
While the schools are just 59 miles apart, this
will be only the fourth time they have met in the
last 19 years. ... Clemson’s last victory at Sanford
Stadium was a 31-28 triumph in 1986. ... Georgia
averaged a school-record 484 yards per game
last season. ... Stoudt is the son of Cliff Stoudt,
who was Terry Bradshaw’s backup quarterback
with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1977-82. The
Clemson QB wears No. 18, the same number
worn by his dad. ... Georgia will wear a special
decal on its helmets to honor Dan Magill, who
died a week ago at age 93. Magill spent 60 years
with the university, serving as sports information
director, head men’s tennis coach, and founder of
the Georgia Bulldog Club.
No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 WISCONSIN
nTIME / TV: 7:10 p.m., ESPN
nLINE: LSU by 5
SEC meets Big Ten in a matchup of power-
houses looking for conference titles and more this
season. Tigers looking to extend 45-game regu-
lar-season winning streak against nonconference
opponents, the longest in the FBS. Badgers are
43-3 in nonconference games since 2002 and
haven’t lost a season opener since 1997.
LSU’s young quarterbacks against Wiscon-
sin’s speedier defense. Sophomore Anthony
Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris will play
for the Tigers, but coach Les Miles is coy about
how he’ll rotate them. Jennings played in nine
games last year, but Harris showed promise in
the spring. The Badgers ranked sixth in scoring
defense (16.3 points per game) in 2013, but with
eight starters gone, they’ve moved personnel to
try to maximize speed.
LSU: RB Leonard Fournette is the nation’s
top running back recruit and could end up as the
star in a backfield, even with seniors Terrance
Magee and Kenny Hill. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound
Fournette can back up his bold offseason talk
with a big debut on national TV.
Wisconsin: RB Melvin Gordon averages a
whopping 8.1 yards per carry to lead active running
backs and takes the lead role in the backfield with
James White now with the Patriots. Gordon averaged
only 16 carries per game last season, yet topped 140
yards rushing in eight of 13 games last season.
LSU making first appearance in Houston since
1983 when the Tigers defeated Rice 24-10 at Rice
Stadium. ... Tigers are opening against a Top-25 op-
ponent under Miles for the fifth time (4-0 in previous
games). ... LSU opening at a neutral site for fourth
time in five seasons. ... LSU enters the year ranked
for the 14th straight season dating back to 2001. Ti-
gers have been ranked in Top 25 for 82 consecutive
weeks. ... Badgers have won 16 consecutive season
openers. ... Badgers are 0-3 against SEC teams in
regular season. Their last game against an SEC foe
was a 20-19 loss to Kentucky in 1984.
— The Associated Press
2.6, 4.21
n The first number is USM’s
average yards per carry in
2013, the second is MSU’s
average yards allowed per
Martin eager for first game at MSU
Veteran sports information director from LSU to guide program
Collins hopes to make impact
Former New Hope standout back in secondary after redshirt year
Prep Football
Today’s Games
Noxubee County at Columbus, 7 p.m. (WMSV-FM 91.1)
New Hope at Aberdeen, 7 p.m. (WWZQ-AM 1240,
WAMY-AM 1540)
Starkville High at Oxford, 7 p.m. (WKBB-FM 100.9)
West Lowndes at Heritage Academy, 7 p.m.
(WiFi Sports Network)
Victory Christian at Ezekiel Academy, 7 p.m.
Caledonia at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Senatobia at Amory, 7 p.m.
Noxapater at East Webster, 7 p.m.
Louisville at Wilkinson County, 7 p.m.
East Oktibbeha at McAdams, 7 p.m.
Starkville Academy at East Rankin Academy, 7 p.m.
(WLZA-FM 96.1)
Marshall Academy at Oak Hill Academy, 7 p.m.
Winona Christian at Columbus Christian, 7 p.m.
Strider Academy at Central Academy, 7 p.m.
Humphreys Academy at Hebron Christian, 7 p.m.
Winston Academy at Lamar School, 7 p.m.
Aliceville at Wilcox Central, 7 p.m.
Lamar County at Brilliant, 7 p.m.
Patrician Academy at Pickens Academy, 7 p.m.
Pickens County at Greensboro, 7 p.m.
South Lamar at Oakman, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at Sulligent, 7 p.m. (WJEC-FM 106.5)
College Football
Saturday’s Games
Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta), 2:30 p.m.
Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.
College Soccer
Today’s Matches
Jackson State at Southern Miss, 4 p.m.
Ole Miss at Louisville, 5 p.m.
Alabama at Austin Peay, 7 p.m.
College Volleyball
Today’s Matches
Ole Miss vs. Canisius (Buffalo), 9 a.m.
Alabama vs. Northern Iowa (St. Louis), Noon
Mississippi State vs. Cal State Bakersfield (Huntsville,
Texas), 1:30 p.m.
Ole Miss vs. Siena (Buffalo), 4 p.m.
Alabama vs. SEMO (St. Louis), 5 p.m.
Miss. State at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Southern Miss, 7:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Oral-B USA 500,
at Hampton, Georgia, FS1
3 p.m. — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Great Clips
300, at Hampton, Georgia, FS1
4:30 p.m. — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for Great
Clips 300, at Hampton, Georgia, FS1
6 p.m. — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Oral-B USA
500, at Hampton, Georgia, FS1
6 p.m. — IndyCar, qualifying for MAVTV 500, at Fontana, Califor-
nia (same-day tape), NBC Sports
6 p.m. — BYU at UConn, ESPN
8 p.m. — UTSA at Houston, ESPNU
8 p.m. — Colorado State vs. Colorado, at Denver, FS1
9:30 p.m. — UNLV at Arizona, ESPN
8:30 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Italian Open, second round,
part II, at Turin, Italy, TGC
11:30 a.m. — Tour, Hotel Fitness Championship,
second round, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, TGC
1:30 p.m. — PGA Tour, Deutsche Bank Championship, first
round, at Norton, Massachusetts, TGC
6 p.m. — LPGA, Portland Classic, second round, at Portland,
Oregon, TGC
8:30 p.m. — Champions Tour, Shaw Charity Classic, first round,
at Calgary, Alberta (same-day tape), TGC
6 p.m. — Regional coverage, N.Y. Yankees at Toronto or Cincinna-
ti at Pittsburgh, MLB Network
6:30 p.m. — Miami at Atlanta, SportSouth
7:10 p.m. — Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, WGN
10 p.m. — De La Salle (Calif.) vs. Jesuit (Calif.), at Santa Clara,
California, ESPN2
7 p.m. — MLS, Houston at Kansas City, NBC Sports
Noon — U.S. Open, men’s second and women’s third round, at
New York, ESPN
5 p.m. — U.S. Open, men’s second and women’s third round, at
New York, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Great Clips 300, at
Hampton, Georgia, ESPN2
8 p.m. — IndyCar, MAVTV 500, at Fontana, California, NBC
Sports Network
2:30 p.m. — FIBA, World Cup, preliminary round, Finland vs.
United States, at Bilbao, Spain, ESPN
8:30 p.m. — Super middleweights, Ronald Gavril (9-0-0) vs.
Thomas Falowo (12-2-0); super middleweights, Badou Jack
(16-1-1) vs. Jason Escalera (15-2-1); super middleweights,
J’Leon Love (18-0-0) vs. Rogelio Medina (32-6-0), at Las Vegas,
7:30 a.m. — Penn St. vs. UCF, at Dublin, ESPN2
11 a.m. — UCLA at Virginia, ESPN
11 a.m. — Appalachian St. at Michigan, ESPN2
11 a.m. — Indiana St. at Indiana, ESPNEWS
11 a.m. — W. Michigan at Purdue, ESPNU
11 a.m. — Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, SEC Network
11 a.m. — North Dakota St. at Iowa St., FS1
11 a.m. — Northern Iowa at Iowa OR Youngstown State at Illinois,
Big Ten Network
11 a.m. — Ohio State vs. Navy, CBS Sports Network
11:30 a.m. — Wofford at Georgia Tech, Fox Sports South
2:30 p.m. — West Virginia at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., WKDH-WTVA
2:30 p.m. — California vs. Northwestern, ESPN2
2:30 p.m. — South Dakota St. at Missouri, ESPNU
2:30 p.m. — Rice at Notre Dame, WTVA
2:30 p.m. — Florida Atlantic at Nebraska OR James Madison at
Maryland, Big Ten Network
2:30 p.m. — Hampton at Old Dominion, My Mississippi
3 p.m. — Arkansas at Auburn, SEC Network
3 p.m. — William & Mary at Virginia Tech, ESPNEWS
4:30 p.m. — Clemson at Georgia, ESPN
6 p.m. — Idaho at Florida, ESPNU
6 p.m. — Cent. Arkansas at Texas Tech, Fox Sports Net
6 p.m. — Samford at TCU, SportSouth
6 p.m. — Northern Arizona at San Diego State, CBS Sports
6:30 p.m. — Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State, SEC
6:30 p.m. — Fresno St. at Southern Cal, WLOV
7 p.m. — NC Central at East Carolina, ESPNEWS
7:07 p.m. — Florida St. vs. Oklahoma St., at Dallas, WKDH-WTVA
8 p.m. — Wisconsin vs. LSU, at Houston, ESPN
9:30 p.m. — Washington at Hawaii, CBS Sports Network
6 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Italian Open, third round, at Turin,
Italy, TGC
11:30 a.m. — Tour, Hotel Fitness Championship, third
round, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, TGC
2 p.m. — PGA Tour, Deutsche Bank Championship, second
round, at Norton, Massachusetts, TGC
6 p.m. — LPGA, Portland Classic, third round, at Portland,
Oregon, TGC
8:30 p.m. — Champions Tour, Shaw Charity Classic, second
round, at Calgary, Alberta (same-day tape), TGC
10:30 a.m. — Godby at Marist, SportSouth
1:30 p.m. — Norland at Martin Luther King, SportSouth
5 p.m. — Thoroughbreds, Woodward Handicap and Forego
Stakes, at Saratoga Springs, New York, NBC Sports Network
Noon — Regional coverage, N.Y. Yankees at Toronto or Detroit at
Chicago White Sox, MLB
3 p.m. — Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, FS1
6 p.m. — Miami at Atlanta, Fox Sports South
6 p.m. — Detroit at Chicago White Sox, WGN
8 p.m. — Regional coverage, Milwaukee at San Francisco or
Washington at Seattle, MLB
6:40 a.m. — Premier League, Manchester United at Burnley, NBC
Sports Network
8:55 a.m. — Premier League, Stoke City at Manchester City, NBC
Sports Network
11:30 a.m. — Premier League, Chelsea at Everton, WTVA
10 a.m. — U.S. Open, third round, at New York, WCBI
Heritage Academy softball team beats Central Academy
Kaitlyn Oswalt had two hits and three RBIs to back her cause in the
circle Thursday to lead the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team to
a 9-2 victory against Central Academy.
Oswalt allowed four hits and zero earned runs in six innings. She
struck out 12 and walked one. She also had a double and scored two
Macy Nordquist had a double, an RBI, and scored two runs, Macy
Walters, McKenzie Bumgarner, and Sydney Adair had a hit and scored
a run, Tyler Rhett had an RBI, Hayley Martin had a hit and an RBI, and
Madison Tipton scored two runs for the Lady Patriots (10-11).
Courtney Gaylor pitched five innings for the Lady Vikings. She
allowed seven hits and four earned runs. She struck out three and
walked two. Kelsey Robbins had two hits, while Savanah Stapleton had
a hit and scored a run. Allie Beth Rigdon also had a hit.
Caledonia softball team beats Kosciusko
Hope Harbin and Lauren Duckworth each had two hits Thursday
to lead the Caledonia slow-pitch softball team to a 1-0 victory against
Caledonia coach Robin Elmore praised the defensive efforts of
both teams, saying each team “robbed” the other with excellent diving
catches. She said Hope Burton made a great running catch in center
field and Nicole Kifer was equally strong in left-center field.
“They all made great plays,” Elmore said. “It was a great game.”
Burton, Kifer, and Lindsey Hall also had hits for the Lady Confed-
Starkville volleyball team beats New Hope
Khris Carr had five kills, four aces, four digs, and two blocks Thurs-
day to lead the Starkville High School volleyball team to a 3-0 victory
against New Hope. Set scores were 25-4, 25-14, 25-9.
Emily Woomer had one kill, one assist, and two digs, Taylor Price
had one assist and one dig, Abigail Wise had three kills and two blocks,
Anna Shaw had one kill and one dig, Vicky Vo had one ace, two kills,
and nine assists, April Reese had three aces, six kills, one block, and
seven digs, Nicole Wood had one ace, three assists, and six digs,
Courtney Wilson had seven aces and six digs, Shelby Adair had four
digs, and Tanita Thompson had three kills and one dig for the Lady
Yellow Jackets (6-4).
Caledonia volleyball team sweeps Amory
Haley McMurphey had four kills and six aces Thursday night to
lead the Caledonia High School volleyball team to a 3-0 victory against
Amory. Set scores were 25-14, 25-8, 25-16.
Maegen Stewart had 11 assists, Jensen Reed had six assists, 10
aces, and two digs, Gracie McCleskey had three kills, and Kacy Lovett,
Reed, and Lauryn DeFillipo had two kills.
Women’s soccer team loses to Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. — McKenzie Adams opened her college
scoring account, but a Furman goal with just under a minute to play
allowed the home side to escape with a 1-0 win against Mississippi
State on Thursday evening.
Aaron Gordon’s side fell to 0-3 on the young season as Stephanie
DeVita collected a cross and volleyed it past goalkeeper Rhylee
DeCrane with 52 seconds left in regulation.
DeCrane, who is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, stopped a
season-high seven shots in her first game back in her home state.
MSU will play host to Southern Mississippi at 6 p.m. Sunday on
SEC Network +. The game will be Kids’ Day at the MSU Soccer Field,
with $2 hot dogs and free ice cream being offered along with free MSU
stadium cups.
n Women’s golf team ranked No. 14 in preseason poll:
At Starkville, After a magical and school-best finish in 2013-14, the
women’s golf team earned a preseason ranking of No. 14 in GolfWeek.
com Top 25, which was announced Thursday.
n Women’s tennis team releases schedule: At Starkville, Five
fall tournaments, eleven road tilts and 13 home matches at the A.J.
Pitts Tennis Centre highlight the women’s tennis team’s schedule,
announced Thursday.
MSU will begin its 41st season Sept. 19-21 when it competes at the
Mizzou Invite in Kansas City.
n Cross country teams open season Saturday: At Memphis,
Tennessee, For the second year in a row, the men’s and women’s cross
country teams will open the season at the Memphis Twilight on Satur-
day. The women are set to begin the Memphis Twilight at 9:20 p.m. with
the men following at 10 p.m. The meet is hosted by Christian Brothers
University and will take place at Mike Rose Stadium.
n Men’s basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts: At
Starkville, MSU students interesting in trying out to become a walk-on
for the 2014-15 men’s basketball team will be required to attend a
meeting on Sept. 8 at the Mize Pavilion.
At that time, tryout dates and times will be announced. If interested,
you must submit your name, MSU ID, and date of birth to Tanner Smith
by email at by noon Sept. 5.
At the Sept. 8 meeting, prospects will be instructed on the require-
ments that must be completed before a tryout is allowed (eligibility, proof
of insurance, physical, etc.).
—From Special Reports
American League
Thursday’s Games
Detroit 3, N.Y. Yankees 2
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4
Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Minnesota 11, Kansas City 5, 10 innings
Houston 4, Texas 2
L.A. Angels 4, Oakland 3, 10 innings
Today’s Games
Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez
6-7), 6:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto
(Buehrle 11-8), 6:07 p.m.
Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer
8-6), 6:10 p.m.
Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City
(J.Vargas 10-6), 7:10 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox
(Carroll 5-8), 7:10 p.m.
Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer
4-9), 7:10 p.m.
Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver
14-7), 9:05 p.m.
Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle
(F.Hernandez 13-4), 9:10 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 3-2) at Toronto
(Hutchison 8-11), 12:07 p.m.
Detroit (Scherzer 15-4) at Chicago White Sox
(Sale 10-3), 12:10 p.m., 1st game
Minnesota (Gibson 11-10) at Baltimore (Tillman
11-5), 6:05 p.m.
Boston (Webster 3-2) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi
9-11), 6:10 p.m.
Cleveland (Bauer 5-7) at Kansas City (Shields
12-7), 6:10 p.m.
Detroit (Scherzer 15-4) at Chicago White Sox
(Bassitt 0-0), 6:10 p.m., 2nd game
Texas (Mikolas 2-5) at Houston (Feldman 7-10),
6:10 p.m.
Oakland (Samardzija 4-3) at L.A. Angels (Un-
decided), 8:05 p.m.
Washington (Strasburg 10-10) at Seattle
(C.Young 12-6), 8:10 p.m.
National League
Thursday’s Games
Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco 4, Colorado 1
Atlanta 6, N.Y. Mets 1
Today’s Games
Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez
11-7), 6:05 p.m.
Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets
(deGrom 6-6), 6:10 p.m.
Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana
13-7), 6:35 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis
(S.Miller 8-9), 7:15 p.m.
Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter
9-7), 8:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego
(Cashner 2-6), 9:10 p.m.
Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle
(F.Hernandez 13-4), 9:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco
(Vogelsong 7-9), 9:15 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
Chicago Cubs (Wada 4-1) at St. Louis
(Masterson 2-2), 1:15 p.m., 1st game
Cincinnati (Simon 13-8) at Pittsburgh (Worley
5-4), 3:05 p.m.
Miami (Cosart 2-1) at Atlanta (Harang 10-8),
6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Je.Williams 2-0) at N.Y. Mets
(B.Colon 12-10), 6:10 p.m.
Colorado (Matzek 3-9) at Arizona (Nuno 0-3),
7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Undecided) at St. Louis (Lackey
2-1), 7:15 p.m., 2nd game
L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 13-8) at San Diego
(Kennedy 10-11), 7:40 p.m.
Milwaukee (Fiers 4-1) at San Francisco (Peavy
2-4), 8:05 p.m.
Washington (Strasburg 10-10) at Seattle
(C.Young 12-6), 8:10 p.m.
NFL Preseason
Thursday’s Games
Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 14
Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14
Detroit 23, Buffalo 0
Cincinnati 35, Indianapolis 7
Philadelphia 37, N.Y. Jets 7
Miami 14, St. Louis 13
N.Y. Giants 16, New England 13
Carolina 10, Pittsburgh 0
Washington 24, Tampa Bay 10
San Francisco 40, Houston 13
Baltimore 22, New Orleans 13
Denver 27, Dallas 3
Minnesota 19, Tennessee 3
Cleveland 33, Chicago 13
San Diego 12, Arizona 9
Oakland 41, Seattle 31
Thursday’s College Scores
Bryant 13, Stony Brook 7
E. Kentucky 29, Robert Morris 10
Charleston Southern 61, Point (Ga.) 9
Charlotte 33, Campbell 9
Lindsey Wilson 44, Campbellsville 40
Louisiana-Monroe 17, Wake Forest 10
Mercer 45, Reinhardt 42
Mississippi 35, Boise St. 13
Missouri St. 34, Northwestern St. 27
Murray St. 73, Union (NY) 26
Pikeville 62, Bluefield South 40
Temple 37, Vanderbilt 7
Tennessee Tech 33, Kentucky Christian 7
Texas A&M 52, South Carolina 28
Akron 41, Howard 0
Cent. Michigan 20, Chattanooga 16
Minnesota 42, E. Illinois 20
N. Illinois 55, Presbyterian 3
S. Illinois 45, Taylor 0
SE Missouri 77, Missouri Baptist 0
Valley City St. 31, Jamestown 7
W. Illinois 45, Valparaiso 6
Tulsa 38, Tulane 31, 2OT
Arizona St. 45, Weber St. 14
New Mexico St. 28, Cal Poly 10
Rutgers 41, Washington St. 38
San Jose St. 42, North Dakota 10
Utah 56, Idaho St. 14
Thursday’s JUCO Boxscore
EMCC 52, Southwest 14
EMCC 7 24 21 0 — 52
Southwest 7 0 0 7 — 14
First Quarter
EM — Chad Kelly 2 pass to Camion Patrick
(Drew White kick).
SW — De’Angelo Ballard 7 pass to Ladarrius
Slocum (Reed James kick).
Second Quarter
EM — Kelly 1 run (White kick).
EM — Kelly 81 pass to Todd Mays (White kick).
EM — Kelly 8 pass to Brandon Acker (White
EM — White 28 FG.
Third Quarter
EM — Kelly 41 pass to Kameron Myers (White
EM — Demetrius Cain 21 interception return
(White kick).
EM — Preston Baker 8 run (White kick).
Fourth Quarter
SW — Ballard 28 pass to Slocum (James kick).
Team Statistics
First Downs 31 14
Rushes-Yards 36-194 31-83
Passing Yards 382 194
Comp.-Att.-Int. 34-43-0 11-20-2
Return Yards 135 45
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties 8-50 2-7
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: EMCC — D.J. Law 13-64, Preston
Baker 11-57, Todd Mays 6-39, Chad Kelly 5-26,
Wyatt Roberts 1-8; Southwest — Chris Jones
15-66, De’Angelo Ballard 13-15, Dominique
Lavalais 3-2.
PASSING: EMCC — Chad Kelly 31-38-350-0,
Todd Mays 2-2-22-0, Wyatt Roberts 1-3-10-0;
Southwest — De’Angelo Ballard 11-20-194-2.
RECEIVING: EMCC — Brandon Acker 9-89,
Todd Mays 2-88, Kameron Myers 9-83, D.J.
Law 2-30, Isaac Johnson 4-22, Preston Baker
1-13, Camion Patrick 2-11, Desmond Goss
1-12, Dario Robinson 1-11, Allenzae Staggers
1-10, Corey Davis 1-8, Michael Hodges 1-5;
Southwest — Ladarrius Slocum 3-49, Kelvin
Williams 2-43, Kameron Williams 3-38, Roy
Bibbs 1-36, Jonathan McNair 1-16, Justin Blue
Thursday’s Mississippi
Prep Scores
Benton County 58, West Oktibbeha 6
South Panola 14, West Point 10
Baldwyn 41, Booneville 12
Bay Springs 37, Stringer 10
Bogue Chitto 46, Enterprise Lincoln 40
Columbia 21, East Marion 14
DeSoto Central 49, Lewisburg 33
Kemper Aca. 52, Calvary Christian 6
St. Martin 56, East Central 27
Walnut 28, Falkner 21
Thursday’s Alabama Prep
Albertville 44, Grissom 24
Bessemer Academy 30, Marengo Academy 13
Brantley 32, Luverne 12
Brooks 37, Sheffield 13
Chilton County 33, Jemison 0
Davidson 44, Mary Montgomery 21
East Limestone 42, West Limestone 0
Huntsville 22, Mountain Brook 21
Jackson 34, Clarke County 24
James Clemens 37, Athens 30
Lakeside School 41, Springwood School 18
Lawrence County 26, East Lawrence 0
Marengo 41, Choctaw County 6
Millry 42, Southern Choctaw 36
Park Crossing 20, Sidney Lanier 6
Priceville 44, West Morgan 0
Reeltown 7, Dadeville 0
Sand Rock 43, Gaylesville 14
Southside-Gadsden 37, Hokes Bluff 10
Susan Moore 28, West End 27
Wadley 22, Horseshoe Bend 20
Winfield 27, Carbon Hill 6
Woodlawn 42, Tarrant 38
Continued from Page 1B
when you’re consistently running up front,” Shaw
Shaw’s confident, though, he has been taxed
enough by the game, and that his success and
the improvements made this season bolster his
odds of reaching victory lane Sunday in the Ne-
Smith National Late Model, $2,000-to-win fea-
ture at Magnolia.
“We’re pretty dialed in,” Shaw said. “We don’t
change a whole lot. The biggest thing is these
races are 40 laps (weekly shows are 20), so the
lap traffic is always a factor. You have to qualify
in the first three rows to have a shot.”
Shaw said he has been buoyed this year by
teammate Jeremy Shaw (no relation), his friend
of 25 years and sometimes crew chief on race
days. Though the pair run in the same division,
they’ll take turns taking a week off to travel to
tracks like Greenville, where Jeremy won a race
in which Kyle coached him after runs. Jeremy re-
turned the favor, running crew for a pair of wins
Kyle posted at Columbus Speedway.
“The input from Jeremy at the track is really
valuable,” Kyle said. “We’re much harder to deal
with when one of us is crewing for the other.”
Kyle won’t have that advantage this weekend,
as both he and Jeremy will race at Magnolia.
They won’t be the toughest competition for
each other, though, as the national tour attracts
drivers from outside the area.
But local drivers have finished in the top five
of each of the two previous races. There will be
just as great of a challenge Sunday, said Colum-
bus’ Shay Knight.
“Your cars up front at weekly shows — the
Shaws, Johnny Stokes, Evan Ellis — I’d put them
against the top ones that travel week in and week
out,” Knight said. “There’s no room for error in
a race like Sunday — not that you don’t during
weekly shows — but there’s more money on the
Continued from Page 1B
start because we did some nice things out there,”
Kelly said. “It is going to take a little while to get
that rhythm going, but I really like what I saw to-
night. You can tell we have a lot of playmakers.
We just have to be patient and not beat ourselves.
This was a good start.”
Kelly was 31 of 38 in his debut. The Lions used
the slant pass to perfection, breaking it twice for
lengthy touchdowns — an 81-yard play to Todd
Mays and a 41-yard pass play to Kameron Myers.
“I don’t know how much we will use that play
this year, but it was situation where (Southwest)
was giving it to us,” Stephens said. “We are go-
ing to take what the defense gives us. If you are
a defense going up against our offense, it’s just
a matter of picking which way you want to die.
(Southwest) went with more of a zone look and
played back. We have the speed to do some dam-
age with that.”
EMCC took the initial possession 48 yards on
nine plays. Kelly hit Camion Patrick for a 2-yard
Southwest answered on its second posses-
sion. The Lions allowed one first-quarter touch-
down last season. The Bears matched that total
here when former Noxubee County High School
standout De’Angelo Ballard helped orchestrate
a brilliant scoring march that moved 75 yards
on 11 plays. Ballard hit Kelvin Williams for a 14-
yard pickup and later hit Ladarrius Slocum for
the first of his two touchdown catches.
Now fully engaged, EMCC’s offense found
that much-needed second gear. The Lions scored
on 4 of 5 second-quarter possessions.
Kelly capped a 15-play, 85-yard drive with a
1-yard run and on his team’s next offensive pos-
session. He then hit Mays for the 81-yard scoring
play. EMCC marched 50 yards on seven plays,
with Kelly hitting Acker on an 8-yard touchdown,
for the next score. Drew White’s 28-yard field
goal as the half expired gave EMCC a 31-7 half-
time lead.
“We had some long scoring drives, and I don’t
know what is up with that,” EMCC sophomore
running back Preston Baker said. “That is not we
normally do. I like what I saw from the offense,
though. Chad (Kelly) showed tonight how spe-
cial he can become. He had a real good control of
the offense, and things will only get better from
Kelly hit Myers for the 41-yard touchdown to
cap a 75-yard, seven-play drive to start the sec-
ond half. EMCC’s defense then got into the act,
as Demetrius Cain recorded a 21-yard intercep-
tion return for touchdown.
An 8-yard touchdown run by Baker capped an
82-yard drive to end the third quarter.
EMCC cranked out 576 yards of offense and
31 first downs. Kelly, Mays, and Wyatt Roberts
combined to hit 12 receivers. Freshman D.J. Law,
of Haines City, Florida, led the ground game with
13 rushes for 64 yards. Eleven of the yards came
in the second half.
EMCC didn’t turn the ball over but committed
eight penalties.
“Awfully proud of the guys for coming on the
road and doing what they needed to do to get the
win,” Stephens said. “There is a lot to clean up.
You can’t have some of the pre-snap penalties we
had tonight. However, to get this season started,
it was an outstanding effort.”
EMCC will begin preparations for its home
opener Thursday night against third-ranked Co-
piah-Lincoln C.C. Postgame, Stephens told his
team to be ready for the best team they will face
this season.
“We can’t wait to play the next one,” Baker
said. “For us, this is one win down and hopeful-
ly 11 more to go. We know what it takes to win
a championship. We are going to come back out
next week and work just as hard to keep it going.”
n No. 3 Copiah Lincoln C.C. 37, No. 19
Itawamba C.C. 13: At Wesson, the Wolves built
a 30-3 lead in the first half and cruised to the vic-
tory in the season opener for both teams.
Richard McQuarley finished with 59 yards on 12
carries for the Indians, while Kwarda Griggs was
7 of 18 for 107 yards, including a 53-yard scoring
strike to Grant Kimberlin. Tyler Jackson connected
on field goals of 28 and 26 yards for the Indians.
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the seven-game region schedule.
Ranked third in this week’s The Associated
Press poll, Starkville will take its next step at 7
tonight when it faces top-ranked Oxford in the
“Little Egg Bowl.”
“I don’t think we really have to apologize for
who we are playing,” Mitchell said. “This is the
best way I know to get a team ready to win a
championship. We have some challenges. Five
weeks into the season, we should really know
where we stand.”
Starkville defeated Class 4A title contender
Noxubee County 51-19 last week in its season
opener. Tonight, Starkville will face one of the
favorites in Class 5A. Next week, another Class
5A powerhouse — West Point — awaits.
“It is exciting to play a big game every week,”
Starkville senior quarterback Brady Davis said.
“We know we can’t take any Friday night off.
Each week, you have to be ready to play. Even
those these games won’t have an impact on the
playoffs, they are important. You want other
teams around the state to look at your program
and know that you are good.
“Winning games like this one is the best
way you can prove you are one of the best in the
Davis, a transfer from New Hope High, threw
for 183 yards and three touchdowns last week.
The biggest storyline may have been the rush-
ing attack of Matt Fuller and Jacquez Horsley.
Against a highly regarded defensive line, that
duo ran the ball 26 times for 230 yards.
“Our running game may be the secret weap-
on this year,” Mitchell said. “If you have a lead,
being able to control the tempo of the game is
Oxford won its season opener, 26-21 at Jack-
son Prep on Friday night. Junior quarterback
Jack Abraham threw for 286 yards and three
A year ago, Oxford sent the big statement
statewide as it rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit
to take a 35-24 win at Starkville. Abraham threw
for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
Oxford won its first 14 games before falling
to Picayune in the Class 5A state championship
“We feel like we owe them one from last
year,” Starkville senior wide receiver Raphael
Leonard said. “We didn’t play well and they real-
ly made some big plays. We are going up there
looking to return the favor this year. We are ex-
cited to be playing them again.”
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The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kenny Hill
looked more than ready to replace
Johnny Manziel on the field. He is
still getting used to the attention
that goes along with the job.
Hill broke Manziel’s single-game
passing record with 511 yards and
No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South
Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night,
ending the Gamecocks’ 18-game
home win streak.
Hill looked poised and confident
in his first start, leading the Aggies
(1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference)
to the most total and passing yards
against South Carolina. The soph-
omore completed 44 of 60 passes
with three touchdowns.
The hardest part of his night
came after the celebration on the
field. “I just wanted to get the first
press conference over with,” said
Hill, who hadn’t spoken with report-
ers before. “I get nervous up here.”
That’s a far cry from Manziel,
a lightning-rod personality quick
to speak his mind and gesture to
crowds and opponents. Johnny
Football rode his flashy style all
the way to the Heisman Trophy in
his freshman year, and one of the
Aggies’ biggest worries was if they
could find the same rhythm with a
different leader.
Hill made it clear they could.
“We aren’t a one-trick pony,” Ag-
gies coach Kevin Sumlin said.
But Hill would like a different
nickname: “I don’t really like ‘Ken-
ny Football.’”
it’s so physical. I just saw
some daylight on the out-
side and I was able to get
to the end zone.”
Henderson’s run capped
South Panola’s only drive
that gained more than 20
yards, and punctuated a
come-from-behind win in
a game that saw both de-
fenses turn in dominating
West Point’s defense
limited South Panola to
225 yards and 12 first
downs. South Panola
forced three interceptions
from senior quarterback
Dason Thomas, including
two in the South Panola
red zone.
The game-winning
drive, which spanned 61
yards in six plays, came
after West Point kicker
Oscar Lemus gave the
Green Wave a 10-7 lead
with 6 minutes, 21 sec-
onds remaining.
“We learned a lot about
our team tonight,” said
West Point coach Chris
Chambless, whose team
fell to 1-1 on the season.
“Watching our defense
play with the heart and
effort they played with to-
night, I couldn’t be more
proud. That was a war. It’s
frustrating to lose it, but
like I told the kids, if we
see that effort every Fri-
day night, we’ll be OK.”
The teams, which have
combined for 18 state
championships, traded
big special teams plays —
and momentum — in the
first half.
For West Point, that
momentum came on the
opening kickoff, which
senior Lacequiu “Quincy”
Starks returned 73 yards
for a touchdown to help
give West Point a 7-0 lead
13 seconds into the game.
South Panola respond-
ed before halftime, as
junior Ryan Lee blocked
a Lemus punt and recov-
ered at the West Point
2-yard line, setting up a
1-yard touchdown run
by Oluwain Hoskins that
helped tied the score at
“They blocked the punt
on us, which we can’t let
happen,” Chambless said.
“Then they hit the vertical
route in the fourth quar-
ter and score on the next
play. Take away those two
mistakes and we win the
game, but you can’t take
them away. You can only
learn from them.”
Henderson, who
rushed for 113 yards on
17 carries, saved the day
for an offense that was
turned away nearly every
time by West Point’s de-
fense, which has allowed
one touchdown drive in
two games.
“It’s an absolute battle
every single times we play
this team,” South Panola
coach Lance Pogue said.
“This is what high school
football is all about, plain
and simple. Two great
programs that respect
each other knocking each
other around for four
quarters. I’m proud of my
kids because we got the
win, but I hate it for their
kids. Both teams played
their hearts out.”
Starks led West Point
with 63 yards on 28 car-
ries, while senior quar-
terback Dason Thomas
accounted for 153 yards
— 103 passing, 40 rush-
But three intercep-
tions, including the
game-clincher at mid-
field by Lee, sealed West
Point’s fate.
“It hurts right now,
but it’s supposed to,”
West Point linebacker Ty-
ler Logan said. “As long
as this makes our team
come together, we’ll be
OK. I know South Panola
leaves here respecting us
as a team. And we respect
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Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch
West Point High School’s Lacequiu Starks races out in front of South Panola’s
Steven Collins (50), left, and Josh Shorter (31), center, en route to a 73-yard kickoff
return Thursday night in West Point.
South Panola 14, West Point 10
South Panola 0 7 0 7 — 14
West Point 7 0 0 3 — 10
First Quarter
WP — Lacequiu Starks 73 kick return (Oscar Lemus
Second Quarter
SP — Oluwain Hoskins 1 run (Cole Rotenberry kick).
Fourth Quarter
WP — Lemus 28 FG.
SP — Darrell Henderson 13 run (Rotenberry kick).

Team Statistics
First Downs 11 12
Rushes-Yards 31-150 49-126
Passing Yards 88 103
Comp.-Att.Int. 7-18-0 7-14-3
Return Yards 6 92
Turnovers 0 3
Penalties 10-85 2-25

Individual Statistics
RUSHING: South Panola — Darrell Henderson 17-
113, Donald Twilley 3-16, Oluwain Hoskins 9-13, Tyler
Pogue 2-8; West Point — Lacequiu Starks 28-63,
Dason Thomas 14-40, Trevino Harris 4-28, Demontae
Rush 1-2, Josh Ewing 2-(-7).
PASSING: South Panola — Tyler Pogue 7-18-0-88;
West Point Dason Thomas 7-14-3-103.
RECEIVING: South Panola — Donald Twilley 3-26,
Demetrius Market 1-46, Darrell Henderson 1-18, Cole
Rotenberry 1-1, Ephraim Kitchens 1-0; West Point —
Steffon Moore 2-39, Kaelon Collins 2-29, Miller Keys
1-17, Trevino Harris 1-12, Dmarrio Edwards 1-6.
Continued from Page 1B
have the establishment of
the SEC Network, which
not only do they gather
info and footage for pieces
that go on the Network, but
since it’s owned by ESPN,
a lot of those pieces have
been shown on College
Football Live, SportsCenter.
In addition to that, having a
guy like Dak Prescott, what
he’s accomplished. He’s a
joy to work with.
Dispatch: Let’s place
Dak Prescott as the face of
MSU’s football program. As
faces of the team go, how
does he stack up to some of
the guys you’ve worked with
in the past?
Martin: One of the best
I’ve ever worked with. His
talent speaks for itself, but
his leadership skills are
second to none. The key
word I like to use is charis-
matic. He’s always engag-
ing to fans. Doesn’t matter
who it is, he takes time to
talk. He gets it.
Dispatch: What do you
expect game day to be like
Martin: Exciting. I’ve
always said that the day I
don’t get excited for game
day is the day I walk away
from this job. That has
never been the case in the
14 years I’ve done this. You
get an adrenaline rush be-
cause this is what you love
to do. This is what we pre-
pare for all these months.
You take pride in the fact
you’ll have hundreds of
media members coming to
your press box. You want
to be hospitable to them.
There will be bumps in the
road because this is the
first game, but the import-
ant thing is to stay calm
and enjoy what you do.
Dispatch: Saturday will
mark the unveiling of a $75
million expansion at Davis
Wade Stadium. Does that
add another level of excite-
Martin: No question.
We are going to have the
largest crowd to ever see
a football game here. We
are doing a ribbon-cutting
ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Just
the overall fan-friendliness
of it is awesome. For fans
who have been true to the
program for so long, for
those fans to get to experi-
ence something like this ...
It’s special. It’s exciting. We
have an enclosed north end
zone now. That’s only going
to make this place louder.
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29). This is a year when you
master your craft and make
money at it, too. Know your
work, show up on time, and
bring your sense of humor.
This is the professional way,
and it will get you hired again
and again. Next month brings a
windfall. November is the most
romantic month. Family grows
in February. Aquarius and
Pisces people adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 4, 23, 24,
50 and 21.
ARIES (March 21-April
19). Being organized is a
talent that comes naturally to
some, and for the rest of us,
it’s a skill that can be learned.
With a little forethought, you’ll
get prepared for every im-
portant occurrence and some
unimportant ones, too.
TAURUS (April 20-May
20). If only you could choose
how others respond to you.
Mostly it’s a game of trial
and error. And instinct. And
training. Some have turned the
social game into a science and
written about it, too. You might
profit from looking into it.
GEMINI (May 21-June
21). You now make career
connections as easily as your
sign mate Angelina Jolie lands
mega-movie roles. No need to
oversell yourself. Quiet confi-
dence wins.
CANCER (June 22-July 22).
Every adventure involves the
element of danger. No danger,
no risk. No risk, no excitement.
No excitement, no fun. You’ll
dangle your toes off of the high
dive today.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
What’s said in jest is true,
at least partly. As Feud said,
“There are no jokes.” Even so,
taking the truth too seriously
is a bad habit — one you don’t
usually have. You’ll lighten the
mood for the rest.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept.
22). Your loved ones need the
warmth of your attention - but
not in short bursts, quick hugs
or pecks on the cheek. They
want to lavish in your love.
Work fast so that you can love
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
You’re just not in the mood
to follow the rules, especially
when you suspect that they are
arbitrary or unjust. You’ll push
against the boundaries to see
what they’re really made of.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). If you see an open loop,
close it — it’s a brain drain.
You need all of your mental
power to seize today’s stellar
opportunity. No distractions!
Tie things up. Finish what you
Dec. 21). Why wait until life
gets stressful to connect to
your power? Set aside time to
center yourself. You’ll create
a kind of magnetic force field
around yourself and attract
just what you want.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). The challenges get per-
sonal, but don’t worry — you’re
not a regular contender; you’re
a force. Tonight, try to tolerate
your friend’s partner with a
smile (if you can muster it).
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Put the word out. Hire
a PR person or become your
own. Hold nothing back. What
you share will multiply your
good fortune and the good
fortune of others.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). You’re a torpedo aimed at
the moon, and with this highly
focused ambition, you could
hit it, too. They’ll name a crater
after you. This is one for the
history books.
Ole Miss 35, , Boise State 13
Boise St. 0 3 3 7—13
Mississippi 7 0 0 28—35
First Quarter
Miss—Core 30 pass from Wallace (Fletcher kick), :57.
Second Quarter
Boi—FG Goodale 25, 7:58.
Third Quarter
Boi—FG Goodale 43, 1:02.
Fourth Quarter
Miss—Treadwell 14 pass from Wallace (Fletcher kick),
Miss—Adeboyejo 31 pass from Wallace (Fletcher
kick), 10:05.
Miss—Core 76 pass from Wallace (Fletcher kick),
Boi—Ajayi 9 pass from Hedrick (Goodale kick), 4:26.
Miss—Dodson 19 run (Fletcher kick), 2:50.
Boi Miss
First downs 26 22
Rushes-yards 37-135 34-71
Passing 264 387
Comp-Att-Int 36-48-4 25-36-3
Return Yards 5 25
Punts-Avg. 5-33.8 4-47.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 9-72 14-78
Time of Possession 36:14 23:46
RUSHING—Boise St., Ajayi 20-86, Hedrick 14-24,
Williams-Rhodes 1-23, Demas 1-3, Team 1-(minus
1). Ole Miss, Dodson 4-27, Wilkins 5-21, Mathers 8-17,
Wallace 9-13, Liggins 1-1,
Kincade 1-(minus 2), Team 2-(minus 3), Walton 4-(mi-
nus 3).
PASSING—Boise St., Hedrick 36-46-4-264, Ma.Miller
0-2-0-0. Ole Miss, Wallace 25-36-3-387.
RECEIVING—Boise St., Williams-Rhodes 14-53,
Ajayi 12-93, Ma.Miller 6-84, Roh 4-34. Ole Miss,
Treadwell 7-105, Core 4-110, Engram 4-41, Walton
3-51, Dodson 3-15, Sanders 2-36, Adeboyejo 2-29.
Ole Miss
Continued from Page 1B
before a sparse crowd
in the first of two Chick-
fil-A Kickoff Games at the
Georgia Dome this week. But it
was hardly the sort of dominant
showing they were hoping for en-
tering the season with their high-
est ranking since 2009.
“It was awful hard to watch for 2
1/2 quarters,” coach Hugh Freeze
said. “Then we got in a decent
rhythm the last part of the game.”
Boise State (0-1) lost in the
debut of coach Bryan Harsin,
who took over after Chris Peters-
en bolted for Washington. The
Broncos no longer resemble the
team that used to beat the big
boys with such regularity.
“I’m not going to sit here and
made excuses for not going out
there and winning the ballgame,”
Harsin said. “We’ve got to find
ways to get better.”
Cody Core, who won a starting
job during preseason practice,
hauled in a pair of touchdowns for
Ole Miss: a 30-yarder in the final
minute of the first quarter, then
a 76-yarder midway through the
fourth after grabbing a short pass
on a slant route and breaking free
down the middle of the field.
Also in the final period, Wal-
lace went to Laquon Treadwell for
a 14-yard touchdown and hooked
up with Quincy Adeboyejo on a
31-yard scoring play.
That was more than enough
against Boise State, which was
coming off its worst season since
1998 (8-5) and seems to have
lost its Bowl Championship Se-
ries-busting swagger. Grant Hed-
rick was intercepted four times.
The Broncos had first-and-goal
at the Ole Miss 1-yard line in
the second quarter, ran three
straight plays that lost 2 yards,
and settled for a field goal.
“We’ve got to punch it in,”
Harsin said. “We were not good
enough tonight to get that done.”
Neither team looked as if it
was ready for the season. Wal-
lace’s three interceptions before
halftime were matched by Hed-
rick, and both quarterbacks had
one picked off in the end zone to
ruin good scoring chances.
Freeze was baffled by a couple
of Wallace’s interceptions, saying
the senior threw toward receiv-
ers who weren’t even supposed
to be part of the play.
“He wants to do so well and
have a great year,” Freeze said.
“He didn’t play his best. But he
settled down in the second half
and played pretty good.”
The poor play went beyond a
bunch of errant throws.
Ole Miss was flagged for
moving too soon on its first two
attempts at getting off an offen-
sive snap — and wound up be-
ing called for seven false-start
penalties in the first half. The
Rebels couldn’t blame the crowd
for being too noisy, either. The
upper deck at the Georgia Dome
wasn’t even used for a turnout an-
nounced at 32,823.
Boise State was even worse.
Harsin, a former Broncos quar-
terback and offensive coordina-
tor under Petersen during the
glory days, watched his offense
manage only a pair of field goals
before a touchdown in the clos-
ing minutes.
Hedrick threw his fourth inter-
ception early in the fourth quar-
ter, which pretty much finished
off Boise State. Two plays later,
Wallace found Adeboyejo open at
the 10, and he easily broke away
from a couple of would-be tack-
lers who did little more than stick
out their arms.

























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United Faith Church invites
the public to attend their annu-
al revival services Aug. 27-29
at 7 p.m. nightly.
Pleasant Grove Robinson
MB Church, 9203 Highway
289 N. in Starkville invites the
public to their revival services,
Aug. 25-29 at 7 p.m. nightly.
Bible Way Progressive
Church of God in Christ hosts
revival services, Aug. 27-29
at 7 p.m. nightly with guest
speaker Jameson Eichenberg-
er. All are invited.
Usher session
St. Paul MB Church, 5705
Highway 389 N. hosts an Ush-
er Ministry Union Session, Aug.
29 at 6 p.m. Contact Marcella
Tipton at 662-418-3776 for
Divorce recovery
Divorce recovery class
will be offered at St. Stephen
United Methodist Church, 800
Tuscaloosa Road. Classes are
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact
Ruth Hiles at 662-574-2804 for
Family and friends
St. John Church invites the
public to attend their Family
and Friends day, Aug. 31
at 1:30 p.m. John Baker of
Liberty Church will be the guest
speaker. Call 662-386-5692
for information.
Family and friends
Truevine MB Church hosts
a Family and Friends Day, Aug.
31 at 11 a.m. The Rev. David
Easterling will be the guest
speaker. All are invited to
Special service
Join United Faith Church for
services Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m.
with special guest speaker Lee
Morris Rice.
Friends and family
The Temple of Deliverance
Church invites the public to
attend their Friends and Family
Day, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. with
special guest Rev. Howard
Fifth Sunday
Gethsemane Mt. Moriah
District Association hosts
their fifth Sunday Program, at
Springhill Primitive Church in
Macon, Aug. 31 at 3:00 p.m.,
with guest speaker Rev. Willie
Fifth Sunday
The Mt. Olive District One
Missionary Society hosts a
Fifth Sunday meeting at Arm-
strong MB Church Aug. 31 at
1:30 p.m. with guest speaker
Ella McCloud of Mt. Zion Bap-
tist Church.
Fifth Sunday
Alliance of Ministers invites
the public to attend their Fifth
Sunday service, Aug. 31 at 6
p.m. at Oak Grove MB Church,
with guest speaker Rev. Brian
Sunday school
First Cumberland Presbyte-
rian Church invites the public to
attend their Fall Sunday school
kickoff for children, Sept. 7
from 9:15-10:25 a.m. with wor-
ship services at 10:30 a.m.
Yeates Chapel of West
Point holds Homecoming Ser-
vice Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with
guest speakers Willie Moore
and LT Gathings. All are invited.
Gospel concert
The Gospelations Singers
present gospel praise concert
Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. at the
Greensboro Center in Starkville
with Cedrick King and the King
sisters of Memphis and more.
All are invited to attend.
Fall revival
New Zion Pilgrim MB Church
invites the public to their Fall
revival services, Sept. 9-11
at 7 p.m. nightly with guest
speaker Dr. Charlie F. Barnes
Sr., of Mt. Pelier Baptist Church
in Starkville.
Women’s conference
Millers Chapel MB Chapel
invites ladies to their Woman
2 Woman Conference, Sept.
12 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 13 at
9 a.m. with guest speakers
Shelia Cain of Hopewell MB
Church. For information call
Church anniversary
The public is invited to
attend the 119th Church
Anniversary of Calvary Faith
Center, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. with
guest speaker Rev. Charles
Usher day
El Bethel MB Church invites
the public to their Annual Usher
Day, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. with
guest speaker Rev. Fredrick
Orr. All ushers are asked to
wear white.
Pastor anniversary
Christ Deliverance Center
invites the public to the
celebration of their pastor, Joe
Eggleston’s 11th anniversary
with the church. Torrance Nash
of Dumas ministries will be the
guest speaker. For information,
call Elsie Rush at 662-494-
Angelettes anniversary
The Angelettes Gospel
Singers will celebrate the 41st
Anniversary at Truevine MB
Church on Artesia Road, Sept.
21 at 4 p.m. All choirs, groups,
and solo singers are invited.
For information, call 662-272-
Youth choir
El Bethel MB Church hosts
a Youth Choir Day, Sept. 28 at
3 p.m. All youth choirs, dance
teams, and mime teams are
invited to attend. For informa-
tion, call 662-341-6324.
Women’s support
The Frank P. Phillips YMCA
invites women to join us for
encouragement, support, and
fellowship at Unshackled:
Women’s Support Group, each
Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the
YMCA art room.
Radio program
Pat Douglas invites the
public to tune in to WJWG
radio, 1050 AM for Yes Lord
Ministries, Sundays 9:15-9:45
a.m. This Sunday’s program
will focus on abuse/hurt.
JERUSALEM — European na-
tions are offering to help enforce
the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip,
a scenario that could provide key
international backing for main-
taining the peace and step up the
pressure on Hamas militants to
relinquish power.
The European plan remains
vague, and it is unclear whether Is-
rael or the Palestinians will agree.
But a European presence in
Gaza could go a long way toward
meeting two key demands: the
Palestinians’ insistence on freer
movement in and out of the terri-
tory, and the Israeli requirement
that Hamas be kept in check.
French President Francois
Hollande laid out the case for Eu-
ropean involvement on Thursday,
telling international diplomats
that Europe could help oversee
the destruction of tunnels used by
Hamas militants and monitor the
territory’s border crossings with
Israel and Egypt.
“It is necessary to move toward
an end to the blockade and a de-
militarization of the territory,” he
said, indicating that international
supervision could help pave the
way for a return of Hamas’ rival,
the Palestinian Authority, to Gaza.
President Mahmoud Abbas,
who heads the authority, is eager
to regain a foothold in Gaza, sev-
en years after Hamas violently
overran the territory. With the in-
ternational community shunning
Hamas as a terrorist group, Abbas
would be likely to operate Gaza’s
borders and oversee internation-
ally funded reconstruction efforts.
Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza
Nations offering to help enforce cease-fire