Monthly Archives: August 2012

Recruiting Diary 2012: Ashton Shumpert, Aug. 31: New offers in for 4-star Shumpert

Ashton Shumpert sat in the coaches office at the Itawamba field house Thursday afternoon with a handful of Wheat Thins in his right hand and two more offers in his left. Shumpert has yet to play a game this season

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7 to See: Houston DE Chris Jones

I’ll be in Okolona tonight to see the Chieftains take on Houston and defensive end Chris Jones. Jones was one of our 7 To See in the 2012 Daily Journal Football Journal. Here’s the story that ran in the section.

Chris Jones was a basketball player switching schools. Two years removed from a promising prep career on the court at Nettleton, Jones has evolved into a monster defensive end at Houston.

The 6-foot-7, 270-pound senior will be switching schools against next season, too.

Until an impressive 40-time at a June camp at Mississippi State, he flew under the radar.

“I was swapping coaches, moving to different schools,” Jones said of his low-lying status. “At the camp, I just played my hardest and did everything to the fullest.”

MSU took him right off the radar at the June 11 camp after he ran a 4.7, 40-yard dash that caught a lot of attention before he committed to Dan Mullen.

Jones said he lost 20 pounds after the transfer. He played in only six games as he worked to establish residency but led the Class 4A Toppers in tackles per game with 9.4 and had five sacks.

Jones and the senior group have set a goal and it’s a big one. Houston has never won a playoff game and they want to change that. The Toppers went to the postseason last year for the sixth time.

“We’re going to see what we can do to change that,” first-year Houston coach William Cook said. “That’s the seniors’ goal, to win a playoff game and host a playoff game.”

Giving up his last season of high school basketball isn’t in his plans. He’s not even sold on giving it up in the Southeastern Conference.

He played in the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star basketball games in July. Last season, he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

“I’m going to try out basketball there but if it doesn’t work, I’m just going to leave it there,” Jones said. “Basketball was my first love but I seem to be better in football.”

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Poss off to hot start for Amory Panthers

The A-Game is tonight in Aberdeen. Appreciate Amory QB Jon David Poss for the conversation this week. He and the Panthers are off to a hot start and trying to win back the A-Trophy for the first time in four

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Oxford ends Lafayette’s 34-game streak

OXFORD – Oxford lived on Lafayette’s side of the field Thursday night and in front of a television audience took back the Crosstown Classic trophy with a 19-0 win at Bobby Holcomb Field. In an off-and-on again rain, it was

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Scores from Aug. 30

Football Oxford 19, Lafayette 0 Saltillo 40, Baldwyn 7 Softball Corinth 15, Falkner 0 Jumpertown 16, Blue Mountain 1 Wheeler 16, Biggersville 1 Alcorn Central 9, Booneville 6 Itawamba AHS 6, New Albany 2 Volleyball Tupelo 3, Southaven 2

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High School Football Schedule for Friday, Aug. 31

Alcorn Central (1-1) at Walnut (0-2) Amory (2-0) at Aberdeen (1-1) Belmont (1-0) at Tishomingo Co. (1-1) Benton County (0-1) at Falkner (2-0) Bruce (2-0) at Coffeeville (0-2) Marvell Aca. (2-0) at Calhoun Aca. (2-0) Corinth (1-0) at Booneville (2-0)

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Scores from Aug. 28

Softball Tupelo 7, Grenada 0 Jumpertown 11, New Site 6 Corinth 17, Walnut 1 Myrtle 10, Wheeler 3 Booneville 11, Belmont 6 Smithville 10, Tremont 0 Smithville 8, Columbus 6 West Union 11, Pine Grove 7 Falkner 4, Blue Mountain

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Amory QB Jon David Poss

Amory QB Jon David Poss talks with NeMissPreps’ Brad Locke after a 56-20 win at Nettleton on Aug. 24, 2012.

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The Skunk

The Skunk

At this point, the skunk needs no introduction but here is a still shot captured by Baldwyn News photographer Bob Tapp.

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Recruiting Diary 2012: Ashton Shumpert, Aug. 27

Ole Miss and Mississippi State are staying hot on the trail of Itawamba AHS 4-star athlete Ashton Shumpert. Shumpert though is focused on something more immediate. The senior had to sit out Itawamba’s wild comeback win at New Albany Friday

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Monday Night Football

New Site and Trasher have rescheduled their postponed football game for tonight at 7:30 at Marietta. 

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High School Football Scores August 24, 2012

Amory wide receiver Tanner Poole, center, runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against Nettleton on Friday. (C. Todd Sherman) Click here for scores and read more in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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