By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
OMAHA, Neb. – Two former Prentiss County high school quarterbacks – Booneville’s Seth Pounds and Baldwyn’s Gregg Tucker – connected on game-winning passes Monday morning.
Standing in a driving rainstorm and braving 40-50 mph winds outside TA Ameritrade Park, Pounds and Tucker waited with hundreds of other diehard Mississippi State fans for an opportunity to purchase reserve seat tickets for Game 1 of the College World Series championship between the Bulldogs and UCLA.
Lottery tickets for 450 reserved tickets were given to the fans numbering 1 through 500. Lucky lottery winners could buy a maximum of four.
Pounds, an attorney in Booneville, and Tucker, a football coach at Baldwyn High School, had lottery tickets 148 and 149. A random number was then selected by the TA Ameritrade Park ticket office to begin the process.
“I’ve got 149,” Tucker said. “If they pick 150, I go all the way to the back of the line.”
Moments later, with wind and rain soaking the loyal maroon and white legions lined up around the massive downtown stadium, a ticket office official came by shouting, “Who’s 148? 148 is No. 1!”
Pounds was stunned. “I heard the guy asking for 148. He said, ‘It’s not official, but I believe you’re it.’’’
Tucker, now No. 2, was all smiles after learning his good fortune. “I wish (football) play-calling was this easy,” he said, then laughed.
Pounds and Tucker, like many MSU fans, made the long journey Sunday – 12 hours for Northeast Mississippians – to the corn belt for baseball.
Read more on this story about other fans from Northeast Mississippi out in Omaha in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.