By NEMS Daily Journal
Shumpert talks Georgia, Ole Miss
Itawamba AHS 4-star athlete Ashton Shumpert celebrated his 236 yards rushing against Corinth Friday with a five-plus hour road trip.
The senior rushed for three touchdowns Friday, then took a visit to Georgia to see the Bulldogs host Tennessee.
“The crowd was awesome. They stayed into it the whole game,” Shumpert said. “Even when Tennessee made a big play, they stayed into it.”
Shumpert has been back on the field for three games and has 590 yards and eight touchdowns on 38 carries. The defensive back also had 16 tackles and an interception.
He plans to visit Ole Miss Saturday for the Texas A&M game.
His current team is 6-0 and got off to a 1-0 division start and is scheduled to host Shannon tonight.
“It’s a big one because we’re both 1-0,” Shumpert said. “It’s a rivalry and they beat them last year too. It’s a big game for a lot of reasons.”
Southern Miss, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Alabama, Memphis and Alcorn State.
Southaven next key foe
Wave’s division race
The Tupelo Golden Wave picked up their biggest win of the season last week at Grenada, but immediately recognized the task is not complete.
“It feels great,” said junior Quinn Tiggs after the 35-14 victory. “We really needed this one so we can move forward and gain a little confidence to try to take down Southaven.”
There’s no doubt in head coach David Bradberry’s mind of the importance of today’s 7 p.m. road game against the Chargers.
Back-to-back wins over Grenada and Southaven helped propel Tupelo into the postseason last year after they lost their division opener to Columbus.
A very similar situation has developed this season. Tupelo and Southaven both sit 1-1 in Division 1-6A play entering tonight with the winner gaining an edge in the playoff hunt.
“These three games that we had leading into district we knew were going to be gigantic,” Bradberry said.
North Pontotoc’s series could be crowd favorite
North Pontotoc slow-pitch softball coach Shane Montgomery hopes to have a large crowd for next Tuesday’s first-round 4A state playoff series between his Lady Vikings and visting Rosa Fort.
The first game of the one-day, best-of-three series will be played at 1:30 p.m., which would allow the school’s elementary, junior high and high school students to attend.
“I let our players decide when they wanted to play,” Montgomery said. “We should have a good crowd.”
The added fans should make this series quite profitable for the program.
Lady Wave must earn rematch against DeSoto
Tupelo wants a volleyball rematch against DeSoto Central, but the defending Class 3 state champion Lady Wave will have to earn it.
THS travels to Madison Central next Thursday for a play-in game. The winner will play DeSoto on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the state quarterfinals.
The Lady Wave lost twice to DeSoto Central in the regular season: 3-1 and 3-2.
“Last week, we put ourselves in position to win (against DeSoto),” THS coach Laurie Bishop said of her team’s 3-2 road loss. “We’re confident we can compete with them.”