The North won a defensive struggle 16-7 at Robinson-Hale Stadium in Clinton. The South committed five turnovers and had only 12 rushing yards. It had 272 yards through the air but hurt itself with the turnovers and a couple of untimely penalties.
South Panola’s Bud Barksdale (left) was named defensive MVP. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 52-yard interception return in the first quarter. Offensive MVP was the South’s Bobby Felder (McComb), who had six catches for 108 yards.
The North had 144 yards of offense but put together an eight-play, 46-yard drive to open the second half. Columbus’ Alvin Ellis scored on a 5-yard run for a 13-0 lead.
A blocked punt led to a game-clinching field goal in the fourth quarter.
Look for a story and full box score in Friday’s Journal. Here’s how some NeMiss players fared:
• QB Brad Henderson, Starkville: 3-for-6, 28 yards passing; 27 yards rushing on seven carries.
• QB Michael Ledbetter, Shannon: 3-for-9, 24 yards, 1 INT.
• RB Pat Shed, Starkville: 11 carries, 30 yards.
• WR Ricky Bell, Aberdeen: 1 catch, 14 yards.
• DB Dominique Davenport, Baldwyn: 2 breakups, 1 INT.
• DL/LB Willie Grady, Okolona: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
Also playing were OL Louis Gillom (Oxford), OL Justin Shaw (Bruce), OL Josh Toliver (Shannon), OL Odie Rush (Starkville) and ATH Jeremy Jones (Nettleton).