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Unbeaten Cougars play host to Carthage

By By Marty Stamper and Josh Taylor/The Meridian Star
Oct. 18, 2001
The Region 5-3A leading Newton County Cougars will look to up their unblemished record to 8-0 when they host Carthage Friday night at Decatur.
Newton County took a 21-13 win at Southeast Lauderdale last week to improve to 7-0. Philadelphia's 21-20 overtime loss at Heidelberg put the Cougars atop the 5-3A standings at 3-0.
Carthage blanked Choctaw Central 14-0 last week to improve to 3-1 in 5-3A and 5-2 overall.
Leading Carthage is senior running back Raymond Youngblood, who has already had a 39-carry game earlier this year.
So can Newton County's Darryl Mapp, who has 970 yards rushing this year.
Newton County has won the last four games in the series to take a 4-2 advantage.
South Leake at Newton
The Region 5-2A leading Tigers will be looking to solidify their position in the upcoming playoffs when they host South Leake.
Newton rolled over Clarkdale 48-12 last week after taking a 48-0 lead into halftime.
Newton rolled up 361 total yards in the first half with 316 coming on just 16 rushes. Marquis Poole and Travaone Evans both had 100 yards by halftime. Poole had 150 yards and four touchdowns on six carries, while Evans had 101 yards on just three rushes.
Union at Noxapater
Either Union or Noxapater will take a big step toward making the Class 1A state playoffs with a Region 3-1A win Friday night.
Union routed Edinburg 54-14 last week to improve to 3-2 in 3-1A and 3-4 overall. Noxapater popped Pisgah 30-6 to improve to 2-3 in the region and 2-5 overall.
In the win over Edinburg, Union's defense was led by Tony Warren, Lee Warren, Jeremy Hamm, Sammy Sullivan, and Ray Harper.
Union is led offensively by freshman running back Anthony Johnson with 412 yards on 43 carries, and Derrick Harris, who has 14 receptions for 216 yards and 49 carries for 230 yards. Jody Blount has completed 29-of-81 passes for 409 yards.
Union first-year head coach Brad Breland was an assistant at Noxapater last year.
Noxapater actually played two games last week, losing 34-20 to Lake on Monday before beating Pisgah on Friday.
Union holds an 11-5 lead in the series which dates back to 1934. The last meeting, however, produced a 40-6 Noxapater victory in 1990.
SE Lauderdale at Philadelphia
The Tornadoes will look to bounce back from last week's 21-20 overtime loss at Heidelberg when they host Southeast Lauderdale.
Leading the Tornadoes' big-play offense are running back Kenshay Hunter, who suffered an ankle injury last week, and quarterback Tyler Threadgill.
Hunter has rushed 79 times for an even 1,000 yards. Threadgill has 325 yards on 55 carries and is 12-of-36 passing for 153 yards.
Kemper County at Clarkdale
Kemper County broke its 29-game losing streak last week with a 37-14 win over William Sullivan.
This week, the Wildcats head to Clarkdale whic is currently on a five-game losing streak, for a key Region 5-2A battle.
The Wildcats stand at 1-6 overall while Clarkdale holds a 2-5 overall record. Kemper County is 1-1 in district play while Clarkdale is 0-2.
The Wildcats will look to standout running back Lashawn Triplett who gained 110 yards on just six carries last week.
Look for wide receiver Omarion Backstrom to also have a big game following 105 yards on five receptions last week. Backstrom also accounted for one of the Wildcats touchdowns.
Central Holmes at Kemper Academy
Coming off a 48-0 shutout loss last week to Heidelberg Academy the Kemper Academy Rams continue to struggle now standing at a 1-6 overall record.
They will play host to Central Holmes Friday night. Central Holmes is standing at a crossroads with a 4-3 record.
Newton County Academy at Central Academy
As of now, they're both 0-7, but either the Generals or the homestanding Vikings will find the win column for the first time this fall when they clash in Macon in an Academy 3-A contest.
NCA was a 40-12 loser to Union Academy of Georgetown last week, while Central fell 43-12 to Hebron.
NCA won last year's game 19-6 to take an 8-3 lead in the series which began in 1990.
Central Holmes at Kemper Academy
In other North area games, Neshoba Central (1-6) hosts Kosciusko (4-3) in Region 2-4A action, Academy 2-AA leader Winston Academy (6-1) goes to Senatobia to play Academy 1-AA champion Magnolia Heights (6-1), Sebastopol (4-3) hosts Lake (4-3) in a Region 3-1A matchup, Scott Central (3-4) hosts Williams-Sullivan (0-7) in a Region 5-2A contest, Noxubee County (6-1) goes to Aberdeen (2-5) in a Region 2-4A game, Nanih Waiya (5-2) goes to Edinburg (2-5) in Region 3-1A action, Louisville (3-4) goes to West Point (4-3) in Region 2-4A, Leake Academy (3-4) hosts Oak Hill (3-4), Forest (1-6) is at Velma Jackson (6-1) in Region 6-3A, and Choctaw Central (3-4) hosts West Lauderdale (3-4) in Region 5-3A.

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