Jan. 2, 2002
The Question …
Meridian High School won the MHSAA Class 5A State Football Championship in 1985. Here is your five-part question. What was the final score of the game? Who did the Wildcats beat? Who was the MHS head coach? Who was the Starkville head coach? And, who scored Meridian's touchdowns?
Star Tracking …
Jan. 2, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. The New Orleans Saints are venturing into the unknown this week. New Orleans, which last qualified for postseason play in 1992, had made the playoffs just four times in its 34-year history only to go home after one game. This is the first time the Saints have won a postseason game and advanced to the next round. After leading the Saints back from a 3-13 record last year, Haslett has the team poised to take the next step toward the Super Bowl. New Orleans faces the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional playoffs on Saturday.
Jan. 2, 1997
TAMPA, Fla. Gene Stallings bid Alabama farewell on his own terms. The Crimson Tide sent the retiring coach home a winner Wednesday, beating Michigan 17-14 in the Outback Bowl with a performance that typified the Stallings era.
PASADENA, Calif. It had happened this way so many times before: big game, final minutes, down by a few points. But each time had been a setup for a fall. Derided in Ohio as a big-game loser, things may have changed in the gloom of the Rose Bowl Wednesday night as Joe Germaine's 5-yard touchdown pass to David Boston with 19 seconds left gave Ohio State a stirring 20-17 victory.
Jan. 2, 1992
Once again, college football has two national champions. Miami finished first in The Associated Press media poll today by the slimmest margin ever, while Washington narrowly won the USA Today-CNN coaches title.
NEW ORLEANS Linebacker Demetrius DuBose insisted all week that Notre Dame's defense had taken enough abuse. The Fighting Irish parlayed a bend-but-don't-break defense with three touchdowns by Jerome Bettis into a 39-28 Sugar Bowl victory over No. 7 Florida.
The Answer …
The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the fourth-quarter to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take a 12-3 win over Starkville High School at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
Mac Barnes coached the Wildcats, while the legendary Willis Wright was the Starkville head coach. William Brunelle scored on a 1-yard run and Tyrone Robinson scored from 40 yards out for MHS.
Sports Faces …
An eighth grader at Northwest Junior High, Matthew Castleberry already owns a piece of Meridian High School soccer history.
He is one of just two eighth graders ever to start a varsity game for the Wildcats.
Castleberry made his mark after playing nine years of rec league soccer. He has spent the past four years in the Meridian Youth Soccer Organization.