ECCC signs four more

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East Central Community College has added four more players to its 2013 recruiting class. The new members include defensive lineman Romario Cobb (Ocean Springs HS); defensive end Jeremy Pyles (Oxford HS, Ala.); safety Blake Gordon (NW Rankin HS) and quarterback Jacori Taylor (Early County HS. Ga.)

Romario Cobb: The 6-foot, 245-pound defensive lineman transfers to the Warriors from Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. After graduating early from Ocean Springs High School, Cobb enrolled at Henderson State earlier this year. However, he has since left Henderson State to play at ECCC. Cobb was a force for Ocean Springs last season, totaling 97 tackles, eight sacks 15 tackles for a loss 12 hurries. Cobb also forced three fumbles for the Greyhounds last season. Cobb was also an honor student at Ocean Springs, boasting a 3.55 GPA. Below are highlights of his senior season.

 

 

Jeremy Pyles: The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Oxford, Ala. offers a big lineman who is able to rush the passer. ECCC head coach Ken Karcher said he felt good about what he sees in Pyles, stating he is an “elusive” player on defense. Below are highlights from Pyles senior season.

 

 

Blake Gordon: The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety adds depth to the Warrior’s secondary in he upcoming season. Gordon recorded 49 tackles, 14 assists and two tackles for a loss for Northwest Rankin last year. The talented defender also recovered three fumbles and had an interception. Below are Gordon’s high school highlights.

 

 

Jacori Taylor: The 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback out of Georgia gives the Warriors an answer at the quarterback for the upcoming season. Taylor is currently the Warriors only option at quarterback for the 2013 season and brings a dual-threat to the ECCC offense. Taylor has shown the ability to overpower defenders with his running ability or throw over them with his arm and is a player Karcher said the staff is excited to have. Below is a highlight of Taylor connecting on a 30-yard touchdown pass.

 

MHSAA Classes and Divisions for 2013-15, Part 2

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Powerlifting
Girls
Class III, Region 3
McComb, Natchez, Oak Grove, Hattiesburg, Hancock, Meridian, Brookhaven
Boys
Region 3-6A
Oak Grove, Petal, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Terry, Brandon
Region 2-5A
Yazoo City, Canton, Germantown, Neshoba Central, Vicksburg
Region 4-4A
West Lauderdale, Quitman, Laurel, Mendenhall, Richland, Florence
Region 3-3A
Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, SE Lauderdale, Forest, McLaurin, Morton, Raleigh, Sumrall, Seminary, Heidelberg
Region 3-2A
Scott Central, Lake, Union, Clarkdale, Puckett, Madison-St. Joseph, Enterprise, Pisgah

Soccer
Region 5-6A
Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal, Brandon
Region 3-5A
New Hope, Canton, Neshoba Central, Germantown
Region 5-4A
NE Lauderdale, West Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman
Region 3-1A/2A/3A
SE Lauderdale, Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, Louisville, MSMS
Region 7-1A/2A/3A
North Forrest, Perry Central, Sacred Heart, Clarkdale

Softball, Fast-pitch
Division 5-6A
Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal
Division 3-5A
Germantown, Neshoba Central, Ridgeland
Division 4-4A
Caledonia, Houston, Kosciusko, Leake Central, Noxubee County, West Lauderdale
Division 5-4A
Greene County, NE Jones, NE Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman
Division 5-3A
Choctaw Central, Heidelberg, Forest, Philadelphia, Raleigh, SE Lauderdale
Division 5-2A
Clarkdale, Enterprise, Lake, Newton, Scott Central, Union

Softball, Slow-pitch
Division 4-5A/6A
Canton, Madison Central, Neshoba Central, Ridgeland
Division 6-5A/6A
Brandon, Jim Hill, Meridian, NW Rankin, Pearl
Division 5-4A
NE Jones, NE Lauderdale, Quitman, West Lauderdale
Division 6-4A
Florence, Newton County, Raymond, Richland
Division 5-3A
Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, SE Lauderdale, Velma Jackson
Division 6-2A
Clarkdale, Enterprise, Lake, Union
Division 7-2A
Amite County, Newton, Pisgah, Prentiss, West Lincoln

Swimming
Class II, Region 2
Harrison Central, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Oak Grove, Biloxi, Hancock, Hattiesburg, Petal, Picayune, West Harrison, D’Iberville, Pearl River Central, West Jones, South Jones, Pascagoula, Meridian, Northwest Rankin, Brandon, Pearl

Tennis
Region 5-6A
Brandon, Meridian, Petal, Oak Grove
Region 3-5A
Canton, Germantown, Neshoba Central, Ridgeland
Region 4-4A
Caledonia, Kosciusko, Leake Central, Noxubee County, West Lauderdale
Region 5-4A
Forrest County AHS, NE Jones, NE Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman

Region 6-3A

Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, St. Andrew’s

Region 4-2A

Lake, Leake County, Newton, Union

Region 5-2A

Bay Springs, Clarkdale, Enterprise

Track and Field

Division 5-6A

Brandon, Meridian, Petal, Oak Grove

Division 3-5A

Canton, Germantown, Neshoba Central, Ridgeland

Division 4-4A

Caledonia, Houston, Kosciusko, Leake Central, Noxubee County, West Lauderdale

Division 5-4A

Forrest County AHS, Greene County, NE Jones, NE Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman

Division 4-3A

Aberdeen, Kemper County, Louisville, Nettleton, South Pontotoc, WInona

Division 5-3A

Choctaw Central, Forest, Heidelberg, Philadelphia, Raleigh, SE Lauderdale

Division 5-2A

Clarkdale, Enterprise, Lake, Newton, Scott Central, Union

Volleyball

Class III, Division 3

Brandon, Forest Hill, Hattiesburg, Jim Hill, Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal, Terry

Class II, Division 2

Canton, Germantown, Neshoba Central, New Hope, Ridgeland

MHSAA Classes and Divisions for 2013-15, Part 1

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The MHSAA released its new classifications and divisions for football and basketball late last year. The rest of the sports were approved and announced Friday. Here is where area teams will play the next two seasons:

Baseball
Division 5-6A
Brandon, Meridian, Petal, Oak Grove
Division 3-5A
Canton, Germantown, Neshoba Central, Ridgeland
Division 4-4A
Caledonia, Houston, Kosciusko, Leake Central, Noxubee County, West Lauderdale
Division 5-4A
Forrest County AHS, Greene County, NE Jones, NE Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman
Division 4-3A
Aberdeen, Kemper County, Louisville, Nettleton, South Pontotoc, Winona
Division 5-3A
Choctaw Central, Forest, Philadelphia, Raleigh, SE Lauderdale
Division 5-2A
Clarkdale, Enterprise, Lake, Newton, Scott Central, Union

Bowling
Class I, Central
Pontotoc, East Webster, Philadelphia, East Side, Ruleville, Cleveland
Class II, North
Tupelo, Olive Branch, Starkville, Meridian, NW Rankin
Class II, Central
Madison Central, Clinton, Terry, Pearl, Ridgeland, Natchez, Richland, Neshoba Central

Cross Country
Region 3-6A
Forest Hill, Terry, Brandon, Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal, Hattiesburg
Region 1-5A
Center Hill, Saltillo, New Hope, Oxford, Neshoba Central
Region 4-4A
NE Lauderdale, West Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman, Leake Central
Region 3-3A
Choctaw Central, SE Lauderdale, Forest, St. Andrew’s, Heidelberg
Region 3-2A
Clarkdale, Madison-St. Joseph, Pisgah, West Lincoln, Union, Lake

Golf
Girls
Class III, Region 5-6A
Meridian, Oak Grove, Hattiesburg
Class II, Region 5-4A/5A
West Lauderdale, West Jones, South Jones, NE Lauderdale, Magee
Class I, Region 4-1A/2A/3A
Nanih Waiya, Choctaw Central, SE Lauderdale, St. Andrew’s, Philadelphia, Madison-St. Joseph, Leake County
Boys
Region 3-6A
Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal, Hattiesburg, Forest Hill, Terry, Brandon
Region 2-5A
Canton, Wingfield, Neshoba Central, Lanier, Callaway, Ridgeland, Vicksburg, Germantown
Region 4-4A
NE Lauderdale, West Lauderdale, Newton County, Quitman, NE Jones
Region 3-3A
Winona, Choctaw Central, Philadelphia, SE Lauderdale, Forest
Region 3-2A
Pisgah, Madison-St. Joseph, Union, Clarkdale, Puckett, Enterprise, Scott Central

MAIS 2013 football schedules

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The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools has released football schedules for 2013. Here are the slates for the area teams.

Lamar

Aug. 23    Starkville Academy

Aug. 30    at Winston Academy

Sept. 6    East Rankin Academy*

Sept. 13    Jackson Prep*

Sept. 20    Northeast Lauderdale

Sept. 27    at Copiah Academy*

Oct. 4    Columbia Academy*

Oct. 11    at Simpson Academy

Oct. 18    at Presbyterian Christian*

Oct. 25    Russell Christian

Nov. 1    Parklane Academy*

Nov. 8    at Oak Forest*

 

Newton County Academy

Aug. 23   Wayne Academy

Aug. 30    at Park Place

Sept. 6    at Porter’s Chapel

Sept. 13    Canton Academy

Sept. 20    Oak Hill Academy

Sept. 27    at Sylva-Bay Academy*

Oct. 4    Central Holmes*

Oct. 11    Heidelberg Academy*

Oct. 18    at Immanuel

Oct. 25    at Benton Academy*

 

Calvary Christian

Aug. 23    at Veritas

Aug. 30    at Kemper Academy

Sept. 6    Rebul Academy

Sept. 13    Hebron Christian

Sept. 20    Christian Collegiate

Sept. 27    at Central Academy

Oct. 11    Veritas*

Oct. 18    at Rebul Academy*

Oct. 25    Central Academy

Nov. 1    Collegiate Christian*

 

Kemper Academy

Aug. 23    at Sharkey-Issaquena

Aug. 30    Calvary Christian

Sept. 6    at Humphreys Academy

Sept. 13    at Central Academy

Sept. 20    Clinton Christian

Sept. 27    Veritas

Oct. 11    at Hebron Christian*

Oct. 18    Calhoun Academy*

Oct. 25    at Strider Academy*

Nov. 1    Central Academy*

East Mississippi CC signees

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Here are the recruits that signed with EMCC and coach Buddy Stephens on Wednesday:

ARIE ANDERSON, DL (Stanhope Elmore HS, Millbrook, AL)

BENNY MCCALL, LB (Lake Cormorant HS)

BRETT THOMPSON, QB (Lake Cormorant)

CHRIS BERRY, OL (Quitman)

BRANDON ACKER, WR (Hattiesburg)

BRANDON HODGES, OL (Aberdeen)

COOPER ESSLINGER, LS (Picayune)

DARIO ROBINSON, WR (Amory)

DAVID MAHAFFEY, OL (Brandon)

DEMETRIUS CAIN, LB (Hazlehurst)

DERRICK JONES, WR (Eupora)

DESHADRICK TRULY, DB (Charleston)

DESHAWN TILLMAN, DL (Bruce)

ISSAC JOHNSON, WR (Meridian)

JACOB FEELEY, OL (Picayune)

JAMOL POSEY, DL (Hattiesburg)

JAWON JOHNSON, DL (Starkville)

JESSIE GILL, DB (Union)

JOSEPH REYNOLDS, OL (PIcayune)

JUSTIN LUCAS, LB (Aberdeen)

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, DB (Byhalia)

KAMERON MYERS, WR (Charleston)

MARIO VIRGES, LB (West Point)

PRESTON BAKER, RB (Starkville)

QUAN LATHAM, DB (Columbus)

QUEZ SCOTT, DL (Meridian)

REECE EVERETT, K/P (Clinton)

ROD SANDERS, LB (Leake Central)

STANLEY HIGGINS, WR (Starkville)

TILMUS BRADFORD, WR (Charleston)

WESLEY RAGIN, DL (Saltillo)

WILLIAM LLOYD, LB (West Bolivar)

New rules in high school football

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Below are the new high school football rule changes for the upcoming year provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Pay particular attention to the new changes on offensive and defensive pass interference. A 15 yard penalty will still be awarded for both. However there will be no loss of down on offensive pass interference and no automatic first down on defensive pass interference.

Additional Rules Approved in High School Football

In an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school football, three additional rules will take effect next season to address helmets coming off players’ heads during games.

These three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

As a follow-up to last year’s rules change that requires players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the committee approved three additional rules that are extensions of last year’s change.

An illegal personal contact foul was added to Rule 9-4-3 to state that “no player or nonplayer shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off.”

In addition, a new listing in Rule 9-6-4 will state that it is illegal participation “for a player whose helmet comes completely off during a down to continue to participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged.”

“With its continued focus on risk minimization, the committee determined that a helmet-less player shall not block, tackle or otherwise participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged when the helmet came completely off,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine. “The penalty would be a live-ball, basic-spot foul.”

The committee also added language to Rule 3-5-10 to clarify that if the helmet comes completely off during the down or subsequent dead-ball action related to the down – and is not directly attributable to a foul by the opponent – the player must leave the game for at least one down, with the exception of halftime or overtime intermission. When this occurs, an official’s time-out shall be called.

“Player safety has been and will continue to be the top priority for members of the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” said Brad Garrett, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association. “These rules changes regarding helmet-less players are more examples of the group’s commitment to minimize risk within the game.”

Perhaps the most significant rules change next season will be one that reduces the penalty for pass interference. While the 15-yard penalty will remain for both offensive and defensive pass interference, the loss of down has been removed for offensive pass interference and the automatic first down has been eliminated for defensive pass interference.

“Offensive and defensive pass interference and the penalty structure related to these fouls has been debated many times in recent years,” Garrett said. “Proposals that either deleted the loss of down or the automatic first down – but not both – failed to gain support among committee members. The proposal to eliminate both components, thus not upsetting the balance between offense and defense, was the key factor in the adoption of the new rule.”

Another change at high school football games next year will be the expanded use of communication devices. In specific situations, coaches, players and nonplayers will be allowed to use any form of communication technology.

This expansion of the rule allows the use of communication devices during authorized conferences outside the nine-yard marks, on the sidelines and during the halftime intermission. Use of communication devices by players except conferences outside the nine-yard mark continues to be prohibited.

In Rule 2-4-1, the committee clarified the rule approved last year regarding the definition of a catch, which stated that a receiver is required to establish possession of the ball and contact the ground inbounds while maintaining possession – regardless of the opponent’s action.

“The committee clarified the definition of a catch such that an airborne player who has forward progress stopped inbounds and is carried out of bounds by an opponent before contacting the ground is awarded a catch at the spot of forward progress,” Colgate said.

In Rule 9-3-8, the committee added another provision to the rule enacted last year regarding contact by the kicking team against members of the receiving team. The new provision stipulates that the kicking team may initiate contact once the receiving team has initiated a block within the neutral zone.

The committee also approved the addition of a 15-yard penalty to the existing option of accepting an awarded fair catch for kick-catch interference.

Finally, in Rule 8-3-3, the committee clarified that the touchdown scoring team is the only team that can score on a try, and in Rule 1-5-3 the committee modified the rule regarding the wearing of towels.

Football is the No. 1 participatory sport for boys at the high school level with 1,121,744 participants in the 2011-12 school year, according to the High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS through its member state associations. In addition, the survey indicated there were 1,805 girls who played football in 2011-12.

JCJC to host EMCC in baseball doubleheader

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from school reports

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will host East Mississippi Community College in a baseball doubleheader on Wednesday.

The twinbill was originally scheduled for Scooba, but will now take place at Community Bank Park. Gametimes are at 2/4:30 p.m.

EMCC is moving the fences at Gerald Poole Field in, and that work already caused the Lions to shift their series earlier this week against Meridian Community College to a road trip. The doubleheader against JCJC was expected to be the new home opener. Now, the Lions’ first scheduled home game is against Copiah-Lincoln CC on Feb. 19.

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