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STARKVILLE — Renardo Sidney scored 22 points, Ravern Johnson added 16 and Mississippi State beat Ole Miss 71-58 on Saturday. Sidney, who scored his season-high of 24 points against the Rebels in a win earlier this season, was 8 of 12 from the field and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Mississippi State (14-12, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) has won five straight games in the series. Ole Miss (17-10, 5-7) critically damaged what was left of its slim NCAA Tournament at-large hopes. The Rebels scored the final seven points of the first half to tie the score at 33, but Mississippi State went on a 13-2 run early in the second half and never trailed again. Riley Benock hit two 3-pointers and Sidney threw down a thunderous dunk during the rally, whipping the announced crowd of 8,063 into a frenzy that seemed to rattle the Rebels. For one of the few times this season, Sidney made news for great basketball instead of off-the-court issues. The 6-foot-10 sophomore has been suspended three times this season — once by the NCAA after it ruled he received improper benefits as an amateur, once for an incident during practice and once for a fight with a teammate. But those troubles didn’t matter against the Rebels. Instead, he was the dominant force many projected him as coming out of high school, controlling the post and scoring several easy baskets. Mississippi State shot 50 percent in the second half to pull away, including 50 percent (5 of 10) from 3-point range. MSU and Ole Miss came into the game in a three-way tie with Arkansas for second place in the SEC’s Western Division. The first two teams in each division get a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament. Chris Warren and Terrance Henry led the Rebels with 13 points each. Zach Graham added 12. The Rebels shot just 34.4 percent from the field (23 of 67) and 16.7 percent from 3-point range (4 of 24). Ole Miss outrebounded MSU, 41-34.]]]]> ]]>

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St. Al’s Cooper Madison caught a 40-yard touchdown pass Friday

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St. Aloysius High School football player Cooper Madison caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week in the Flashes big win over Washington School Oct. 16.

Madison caught the 40-yard pass in the first play of the Flashes possession last week to make the score 6-0 in the first quarter. For most of the night, he played on defense at cornerback in the 43-28 victory.

He is known for his great athletic ability. In football, he also plays on special teams where he sometimes kicks the extra point behind Reed Bourne, and he is also a soccer player for St. Aloysius.

Madison has been a big part of Flashes football over the past few years, and he will start Friday for St. Aloysius in the team’s last game of the regular season.

The Flashes face the Cathedral Green Wave Friday in Natchez, Mississippi, at 7 p.m.

 

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Mississippi high school football coach dies in car crash

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A Mississippi high school football coach was involved in a deadly car crash Wednesday that ended his life.

Southeast Lauderdale High School head coach Calvin Hampton died after his car collided with an 18-wheeler on Mississippi Highway 19.

The school released the following statement on its Facebook page shortly after Hampton’s death was confirmed:

“It is with great sadness that we pass along the news of the loss of Coach Calvin Hampton. Coach Hampton was loved by many in our community, county, and city. Please remember his family and everyone who cared about and loved Coach Hampton in the days ahead. All school functions for the rest of the day are canceled. Grief counselors will be available when classes resume tomorrow.”

Hampton was in the middle of his second season as head coach at Southeast Lauderdale at the time of his death. The Tigers are scheduled to play Kemper County Friday.

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Hinds’ Smith and McCray named MACCC Football Players of the Week

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Connor Smith and BeSean McCray (photos courtesy HInds CC)

Vicksburg native Connor Smith and BeSean McCray of Orlando, Florida, were tabbed as the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference Football Players of the Week following their stellar performances in Hinds 18-16 victory over Jones College Thursday, Oct. 15.

Sophomore kicker Smith was named the MACCC Special Teams Player of the Week. Smith made all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired. Smith scored 12 points for Hinds in their 18-16 victory over Jones last week. Through the Eagles first two games this season, Smith is a perfect five-for-five in field goal attempts and has tallied 18 total points.

Freshman quarterback McCray was named the MACCC Offensive Player of the Week. McCray completed 41 of his 74 pass attempts for 421 yards and one touchdown. His 421 passing yards and 74 passing attempts are both single-game records for the Hinds football program. Through two games, McCray leads the MACCC in multiple categories including: completions (51), attempts (105) and yards (568).

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