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State Bulldogs defeat Ole Miss Rebels 21-20 to win the Egg Bowl

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State's Nick Gibson runs the ball into the end zone. Photo from the Mississippi State football Facebook page.

Ole Miss sophomore Elijah Moore scored a 2-yard touchdown and then pretended to urinate like a dog in the end zone to celebrate. That little stunt caused a 35-yard penalty and a missed extra point in the battle between Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi on Thanksgiving Day.

Mississippi State took a 14-0 lead early in the game before the Rebels could find their way into the end zone. The Bulldogs were able to shut down freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on 34 rushing yards on 18 carries. The Rebels (4-8) would eventually make a comeback by scoring two touchdowns before the end of the first half to tie the game at 14 by halftime.

Both teams found their way to the end zone one more time before the end of the game, which forced the game to be settled by that 35-yard extra point attempt. Ole Miss kicker Luke Logan missed the field goal attempt, and with only four seconds remaining on the clock, the Bulldogs (6-6) won the game.

Yesterday’s win makes the Mississippi State bulldogs bowl eligible for the second year in a row under head coach Joe Moorhead and keeps the golden egg trophy in Starkville for another year.

The Bulldogs will go on to face another as-yet undetermined team in a bowl game, while the Ole Miss season came to an end last night.

 

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Butler named Community MVP by NFL Players Association

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler (Photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134)

Vicksburg native and Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler continues his generous charitable giving in communities where he has lived and worked. In recognition, he was named the Community MVP for week 11 by the NFL Players Association.

Butler posted the news Wednesday on Facebook.

Butler graciously helped provide people in Nashville, Tennessee, with free COVID-19 testing and grocery gift cards, feeding about 600 families. He helped residents of his hometown, Vicksburg, by giving out grocery cards as well, while also donating $5,000 to the University of West Alabama’s hunger/pandemic fund relief. UWA is his alma mater.

The NFLPA thanked Butler on Twitter for his donation.

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Masterson scored 10 points in PCA’s 66-28 victory Tuesday

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(photo by Carrie Martin)

Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Sophie Masterson helped the Lady Eagles to a 66-28 win over Tallulah Academy Tuesday.

Masterson scored 10 points on the night, and she also added 10 rebounds along with her points as the Eagles crushed the Trojans. Her sister Olivia Masterson grabbed seven rebounds and put up 4 points in the win.

Sophie not only did great in last night’s win, but she also played excellent defense Monday where she had 11 rebounds in the win against Deer Creek.

Yakia Burns led the Lady Eagles in points over Tallulah Academy by scoring 35, and Zy Smith added 9 points of her own.

Sisters Marley and Macey Bufkin also managed to get points on the board last night as well. Macey finished with 4, and Marley had 2 points while both played exceptional defense in the game.

Masterson and the Eagles will play again Thursday against Tensas Academy at home starting at 6 p.m.

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Hinds soccer players honored for academic achievement

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Johannah Grace Ballenger and David "Beau" Rimmer (photos courtesy Hinds CC)

Two Hinds Eagle soccer players have been honored for achievements in the classroom with David M. Halbrook Certificate Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes for 2020.

Johannah Grace Ballenger, of Brandon, and David “Beau” Rimmer, of Bay St. Louis, were recognized during the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities business meeting, held recently via a virtual platform.

The annual honors recognize efforts of individual student-athletes who excel in academics, leadership and service. Each college or university in Mississippi selected a male and female student athlete to receive this recognition.

The Halbrook Awards program recognizes colleges and universities that achieve and maintain high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.

The Halbrook Award for Academic Achievement Among Athletes was established in 1984 as a result of the passage of House Concurrent Resolution No. 88. The awards program is made possible through endowments from former Rep. David M. Halbrook of Belzoni and his brothers, John C. and James G. Halbrook, of Belzoni, and J.A. Halbrook, of Beaumont, Texas, in honor of their parents, John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook.

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