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Jags top Rebels in season opener

By Paul Keane

The Wayne County News

TOXEY, Ala. --- The Jaguars of Wayne Academy slogged their way through a

humid season opener Friday night, downing the Rebels of South Choctaw

(Ala.) Academy, 32-8.

The win moved W.A. to 1-0 on the year heading into a home opener Friday

night against Richton.

As is typical with first games, there were plenty of miscues and

turnovers on both sides. W.A. suffered four lost fumbles and an

interception while the Rebels had four lost fumbles and two


The Jaguars drew first blood when Davin Lowery hauled in a 19-yard pass

from Will McRee. The Colton Stringer extra point made it 7-0 with 10:50

left in the first quarter.

With 2:28 remaining in the period, Stringer scored on a 10-yard run to

make it 13-0.

In the second quarter, Justice Beard scored on a 1-yard run at the 9:35

mark to make it 19-0, but the Rebels answered with a 15-yard scoring

jaunt with 1:34 left in the half to trim the deficit down to 19-8 at the


In the third quarter, Davin Lowery hauled in a 14-yard pass form McRee,

and the Stringer extra point made it 26-8.

Finally, with 7:46 left in the third, Ja'Marquis Ray raced 50 yards for

a score to set the final margin.

For a complete wrap-up of the game, along with statistics and a preview

of the Richton game, be sure and pick up a copy of the Aug. 24 edition

of The Wayne County News.

War Eagles fall in close scrimmage game

By Doris Keane

The Wayne County News

A penalty on a two-point conversion proved to the difference Friday

night as the War Eagles of WCHS fell, 14-13, in a scrimmage against

Harrison Central at home.

The War Eagles now prepare for a Thursday night season opener on the

road against Oak Grove.

The varsity played only two quarters of action as Mississippi High

School Activities regulations limit action in preseason contests.

Harrison Central scored first on a 21-yard pass play to open up a 7-0


In the second quarter, with 8:58 remaining, Marquise Leverette hauled in

a 12-yard pass form Jacob Bowles, and the Kyle Clark kick knotted things

at 7-all.

With 3:54 remaining in the game, Harrison Central scored on an 11-yard

pass to move out to a 14-7 advantage.

The War Eagles quickly drove downfield, scoring on a 1-yard run from

Bowles with two seconds left. An illegal procedure penalty on the

two-point conversion attempt thwarted the rally, though, and allowed

Harrison Central to escape with the win.

For a complete wrap-up of the contest, along with a preview of the Oak

Grove game, be sure and pick up a copy of the Aug. 24 edition of The

Wayne County News.