The Rundown

Clarksdale 2019 football schedule released

High school football season begins in about 100 days, and Clarksdale’s schedule for the 2019-20 season includes three games against Coahoma County opponents.

 

The Wildcats will open their season August 23rd at Coahoma Early College before visiting 6A Greenville the next week.  September’s games include a rivalry rematch against Coahoma County on the 6th with the Red Panthers as the home team.  Cleveland Central comes to Clarksdale on the 13th; the Wildcats travel to South Panola on the 20th and host Ackerman’s Choctaw County on the 27th.  October’s games are all against division opponents with Yazoo City at Clarksdale on the 4th followed by road games at Gentry in Indianola and Tunica’s Rosa Fort before concluding the regular season at home against defending district champion Greenwood on October 25th.  This will likely be the Wildcats’ final season at Crumpton Field as a new stadium on the campus of Clarksdale High is expected to be completed next year and ready for the 2020 football season.

 

For the eighth year in a row, Wildcat football will be heard on 97.5 WROX and AM 1450 with Charlie Webster calling the action.  

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Coahoma County boys lose, end season

There will be no “three peat” for the Coahoma County Red Panthers.  The County boys team finishes their season with a record of 29 wins and 3 losses; two of the losses, including yesterday’s 54-52 loss to Bay Springs in the state 2A basketball playoffs, were by two points. 

 

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Coahoma County boys play semi final game today

The Coahoma County boys are two wins away from their third consecutive state high school basketball championship.  The Red Panthers defeated Newton 45-36 on Friday and will play Bay Springs today in the semi-final game of the 2A championships

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Clarksdale HS and Coahoma Early College basketball seasons end

The Clarksdale boys were eliminated from the 4A playoffs with a 44-43 loss to Pontotoc on Monday and the Lady Wildcats exited the playoffs on Saturday losing 74-39 to Ripley.  The Coahoma Early College boys lost their second round 3A playoff game to Yazoo County on Saturday by a score of 63-57, ending their season with 23 wins and 6 losses. The Lady Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs last week by losing their first-round playoff game to Alcorn (ALL-corn) Central 43-37.

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Coahoma County girls exit, boys advance in playoffs

The Coahoma County boys are three wins away from their third consecutive state high school basketball championship.  The Red Panthers defeated New Site 65-45 on Monday to advance to the 2A quarterfinals and will play at Newton tonight; the winner of that game will play Bay Springs on Tuesday in the semi-final game.  Meanwhile the Lady Red Panthers finish their season with 24 wins and 5 losses after falling 40-39 to Ingomar last Friday.

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Lee Academy's Crawford Allen wins Hoss Bennett scholarship award

Lee Academy senior Crawford Allen received a $1000 scholarship as the 20th winner of the Ronald "Hoss" Bennett award on February 21st.  Three other seniors receiving $250 scholarships were Clarksdale High quarterback Cameron Matthews, Coahoma Early College linebacker Marquise Lewis and Jeffrey Fisher from Coahoma County High School.  The awards are given each year by the Clarksdale Exchange Club to help outstanding student athletes with their college education expenses,

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CCC adds 25 football players on National Signing Day

With only three wins in three seasons, Coahoma Community College football coach Steven Miller made recruiting a priority and added 25 players to the roster on National Signing Day.  Local players joining the Tigers include wide receiver Markevius Phillips from Coahoma County High School, defensive back Aikee Matthews from Clarksdale High and Kolbey Esland and Tyson Smith from Tunica’s Rosa Fort high school.  CCC also landed Guy Thomas, a defensive end, who transfers from the University of Nebraska.   The Tigers last football victory was at the end of the 2017 football season, a 40-0 win over Mississippi Delta Community College. 

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Coahoma County boys and girls basketball teams open playoffs

Coahoma County begins their quest for a third straight state championship by playing South Delta on Thursday night.  The 24-2 Red Panthers have beaten South Delta twice this year by scores of 77-58 and 68-9.  Meanwhile the 23-3 Lady Red Panthers will face West Bolivar Thursday night; they won both meetings this year by lopsided scores of 57-19 and 56-16. 

 

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High school basketball season winding down

It’s the final week of the regular season for local high school basketball teams, although most of them will begin their playoff runs next week.

After beating Clarksdale 52-43 on January 31st the Coahoma County boys are 22-2 overall and undefeated in region play while County’s girls are 21-3 overall.  Both teams will host O’Bannon on Tuesday February 5th and play at Riverside on Thursday February 7th.

The Coahoma Early College boys host Brooks on Tuesday February 5th then play at Clarksdale on Thursday February 7th and host Shelby’s Broad Street high school on Friday February 8th.  The girls only remaining regular season game is at Clarksdale on Thursday.

Clarksdale’s boys and girls teams will finish the season with non-conference home games against Horn Lake on Tuesday February 5th and Coahoma Early College on Thursday February 7th.  The Lady Wildcats are playoff bound after beating Yazoo City 60-28 on February 1st.

 

 

 

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Coahoma County boys lose, girls win on Saturday

Nine weeks after an overtime loss at Horn Lake, defending state 2A boys basketball champion Coahoma County fell 69-58 to Jackson’s Forest Hill high school in a tournament game at Pontotoc on January 5th.  Sophomore Jai’sheldon Yates scored 20 points in the Red Panther loss.  Coahoma County is still undefeated in division play and faces O’Bannon at Greenville on Friday night.

 

Meanwhile the Coahoma County girls, who haven’t lost since December 14th to Leland, defeated Belmont 47 37 on Saturday.  The 13-and-2 girls also play O’Bannon on Friday.

 

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Coahoma Early College plays again next week

The Coahoma Early College boys basketball team returns to action on January 8th against North Panola. The Tigers last played on December 27th, a 61-51 loss to Coahoma County in the Christmas tournament.  Juniors Trey Payno and Thomas Williams Jr. lead the Tigers with 14.6 and 10.6 points per game; Williams also averages 12.8 rebounds.

 

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Coahoma County basketball resumes Friday

The Coahoma County high boys basketball team defeated West Bolivar on New Year’s Day.  Sophomore Jai’sheldon Yates scored 18 points and senior Alshun Ross added 12 in the 52-34 win.  The only loss for the Red Panthers this season was a 67-65 overtime loss to Horn Lake; the defending 2a champions return to action on Friday January 4th at South Delta.

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Coahoma County boys, girls both 6-1

Heading into their first district game next week the defending 2A state boys basketball champion Coahoma County Red Panthers are off to a 6-and-1 start.  Since losing a month ago at Horn Lake by 2 points in overtime, coach Derrick Moore’s team has won five straight.  Junior Bentavious Galmore leads all scorers with 13 points per game; he also averages 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals per game.   The Red Panthers will host Leland on Friday, December 14th.  Coahoma County’s girls are also 6-and-1; they will also play Leland on the 14th before the boys varsity game.

 

 

 

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High school basketball season begins

Defending 2A state champion Coahoma County, West Bolivar and Palmer will participate in the Clarksdale tournament this week at Clarksdale high school.  The Red Panthers have two games under their belt, a 63-40 win over Shelby’s North Side High and a 67-65 overtime loss at Horn Lake.  Clarksdale’s Wildcats lost 86-71 to Coahoma Early College; in addition to the win over Clarksdale, the Tigers are 3-0 with wins at Leflore County and Simmons.  Coahoma Early College will host West Tallahatchie on Tuesday before hosting the Coahoma County tournament with Clarksdale, County and Leflore County next week.

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Wildcats exit football playoffs with second round road loss

A 59-0 defeat in Louisville Friday night ended Clarksdale’s sixth straight run in the state football playoffs.  Louisville won the pregame coin toss and dominated every aspect of the game as Clarksdale only managed five first downs.  Louisville held the football for 30 of the game’s 48 minutes and racked up 455 yards of total offense to Clarksdale’s 113.  The Wildcats finish the season with 7 wins and 5 losses.  Sophomore quarterback Tamera Allen saw action late in the game; he is projected to start for Clarksdale next season after Cameron Matthews graduates.

 

 

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Wildcats win, advance in 4A playoffs

Senior quarterback Cameron Matthews ran for three touchdowns to lead the Clarksdale Wildcats to victory Friday night over Itawamba Agricultural at Crumpton Field.  The Indians led 10-6 at halftime but the Wildcats rallied in the second half to win 21-16.  The game was delayed about 30 minutes at the start of the secondf quarter when an Itawamba coach collapsed on the sidelines.  Clarksdale senior running back Trejan Latham  sustained an injury to his right arm and and also left the game in the fourth quarter.  Clarksdale advances to the second round of the 4A playoffs and will travel to Louisville next Friday night.

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Red Panthers one and done in 2A playoffs

Football season ended Friday night for Coahoma County as the Red Panthers lost 47-0 at Eupora. It was County's first playoff game since 2016 and the Red Panthers were 3-9 under first year coach Mario Lane.

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CCC begins basketball season tonight

Coahoma Community College welcomes five returning men from last season’s basketball team including Dequan Morris who led the Tigers with 10 points and four rebounds per game last season.   CCC opens the season against South Arkansas Tech in the Rockets Tip-Off Classic at Camden, Arkansas tonight and will play Arkansas Baptist tomorrow.  The men’s first home game will be against Faith Prep Academy on Monday, November 5, in the Pinnacle.  Coahoma’s Lady Tigers also have five returning players including Walneika Holmes who averaged 21 points per game last season.  The women are also in the Rockets Tip-Off Classic, battling South Arkansas University Tech tonight and Arkansas Baptist tomorrow.

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Clarksdale loses to Greenwood in overtime

The Greenwood Bulldogs won their sixth straight district championship Friday night, defeating the Clarksdale Wildcats 21-14 in overtime.  Greenwood scored on their opening possession wiht a 70 yard touchdown pass, but Clarksdale immediately answered and scored on successive possesions to take a 14-7 lead by halftime.  Senior quarterback Cameron Matthews scored all of Clarksdale's points with two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.  The Bulldogs tied the score with 8 minutes left to play and scored on the first play of overtime to take a 21-14 lead while the Wildcats were unable to score in overtime.  Clarksdale will host a first-round playoff game next Friday against Itawamba Agricultural, the number 3 seed from region 2.

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Lee Colts exit playoffs in first round, falling at Heritage Academy

Lee Academy's football season ended in Columbus Friday night as the Colts lost 41-6 at Heritage Academy.  The Patriots dominated all night, putting 34 points on the scoreboard before Lee could answer.  It was the Colts second straight MAIS playoff appearance under head coach Rick Johnston and their second straight elimination in a first-round road game.

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Season ends for Coahoma Early College football team

The football season ended for Coahoma Early College at Independence on Thursday.  The Wildcats held the Tigers scoreless in the second and third quarters en route to a 47-12 loss.  Coahoma Early College has shown improvement in three seasons under head coach Jeremiah Brassell, going from a winless season in 2016 to one win last year to winning 4 of their first six games this season before losing five straight against division opponents.

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Coahoma County makes 2A football playoffs

The Coahoma County Red Panthers are playoff bound after beating West Tallahatchie 20-14 on Thursday and will travel to Eupora for their first-round 2A playoff game.  This is the second time in four years that three out of Coahoma County’s four hgih school teams have made the playoffs; it happened last in 2015 when Lee lost in the first round at Starkville Academy, Clarksdale lost in the first round to Grenada and Aggie lost in the first round to South Delta.  County went 0-4 in district games and missed the playoffs that year but returned to the post-season in 2016.

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Coahoma Community College finishes season without a win

It’s been another season of frustration for Coahoma Community College ending with a 27-14 loss to Holmes Community College at James Miller Stadium on Thursday.  CCC finishes the season 0-and-9; their last win was almost exactly one year ago, on October 28, 2017 over Mississippi Delta.  The Tigers have won just three games in three seasons under head football coach Steven Miller.

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Coahoma Community College hopes to finish season with a win tonight

It has been a long and hard season for Coahoma Community College,losing 7 straight games.  The Tigers had 128 yards of total offense in a 47-0 loss at East Mississippi last week and will face Holmes Community College tonight at James E. Miller stadium.  The Bulldogs (4-4 2-3 in MACJC North) have an aggressive running game that averages 275 yards each game.  Kickoff will be at 6:30PM; it’s Sophomore Night and 15 graduating sophomores of the team will be recognized.

 

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Coahoma Early College needs a win and help to make playoffs

Coahoma Early College lost their fourth straight Friday night, falling 12-8 at Holly Springs.  Juniors Willie Eagins and Demarco Williams played despite being hurt in last week's loss to Water Valley, but freshman lineman Joe Gibbs suffered a broken arm in the first quarter and coach Jeremiah Brassell says injuries have been a factor in his team's performance this season.  The Tigers still have a chance to make the playoffs but only if they win their final regular season game at Independence this week AND Palmer beats Holly Springs.  Independence and Holly springs are currently tied for the fourth playoff spot in 3A region 2.  

 

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