Blast from Past artwork

Here's another edition of Blast from the Past, a look back at local football stars from days gone by.  

October 3, 1969

Jones County Junior College was ranked first in the JC Gird Wire. The team was 3-0 on the year. 

Ole Miss punter Julian Fagan was the leading punter in the SEC. 

October 4, 1959

Ole Miss stayed perfect with a 43-0 win over Memphis State. Bobby Crespino ran for a score and caught a TD pass from Jake Gibbs. Charlie Flowers added two rushing scores while Doug Elmore and George Blair  scored on the ground. 

Mississippi Southern lost to Texas A&M, 7-3, in Mobile. The only score for the Southerners was a 22-yard field goal by Hugh McInnis.  

MSU fell at Tennessee, 22-6. 

October 5, 1969

Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning set nine records in a 33-32 loss to Alabama. Manning passed for 436 yards and ran for 104 yards.  Alabama quarterback Scott Hunter passed for 300 yards. Seven SEC records, nine Ole Miss football records and three Alabama records were broken in the game.  ABC play-by-play announcer Chris Schenkel called it “the most exciting game I’ve ever seen in 20 years of broadcasting.”

Elmo Wright caught three touchdown passes and Robert Newhouse rushed for two more as Houston romped over Mississippi State, 74-0. 

Idaho held off Southern Mississippi, 31-21, in a game played in Mobile. Danny Palmer passed to Win Foshee and Billy Mikel for touchdowns. Larry Moulton scored the first TD on a run of 26 yards. 

October 6, 1979

Charlie Giroux scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards to lead Laurel over South Natchez, 27-0, in Big 8 football play. Allen Williams also scored on a 20-yard run while Chris Easterwood hit Tracy Phelps on a 29-yard pass play for the Tornadoes. 

Greg Rodgers kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6 seconds to play to give Northeast Jones a 3-0 win over Quitman.  

October 7, 1989 

West Jones nipped Laurel, 7-3. Terryl Ulmer scored on a 23-yard run with 2:01 to play for the winning score. Chris McCardle kicked a 25-yard field goal for Laurel’s only points. Ulmer also swiped two passes for the Mustangs. In other action, Petal blanked NE Jones, 9-0, and Magee shut out South Jones, 7-0. 

Wayne Academy (6-1) blasted Rankin, 43-6. Eric Taylor scored on runs of 24 and 34 yards while Trevor Clanton returned a punt 81 yards for a TD. Chad Stanley, Jerry Hopkins and Turk West also scored for the Jaguars. 

Jesse Ducksworth scored on a 60-yard free kick and caught a 6-yard pass to lead Bay Springs past Newton. Quarterback Billy Caston ran 10 yards and passed for a TD. Kevin Winfrey and Shannon Lee also rushed for scores.

Heidelberg Academy quarterback John Womble hit Shawn Myrick twice for scores of 71 and 25 yards while Chris Boyd hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from Womble as the Rebels took care of Newton Academy. Chris Logan and Shane Cook also had TD runs. 

October 8, 1994

Melvin Thomas ran for 148 yards and scored twice as West Jones stopped Laurel 19-7. Gary McDonald also scored on a 2-yard run for the Mustangs. 

Michael Robinson ran for one score and hit Scott Phillips on a 50-yard pass to lead South Jones over Columbia, 28-13. Charles Watt scored on runs of 7 and 59 yards while Jerry Jackson had a 32-yard run for the Braves. 

Gary McGill scored three times to lead Taylorsville past Bassfield, 47-6. 

Cory Reynolds hit Derrick Lang on a 43-yard pass play on the final play of the game to lead Wayne County (6-1) to a 21-14 win over Gulfport. Reynolds also tallied on a 2-yard run while D.J. Jones raced 17 yards for a score. 

Steve Holyfield scored four times as Wayne Academy ran all over Lamar, 49-16. Jason Castle and Ryan Pitts also scored for the Jaguars. 

Heidelberg (7-0) blasted Kemper County, 36-8, as William Watts returned an interception 85 yards and Anthony Stephenson recovered a fumble for a score. Derrick Terrell passed to Ron Jones and ran for a score. Robin Jones also scored on a run

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