DAILY NEWS S ervin g S tarkville , O kti b b e h a C o u nty and M ississi p p i S tate University since 1 9 0 3 Starkville STARKVILLEDAILYNEWS.COM I Friday, November 7, 2014 I Volume No. 110, Issue No. 311 I 50 Cents Thompson sentenced to 40 years Attorneys intend to appeal verdict By ALEX HOLLOWAY [email protected] Lasonja Randle Ferguson weeps as she speaks in memory of her younger brother, Curtis “C.K.” Randle, in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Thursday. Randle, 25, was gunned down on May 22, 2010 by Dennis Thompson. At left: Thompson enters the courtroom before Mississippi 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman hands down a 40-year sentence for a count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN) Homecoming parade route announced Dennis Thompson, a 22-year-old Starkville resident who jurors convicted of murder and three counts of aggravated assault last week, received a 40-year sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections Thursday in a sentencing hearing in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. Thompson faced trial last week and was convicted on Oct. 31 of murder in the May 22, 2010 shooting death of 25-year-old Curtis C.K. Randle at a graduation party near 124 Place by the Highway 182-Washington Street intersection. Thompson was also convicted of aggravated assault for shooting Tony Harris, Azaria Ross and Devierre Outlaw in the same incident. Mississippi 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman handed down the sentence after the state and defense offered brief testimony during the hearing. Thompson received 30 years for the count of depraved See SENTENCING | Page 3 Starkville Area Arts Council poster SDN staff Mississippi State University has adjusted its route for the Homecoming parade at 5:30 p.m. today compared with previous years, keeping parade traffic localized to campus with no city streets blocked. This year’s parade will begin on College View Drive near MSU’s Child Development Center and then turn east onto Bailey Howell Avenue, formerly Coliseum Boulevard. The parade will then turn south on George Perry Street, then turn west onto Barr Avenue before heading south on B.S. Hood Drive. Finally, it will circle the Junction via Stone Boulevard and Creelman Street, ending at Dorman Hall. Previous parades instead began at the intersection of University Drive and Nash Street, traveling through the Cotton District. But MSU Student Association President Brett Harris said the time had come for a change of venue. “We just wanted to try something new,” Harris said. With this change, Lt. Mark Ballard of Starkville Police Department said his department’s role in the parade would be much more limited than in years past. “We’ll have patrols to assist with traffic coming in and out of campus, but other than that, we won’t be involved in the parade,” Ballard said. “They made the decision just to keep it on campus.” Jon Turner, chairperson for the Cotton District Arts Festival helps Paige Cannon unveil the Starkville Area Arts Council poster for the 2015 Cotton District Arts Festival. Cannon, a Starkville native, designed the poster and won a design contest. The poster unveiling was part of the a reception at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership for the Art Council’s holiday art showcase. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN) MSU unveils new interactive map By STEVEN NALLEY [email protected] As a landscape architecture and contracting major and freshman at Mississippi State University, Kent Moore plans to deal in maps on a regular basis in his line of work. He said he liked a new online map of the MSU campus unveiled Thursday, in part because of its axonometric perspective — a view from above that also shows depth, often called a “bird’s-eye” view within online maps. He compared it with a previous MSU map phone app, one that simply showed buildings and roads from directly above, color-coding the buildings. “The other one (in the phone app) was a MSU unveiled a new online campus map Thursday in partnership with concept3D Inc., plan view, and it was just flat, looking down using that company’s CampusBird interactive mapping platform. It highlights closed buildings, straight at it, so you couldn’t really see the parking lots and roads in red, and it marks several campus amenities and landmarks. (Submitted details in what you were looking for,” Moore photo) said. “(The new map) is a little more detailed, Newsroom 662-323-1642 Online www.starkvilledailynews.com Inside 2: Around Town 4: Forum 5: Weather 6: Sports 9: Comics 10: Classifieds so it can definitely help you out more.” MSU has partnered with concept3D Inc. to use that company’s CampusBird interactive mapping platform for a new campus map launched Thursday, featuring panoramic views, added pictures, enhanced interactivity and updates to match the rapid changes that have come to campus in recent years. The map is free for all at http://www.msstate.edu/campus-map/ and compatible with computers, tablets and smart phones. It marks such services as dining halls, performance venues, bus stops and more. It also guides visitors to campus through a walking tour of MSU’s historic buildings, and it marks any roads, parking lots or facilities that are closed for construction, renovation or other reasons. Looking at those closed zones, users can see some signs of future-proofing on the map — See MAP | Page 3 Good Morning to our loyal subscriber robert cini Around Town Page 2 I STARKVILLEDAILYNEWS.COM I Friday, November 7, 2014 AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email [email protected] Today u Symphony Orchestra— The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Hall on the Mississippi State campus. Saturday u Golden Triangle Writer’s Guild—The Golden Triangle Writers Guild will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Bryan Public Library. The writers organization is open to writers, published or non-published in any genre. the local group meets the second Saturday of each month. For information contact [email protected] gmail.com. Stewart Ears, Nose and Throat celebrated joining the Greater Starkville Development Partnership with a ribbon-cutting celebration. It is located at No. 4 Professional Plaza. (Submitted photo) Sunday u Veteran’s Day Program—New Zion United Methodist Church will be having their annual Veteran’s Day Program at 3 p.m. All service men and women are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Bishop James Austin. Dinner will be served. u Pastor Appreciation Service—Sixteenth Section M.B. Church will honor Pastor William A. Richardson with a 25th year appreiation service. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Rev. Ivory McDaniel of Bethel Baptist Church, Lousiville. The 3 p.m. speaker will be Rev. Al Lathan, Sr., of Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church, West Point. The public is invited to attend. u An Afternoon with Cole Porter—The Starkville Symphony Chorus will perform at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Tuesday u VFW Veteran’s Day Program—The VFW Veteran’s Day Program will be held at 11 a.m. at the VFW building on old Hwy. 25. u Kiwanis Meeting—Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Speaker will be MSU Basketball Coach Rick Ray. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Pre-Anniversary Celebration—The Piney Grove MB Church in Columbus will be having a pre-anniversary celebration for their Pastor Michael Reed at 7 p.m. The guest speaker is Rev. Armondo Adams from All Nations. Thursday u Breakfast with the Bulldogs—Breakfast with the Bulldogs will be at 7:30 a.m. at Starkville Cafe. This month’s speaker will be Haley Grantham, SA Vice President and the recently elected Miss MSU. Breakfast will be dutch treat. Recurring u Family Volunteer Day Signup—Join Volunteer Starkville for Family Volunteer Day at one of our family-friendly volunteer opportunities on Nov. 15, including a Sweet Potato Drop at the Palmeiro Center, a Beautification Project at Noxubee Refuge, and a Storm Clean Up Effort with Oktibbeha Co. Emergency Management. More information can be found about each of these opportunities at www. volunteerstarkville.org. These are great volunteer opportunities for families, individuals, small groups and large groups of all ages. To volunteer, you need to register beforehand with Volunteer Starkville by contacting Jamey Bachman at 601.888.5826 or [email protected] u Revival—Pleasant Grove Robinson M.B. Church wil have its fall revival Nov. 12-14. The sermon will be delivered nightly at 7 p.m. Minister Daisy Tooton will deliver the sermon on Wednesday, Ministed Eddie Wooten will deliver the sermon on Thursday, Minister Patricia Binion will deliver the sermon on Friday. Church choirs and praise ministry are welcome to render selections. u Christmas Tour of Homes—The annual Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Starkville Civic League will be from 1:30-5 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Greater Starkville Development Partnership office, the Flower Company, or through a League member. u Creative Ways of Teaching—New Century Christian Education Ministry will be offering a class in Creative Ways of Teaching Sunday School and Bible School Lessons. Call Ann Williams at 662-418-3930 to sign up. u Conflict Resolution Classes—The Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi offers free conflict resolution classes every Monday at 9 a.m. at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. Please call 662-251-1861 for more details. u Effective Parenting Classes—The Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi offers free effective parenting classes every Monday at 10 a.m. at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. Please call 662-2511861 for more details. u New Century Mentoring and Tutoring—New Century Mentoring & Tutoring hours have changed to Monday-Friday, 4-5:30 p.m. for ages pre-k thru sixth grade. For more information call Ann Williams. u Cheese Sale—Starkville Samaritan Club is having a cheese sale. We sell mild, sharp, extra sharp, round and monterey jack jalapeno. Cheese may be purchased by contacting a club member at 323-1338, 323-3890, 324-48614, 3242989, or 323-2539. u Winter Clothing Ministry—Rock Hill United Methodist church is holding a clothing ministry for winter clothes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. u Starkville Healing Rooms—Starkville Healing Rooms meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe, and confidential environment where you can come to receive prayer for physical healing or anything. No appoinment necessary. Everyone welcome. Upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex (The Travis Outlaw Center), 405 Lynn Lane, Starkville. For information, call 662-418-5596 or email [email protected] u Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women—The Oktibbeha County Federation of Demo- cratic Women will meet the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Court House on Main Street. Please contact Rena Ellis at 662-617-1971 for more info. u Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee meetings—Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the County Courthouse. All members and guests are invited to attend. For more call Chris Taylor at 662-617-3671. u Veterans Photos—KMG Creations Dance, Fitness, and Productions is now accepting photos of veterans to be honored at the 6th Annual Military charity Dance Recital on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Admission is free. John Robert Arnold, WWII veteran will be the keynote speaker. Photos will be included in slideshow. Please email photos to [email protected] com or PO Box 4698 Mississippi State MS 39762 by Nov. 1. u It’s a New Season services—It’s a New Season Ministries invites all to Morning Glory Service at 9 a.m., children’s Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. and worship service at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. The church also hosts Bible study at 7 p.m. every Thursday and Marriage Ministry: Two Become One every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s a New Season Ministries is located on 1599 Louisville Street on Highway 25 South. ville Street on Highway 25 South. u Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum—The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, 206 Fellowship Street is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.. To arrange a group tour call the museum at 323-0211. u GTWG—The Golden Triangle Writers Guild meets every second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Bryan Public Library. The group exists to advance and preserve literary arts in Mississippi, as well as promoting education, information, support, networking, opportunity and recognition for writers. The guild is open to writers, published or non –published in any genre. u Gentle Yoga—Bring a mat and join the free gentle yoga classes at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 607 Hospital Road. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. u Service Time Change— St. Paul M.B. Church, located at 1800 Short Main Street in Columbus, will have a service time change. Sunday services will start at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Beginning on July 6, St. Paul M.B. Church of Starkville, located at 5707 Hwy 389, will hold its Sunday services at 10:15 a.m. weekly. u Living Word Christian Center—Pastor Rich Castle and the Living Word Christian Center would like to invite the public to join them in worship. Services will be Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Laquinta Inn & Suites located 982 Highway 12, East Starkville. For more information, call 662-3410982. u NAACP Meeting—Oktibbeha County Branch of the NAACP monthly meeting are held every second Thursday at 6 p.m. at Oktibbeha County Courthouse Main St. Contact president Chris Taylor 662617-3671 or Willie E. Thomas Sr. 662-418-9687 for information. u Clover Leaf Garden Club Meeting—The Clover Leaf Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. For more information, call 323-3497. u ABE/GED Classes—Free ABE/GED classes are offered at the Emerson Family School and the J.L. King Center. Emerson classes are from 8 a.m. 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and are held at 1504 Louisville Street. J.L King classes are from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday and are held at 700 Long Street. Call 3244183 or 324-6913 respectively for more information. u Storytime—Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time—The Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every Thursday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. u BrainMinders Puppet Show—Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at [email protected] u Dulcimer and More Society—The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15 - 8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings—Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email [email protected] or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. starkvillesamaritanclub.org/ u Worship services—Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes—OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at OSERVS, 501 Highway 12 West, Suite 130 during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Writing group—The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at [email protected] or call 662-323-8152. u Square dancing—Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7 - 9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane. Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to the small building. Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications—KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662648-9333 or e-mail [email protected] u Noontime devotional study—Join a devotional study each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Book Mart & Cafe in downtown Starkville at 120 East Main Street, second floor. We will begin studying “Wings” by Jill Briscoe on Tuesday, Sept. 9 We have lunch together and discuss the devotions. Come any time you are free. For more information, call Jean at 312-0245. u Quilting Group Meeting—The Golden Triangle Quilters Guild meets the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex Community Building. All levels of quilters are welcome. Contact Gloria Reeves at 418-7905 or Luanne Blankenship at 3237597 for more information. u Veteran volunteering— Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. [email protected] u Youth Orchestra—Golden Triangle Regional Youth Orchestra is a newly formed See TOWN | Page 3 Friday, November 7, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3 TOWN From page 2 yourth string orchestra located in Starkville but intended to serve the Golden Triangle region. GTRYO will meet Monday nights from 6 - 7:15 p.m. at MSU’s music department, building C. GTRYO membership is open to all violin, viola, cello and bass studnets who are at Suzuki Vol. 4 playing level (violin/viola) or Suzuki Vol. 3 play level (cello/bass). Students 18 years or younger are strongly encouraged to join our group, but older students and community players are also welcome. Foir more information, contact Shandy Phillips at [email protected] or call 662-323-6005. u Line dancing—The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon - 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings—The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting—The SENTENCING From page 1 heart murder, which is an equivalent to second-degree murder. He received two, 5-year consecutive terms for assaulting Harris and Outlaw. He also received a 10-year sentence for assaulting Ross. However, Ross asked Coleman for leniency during the hearing, and so the sentence will run concurrently the others. “This case was a tragic incident,” Coleman said. “No sentence that the court can render will ever bring back C.K. Randle or keep the other three people from being shot. The court has considered the fact that the defendant is not the sole cause of the incident and that third parties were at least partly responsible. The court is also mindful of the fact that human life is precious and that any sentence should be a deterrent to future actions. Human life should never be held cheap. Therefore, a long prison sentence is mandated in this case.” Both legal counsels called a few witnesses to the stand to testify during the hearing. The state called Curtis Logan, Randle’s father, to speak. Logan grew emotional and sometimes heated as he asked Coleman for the maximum sentence against Thomp- MAP From page 1 a new Fresh Food Company dining hall slated to open in 2015 can be seen on Bully Boulevard, and the new classroom building under construction behind the YMCA building is visible as well. Christopher Little, a lecturer in Spanish at MSU, said he enjoys the fact that the map lets him learn more about each building’s history. He said he has been at MSU only three years, and he initially had trouble adjusting to the size of the campus and orient himself, so he was glad to see a new map to better assist newcomers. “When I first came here, I went to a very small undergraduate school that had only 300 people,” Little said. “Sometimes, it is really diffi- Starkville group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Clothing ministry— Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-3122935. u Celebrate Recovery— Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at son. “Dennis Thompson hasn’t made an attempt to talk to me or my wife, nor my family,” Logan said. “Instead he wants to joke around about this. I think he should get the max — 40 years. He took a life that he had no need of trying to — he didn’t feel any sympathy. He was a coward that night.” The defense called Ross to testify Thursday. She said she didn’t consider herself a victim of a crime, but rather a bystander caught in the crossfire of a situation that may have been beyond Thompson’s control. “Everyone doesn’t really see the situation like they should, because for every effect, there’s a cause,” she said. “Nobody really sees the cause of the situation. He was in a predicament and the only way he could’ve turned was the way he turned. I just hope and pray that when y’all do sentence him, don’t look at him as a notorious killer or anything. He was a child at the moment. He had a lot going for himself and I just hope and wish y’all still give him a chance to fix it because he’s not a bad person at all.” Thompson’s defense, comprised of attorneys Chokwe A. Lumumba and C.J. Lawrence, argued that Thompson fired his weapon in self-defense cult to navigate campus, especially if you don’t know it that well. I think (the map) would be useful for people who are new and people who are visiting.” MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said in a press release that MSU launched the map to better serve incoming freshmen, parents, alumni and visitors to campus. He said more features would come in phases, and user feedback would be key to shaping the map’s future. “It’s vital in this first phase that the Office of Public Affairs received as much input as possible from MSU stakeholders about ways to refine and improve this tool moving forward,” Salter said in the release. “We hope our academic departments will begin helping us develop a robust library after a large group attacked him in the street. Though the jury found Thompson guilty, Lumumba asked Coleman to be merciful in his ruling and said he believes Thompson had redeeming qualities. “I can understand … the great emotion and the great weight that this situation presents,” Lumumba said. “I cannot begin to tell any parent how to feel about the loss of their child because I myself have not suffered such a loss. I have had losses in my life but not as a parent losing a child. I don’t proclaim to understand that loss. Just having that loss, I can imagine that is a pain that will never, ever go away. But I also consider the person Dennis Thompson to be. I know that he never desired to be a part of any loss of that nature for a parent.” Assistant District Attorney Mark Jackson, who represented the state’s case against Thompson, said the court should consider that Thompson had not only harmed the community in one case, but had another aggravated assault charge pending in court. Thompson is accused of aggravated assault for a Nov. 27, 2012 shooting at the Yellow Jacket Mobile Home Park at 903 Louisville Street. “It was a fistfight that escalated to gunshots,” Jackson said. “In this case, of programmed walking tours specific to their departments, with the same true for all aspects of campus life.” MSU President Mark Keenum said in the release that the new map could also serve as a valuable recruiting tool to boost enrollment at the university. “We believe this tool will not only serve our existing students, faculty and staff, but will also serve to amplify our recruiting efforts nationally as out-of-state students are able to virtually navigate our campus in a meaningful way,” Keenum said in the release. Rosa Nigro, a lecturer in Italian at MSU, said she valued the road closure information available on the new map, because her daughter rode the school bus to campus, and it would be useful for bus drivers SLOW DOWN, SUGAR! Prevention is Possible. Presented by OCH Center for Diabetes Management Director Nicky Yeatman, RD, LD, CDE Thursday, November 13 • Noon–1 pm OCH Educational Facility | Light Lunch Provided DIABETES PREVENTION • RISK FACTORS • WARNING SIGNS ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES • LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS Two out of every 5 Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Diabetes is serious, controllable and preventable. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity alone can help prevent 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms—From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spirit-filled Christians from different local churches. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email [email protected] or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes. In an effort to help individuals stop the disease before it starts, the Center for Diabetes Management at OCH Regional Medical Center is hosting a lunch and learn that will focus on diabetes prevention, risk factors, warning signs, alternative therapies and lifestyle modifications. For more information about diabetes or the OCH Center for Diabetes Management, visit och.org. RSVP by calling (662) 615-3067 by Monday, November 10 or email [email protected] worldaflameministries.org and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics Anonymous—The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or visit www.starkvilleaa.org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting—The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662323-5108. u Senior Center activi- the jury has decided it was depraved heart murder and the scary thing about that is it was a fistfight that ended in gunshots. Fistfights happen in Oktibbeha County and in this district all the time. The jury has decided that this defendant’s acts weren’t reasonable. … What message will be sent to the community in the future for these people who are involved in a fistfight and have a gun on them? Any sentence that shows leniency or gives a break to someone who has a gun and shoots into a crowd of dozens of people who weren’t involved in the fray serves no deterrence.” After the sentencing, Lumumba and Lawrence said they intend to appeal the verdict and continue fighting for Thompson. Lumumba said he regrets the loss of life and injuries in the case, but also took issue with some matters that arose during the trial. Lumumba also pointed to an instance where jury members sent a question to the courtroom asking what to do if some members felt there was not enough evidence to reach a verdict. He said he was confident the jury would have come back with a different verdict if the defense had been allowed to submit the “insufficiency of evidence” instruction, which says jurors must find a defen- to have up-to-date information on road availability. She said she would like to see the map track how full each parking lot on campus is, to make it easier to find available parking. “I think (the map) is pretty cool in terms of marketing our university,” Nigro said. “Parents and prospective students can see inside the buildings. For game days, people really want to know which streets ties—The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive hosts Party Bridge Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Senior Game Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. On Wednesdays stitch, craft and chat with Marie anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bring any needlework or craft or learn a new one. For more information call 662-3241965. u Alzheimer’s meetings— The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 323-1499. dant not guilty if they find a lack of evidence in the case. However, the defense was denied from allowing the instruction. “I think it was a miscarriage of justice,” he said. “I think all the evidence in this case shows that Dennis Thompson acted out of a reasonable fear, and I don’t think the jury was given a fair opportunity to determine the facts of this case. I think that is exhibited by the fact that the defense counsel was not allowed one single instruction. That is unheard of. That is egregious. And I think that is a miscarriage of justice — not only because it does not provide a fair, adequate and just exercise of the legal process.” Jackson said he hoped the case’s conclusion finally brought some closure to Randle’s family. “I know the family is relieved — one, that the case is over and two, that they feel C.K. got justice here,” he said. “I always tell victims if you’re in here for some kind of win or to get satisfaction, you can’t go in with that mentality. I know his family feels there’s some relief that we’re finally able to put a close to this portion but they’ve still got a long road in dealing with the loss of a son and father who’s not here anymore.” are open and which ones are not.” Alexis Montgomery, a sophomore majoring in animal and dairy science, said she liked the panoramas of building interiors like McCool Hall, the Chapel of Memories, Perry Cafeteria, Harned Hall and more. She said she also liked that the new map clearly showed not only roads but also sidewalks. “It’s more convenient, especially if you’re touring campus and trying to find where to park, and the road’s blocked because of construction,” Montgomery said. “It’s nice that you can see what the building interiors look like — if you’re trying to figure out your schedule and you’re a new freshman, (buildings) are not just colorful blocks (as with the old app).” Page 4 I Forum STARKVILLEDAILYNEWS.COM I Friday, November 7, 2014 Opinion Mutual funds … so a real person can understand There are as many ways to ininvestor’s share of ownership does vest as there are people investing; not change, nor does “what” he plain and simple. I won’t start a owns. He owns a piece of the mulist here even for illustrative purtual fund. Mutual funds can conposes. And if I asked a roomful of sist of tens up to hundreds or even adults who among them had heard thousands of individual securities. of mutual funds, my bet is that all Example time. I and nine of would raise their hands. Ask them my best friends open a store. We to explain mutual funds, however, name that store Ten Friends Genand most of those hands would diseral Store (TFGS). We hire an Barbara Coats appear. So this week’s lesson, class, experienced store manager to run Financial is a layman’s explanation of mutual the store, including purchasing iniRepresentative funds. tial inventory. The store manager By definition, a mutual fund is a collection of purchases for our store shelves everything from stocks, bonds and/or other securities products shoes to shirts, from cookies to candles, from (hereafter referred to as just “securities”) that books to baked goods. We, the owners, provide are pooled together into a single fund, which the money for these purchases in equal amounts, has a name and is managed by a professional so we each own one tenth of the store equally. investment company. When an individual in- I don’t own all the baked goods, while another vests in a mutual fund, that person’s dollars are friend owns the shoes. See how it works? pooled with those of all the other investors in When an investor purchases shares of a muthat fund, which allows the fund to purchase tual fund, he is buying shares at a price that is more securities, all in an attempt to grow the representative of the total value of all the holddollar value of the fund. The specific securities ings of that fund divided by the number of in that fund can change daily, but the individual shares held in that fund. In our store’s example, let’s assume the value of the TFGS is $100,000. In mutual fund terms, this value is known as NAV, or Net Asset Value, of the fund. We 10 friends own equal portions, so each of us owns a $10,000 share in the store. If there were 50 friends who shared equal ownership, each of us would own a $2,000 share. This simplistic example is based on equal ownership, which is not typically going to be the case in a mutual fund, but it illustrates the point. It is important to note that a fund’s NAV will vary from day to day as the value of the securities held in the fund changes — as the store makes sales, buys new merchandise, pays the electric bill, etc. And naturally, as the NAV changes, so does the value of an individual’s investment. This fluctuation can result in the investor having more than or less than he originally started with. This fund characteristic, called mutuality, allows shareholders to share in the profits and losses, as well as the income and expenses of the fund. Back to our example. If I did own all the baked goods in our store, and suddenly there was an outbreak of food poisoning from our goods, my ownership’s value in the store would plummet, while perhaps the partner who owned antacids and anti-nausea medications might become rich. Instead, because our respective ownership is divided equally among the goods in the store, this instance of food poisoning doesn’t adversely affect one of us more than the others. (Again, this assume equal ownership of shares.) TFGS is a general store. We could have opened a shoe store, a ladies’ boutique, a camera store, a restaurant or one of countless other businesses characterized by their merchandise or service. Likewise, mutual funds are divided into categories based upon their characteristics. Next time, I’ll describe these fund categories. For now, take away this: Mutual funds are typically a good way for the inexperienced investor to begin investing. The funds are professionally managed, daily decisions of the investor are not required, and the risk in a mutual fund is shared among all investors of that fund. Talk to your financial professional about how you might get started. Barbara Runnels Coats, FIC, is a Modern Woodmen of America Financial representative. Opinion What Democrats must do win back the country Washington Post When a party loses as catastrophically as the Democrats lost Tuesday, something very big has gone very wrong. Democrats can’t blame the blowout simply on the six-year itch, or low midterm turnout, or Republican negativity, or Barack Obama’s too-cool-for-rule presidency. What fundamentally ails the Democrats, rather, is the same ailment that afflicts incumbent parties throughout the advanced economies, and parties of the center-left in particular: their inability to deliver broadly shared prosperity as they used to do. The Ebola and Islamic State phobias certainly didn’t help, but the overwhelming anxiety that the Democrats failed to address was the economy. In national exit polls, 45 percent of re- spondents cited the economy as their chief concern – way ahead of health care, which ranked second at 25 percent, not to mention foreign policy, which clocked in at 13 percent. Dig a little deeper into the public’s economic fears, though, and you might conclude that the Democrats should have had a good election night. Sixty-three percent of respondents told pollsters they believed that the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy, while just 32 percent said that it is fair to most. And a wave of ballot measures to raise state or city minimum wages carried wherever they were put before voters – from deepest-blue San Francisco and Oakland to solid-red Nebraska, South Dakota, Arkansas and Alaska. Yet Democrats were singularly unable to take advantage of such unargu- Starkville Daily News (USPS #519-660) Starkville Daily News, 304 Lampkin St., P.O. Box 1068, Starkville, MS 39760. Phone: 323-1642. FAX: 323-6586. Internet: www.starkvilledailynews.com. Starkville Daily News is the successor to the Starkville News (established in 1901) and the East Mississippi Times (established in 1867), which were consolidated in 1926. Subscription Rates: Subscribers are encouraged to make payment and be billed through the Daily News office on the following basis: • By Carrier: 3 months, $36; 6 months, $63; 1 year, $106. • By Mail: 1 month $18, 3 months, $54; 6 months, $108; 1 year, $216. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Starkville Daily News, P.O. Drawer 1068, Starkville, MS 39760. Periodicals postage paid at Starkville, MS 39760. Copyright 2013, Starkville Daily News. All Rights Reserved. All property rights for the entire contents of this publication shall be the property of the Starkville Daily News. No part hereof may be reproduced without prior Member Newspaper written consent. ably populist sentiments. Never mind their failure to win in red states or hold the Senate. They failed to turn out their voters, or persuade the hitherto persuadable, in such blue bastions as Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois, where they lost governors’ races. If current margins hold, there will be just 18 Democratic governors in January, and just eight in the 31 states that don’t border the Atlantic or Pacific. Yet the same factors that lowered the turnout of the Democratic base also cost the party votes among whites: the failure of government to remedy, or even address, the downward mobility of most Americans. Democrats who touted the nation’s economic growth did so at their own peril: When 95 percent of the income growth since the recession ended goes to the wealthiest 1 percent, as economist Emmanuel Saez has documented, voters view reports of a recovery as they would news from a distant land. Even though it was the Republicans who blocked Democrats’ efforts to raise the federal minimum wage or authorize job-generating infrastructure projects or diminish student debt, it was Democrats – the party generally perceived as controlling the government – who paid the price for that government’s failure to act. But with the exception of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has been plenty outspoken about diminishing the power of Wall Street, the Democrats have had precious little to say about how to re-create the kind of widely shared prosperity that emerged from the New Deal. The regulated and more equitable capitalism of the mid-20th century has morphed into a far harsher system, just as Americans told the exit pollsters, and the Democrats, whose calling card to generations of voters was their ability to foster good economies, are at a loss for how to proceed. Like their counterparts in the center-left parties of Europe, they had crafted national policies that bolstered the power and income of the majority of their citizens. But globalization, technology, financialization and the erosion of workers’ power have undermined those policies and fractured their electorates. Democrats can’t rely simply on their demographic advantages and their edge on cultural issues to win the White House in 2016, much less retake Congress. They need to go where they haven’t gone before – increasing workers’ power and incomes within corporations, say – if they are to create an economic platform credible enough to win back the country. 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Sunrise: 6:19 AM Sunset: 4:58 PM Sunrise: 6:20 AM Sunset: 4:57 PM Sunrise: 6:21 AM Sunset: 4:56 PM Sunrise: 6:22 AM Sunset: 4:56 PM Sunrise: 6:22 AM Sunset: 4:55 PM Homecoming activities promise exciting weekend For Starkville Daily News An exciting weekend of homecoming activities awaits Mississippi State alumni and friends. Catch the annual homecoming parade at 5:30 p.m. today. The procession begins on College View Drive near the Child Development Center and turns east onto Bailey Howell Ave. (formerly Coliseum Boulevard) before turning south on George Perry St., then west on Barr Ave. to B.S. Hood Drive, rounding the Junction and concluding at Dorman Hall. MSU’s No. 1-ranked football team looks to build on its perfect season when the Dawgs meet UT-Martin on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium. The Dawg Walk begins at 1 p.m. in the Junction. Halftime activities include the crowning of Katharine A. “Katie” McCummins of Long Beach as homecoming queen and recognition of Jonathan D. Lancaster of Jackson and Haley V. Grantham of Star as this year’s Mr. and Miss MSU. The 2014 homecoming court also will be featured, including senior maids Mary Gates Talbot of Nesbit and Alissa A. McKinnon of Greenville, junior maids Jaslyn B. Langford of Calhoun City and Kelsey B. Jones of Madison, sophomore maids Anna Claire Allison of Ocean Springs and Chloe D. Sullivan of Franklin, Tenn., and freshman maids Carrie L. Gammon of Lithia, Florida and Bell Hester of Starkville. Baseball fans have three chances to see MSU’s Diamond Dogs in action at Dudy Noble Field. Scrimmages get underway at 4 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, MSU’s women’s basketball team meets Arkansas-Fort Smith in an exhibition game Sunday at 2 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi At A Glance Updates announced for traffic routes on Saturday Tupelo 58/36 For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State officials announced Thursday updates to traffic routes for exiting campus this Saturday after the university’s homecoming game against the University of Tennessee-Martin. Kickoff time is 3 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium. “MSU hasGreenville partnered with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and, 59/39 most recently, with Starkville the Starkville Police Department to provide safer and58/34 more effective routes for fans leaving campus after home games,” said Sid Salter, the university’s chief communications officer and Game Day committee Meridian member. 61/35 These routes are as follows: u Spring/BlackjackJackson Right lane forced to61/39 Hwy. 12 via Spring St.; Left lane forced to Montgomery St. via Locksley Way. u Locksley/Montgomery Traffic traveling south on Montgomery will be forced into right lane; Locksley Way traffic will be forced left onto S. Montgomery St. u Montgomery to Academy Right lane has option for right onto Lynn Lane; Right lane forced right onto Academy Rd.; Left lane continues to Poor House Road. u Academy/Old Hwy. 25 All traffic on Academy forced left onto Old Hwy. 25 toward MS Hwy. 25. u Hwy. 12 Officers will man intersections on Hwy. 12 from Spring St. to Louisville St.; Traffic lights will blink caution on Hwy. 12 from Ave. of Patriots to Stark Rd.; MHP will block campus entrance for Bully Blvd. from Hwy. 12 u East Lee Blvd. All east bound traffic on East Lee Blvd. will be forced east to MS Hwy. 182 via East Lee Blvd.; Once Zacharias Village, Bully and Coliseum grass lots clear, traffic from Hardy Road will be forced left onto Bailey Howell Drive to access MS Hwy. 182 from George Perry St., and traffic from McKee/MSU Sponsored Parking will be forced into right lane of East Lee Blvd. and sent to MS Hwy. 182 E. via East Lee Blvd. Routes are subject to change at the discretion of MSU Police and Game Day Operations, MHP and SPD. Other pertinent homecoming game information includes: Friday, Nov. 7 u A portion of Barr Ave. will close from 3:30-5 p.m. u Any commuter decal can park in any commuter zone. Saturday, Nov. 8 u B.S. Hood will close at 6 a.m. Saturday. u Portions for Stone Blvd. will close at 11 a.m. in anticipation of the C-Spire Fan Zone opening. u Walker Rd. will be off limits to all non-credentialed patrons as normal. However, a loading/ unloading zone will be set up on Saturday in front of the YMCA Building for fans. To assist with unloading supplies there will be a loading zone in front of YMCA, but access to it will close 11 a.m. Saturday to non-credentialed patrons. u Stadium gates open at 12:45 p.m. Fans should arrive early. u Dawg Walk at 1 p.m. u Tailgating fans are reminded to bag their trash, refuse and food waste appropriately for pickup by MSU after the game. All garbage must be left in bags that are tied or otherwise sealed. u ADDED BONUS: The Clarion-Ledger newspaper plans to distribute a special section on the MSU Bulldogs immediately following the game. Distribution will be in the grassy area east of McArthur Hall, on the east side of the Seal M-Club on East Lee Blvd., and outside Gate A near the Alumni tent. u RING RESPONSIBLY. SHUTTLES: u Shuttle Routes for Saturday will run three hours before kickoff (noon) and two hours after the end of the game. u Reserved RV/Wise Center - Picks up at Lot 29 and 31 and on the northwest corner of the Wise Center and drops off at Thompson Hall. u Thad Cochran Research Park - Runs from Research Park to Humphrey Coliseum. u Davis Wade Express - Picks up at Starkville Daily News and drops off at Giles Hall. u S.M.A.R.T Downtown Route - Starkville Electric, Regions Bank, Bank of Commerce, Stromboli’s, Catholic Church, Sweet Peppers to Giles Hall. u For additional transportation choices that run throughout Starkville, but do not run on campus visit www.smart.msstate.edu MSU engineering students to Area Cities participate in Cowbell Challenge Biloxi 67/45 City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond. Baton Rouge, LA 66 45 mst sunny Memphis, TN 57 41 sunny Biloxi 67 45 mst sunny Meridian 61 35 sunny Birmingham, AL 58 38 News sunny Mobile, AL 66and 45 Amy mst sunny For Starkville Daily Tuck, vice president for campus serBrookhavem 62 39 sunny Montgomery, AL 62 38 sunny vices, will evaluate each team’s creation for funcCleveland 58 38 sunny Natchez 62 42 sunny Mississippi State prove every week that 58tionality, Columbus 59 36fans sunny New Albany 36 sunnycreativity and the overall look of the Corinth 37 sunny Now, New the Orleans, LA 64entry. 51 mst sunny they can “ring 57 responsibly.” Bagley Greenville 59 39 sunny College of Engineering wants toOxford know if they 56 36A sunny $500 prize will be awarded to the overall Grenada 59 36 sunny Philadelphia 60 35 sunny can “ring ingeniously.” winner and the top-finishing team in each catGulfport 67 44 mst sunny Senatobia 56 38 sunny Today, teams students will 58egory: freshman-sophomore, junior-senior and Hattiesburg 64 of 39 engineering sunny Starkville 34 sunny compete in the61Cowbell on MSU’s 57graduate. Jackson 39 sunnyChallenge Tunica 38 sunnyThe grand prize-winning device will Laurel 63 39The sunny Tupeloasks each 58be36 sunny at the Bagley College’s tailgate from historic Drill Field. competition displayed Little AR 59 42 sunnyto automatically Vicksburg ring 58noon 39 sunny teamRock, to create a machine until kickoff on Saturday. Mc Comb 63 39 sunny Yazoo City 60 38 sunny a standard Mississippi State cowbell in the most For more information about the Cowbell spirited way possible. Their creations will be on Challenge, visit www.bagley.msstate.edu/cowNational display fromCities 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. bellchallenge. CityStarting at 12:30 Hi Lo Cond. City of judges, Hi Lo Cond. p.m., a panel Additional information about the Bagley ColAtlanta 60 37 sunny Minneapolis 51 33 rain including head 49 softball be found at www.bagley.msstate.edu. Boston 32 pt coach sunny Vann New Stuedeman York 53lege 35 can pt sunny Chicago Dallas Denver Houston Los Angeles Miami 47 68 68 68 85 84 41 50 33 53 61 68 pt sunny sunny pt sunny pt sunny sunny mst sunny Phoenix San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Washington, DC 82 69 55 55 55 59 54 42 46 38 sunny pt sunny pt sunny pt sunny sunny Moon Phases Full Last Nov 6 New Nov 14 First Nov 22 Nov 29 UV Index Fri 11/7 4 Moderate Sat 11/8 4 Moderate Sun 11/9 4 Moderate The UV Index is measured on a 0 - 11 number scale, with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater skin protection. ©2010 American Profile Hometown Content Service Mon 11/10 4 Moderate 0 Tue 11/11 3 Moderate 11 National Diabetes Month 2014 Diabetes Care & Education Update OCH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Support goes a long way! Learn more about how diabetes affects you or loved ones and how you can effectively manage diabetes on an ongoing basis. If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, join us for our upcoming meeting. Tuesday, November 11 • 5:30 p.m. OCH Educational Facility Nicky Yeatman, RD, LD, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator & DSMT Program Coordinator Please call (662)615-2668 for more information. For a more in depth look at Mississippi State sports go to our web site and click on Ben’s MSU Sports Blog banner. Page 6 I Sports STARKVILLEDAILYNEWS.COM I For a more in depth look at your favorite local prep team’s sports go to our web site and click on Jason’s Prep Sports Blog banner. Friday, November 7, 2014 High School Football Regular season final Yellowjackets play Arrows for Class 6A, Region 2 title By DANNY P. SMITH [email protected] Starkville’s AJ Brown (15) goes up to make a catch during last year’s meeting with Clinton. (Photo by Lee Adams) The Starkville Yellowjackets play the 11th and final game of the regular season today. It turns out to be the biggest outing thus far. Starkville makes the trip to Clinton tonight to play the Arrows with the Class 6A, Region 2 championship on the line. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Jackets were challenged last week by Warren Central before winning 27-17, but head coach Jamie Mitchell said his squad is about to get its biggest test of the season with the region’s top seed at stake. Starkville and Clinton are both 6-0 in the Region 2. “If you are writing a book, this is how you’d want the final chapter to be,” Mitchell said. “The last game of the year with all of the marbles on the table with division championship and playoff seeding. All of those things are vitally important and boils down to the last game of the year. “This will be for one or two. The winner is one and the loser is two. We know we will be here next week. This game goes so much further than that as far as the second and third round of the playoffs is concerned. The division champion is going to hold a lot more at stake as far as hosting future playoff games. To me, that’s the most important part of it all.” The only loss of the year for the Arrows (91) came in the third game against Brandon 217. “To me, this is the best team we’ve played all year,” Mitchell said. “I think they match our athleticism as close as anybody we’ve played too. There will be two very talented football teams and we’re going to have to play extremely well to say the least.” As far as the Jackets, they have played well all season in claiming victories in all 10 games so far. All of the success has caused the season to become a blur for the SHS coaching staff. “It’s flown by,” defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley said. “You think back and it just seems like we were playing West Point and Noxubee out there in the first game of the year. That usually happens when you have a good season. You don’t want it to end. When you have a bad season, it seems like it takes forever.” It may have seemed that way for Oakley’s unit at times last week against Warren Central as the Jackets fell behind 17-0 early in the second half. Even though the defense gave the offense a chance to come back at the end, Oakley was concerned with the overall performance. “We just didn’t play very well anywhere to be honest,” Oakley said. “A lot of it was Warren Central is good and coach (Josh) Morgan does a good job with them. We didn’t feel like we played up to our standards we set early in the year.” The Jackets are going to be tested once again defensively by the talents of Clinton sophomore quarterback Cam Akers. Akers has accounted for a combined 2,041 yards and 27 touchdowns passing and rushing. “He’s no question the best dual-threat quarterback we’ve seen all year,” Mitchell said. “He’s one of those guys that makes more out of busted plays than designed plays. “You think you have defended something pretty good and he turns a good defensive series into a nightmare just because of his ability.” Starkville has some players with ability on offense as well, especially in the passing game. Quarterback Brady Davis has completed 136-of-228 pass attempts for 2,344 yards and 31 touchdowns. His main two targets have been Raphael Leonard (39 catches, 845 yards, 11 touchdowns) and AJ Brown (39 catches, 727 yards, 11 touchdowns). Matt Fuller is the leading rusher for the Jackets with 89 carries for 638 yards and seven scores, but Mitchell said he is playing hurt. “Matt Fuller, bless his heart, he’s battered and bruised,” Mitchell said. “He’s got a tailbone, an ankle, (and) a shoulder. He’s a long way from 100 percent, but he’s so tough and gives you everything he’s got.” Mitchell said the plan is to keep Fuller in the game as much as possible and “get whatever he can give us.” SHS defensive lineman AJ Smith is still being hampered by a sore ankle. He played about one half against Warren Central. With all of the pressure to perform, Mitchell wanted to make sure his players don’t get too uptight. He started off the week of practice by delivering a specific message. “I talked to them Monday about the stress of tough games one after another after another,” Mitchell said. “The last three have really been taxing on us. The pressure of a No. 1 ranking (in the state) and a national (ranking) all factors in. “These are kids. We’ve got to keep putting that in perspective, try to take the pressure away from them and let them enjoy playing the game. At the end of the day, it’s a game and we want them to have fun with it.” Starkville Academy makes trip to Pillow By JASON EDWARDS [email protected] High school football presents no “meaningless games.” Week in and week out there is the potential for anything to happen. Teams can lose to anyone on any given day as an underdog can finally get their day. Starkville Academy will engage in tonight what some might call one of those games that does not really matter. The Volunteers have already clinched home field advantage throughout the postseason as well as the North Half champion position. Even with that being the case, coach Jeff Terrill and his team are not taking anything for granted as they travel to Pillow Academy. “Of course Pillow is a tough environment to win in during any circumstances,” Terrill said. “This is a unique set of circumstance that we are glad to be in. We have been able to clinch the North Division so the game now, you hate to say is a meaningless game, but we don’t have to win. We will proceed at Starkville Academy though with a football game that we want to win.” Unlike earlier games where the Vols claimed their 9-1 overall and 4-0 division records, the fact that there is really nothing at stake presents a challenge much different than any the team has faced all season. This time Starkville Academy is charged with finding motivation from another source other than needing the win to be playoff eligible or to clinch home field advantage. It will be interesting to see if the Vols are able to do so, but Terrill is confident in his bunch and their ability to rally around each other for football. “It is a unique challenge for our young men to get up and play at a high level and still use this week to get better,” Terrill said. “Still nothing has really changed for us after the very first ballgame. It is just a tight knit group. There are no superstars on this team. We have had young men perform well, but they have performed well together as a team. They have kept that unity throughout and it has put us where we are today.” One more ingredient exists in the tightness that has flowed throughout this season’s Starkville Academy team. It is one that starts from the top and trickles down through each and every aspect of the game. “I can’t speak enough about our coaching staff,” Terrill said. “Coach (Chase) Nicholson has done a tremendous job. They respond to him. Coach (Brad) Butler is a great strength coach and a tremendous defensive mind that brings a lot of personality. Colin Johnson has been our hidden secret because we are blessed to have a true offensive line coach. (With) them being here, it means I basically show up for work, make a little fuss and notice not many people pay attention to me so I move on and do my best not to mess them up.” The ride enjoyed by Terrill, his fellow coaches and the See SA | Page 7 Starkville Academy quarterback Houston Clark (12) hands the football to Drake Gordman in an earlier game this season. (Photo by David Allen Williams) Noteworthy 255 MSU The average yards rushing per game for the Mississippi State offense, which ranks second in the Southeastern Conference. College Basketball Bulldogs stingy to win exhibition By BEN WAIT [email protected] Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray promised some good defensive play this season. The Bulldogs delivered on that as they beat Delta State 72-51 Thursday night in the only preseason exhibition contest of the season. MSU held the Statesman to just 26.1 percent shooting from the field in the first half, but allowed 47.8 percent in the second half. Delta State finished the night shooting 37 percent (17-of-46). The Bulldogs used a full court press throughout the game that bothered the Statesman. “I thought out guys really came out with a great intensity on the defensive end in the first half and I thought that really carried over to the offensive end,” Ray said. MSU created 25 turnovers and turned those into 24 points. After outscoring the Statesman 37-16 in the first half, the teams were even in the second half at 35. True freshman Demetrius Houston led the Bulldogs with two steals. State forced a couple of shot clock violations and one 10-second backcourt violation. “That’s what we harp on every day in practice – defense, defense defense,” MSU junior guard Fred Thomas said. “I think we did a pretty good job defensively. We got some stops, we got some 10 second calls, we got some shot clock violations and throwing some basketballs all over the place.” Junior center Gavin Ware led the Bulldogs with 19 points. He was 9-of-13 from the field and showed a 17-foot jump shot, that he developed last year and showed some, but really worked on in the offseason. “I would say new and improved Gavin Ware,” the former Starkville High School standout said. “I’m more in shape, more fit and more able to help my team be successful in the long run.” Houston had 12 points and two assists in his MSU debut. Redshirt freshman Fallou Ndoye had 11 points, but was just 3-of-10 from the field. He made five free throws in seven attempts. Devin Schmidt led the Statesman with 25 points. The Bulldogs open the regular season next Friday with a home game against Western Carolina. Lady Vols drop road decision PELAHATCHIE – The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers lost a 56-32 decision to East Rankin Academy on the basketball court on Thursday night. East Rankin took a 23-14 lead at halftime and went on to the victory. Anna McKell scored 16 points to lead the Lady Vols. SHS’ Carr makes All-District The All-District high school volleyball team was announced this week and Starkville High School’s Khristian Carr made the first team. April Reese of the Lady Yellowjackets was a second team selection. There were co-Most Valuable Players with Chelsea Lamping and Allison Terrell of DeSoto Central. MSU’s Cash, Lakat fall in tennis NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – After receiving a first-round bye, the Mississippi State men’s tennis duo of Julian Cash and Florian Lakat dropped their round of 16 match at the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday afternoon. Facing off against Notre Dame’s tandem of Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar, the first set was a back-and-forth contest between the two squads, with neither side gaining an advantage. That was until a late break for the Irish team sealed a 7-5 first-set victory. The Bulldog duo suffered an early break in the second set, but rebounded with a break back, putting the match back on serve, down 3-2. However, Covalschi and Hagar answered with a second break in the set, going on to take the second frame and the match, 7-5, 6-3. Cash and Lakat return to action today at 4:30 p.m., as they take on South Florida’s 12th-ranked Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun in the second-round doubles consolation. The MSU duo will need three victories to win the consolation bracket. Loyd Star linebacker has died JACKSON (AP) — Peyton Flowers, a senior linebacker on the Loyd Star football team, has died at a Jackson hospital from an apparent brain injury. His death Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from an apparent brain injury was confirmed by his football coach Adam Cook and school officials. Cook says the cause of Flowers’ death has not been released by the hospital at the request of the family. The 18-year-old Flowers was apparently injured during an Oct. 31 game. He fell unconscious on the sideline and was rushed to the hospital. UMMC doctors had been treating Flowers for a subdural hematoma, or brain bleed. SA From page 6 Volunteer players is one that has taken the team all across the state and saw them defeat some powerful teams, including last week’s victory over Jackson Academy which just so happened to be the first Scorecard Starkville Daily News College Football College Football Playoff Rankings Record 1. Mississippi St. 8-0 2. Florida St. 8-0 3. Auburn 7-1 4. Oregon 8-1 5. Alabama 7-1 6. TCU 7-1 7. Kansas St. 7-1 8. Michigan St. 7-1 9. Arizona St. 7-1 10. Notre Dame 7-1 11. Mississippi 7-2 12. Baylor 7-1 13. Nebraska 8-1 14. Ohio St. 7-1 15. Oklahoma 6-2 16. LSU 7-2 17. Utah 6-2 18. UCLA 7-2 19. Arizona 6-2 20. Georgia 6-2 21. Clemson 6-2 22. Duke 7-1 23. West Virginia 6-3 24. Georgia Tech 7-2 25. Wisconsin 6-2 The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The championship game will be on Jan. 12, 2015 at Arlington, Texas. time in history for them to beat the Raiders. Now there is just one more regular season game before the Vols can embark on a postseason where the goal is simple, win a state championship and that game kicks off tonight in Greenwood at 7 p.m. “I move on and do my best not to mess them up.” Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill said in bragging on his coaching staff. The Area Slate Record Pts Pv 1. Mississippi St. (45) 8-0 1,484 1 2. Florida St. (15) 8-0 1,452 2 3. Auburn 7-1 1,345 4 4. Alabama 7-1 1,281 3 5. Oregon 8-1 1,275 5 6. TCU 7-1 1,148 10 7. Michigan St. 7-1 1,120 8 8. Notre Dame 7-1 1,096 6 9. Kansas St. 7-1 1,049 11 10. Baylor 7-1 961 12 11. Arizona St. 7-1 831 15 12. Mississippi 7-2 828 7 13. Ohio St. 7-1 780 13 14. LSU 7-2 717 16 15. Nebraska 8-1 680 17 16. Oklahoma 6-2 574 19 17. Georgia 6-2 465 9 18. UCLA 7-2 464 25 19. Clemson 6-2 341 22 20. Utah 6-2 327 18 21. Arizona 6-2 325 14 22. Duke 7-1 288 24 23. Marshall 8-0 238 23 24. West Virginia 6-3 159 20 25. Wisconsin 6-2 83 NR High School Basketball Winona Christian at Starkville Christian, 4 p.m. High School Football Starkville at Clinton, 7 p.m. Starkville Academy at Pillow Academy, 7 p.m. East Oktibbeha at Ethel, 7 p.m. Nanih Waiya at West Oktibbeha, 7 p.m. Sebastopol at French Camp, 7 p.m. MHSAA Class 2A Playoffs Amway Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. Mississippi State (40 8-0 15261 2. Florida State (22 8-0 1501 2 3. Auburn 7-1 1355 4 4. Alabama 7-1 1349 3 5. Oregon 8-1 1289 6 6. Michigan State 7-1 1241 5 7. TCU 7-1 1150 10 8. Notre Dame 7-1 1121 7 9. Kansas State 7-1 1087 11 10. Baylor 7-1 957 12 11. Ohio State 7-1 901 13 12. Arizona State 7-1 854 14 13. Mississippi 7-2 793 9 14. Nebraska 8-1 766 16 15. LSU 7-2 636 17 16. Oklahoma 6-2 601 20 17. Georgia 6-2 508 8 18. UCLA 7-2 438 25 19. Clemson 6-2 394 21 20. Duke 7-1 320 24 21. Arizona 6-2 307 15 22. Utah 6-2 253 18 22. Marshall 8-0 253 23 24. Wisconsin 6-2 146 NR 25. West Virginia 6-3 130 22 Wesson at Choctaw County, 7 p.m. MAIS Class A, District 7 Playoffs Others receiving votes: Missouri 82; Colorado State 81; Georgia Tech 32; Southern California 31; Minnesota 19; Iowa 12; Louisville 7; Boise State 5; Cincinnati 2; East Carolina 2; Miami (Fla.) 1. SEC Standings Western Division Team Conf.Overall Miss. State 5-0 8-0 Alabama 4-17-1 Auburn 4-17-1 Ole Miss 4-2 7-2 LSU 3-27-2 Texas A&M 2-3 6-3 Arkansas 0-54-5 Eastern Division Team Conf.Overall Missouri 4-17-2 Georgia 4-26-2 Florida 3-34-3 Kentucky 2-45-4 S. Carolina 2-5 4-5 Tennessee 1-44-5 Vanderbilt 0-53-6 Saturday, Nov. 1 Miss. State 17, Arkansas 10 Auburn 35, Ole Miss 31 Texas A&M 21, Old Dominion 16 Florida 38, Georgia 20 Missouri 20, Kentucky 10 Vanderbilt 42, Old Dominion 28 Tennessee 45, S. Carolina 42 Saturday, Nov. 8 UT-Martin at Miss. State, 3 p.m. Presbyterian at Ole Miss, 11 a.m. Georgia at Kentucky, 11 a.m. Texas A&M at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Alabama at LSU, 7 p.m. Weekend Schedule All Times EST (Subject to change) Today, Nov. 7 EAST Fordham (8-1) at Bucknell (7-1), 6:30 p.m. Memphis (5-3) at Temple (5-3), 7:30 p.m. FAR WEST Utah St. (6-3) at Wyoming (4-5), 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 EAST Bryant (7-1) at Duquesne (5-4), Noon Wagner (4-4) at Robert Morris (1-7), Noon Yale (6-1) at Brown (4-3), 12:30 p.m. Dartmouth (5-2) at Cornell (0-7), 12:30 Hebron Christian at Sharkey-Issaquena Academy, 7 p.m. WHAT’S ON TV p.m. Richmond (7-2) at Maine (3-5), 12:30 p.m. New Hampshire (7-1) at Rhode Island (0-9), 12:30 p.m. Duke (7-1) at Syracuse (3-6), 12:30 p.m. Lehigh (2-6) at Holy Cross (3-6), 12:35 p.m. Sacred Heart (7-2) at CCSU (2-7), 1 p.m. Lafayette (3-6) at Colgate (4-5), 1 p.m. Columbia (0-7) at Harvard (7-0), 1 p.m. James Madison (6-3) at Stony Brook (4-5), 1 p.m. Delaware (5-4) at Albany (NY) (6-3), 3:30 p.m. UConn (2-6) vs. Army (2-6) at Bronx, N.Y., 3:30 p.m. Penn (1-6) at Princeton (4-3), 3:30 p.m. Towson (4-5) at Villanova (7-2), 7 p.m. Louisville (6-3) at Boston College (6-3), 7:15 p.m. SOUTH Gardner-Webb (4-5) at Charleston Southern (6-3), 11 a.m. Coastal Carolina (9-0) at Charlotte (3-5), Noon Georgia (6-2) at Kentucky (5-4), Noon Presbyterian (5-4) at Mississippi (7-2), Noon Louisiana Tech (6-3) at UAB (5-4), Noon Georgia Tech (7-2) at NC State (5-4), 12:30 p.m. Missouri Baptist (0-2) at Campbell (4-5), 1 p.m. Wofford (5-3) at Chattanooga (6-3), 1 p.m. Jacksonville (7-2) at Davidson (1-8), 1 p.m. Jacksonville St. (7-1) at E. Kentucky (8-1), 1 p.m. Morgan St. (5-4) at NC A&T (7-2), 1 p.m. Alcorn St. (7-2) at Alabama A&M (3-6), 2 p.m. Jackson St. (3-6) at Alabama St. (4-5), 2 p.m. Hampton (2-7) at NC Central (4-5), 2 p.m. Furman (2-7) at The Citadel (3-6), 2 p.m. SE Missouri (4-5) at Tennessee Tech (3-6), 2:30 p.m. SC State (6-3) at Florida A&M (2-7), 3 p.m. Marist (3-6) at Stetson (4-5), 3 p.m. Georgia St. (1-8) at Troy (1-8), 3 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe (3-5) at Appalachian St. (3-5), 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M (6-3) at Auburn (7-1), 3:30 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) (5-3) at Liberty (6-3), 3:30 p.m. FIU (3-6) at Old Dominion (3-6), 3:30 p.m. W. Carolina (6-3) at Samford (5-3), 3:30 p.m. Elon (1-8) at William & Mary (5-4), 3:30 p.m. UT-Martin (5-5) at Mississippi St. (8-0), 4 p.m. Houston Baptist (2-7) at SE Louisiana (6-3), 4 p.m. UTEP (5-3) at W. Kentucky (3-5), 4 p.m. Tennessee St. (4-6) at Austin Peay (1-8), 5 p.m. Howard (2-7) at Savannah St. (0-9), 6 p.m. Virginia (4-5) at Florida St. (8-0), 6:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin (6-3) at McNeese St. (6-2), 7 p.m. Marshall (8-0) at Southern Miss. (3-6), 7 p.m. Texas Southern (5-4) at Southern U. (6-3), 7 p.m. Florida (4-3) at Vanderbilt (3-6), 7:30 p.m. Alabama (7-1) at LSU (7-2), 8 p.m. MIDWEST Penn St. (4-4) at Indiana (3-5), Noon 7:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, Lucas Oil 150, at Avondale, Ariz. COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m. ESPNU — Memphis at Temple 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Utah St. at Wyoming GOLF 1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, second round, at Jackson, Miss. 9 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour-WGC, HSBC Champions, third round, at Shanghai MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN — Boston U. at Boston College NBA 7 p.m. ESPN — Memphis at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Cleveland at Denver Iowa (6-2) at Minnesota (6-2), Noon Wisconsin (6-2) at Purdue (3-6), Noon Drake (5-4) at Dayton (6-2), 1 p.m. Murray St. (3-6) at E. Illinois (4-5), 1 p.m. S. Dakota St. (5-4) at Indiana St. (6-3), 1 p.m. Weber St. (0-9) at North Dakota (3-6), 1 p.m. Youngstown St. (7-2) at Illinois St. (7-1), 2 p.m. Butler (4-5) at Valparaiso (2-7), 2 p.m. S. Illinois (5-4) at Missouri St. (4-5), 3 p.m. Iowa St. (2-6) at Kansas (2-6), 3:30 p.m. Michigan (4-5) at Northwestern (3-5), 3:30 p.m. N. Dakota St. (9-0) at N. Iowa (5-4), 5 p.m. W. Illinois (3-6) at South Dakota (2-7), 5 p.m. Sam Houston St. (5-4) at Incarnate Word (2-7), 7 p.m. Ohio St. (7-1) at Michigan St. (7-1), 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Baylor (7-1) at Oklahoma (6-2), Noon UTSA (2-6) at Rice (5-3), Noon SMU (0-7) at Tulsa (1-7), Noon Northwestern St. (4-5) at Abilene Christian (5-5), 3 p.m. South Alabama (5-3) at Arkansas St. (5-3), 3 p.m. Prairie View (3-5) at Ark.-Pine Bluff (3-5), 3:30 p.m. Tulane (2-6) at Houston (5-3), 3:30 p.m. West Virginia (6-3) at Texas (4-5), 3:30 p.m. Lamar (6-3) at Cent. Arkansas (5-5), 4 p.m. Georgia Southern (7-2) at Texas St. (5-3), 4 p.m. FAU (3-6) at North Texas (2-6), 7 p.m. Kansas St. (7-1) at TCU (7-1), 7:30 p.m. Junior College Football NJCAA Football Ranking Nov. 4 RecordPts Pvs 1. Iowa Western CC (4) 10-0 205 1 2. East Miss. CC (4) 10-0 199 2 3. Trinity Valley CC (1) 10-0 186½ 3 4. Scottsdale CC 8-1 174 4 5. Hutchinson CC 9-1 163½ 7 6. C. Lakes-Brainerd 10-0 153½ 8 7. Nassau CC 8-0 141 9 8. Arizona Western C. 9-1 138½10 9. Miss. Gulf Coast CC 8-2 128½ 5 10. Copiah-Lincoln CC 8-2 116 11 11. Snow College 7-2 112½ 6 12. Coffeyville CC 8-2 90½ 14 13. Tyler JC 8-2 90 15 14. ASA College 6-1 69 16 15. Dakota at Bottineau 8-2 58 13 16. Navarro College 7-3 49½ 12 17. Butler CC 7-3 46 19 18. Rochester Tech 7-3 37 NR 19. Kilgore College 7-3 34½ 18 20. Hudson Valley CC 8-1 13 17 High School Football Mississippi Prep Polls Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers. Class Overall School 1. Starkville (11) 2. South Panola (1) 3. Brandon 4. Clinton 5. Oak Grove 6. Oxford 7. Picayune (9-1) 21 NR (9-1) 18 NR (8-2) 18 8 Class 6A School W-L PtsPrv 1. Starkville (11) (10-0)119 1 2. South Panola (1) (10-0) 109 2 3. Brandon (9-1) 94 3 4. Clinton (9-1) 74 4 5. Oak Grove (8-1) 70 5 Others receiving votes: Ocean Springs 8, Warren Central 6. Class 5A School 1. Oxford (12) 2. New Hope 3. Picayune 4. Wayne County 5. Laurel W-L PtsPrv (9-1) 120 2 (9-1) 98 3 (8-1) 92 1 (8-2) 85 5 (8-2) 54 NR Class 4A School W-L PtsPrv 1. Noxubee County (10) (9-2) 117 2 2. St. Stanislaus (2) (9-1) 107 3 3. Cleveland (10-1) 96 1 4. Florence (10-1) 85 5 5. Greenwood (8-2) 27 NR MHSAA Class 3A Playoffs AUTO RACING 10 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, practice for Brazil Grand Prix, at Sao Paulo 11 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for DAV 200, at Avondale, Ariz. 12:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Race For Heroes 500, at Avondale, Ariz. 2 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for DAV 200, at Avondale, Ariz. 3:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for Lucas Oil 150, at Avondale, Ariz. 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Race For Heroes 500, at Avondale, Ariz. 8. New Hope 9. Ocean Springs (tie) Warren Central Others receiving votes: West Jones 18, Pearl 7, Germantown 6. Strayhorn at East Webster, 7 p.m. Eupora at West Tallahatchie, 7 p.m. Today Terrill Others receiving votes: Southaven 11, Wayne County 11, Laurel 9, Calhoun City 5, Tupelo 4, Noxubee County 4, St. Stanislaus 3, Jackson Prep 2, Tylertown 1, Pearl 1. Today AP Top 25 Others receiving votes: Colorado St. 67, Southern Cal 48, Missouri 42, Georgia Tech 15, Louisville 7, N. Dakota St. 4, Stanford 4, Florida 1, Texas A&M 1. BRIEFLY Quoteworthy Friday, November 7, 2014 • Page 7 W-L PtsPrv (10-0)119 1 (10-0) 109 2 (9-1) 91 3 (9-1) 71 4 (8-1) 67 7 (9-1) 65 6 (8-1) 30 5 Others receiving votes: Kosciusko 18, Poplarville 18, Ripley 6, Magee 6. Class 3A School W-L PtsPrv 1. Tylertown (11) (9-1) 119 2 2. Charleston (8-2) 110 3 3. Collins (9-2) 87 4 4. North Pontotoc (10-1) 83 5 5. Philadelphia (1) (10-1) 75 1 Others receiving votes: Choctaw County 6. Class 2A School W-L PtsPrv 1. Calhoun City (12) (10-0) 120 1 2. Taylorsville (10-1) 105 3 3. Baldwyn (10-1) 94 4 4. Bassfield (9-2) 77 2 5. Simmons (9-1) 38 NR Others receiving votes: East Webster 20, Eupora 18, East Marion 8. Class 1A School W-L PtsPrv 1. Coffeeville (10) (9-1) 117 1 2. Cathedral (2) (9-1) 108 2 3. Resurrection Catholic (8-1) 90 3 4. Nanih Waiya (10-0) 81 4 5. St. Aloysius (9-1) 72 5 Others receiving votes: Lumberton 12. Class Private Schools School W-L PtsPrv 1. Jackson Prep (11) (9-2) 117 1 2. Starkville Aca. (9-1) 103 2 3. MRA (7-3) 78 3 4. Oak Forest, La. (10-1) 67 5 5. Centreville Aca. (10-1) 55 4 Others receiving votes: Presbyterian Christian 18, Jackson Aca. 13, Magnolia Heights 13, Sharkey-Issaquena Aca. (1) 10, Marshall Aca. 6. National Football League All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East WL T Pct PF New England 7 2 0 .778 281 Buffalo 5 3 0 .625178 Miami 5 3 0 .625211 N.Y. Jets 1 8 0 .111 154 South WL T Pct PF Indianapolis 6 3 0 .667290 Houston 4 5 0 .444206 Tennessee 2 6 0 .250137 Jacksonville 1 8 0 .111141 North WL T Pct PF Cincinnati 5 2 1 .688194 Pittsburgh 6 3 0 .667248 Cleveland 5 3 0 .625185 Baltimore 5 4 0 .556240 West WL T Pct PF Denver 6 2 0 .750245 Kansas City 5 3 0 .625 200 San Diego 5 4 0 .556 205 Oakland 0 8 0 .000129 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East WL T Pct PF Philadelphia 6 2 0 .750234 Dallas 6 3 0 .667230 N.Y. Giants 3 5 0 .375 178 Washington 3 6 0 .333197 South WL T Pct PF New Orleans 4 4 0 .500 227 Carolina 3 5 1 .389177 Atlanta 2 6 0 .250192 Tampa Bay 1 7 0 .125 150 North WL T Pct PF Detroit 6 2 0 .750162 Green Bay 5 3 0 .625 222 Minnesota 4 5 0 .444168 Chicago 3 5 0 .375180 West WL T Pct PF Arizona 7 1 0 .875192 Seattle 5 3 0 .625202 San Francisco 4 4 0 .500 168 St. Louis 3 5 0 .375 149 PA 198 165 151 252 PA 211 197 202 251 PA 187 219 169 174 PA 185 138 186 211 PA 177 195 209 229 PA 198 236 221 245 PA 126 191 199 222 PA 156 174 178 220 Monday’s Game Indianapolis 40, N.Y. Giants 24 Thursday, Nov. 6 Cleveland at Cincinnati, late Sunday, Nov. 9 San Francisco at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Miami at Detroit, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Dallas vs. Jacksonville at London, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Open: Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England, San Diego, Washington Monday, Nov. 10 Carolina at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Page 8 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, November 7, 2014 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL MSU’s defense shows its depth By BEN WAIT [email protected] Mississippi State’s defense runs deep, and that has showed on Saturdays this season. The Bulldogs don’t have a depth chart for the defensive side of the ball, rather they have a system where all the players “above the line” get to play. The starters are referred to as the 1As, with the backups 1Bs. Against Kentucky, the 1Bs gave up more points and yards in half the time as the 1As. Last week against Arkansas, MSU head coach Dan Mullen and his defensive staff mixed and matched the 1As and 1Bs and it was successful. “It worked pretty well in terms of points,” Mullen said. “We made some big plays on defense and did not give up points. In the end, that is the most important aspect of it. “We still gave up yards. I still think we want to get off the field more.” The Bulldogs allowed 401 yards of total offense to the Razorbacks, but only allowed 10 points as MSU went on to a 17-10 victory. The Razorbacks did a good job of prolonging drives and keeping the Bulldog defense on the field. Arkansas possessed the ball for 38 minutes and 46 seconds – MSU held the ball for just 21 minutes and 14 seconds. “If you look at a team like Arkansas, they are a ball control team,” Mullen said. “They did a good job of keeping our offense off the field.” The Bulldogs had to come up with two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter. MSU kept the Razorbacks out of the end zone with a goal line stand with 5 minutes remaining and then Will Redmond intercepted a Brandon Allen pass with 15 seconds left to seal the win. “It was just man-to-man coverage,” Redmond said. “(It’s just) go up and make a play when your play is called. It just happened to me.” The mixing and matching of the 1As and 1Bs didn’t bother the players, as they embraced it and got used to their teammates around them as the game went on. “It felt like it worked out pretty good (as far as) playing with different guys,” MSU sophomore linebacker Beniquez Brown said. “It was all fun knowing you’ve got 11 guys that are going to go play.” The top-ranked Bulldogs (8-0) look to continue their good defensive play when they play Football Championship Subdivision opponent UT Martin (5-5) Saturday. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network. “This is just really preparing us for next week, so you can’t just go in and let it be a down week because it will carry on to next week,” Brown said, Mississippi State’s Will Redmond (2) and Kaleb Eulls combine on a tackle against who travels with MSU next week for a big matchArkansas. (Photo by Mary Liz Herrington) up with Alabama. Bulldogs Prescott, McKinney semifinalists for more awards For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and linebacker Benardrick McKinney have been chosen semifinalists for two national awards sponsored by the National College Football Awards Association, the organization announced this past week. Prescott was selected a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, while McKinney was picked a semifinalist for the 45th Rotary Lombardi Award. Prescott, also a Heisman Trophy candidate, was one of 16 players chosen a semifinalist for the O’Brien Award, which is presented annually to the top quarterback in college football. The junior is the first Dan Mullen-coached quarterback since 2007 winner Tim Tebow to be selected a semifinalist. Prescott was voted a semi- finalist by 75 Davey O’Brien national selection committee members, as Prescott McKinney well as the 57,000plus votes courtesy of the O’Brien fan vote at www.VoteOBrien.org. Bulldog fans can vote for Prescott as a finalist once daily until noon on Sunday, Nov. 23. The Haughton, La., native made the cut after tallying 27 total touchdowns in his first eight starts of 2014 (16 passing, 10 rushing, one receiving). Thanks to ranking fifth in the FBS in points responsible for per game (20.3), the midseason All-American has led his team to a perfect 8-0 record and MSU’s first No. 1 ranking in school history. The Davey O’Brien Foundation and the selection committee will release the names of the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 24. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on Dec. 11. Should Prescott win, he will attend the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. McKinney, who was also chosen a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Butkus Award this past month, was one of 12 men picked a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. The award is presented to the college lineman of the year. Leading the team with 50 tackles, the midseason All-American is tied for third in the FBS in fumble recoveries (3), while tallying 6.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble. McKinney is also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented yearly to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. The Tunica native will find out Nov. 20 if he is the first player in school history to be chosen a Lombardi finalist. Should he be a finalist, McKinney will attend the Rotary Lombardi Award Ceremony, to be held Dec. 10, at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. The winner will be announced at the event. Prescott, McKinney and the rest of the top-ranked Bulldogs return home this Saturday against UT Martin for a 3 p.m. Homecoming kickoff on the SEC Network. Alabama set to challenge LSU’s talented secondary By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Blake Sims’ most memorable moment at LSU’s Tiger Stadium came when he was exuberantly celebrating the winning touchdown two years ago from the sidelines. No. 4 Alabama’s quarterback is hoping to build more happy memories on the field Saturday night against the 14th-ranked Tigers, some of them presumably involving prolific receiver Amari Cooper. The Crimson Tide’s passing duo face probably their biggest test of the season in the LSU secondary. Ditto for the LSU defensive backs. The Tigers (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) have scarcely given up more passing yards than Cooper is producing on average, setting up a major confrontation in a rivalry known more for punishing runners and tenacious defenses. “Our confidence level is pretty high,” LSU cornerback Jalen Collins said. “We stepped it up the past couple games and kind of shut down the Ole Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) throws a pass earlier this season. (Photo by Butch Dill, Miss offense, so we’re feeling great.” So are Sims and Cooper after a record-setting AP) connection against Tennessee in another challenging road environment. Sims was a bystander on the last visit for Alabama (7-1, 4-1). That’s when he was captured celebrating T.J. Yeldon’s winning touchdown catch from starter AJ McCarron. Then a backup, Sims’ animated celebration included turning toward the fans and pointing at his ring finger. “I looked down and there was a camera right there in my face and I was like, ‘Man, I’m about to get in trouble,’” Sims said, smiling. He’ll be in the spotlight for what he does between the white lines this trip. LSU is leading the nation in pass defense efficiency, giving up just 158.4 yards per game and six passing touchdowns. Cooper is the nation’s No. 2 receiver, averaging 141.5 yards with nine touchdown catches. He had a school-record 224 receiving yards in the Tide’s last game against the Volunteers. Only Arkansas has managed to shut Cooper down, holding him to two catches and 22 yards on a day when Alabama’s offense managed season-lows of 227 yards and 14 points. Friday, November 7, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 9 CrossworD COMICS Horoscope by Jacqueline Bigar ARIES (March 21-April 19) Your creativity will soar, perhaps because the weekend lies ahead or because you are more willing to share your thoughts. You could be tired of having the same old conversation with a partner. Know that this, too, will pass. THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You seem to glow with enthusiasm and energy. You could feel intimidated by a very serious person in your life, but try not to let him or her get to you. Curb a tendency to use sarcasm as a defense mechanism. Be more open. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You could be dragging during the day, but by the time evening rolls in, you’ll feel energized. You even might be able to let go of a hassle by then. You won’t be able to resist having a good time with others. An invitation will help you perk up. 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A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column. Page 10 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, November 7, 2014 Friday, November 7, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 11 Page 12 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, November 7, 2014 High School Football Area squads begin postseason By JASON EDWARDS [email protected] A new season kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. for East Webster and the other area football programs. Sure in literal terms this is just the postseason of the 2014 campaign, but starting tonight, all records go out the window and the win or go home format takes over bringing quite the extra motivation. Wilson For the Wolverines, the playoffs begin with Strayhorn and after beating county rival Eupora last week, East Webster advanced their season to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in Class 2A, Region 4, thereby earning the right to home field advantage which means a little more considering the team has spent the final month on the road. “It means a whole lot getting to come back home after being on the road for so long,” Wolverines coach Doug Wilson said. “It is big to be home for the first round and get things started in the right direction. Senior night was our first division game and that was the last time our seniors have been home so this is special for them.” The trek of games on the road was tiresome, but for East Webster, many of the games felt like being due to the amount of fans that showed up week after week to support their Wolverines. “It was a long time away from home, but with our fans, it is not a real big deal,” Wilson added. “We had just as soon travel because our fans travel as well as anybody in the state.” The team finds itself within the friendly confines of East Webster High School tonight. With an opponent as strong as the 6-4, 3-2 Mustangs, any advantage is a good one. “They look like they are pretty aggressive,” Wilson said. “They play hard, (and) get to the ball well on defense. They don’t run a real complex scheme. It is all about getting to the edge and trying to beat you with the running game.” Stopping that run is going to be a big key to East Webster’s game plan. For Wilson, that is one area in which he has seen constant improvement as the season progressed. “Our middle linebackers have played a lot better since middle of the season,” Wilson said. “At defensive end, Monterrious Davis started off a little slow, but has come in and really made a difference these last few games.” As for the offense, Wilson said it is all about playing together as a team and continuing to keep drives alive with the big third down conversions that have highlighted Wolverine games as of late. “Our offense is our best defense and we need to convert,” Wilson said. “That is just compliments of the offensive coaching staff. Those guys on that side do a great job game planning and calling the right plays. We have been fortunate to execute and we just have to keep it up.” Eupora (9-2, 2-2) at West Tallahatchie (7-4, 4-1) The Eagles soar into Class 2A first round playoffs with one goal in mind and that is simply play their game. At this point, coach Junior Graham said that is all you can ask of a team because every team competing is strong and has earned the right to be in the postseason. “Our kids are focused,” Graham said. “They understand this is a new season and it is one and done. The winners are going to advance, while the others go home. Everybody has the same record. It all has to do with how everyone approaches this first round.” For Eupora, the approach has to be one of tough-nosed play because lined up across the way is a tough West Tallahatchie team, which earned its postseason position following big wins against division foes Strayhorn, Coahoma County and Potts Camp. “We have a good opponent in West Tallahatchie,” Graham said. “They are very athletic and aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. It is not going to an easy first round game.” Eupora does have a bit of experience on its side in the form of veteran athletes like Trey Pittman, Lamontae Salley and Will Bowen. All season long, the play of the Eagles has been strong and come tonight, they will have to call on every bit of that experience and leadership. “They have to grasp what they have learned in the past and this season both in victory and defeat,” Graham said. “They have to understand, especially those seniors, that this is one game at a time now because if you lay an egg, you go on to the next sport.” Wesson (4-7, 2-3) at Choctaw County (8-3, 4-1) Defense wins ballgames. No one proved that more than Choctaw County last week as it secured a 42-14 victory over then Class 3A No. 1 Philadelphia. “We went after the ball and created turnovers,” Chargers coach Adam Dillinger said. “Those turnovers were the biggest difference. We created them and gave our kids the chance to turn those into points. Off of six turnovers, four of them gave us touchdowns. That is 28 points and (if) you look at the score, that was the difference in the game.” Flash forward to tonight and the Chargers once again have a big game in front of them as they enter the first round of the postseason, but with last week’s victory, the team earned the position of playing on its home field. “You want to be able to host the first one,” Dillinger said. “In our case being in the south, anybody we matched up with was going to be a long drive so that is a big deal for us. You don’t have to go very far. It is good for our fans. (It is) good for our kids because they get to play in front of a good crowd, but the main thing is you have earned one of the top two spots so you have put yourself in a good position.” Not only is Choctaw County one of the top teams in their division, but it is actually sitting in the captain’s seat of Class 3A, Region 5. With that achievement, Dillinger said the team accomplished just what it set out to do. From here on out, everything else will be a bonus and the chance to play for a state championship can be quite the extra motivator. “We knew the consolidation process was not going to be overnight,” Dillinger said. “This was all part of the process. What we wanted to do was, as a team, wanted to see definitive improvement from last year. We wanted to see a step up. Winning the region, we have already accomplished that goal now, everything else adds to it. We have progressed this year and that is what we want to do. There are other ways to improve, but as long as you are heading in the right direction, you are making progress.” East Oktibbeha (0-9, 0-7) at Ethel (1-10, 1-6) It took all season, but last week the Tigers of Ethel secured their first win with a 24-12 victory over West Oktibbeha. Now East Oktibbeha is hoping to achieve the same feat as they travel to face Ethel tonight. If the Titans are able to get that elusive win, it would be only be fitting that it comes, not only on the last game of the season, but what is serving as the final contest for East Oktibbeha’s historic football program. With that in mind, it is almost a guarantee that the Titans will come out ready to do battle for not only the ones lined up beside them, but for every player that has come before them. Nanih Waiya (10-0, 7-0) at West Oktibbeha (1-8, 1-6) It is only fitting that West Oktibbeha plays at home tonight. After a long history of football tradition that included the likes of Donald Lee and Randy Bell, the Timberwolves will play the final football game against Nanih Waiya. It will not be easy as the Warriors arrive in Maben undefeated at 10-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play, but West Oktibbeha will have more than just a season win motivating them. This time around the game will be played for each and every person who has walked the halls or suited up for the Maben Blue Devils or for the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves. Emotions will be running high, which adds a whole new element to the puzzle and can oftentimes be the difference maker in a game.
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