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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Gulf Coast Holds On for 27-14 MACJC South Division Win Over East Central

Brady Anderson
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs scored on their first two drives of the game to set the tone early and then survived a fourth quarter East Central Community College rally to pick up a 27-14 MACJC South Division football win over the visiting Warriors Thursday, Oct. 11, at George Sekul Field at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.

The fast-paced, no-huddle offense of the Bulldogs kept the East Central defense off balance most of the first half. Before the fans were settled good in their seats, Gulf Coast had a 13-0 lead.

Freshman quarterback Chance Lovertich picked up where he left off a week earlier when he threw six touchdown passes in a 56-7 win at Southwest. The product of Jackson Prep hit tight end Denzel Carter from five yards out to cap a 73-yard, six-play drive to open the game. After an eight-yard punt by East Central, Gulf Coast took over on the Warrior 44 and nine plays later Lovertich connected with Carter from the three. With 6:23 still to play in the first quarter the Bulldogs led 13-0.

East Central eventually got on the scoreboard with 7:26 to play in the first half when defensive lineman Alvin Dempsey III (Port St. Joe, Fla.) scooped up a Bulldog fumble and returned it seven yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) was good and the Gulf Coast lead was cut to 20-7.
 Alvin Dempsey III

Gulf Coast would add another score with 3:30 to play in the second quarter on a 65-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a two-yard run by Terrion Avery to take what appeared to be a commanding 27-7 lead into the locker room.

The East Central offense, however, would control the football in the second half. The Warriors drove inside the Gulf Coast 10-yard line three times, but could only come away with seven points. A fumble at midfield stopped another drive.

It looked as if East Central would get back into the game quickly on its opening drive of the third quarter. The Warriors drove 69 yards and took 10 minutes off the clock, but the drive stalled when East Central failed to convert on a fourth and seven from the Bulldog nine.

The Warriors wouldn’t be denied the next time they got the football, driving to the Gulf Coast four-yard line. On fourth and goal, quarterback Brady Anderson (Brandon) hit freshman running back Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.) for the touchdown. The PAT was good and East Central trailed 27-14.

Moments later after forcing just the second Gulf Coast punt of the game, East Central drove from its 33 to the Bulldog eight-yard line. Facing another fourth and goal, the Gulf Coast defense came up with a big stop to preserve the 27-14 win.

East Central controlled the time of possession for the game with 37 minutes to 22 for Gulf Coast and ran 22 more plays on offense. The Warriors had 22 first downs to 16 for the Bulldogs. East Central has 297 yards of total offense to 328 for Gulf Coast.

The sophomore Anderson went the distance at quarterback for East Central ahead of fellow sophomore Mario Asagunla who has taken most of the snaps this season. Anderson hit 20 of 34 passes for 163 yards and the one score. Running back James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Camden) rushed 13 times for 83 yards before leaving the game in the second half with an injury. Freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery (Dayton, Ohio) had four receptions for 48 yards.

Sophomore free safety Daniel Little of Terry picked off a Gulf Coast pass in the first half.

The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-2 in MACJC South Division play. Gulf Coast improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the division.

East Central has lost 15 of the last 16 games against Gulf Coast. The lone win during that time was a 42-28 home victory in 2016.

The Warriors play their fifth, and final, road game of the season next Thursday. East Central and Hinds will square off in a South Division game at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond. Kickoff for Hinds’ Homecoming game is set for 7 p.m.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Friday, October 12, 2018

Patrol Officers Promoted to Rank of Corporal

Brandon Gladney
Deterrion "Ty" Hardin
Patrol Officers Deterrion "Ty" Hardin and Brandon Gladney were promoted to the rank of Corporal by Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne  Friday, October 12, 2018. The position is designed to help the Shift Captain, requiring supervision and detailed documentation of all activity and personnel on their shift. Congratulations to both of these fine young officers.

Wings Over Winston - Saturday Oct. 13 - What You Need to Know

Here's what you need to know:

  • Free - no admission
  • Free Parking - FAA restrictions do not allow vehicle traffic during the show - Parking is available at the Louisville Coliseum and the adjoining ball fields - Shuttle service is provided to the airport and those with handicaps can be accommodated.
  • Gates open at 9:30 am - Show starts at 11:00 am and concludes around 2:00 pm.
  • The Weather looks great!!
  • This Airshow is very fan-friendly
  • Lots of Great Food Vendors

The 5th Annual Wings Over Winston Airshow will "TAKE OFF" tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th. There a big list of performers including SRC Airshows featuring the "Raptor", Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys,the L-17 Formation Team, Jimmy Burke and the "Red Baron". More information on the show can be found on their Facebook page and their website at

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Almost Here - Wings Over Winston - Saturday, Oct 13

Homeward Bound - Kristina & Stooge

Twenty five hundred miles is not a long way if you are determined. Kristina is determined as she travels through Winston County on her way from Clayton, Georgia to the beaches of California. Her journey began two weeks ago as she and her pony, Bolt, (aka Stooge) began the long walk. Catching an occasional ride with kind folks with extra space in their horse trailers, Kristina hopes to make the trip within a few weeks but is prepared for 4 months on the road.

We met up with Kristina and Bolt just on the edge of Louisville today for a few pictures and questions. Asked why she was undertaking such a hard journey by foot, the young lady replied, "I'm going home. I'm from California and I got Bolt in Georgia. He's my first pony and I had no way to get him back to California, so we decided to walk."

Winston County wishes her and Bolt a safe journey. Please be careful out there.

EMCC Cosmetology Department Offering Salon Services To Public

The Cosmetology department on East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is offering full salon services to the public. Cosmetology students who have been learning to roll, wrap, cut and tint hair are now prepared to put their skills to work.
“We have a really good group of students who have been working hard to hone their craft,” EMCC Cosmetology instructor David Long said. “The public benefits because we are able to offer very reasonable prices and I will be supervising to ensure everything is done correctly.”

The Cosmetology department will be open to the public Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged, especially for chemical treatments such as waves or hair relaxers.

EMCC Cosmetology student Valencia Buckingham of Aberdeen said she enjoys working with clients on Wednesdays. “They come in, we have great conversations and they leave with a smile,” Buckingham said. “That is rewarding to me because I have always had a passion for making people look beautiful.”

Students in the Cosmetology department must complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of training before earning a vocational certificate and qualifying to take the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology certification exam. The course takes a year to complete. The students are in class Mondays through Fridays for about 40 hours a week. All the training takes place in the Cosmetology department, which is set up like a full-service salon, with a customer service desk and hair cutting and washing stations.

“I love everything we do here at EMCC,” Cosmetology student Jordan Sellers of Louisville said. “It is interesting to learn all of the new techniques. I especially like working with the general public when they come in. That really helps us to prepare for the real world.” Among other things, students are taught how to perform facials, pedicures, various coloring techniques and how to style, wave and straighten hair.

To schedule an appointment for available services through the Cosmetology department, call 662-243-1915.

East Central Community College Announces Plans for Football Operations Center

East Central Community College announced plans today to construct a $2.6 million football operations center at Bailey Stadium on the campus in Decatur. The funding and plans for the facility were approved at the Oct. 9 Board of Trustees meeting on campus. The college is currently finalizing plans for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the center. To be initially called Warrior Hall, the 12,300-square-foot facility will be located just outside the North end zone of Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium. The building will contain locker rooms for players and for coaches, a team meeting room, position conference rooms, coaches’ offices, an equipment room, a players’ lounge, and a laundry room.
Warrior Hall will also house a state-of-the-art training room to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

More than $320,000 of the funding for construction of Warrior Hall comes from private donations, including the naming of most rooms inside the facility. This amount is in addition to the $160,000 in private donations used to assist in the installation of the artificial turf at Bailey Stadium in 2014. The $480,000 reflects the most private donations ever contributed to construction-related projects in the history of East Central Community College. The remaining $2.25 million in construction costs will come from college funds that will be repaid over the next few years. The college will also utilize a $430,000 certificate of deposit to fund other items related to the new facility including, but not limited to, a scoreboard, fencing, and utilities.

East Central President Dr. Billy Stewart stated that the construction of the football operations center is another project included in the college’s long-range strategic plan for facilities adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 2016. “As a component of the Campus Master Plan, I am pleased that the college is able to move forward with this project,” said Stewart. “Many individuals and groups have contributed their money, time, and effort to make this facility a reality and we are so appreciative to each one. By utilizing the fund balance in our auxiliary budget to fully fund this project, the college will not be required to secure a loan and thus will save in the long run with no accrual of interest. We will simply pay ourselves back over time. We are eating the elephant one bite at a time, and this is the next bite.” Stewart added, “In addition to the football operations center, there are several other projects that are nearing realization including construction of a new Band Hall, the addition of several parking lots throughout campus, renovations to residence halls, and other infrastructure improvements.”

With the college’s synthetic turf installed in 2014 and a new scoreboard expected to be in place by the first football game of the 2019 season, East Central’s football facilities will be among the best in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. East Central head football coach Ken Karcher said Warrior Hall will be a tremendous benefit to his program. “It is a very exciting day for the East Central football program,” said Karcher. “This facility will help us attract and prepare future Warrior football players for success on and off the field.”

In just his sixth season as head coach, Karcher has guided the Warriors to two appearances in the MACJC state playoffs, an MACJC South Division title in 2016, and a C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl victory in 2015.

East Central’s new Director of Athletics Paul Nixon said that Warrior Hall will continue the college’s commitment to excellence in its athletics facilities and serve to benefit all student-athletes.
“Coach Ken Karcher and his staff do an excellent job of preparing young men to be successful in life beyond their football careers,” said Nixon, who assumed his duties in June. “The approval of this project will give them the space they need to enhance the tremendous work they are already doing. As the new director of athletics, one of the main things that attracted me to the position was the college’s commitment to excellence in all areas, and the existing athletic facilities reflect this. The addition of this football operations center will be a huge step forward for our department and will benefit all of Warrior Athletics for years to come.”

There are still naming opportunities available for Warrior Hall, including the building itself, the equipment room, individual player’s lockers, team meeting room seats, and other areas.

For more information on naming opportunities and donations, contact David LeBlanc, ECCC’s director of alumni relations and the foundation, at 601-635-6327 or

The architect for Warrior Hall is Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi. The contractor is J&J Contractors Inc. of Collinsville.