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NOXAPATER BOWLS AND CONFERENCE TITLE GAMES 1957-80

NOXAPATER 0, NEW HOPE 26 (LOUISVILLE) 11-16-57

Noxapater faced New Hope for the Big Black Conference title. The Tigers under Coach Leon Burton had a 9-1 record with the only setback a 12-6 loss to Maben on October 19. The New Hope Trojans were 10-0 and had not allowed a point all year. Noxapater was led by Jackie Oglesby, Jimmy Kemp, Walter Kelly, Ralph Price, Asa Thomas, and Willard Clay. New Hope won the game 26-0 to spoil Noxapater's title hopes.

NOXAPATER 7, NEW HOPE 46 (COLUMBUS) 11-13-58

Leon Burton's Tigers met New Hope in a Big Black title rematch of the previous year's game. Unfortunately for Noxapater, the result was the same. Noxapater came into the game with a 7-2-1 record. The Tigers were led by all-conference players Jimmy Clay, Charlie Allman, and Homer McBrayer. New Hope was 10-0 and featured a powerful running game and a dominating defense. The Trojans won easily, but Clay's one-yard touchdown run in the fourth prevented what would have been New Hope's 22nd consecutive shutout.

NOXAPATER 20, BENTONIA 0 (CANTON) 11-20-61

The Canton Dairy Bowl rewarded Noxapater for its 7-2-1 record with an invitation to play Bentonia. Coach Doug Sullivan's Tigers won the game 20-0 for Noxapater's first post-season win. Charlie Young and Wayne Martin both scored on short running plays in the first half and Benny French returned a punt 50 yards for the last score.

NOXAPATER 24, DURANT 34 (STURGIS) 11-13-70

Noxapater's next bowl appearance came after Coach Buck Kennedy's 1970 team went 8-2. The Sturgis Dixie Bowl picked Noxapater and Durant to be the participants in the bowl's inaugural game. Durant won 34-24 despite a record-breaking performance by Noxapater quarterback Freddy Woodward who passed for 298 yards.

NOXAPATER 42, DURANT 0 (LOUISVILLE) 11-11-71

The undefeated 1971 squad claimed Noxapater's first Big Black title with a 42-0 victory over Durant. Sam Moore picked off four passes in the game for Noxapater's defense which allowed Durant a total of 20 yards. O'Neal Carter returned a punt 64 yards for one score, Larry Coburn had touchdown runs of 25 and 24 yards, and Ricky Haggard added a one-yard sneak. Also, Crawford Parker kicked his school-record tenth field goal of the year.

NOXAPATER 40, CUMBERLAND 0 (LOUISVILLE) 11-16-72

Kennedy's 1972 team was just as impressive with a perfect 10-0 regular season. A date with Cumberland for the Big Black title turned into a 40-0 romp. A.J. Carter and O'Neal Carter both scored in the first, Barry Hatcher and Robert Wall found the end zone in the second to make the lead 25-0 at halftime. Mark Robinson returned an interceptionin the third and Jerry Barnett caught a touchdown pass from Paul Reynolds to complete the scoring.

NOXAPATER 8, STURGIS 14 (KOSCIUSKO) 11-15-74

After probation denied Noxapater in 1973, the Tigers came back with another western division title. Kennedy's 8-2 team met Sturgis in the Kosciusko Lion's Bowl. Sturgis took a 14-0 halftime lead before Noxapater's Jerome White returned a fumble 65 yards to cut the lead to 14-8. Chris Robinson threw to Alfred Henson for the conversion. Marvin Miller returned another fumble 55 yards for the potential game-winner only to have the play negated on a penalty.

NOXAPATER 21, PELAHATCHIE 6 (STURGIS) 11-12-76

The 8-2 Tigers met Pelahatchie of the Capital Athletic Conference in the 1976 Dixie Bowl and came away with a 21-6 win. Pelahatchie's coach was former Noxapater player and assistant coach David Vowell. Noxapater dominated the game with 216 yards to Pelahatchie's 66. Quarterback Randy Hornesburger was named the game's MVP. Theodore Triplett had two scoring runs for Noxapater.

NOXAPATER 12, DECATUR 28 (DECATUR) 11-15-78

The 1978 Tigers had an 8-2 regular season and received an invitation to play undefeated Decatur in the East Central Mississippi Bowl in Decatur. Noxapater went up 6-0 on a Ricky Phillips to Bennie Earl Moore pass, but Decatur came back to take a 9-6 lead at halftime. Decatur came back strong in the third quarter and won the game 28-12. Willie Glass had the second touchdown for Noxapater. Moore was named the game's defensive MVP.

NOXAPATER 52, STRINGER 30 (DECATUR) 11-16-79

The undefeated 1979 team returned to Decatur's East Central Mississippi Bowl to face Stringer and won the game 52-30. Willie Glass, who had 22 touchdowns going into the game, added three more in the rout to set the school scoring record. He was the game's offensive MVP while teammate Willie B. Moore was the defensive MVP. The 82 combined points is the most ever in a Noxapater football game.

NOXAPATER 8, NEWTON 14 (DECATUR) 11-21-80

For a third straight year, Noxapater made the trip to Decatur for the East Central Mississippi Bowl. This time the 10-0 Tigers met Newton. Noxapater's Charles Mays scored on a 64-yard run on the game's first play and Ricky Phillips ran the conversion. Newton answered with a 53-yard Doug Whittle run on their first possession tie the score at 8. A tremendous downpour then started that hampered both offenses. Newton won the game 14-8 on a one-yard Loyce Hardy run in overtime to stop Noxapater's win streak at 21.


STATE PLAYOFFS 1981-2000

NOXAPATER 0, J.Z.GEORGE 9 (KOSCIUSKO) 11-13-81

In Mississippi's first season with a state playoff system, Noxapater qualified to play J.Z. George in the first round. The Tigers had a record of 8-2 with losses to Sturgis and Weir. George took a 3-0 lead on James Robinson's 30-yard field goal in the first. Simon Lott added an 81-yard scoring run in the third to clinch the game for J.Z. George.

NOXAPATER 0, CARTHAGE 14 (DECATUR) 11-11-82

Even though a playoff system was in effect, some bowl games continued to operate, rewarding non-qualifiers with an 11th game. Decatur's East Central Mississippi Bowl brought Noxapater back in 1982 for a fourth time. Coach Buck Kennedy's Tigers had a 7-3 record. Noxapater dominated game with 364 yards and 14 first downs to Carthage's 167 yards and 2 first downs, but a 60-yard bomb from Carthage's Jeff Webb to William Boyd gave Carthage the 7-0 lead. A diving interception by a defensive lineman late in the game set up a short touchdown run and made the final 14-0 in favor of Carthage.

NOXAPATER 0, PELAHATCHIE 24 (HOME) 11-16-84

The Tigers returned to the post-season with an invitation to play in the newly created Central Hills Bowl at Noxapater. The Tigers faced Pelahatchie and lost 24-0, dropping the season record to 7-4. Darvin Williams was named Noxapater's offensive MVP in the game and Paul David Hamilton was chosed the defensive star for the Tigers.

NOXAPATER 36, J.Z.GEORGE 14 (HOME) 11-14-86

The state playoffs began with the undefeated and top-ranked Tigers hosting third-ranked J.Z. George. Noxapater dominated the game from start to finish, amassing 383 yards total offense, to win handily. Terry Daily scored first and Darryl Burnside's PAT run made it 8-0. George's Chris Rias returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to cut the lead to 8-6, but that would be as close as the visitors would get. Burnside scored on a fourth down run and Daily converted for a 16-6 halftime lead. Bruce Jordan, Daily, and Tim Wragg all scored in the second half.

NOXAPATER 14, STURGIS 12 (HOME) 11-21-86

The second round of the playoffs saw Noxapater hosting Sturgis, a team they had defeated by 27 points at Sturgis in September. The Tigers got touchdowns from Bruce Jordan and Terry Daily to lead 14-6 late in the fourth. Lion quarterback Hilly Fulgham scored at the 1:27 mark to set up a possible tie on the conversion. Tiger defensive tackle Steven Parker sacked Fulgham on a pass attempt to preserve the slim 14-12 lead. Sturgis, with all their timeouts, elected to kick deep. After three intentional losses and a delay penalty, Noxapater had fourth and 14 on their own 16 with nine seconds remaining. A pass attempt failed with two seconds on the clock. Sturgis tried a 33-yard field goal, but a bad snap caused the ball to never make it off the tee.

NOXAPATER 22, FALKNER 20 (HOME) 11-28-86

Noxapater won the 1986 North Mississippi championship with a 22-20 win over Falkner. The game was not as close as the score indicated. Two Falkner scores came as a result of bad punt snaps and the last came too late in the game to matter. Noxapater led 22-7 early in the fourth on the strength of two Darryl Burnside touchdowns and another from Terry Daily. Hugh Vanlandingham and Jeffrey Yarbrough scored the conversions.

NOXAPATER 0, ENTERPRISE 28 (CLINTON) 12-5-86

The Tigers faced Enterprise at Mississippi College for the state championship. The backfield duo of Reggie McGee and Vic McNair combined for 183 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Enterprise victory. The lead was 7-0 late in the half when McNair had the decisive play of the game. Noxapater was driving for the potential tying touchdown only to see McNair intercept a pass and return it for a score.

NOXAPATER 39, PELAHATCHIE 22 (HOME) 11-13-87

Noxapater hosted Pelahatchie in the first round of the state playoffs, built a 27-0 lead, and then withstood a desperate comeback attempt to win. Noxapater quarterback Beverly Robbins hit Zeph Lyons on an 11-yard scoring pass to cap an 89-yard drive to open the game. Eugene Carter ran for another score and Tim Wragg added a 38-yard touchdown on a screen pass as Noxapater built a 20-0 lead at halftime. Carter's second touchdown run pushed the lead to 27-0 in the third. Pelahatchie scored three times in the third to make it a game, but Wragg and Robbins stretched the lead back to a comfortable margin with scoring runs in the fourth.

NOXAPATER 0, DEXTER 18 (HOME) 11-20-87

Dexter came into the game undefeated and survived to advance to the state semi-finals. After a scoreless first quarter, Tommy Pezant passed to Stacey Ratcliff from 43 yards and Bill Sartin from 8 to give the visitors a 12-0 lead at halftime. Tyrone Brown's five-yard run with 15 seconds remaining in the game made the final 18-0. Noxapater drove inside the ten twice in the game only to come up empty.

NOXAPATER 27, DEXTER 0 (HOME) 11-11-88

The Tigers got a measure of revenge for the previous year's loss to Dexter with a first-round playoff win. Beverly Robbins was 8 of 13 passing for 189 yards with touchdowns to Brian Hoskins (7 yards), Corey Bates (46 yards), and Zaus Carter (57 yards). Carter also had two field goals (31 and 23) in the game. Dexter finished with a 4-7 record.

NOXAPATER 7, PUCKETT 24 (SITE) 11-18-88

The season ended with a loss to Puckett in the second round of the playoffs. Noxapater's only score came on a Beverly Robbins to Anthony Robertson pass play.

NOXAPATER 28, STRINGER 0 (HOME) 11-10-89

The state playoffs opened with undefeated Noxapater hosting Stringer in the 6th annual Central Hills Bowl. Brian Hoskins scored on a 71-yard run in the first and a 24-yard run in the third. Quarterback Tommy Glass hit Anthony Robertson on a 51-yard pass and conversion to make the score 21-0 after three quarters. Ken Wash's one-yard run made the final 28-0. Derreck Cook had 12 solo tackles and 2 assists in the game.

NOXAPATER 7, MOUNT OLIVE 56 (HOME) 11-17-89

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Mount Olive two-yard line only to turn the ball over on downs. The visitors drove 98 yards for the score with Calvin Keller going over from the three. Mount Olive quarterback Steve McNair had five touchdown passes and 246 yards through the air as the game quickly got out of hand. Noxapater scored late in the fourth on a 9-yard Willie Hudson run.

NOXAPATER 21, PELAHATCHIE 28 (HOME) 11-9-90

Pelahatchie dominated the game statistically with 371 yards rushing to Noxapater's 91, but the Tigers had a chance to win. Tony Lindsey had four touchdowns rushing for the visitors including the game-winner in overtime. Noxapater's Tommy Glass countered with three touchdown passes to Shun Moore (49 yards), Michael Spiva (3 yards), and Willie Hudson (67 yards) to tie the game at 21 after regulation.

NOXAPATER 20, LOYD STAR 0 (1992) Game summary not available at this time.

NOXAPATER 28, VARDAMAN 7 (1992) Game summary not available at this time.

NOXAPATER 13, THRASHER 8 (1992) Game summary not available at this time.

NOXAPATER 7, WEIR 14 (1992) Game summary not available at this time.

NOXAPATER 14, DURANT 30 (1996) Game summary not available at this time.

NOXAPATER 27, SMITHVILLE 41 (1998)

NOXAPATER 10, VARDAMAN 6 (1999)

The Tigers opened the 1999 state playoffs with a victory over the Rams. It was the first post-season win in seven years. Scott Shurden hit a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter and De Hornesburger returned a punt on the last play of the half for the Tiger points.

NOXAPATER 28, FALKNER 25 (1999)

The Tigers traveled to Falkner and won the second round playoff game in a nail-biter. Derek Carter, Ryan Smith, Mackenzie McDonald, and J.E. Haynes scored the touchdowns and Noxapater led 28-10 in the third. Falkner roared back to cut the margin to three midway through the fourth. The Eagles had the ball on the Noxapater 15 with less than a minute to play, but faced a fourth and five situation. De Hornesburger forced a fumble with a jarring hit on the quarterback and Chantel Haynes recovered for the Tigers.

NOXAPATER 19, DURANT 16 (1999)

The Tigers hosted Durant for the North Mississippi championship and earned a trip to the state final in Jackson. Durant led 3-0 after one quarter, but Noxapater tied the game 3-3 before halftime on a 27-yard Scott Shurden field goal. The Tigers increased the lead to 12-3 entering the fourth on a De Hornesburger touchdown and another field goal, but Durant would not go down easily. Trailing 19-16, the visitors marched to the Noxapater 25 late in the game. Defensive tackle Eric Lyon intercepted a batted pass at the line to save the day.

NOXAPATER 7, SCOTT CENTRAL 28 (1999)

The state championship game was played on a windy afternoon at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson. After a scoreless first quarter, the Rebels got on the board first on a four-yard run by Darrell Moore. The lead was 6-0 at the half. Howard Jackson scored in the third to make it 12-0. Derek Carter's 58-yard run set up Ryan Smith's three-yard touchdown run for the Tigers and it was a 12-7 game in the third. Noxapater was poised to get the ball in good field position, but a highly questionable penalty gave Scott Central a first down. The Rebels scored on the possession to increase the lead to 20-7. A meaningless score late in the fourth made the final 28-7.

NOXAPATER 49, HAMILTON 0 (2000)

The 9-2 Tigers opened the state playoffs with a trip to Hamilton, 9-1 and ranked #4 in the state. Ryan Smith scored from 6 and 21 yards to give Noxapater an early 14-0 lead. Hamilton went to the air and Derek Carter's 57-yard interception return made it 21-0 Carter scored again on a 3-yard run and Sed Eichelberger ran in from 4 as the lead grew to 35-0 at the half. Smith hit J.E. Haynes on a 57-yard pass play in the third for a 42-0 advantage and Demario White returned another interception 34 yards for the final of 49-0.

NOXAPATER 7, DURANT 27 (2000)

The Tigers ended the year 10-3 with two losses to undefeated Durant. Derek Carter scored the Tiger touchdown on a 32-yard run in the second quarter to tie the game. Durant led 13-7 at the half.