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MOST HEARTBREAKING REGULAR SEASON LOSSES

NOXAPATER 12, LOUISVILLE 18 (AWAY) 10-11-29

Noxapater quarterback Harold Ming scored first and the "Aggies" led 6-0. Louisville tied the score at six going into halftime. Ming returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for the second Noxapater touchdown and a 12-6 lead. O. Clark and Melton scored for Louisville to pull out the victory for the Wildcats.

NOXAPATER 12, VARDAMAN 20 (AWAY) 10-5-50

Vardaman came from behind with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to spoil Noxapater's best chance to break into the win column in 1950. Everette "Red" Burt scored just before halftime and the Tigers trailed 7-6. Barney Ray Price crashed in from the three and Noxapater led for the first time all season. The Tigers scored just three touchdowns in seven games on the way to a 0-5-2 record.

NOXAPATER 6, MABEN 12 (AWAY) 10-19-57

The Tigers lost to Maben for the second straight year, but this time it cost Noxapater a perfect regular season. Jackie Oglesby put the Tigers up 6-0 at the break, but the score could well have been higher. Jimmy Kemp crashed into the end zone and one referee raised his hands for the touchdown. Another official ruled that Kemp had fumbled before crossing the plane and Maben took possession. Maben's Buggs Williams scored twice in the second half for the winning points.

NOXAPATER 6, ETHEL 7 (HOME) 9-2-60

The first game of the new decade turned out to be one of the costliest defeats. Noxapater took the lead on a Benny French 35-yard run in the second quarter. Ethel's come-from-behind win would cost the 8-2 Tigers a shot at the conference championship.

NOXAPATER 13, EDINBURG 19 (HOME) 10-8-65

Noxapater quarterback Randy Kemp ran for two touchdowns and the score was tied 13-13 late in the fourth quarter. Edinburg had the ball on their own 30 and it appeared that the game was destined to end in a tie. A desperation pass was tipped by a Noxapater defensive back into the hands of the Edinburg receiver who ran in for the score. This play dashed the chances for a winning season as the Tigers of 1965 ended the year with a 4-4-1 record.

NOXAPATER 0, MABEN 3 (HOME) 10-14-66

Noxapater had just one win on the year, but was clearly the superior team. If fact, Maben had just six yards total offense in the game. A Noxapater fumble gave Maben the ball in Noxapater territory late in the game. Tom Byars kicked a 40-yard field goal on the last play of the game. His only career field goal came at an unfortunate time for the hard-luck Tigers.

NOXAPATER 12, JZ GEORGE 15 (AWAY) 10-19-73

The Tigers lost for the first time in almost three years when Essex McBride kicked a 24-yard field goal with eight seconds to play. Noxapater had almost 200 yards in penalties prompting one irate fan to slap a referee after the game. The Big Black Conference slapped back with a one-year probation, costing Noxapater an almost certain conference title. The teams that played for the Big Black championship (Weir and Sturgis) lost to Noxapater by the combined score of 49-0.

NOXAPATER 14, NANIH WAIYA 30 (AWAY) 9-2-77

The Tigers led 6-2 at halftime on a 25-yard Bob McAdory-to-Thomas Barnes pass play. Nanih Waiya's Charles Hickman scored three times and ran a conversion to bring the Warriors from behind. He had 158 yards on 26 carries in the game. McAdory hit Bennie Earl Moore from 64 yards in the third for the other Noxapater score. This was the only Nanih Waiya victory over Noxapater from 1970-86.

NOXAPATER 6, DURANT 8 (HOME) 10-13-78

Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Tigers as they lost to Durant for the third straight year. Durant came into the game with a 26-game win streak and barely escaped. Senior Buford McGee, who would play at Ole Miss and with the Los Angeles Rams, played quarterback for the visitors. Durant took the lead on a 57-yard Jerry Bankhead run in the first. Noxapater's Willie Glass scored on a 2-yard run in the second, but his critical conversion run came up inches short. Noxapater led 220-125 in total offense and 15-8 in first downs. Glass had 193 yards on 31 carries.

NOXAPATER 12, WEIR 14 (AWAY) 10-30-81

The Lions got two touchdowns in the first half and it stood up for the win. Weir quarterback Keith Box threw 60 yards to Floyd Patterson, 30 yards to Alvin Patterson, and kicked both extra points as Weir led 14-6 at the break. Noxapater's score came on a Tracy Lynch to Kevin McAdory 4-yard pass. McAdory recovered a fumble in the end zone in the fourth to give Noxapater a chance to tie, but the conversion attempt failed.

NOXAPATER 6, WEIR 10 (HOME) 11-2-84

The Tigers led 6-3 until late in the fourth. Steven Lee scored for Noxapater on a one-yard run in the second, but Weir's George Poteet answered with a 35-yard field goal just before halftime. Cramer Miller scored on an 8-yard run with three minutes remaining to bring the Lions from behind.

NOXAPATER 8, NANIH WAIYA 22 (AWAY) 9-11-87

The Tigers led 8-6 going into the fourth quarter, but could not hold on for the win. Noxapater led 2-0 at halftime after sacking Warrior quarterback Warren McQueen in the end zone. Shawn Holdiness put Nanih Waiya up 6-2 on a 3-yard run in the third, but Tiger running back Tim Wragg answered with a 75-yard dash for six. McQueen scored early in the fourth and it held up for the win.

NOXAPATER 16, WEIR 17 (AWAY) 9-30-88

Weir was 4-0 and had not been scored on all year. Noxapater quarterback Beverly Robbins scored on a one-yard sneak and Zaus Carter's PAT made it 7-7 at half. Carter ran in from 15 in the third, but the conversion failed and Weir led 14-13 after three periods. Carter's 25-yard field goal with 1:25 left gave the Tigers a 16-14 lead, but the home team was not to be denied. Weir kicked a field goal on the last play of the game to give Noxapater one of its most heart-breaking losses ever.

NOXAPATER 14, WEIR 19 (AWAY) 10-22-99

Both teams came into the game undefeated and ranked in the state top ten. Weir jumped out in front 19-0 by halftime, but Noxapater came back and had a chance to win the game in the fourth. Derek Carter scored from the three with 7 minutes to go in the third and from the two early in the fourth for Noxapater.