Picayune Mississippi Sports
Anyone who watched professional football on Sunday might have seen the video of former Mississippi State football coach Jim Johnson tearfully receiving the news that he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The National Sports Media Association announced today that Johnson, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints, has been named the record-breaking winner for the 12th time. If you're a college football fan, you should also know that Johnson won a national championship at the University of Mississippi in his final season as head coach. What you may not know is that early in his career, he coached Picayune High School in Mississippi for a season.
At the time, the existence of Picayune football seemed to provide fodder for homecomers like Biloxi, Gulfport and Hattiesburg. The school competed in the Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi State University (MSU). Many of the Pirates' home games were played at Carver Stadium, which allowed more white fans to support their school's football team.
After a short punt by Pascagoula, the Maroon Tide took advantage of a big play of their own when Isaac Hickman hit a 46-yard toss to tie the game at 14-14. West Point was still in the end zone on its next touchdown run with 3: 15 left, but Picayune got one last try after failing to kick off with 19 seconds left. After returning the ball to the maroon tide three minutes and 15 seconds from the end in a 3-on-15, they threw it off the scoreboard for four minutes. In the final minute of the fourth quarter, West Point scored twice on third - and first and second - points, while PASCagula didn't score.
After a West Point punt at the Maroon Tide 24 rolled dead, Thomas ran 76 yards for a touchdown with 3 minutes 5 seconds left. Jimothy Mays ran 23 yards to the Picayune 5 and Cannon snapped Kelley's 19-yard pass in a critical third - and 8. From there, Harris picked up the ball on the right sideline with his second touchdown run of the game, a 44-yard run.
He also recorded a six-inning game and was voted the best player in the Tallahassee Regional. He allowed the Seminoles two singles, a double and an earned run, but his performance was underpinned by a performance with four touchdowns in a Clemson victory over Florida State on October 14, 2015.
In 2015, for the first time in his senior career, he was awarded all state and federal honors. He won a first-team selection to the SEC tournament and a second-round selection to the NCAA tournament on February 24, and earned the SEC Player of the Year 2015 and the SEC Freshman Award 2016.
He picked up his first career victory in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Team All-Star Game in the relief game against LSU on March 26.
He participated in the 2001 and 2002 Mississippi State Games and played baseball with the Jackson 96ers in the Summer League. Arkansas was named the SEC's pitcher of the week, according to the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas Athletics. He was selected to lead the P.M.S. to its first appearance at a state championship game in 2003. First - all teams - were awarded Arkansas, Arkansas State, Mississippi State and Mississippi Valley State. SEC, SEC East and SEC West and the SEC Tournament and was the - of - week, according to the SEC.
He threw 5 1 / 3 innings, struck out four and walked eight, but took Arkansas' 5-3 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC tournament on Saturday.
He left the field in his favorite sports jacket, but the Pirates blamed him for the night's defeat. The junior from Jackson State has been a member of the Arkansas baseball team since his freshman year in high school, playing against both the Pirates and Tigers.
From 1954-55, while visiting Bryant, he rode a bus driven by Mr. Revis Black Sr., who also taught at the school.
Johnny Majors, who was an assistant coach in Arkansas, helped him land one at Picayune, a small school that was playing in the mighty Big Eight Conference at the time. From there he went to Iowa State, then to Texas A & M and finally to head coach the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1954-55 and coach the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1956-57.
The following day, he threw eight strong innings and posted a career-high seven strikeouts to lift MSU into the championship game.
Coach Henley is also known as the Jackson State Chief, known for his ability to set great records. West Point had an 18-0 record, tying with South Panola, the strongest in Mississippi State. While the name obviously didn't follow him to Tennessee, Bo Dogier was known in Mississippi as one of the best pitchers of all time at Mississippi State.