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A-AFF banquet set for Oct. 18

Plans are under way for the All-American Football Foundation’s74th Banquet of Champions. It will be held Oct. 18, at the JacksonHilton Hotel. Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU,Congressional Medal of Honor winner, the late General Louis Wilson;and Ole Miss Cotton Bowl hero Herman Sidney (Eagle) Day head anoutstanding group of football celebs who will be honored thatnight.

Cannon and the late Mississippi State All-American center HalEasterwood will receive All-American legend awards. Dr. FrancesLucas, president of Millsaps College, will receive the Foundation’sOutstanding College President Award. Her father, Dr. Aubrey Lucas,retired Southern Miss president, is a past recipient of thisaward.

Brookhaven native Jimmie McDowell, founder and executivedirector of the A-AFF, recently was the recipient of the FootballWriters Association of America’s 50-year club award. McDowell,affectionately known as Mississippi Red, began writing sports inBrookhaven at the tender age of 14. He wrote sports for newspapersin Jackson, Memphis and Trenton, N.J. before serving assecretary-treasurer for the FWAA of New York for 25 years.

Tickets to the A-AFF banquet are $125 per person. Reservationscan be made by calling 601-206-8877. Jackson mayor Frank Meltonwill deliver the official welcome at the dinner.

In 35 years of sports writing, this scribe had never beforewitnessed what he saw Friday night at Enterprise. The FightingYellow Jackets, coached by Roe Burns, returned two passinterceptions for over 100 yards in a 47-27 win over Salem’sWildcats in Region 4-1A football. Blake McKee returned a theft 104yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Alex Powell broughtback an interception 101 yards in the fourth quarter, settingschool records in the process.

One is remarkable but two are mind-boggling.

Meanwhile, Professor Hoopla B.S. was still trying to clear thecobwebs from his brain after an upset-filled weekend. He predictedthe winners of 27 games and got just 16 right. Still staggeringfrom that collapse, Hoopla provides another preview of thisweekend’s games, starting with a Thursday night special.

Arkansas Tech at Delta State:

Statesmen have plenty of offense and just enough defense. DeltaState 38-28.

Florence at Brookhaven:

Homecoming is extra special at BHS. Panthers provide a happyending. Brookhaven 36-12.

Wesson at Loyd Star:

They’re serving smoked snake at the concession stand andproviding a reptile roast tonight during a bonfire pep rally, butit won’t phase the Cobras. Wesson 42-26.

Brookhaven Academy at Oak Forest:

Cougars were ambushed last week at Silliman. This week they’llbe jumped by Yellow Jackets. Oak Forest 30-19.

Enterprise at Stringer:

Looks like an offensive show in Jasper County. Enterprise35-25.

West Lincoln at Bogue Chitto:

There will be joy on Troy Smith Field Friday night as theBobcats celebrate their first win of the season. Bogue Chitto27-16.

West Marion at Franklin County:

Bulldogs have endured a difficult series of setbacks. Now it’stheir turn. Franklin County 35-0.

Lawrence County at Mendenhall:

In a Region 6-4A showdown, the Tigers eke out a victory.Mendenhall 31-24.

Presbyterian Christian at Copiah Academy:

Colonels put their best foot forward prior to the homecomingdance. Copiah 42-14.

In other area games, McComb should whip NeshobaCentral 30-14, South Pike should smash Wilkinson County 47-8,Parklane should dump Central Private 28-10 and Jefferson Countyshould dam Crystal Springs 29-0. North Pike and unbeaten Hazlehursthave open dates.

Saturday’s scene should go like this.

East Central at Co-Lin:

Wolves rebound from a close loss to Gulf Coast and wax theWarriors. Co-Lin 30-10.

Southwest at Gulf Coast:

Bears don’t have enough offense to match the Bulldogs. GulfCoast 35-24.

The Citadel at Ole Miss:

Rebels receive a break in their rugged SEC schedule. Ole Miss35-7.

Mississippi State at Florida:

Gator fans have been plotting revenge since last season’sdebacle in Starkville. Florida 40-21.

Tulsa at Southern Miss:

Golden Eagles handle a new C-USA member. Southern Miss29-14.

Alabama State at Jackson State:

In a SWAC showdown, the Hornets claim superiority. Alabama State38-27.

In other Magnolia State games, Grambling overValley 22-10, Millsaps over Centre 17-14, Belhaven over Shorter20-10, Alcorn State over Prairie View 21-10, and McMurray overMississippi College 28-14.

SEC action: Arkansas over LSU-Monroe 42-7,Tennessee over Georgia 23-14, South Carolina over Kentucky 28-10,and LSU over Vanderbilt 42-21. Auburn and Alabama have open datesto make reservations for the BCS bowls.

Write to sports editor Tom Goetz, c/o The DAILY LEADER, P.O.BOX 551, Brookhaven, MS 39602 or e-mailsports@dailyleader.com