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"This school really is about community and those guys [the fans] are very, very supportive," said Anthony Crabtree, head football coach. "They believe in what we're doing and it's a great place to be."
That support continued Sunday at Beech's gym where hundreds were on hand to celebrate the team's second 5-A state title in three years and the storybook ending for a senior quarterback Lincoln Kenitzer.
"Knowing that we can go out with this type of a season as good as it gets," Kenitzer said. "It's pretty unbelievable."
But the season wasn't just unbelievable, it was perfect: 15 wins, 0 losses. And the run ended November 30th with a 56-35 win over Columbia Central in the state championship game.
Junior running back Jalen Hurd ran for seven touchdowns and state championship record 394 yards that night, but despite all his personal accomplishments, No. 18, says the team s work isn't finished.
"It definitely isn't," Hurd said. "I think next year we can have a good a year as we did this year. We're just going to have to put a lot of hard work into it and get the younger guys to step up.
Even though Kenitzer has played his last game as a Buccaneer and is looking forward to playing in college, he says he'll never forget the perfect season or the state title. Sunday, the team captain took one last chance to send a message to his younger teammates.
"Get in the weight room, Kenitzer said. "Start preparing because 15-0 and a state championship doesn't just come by you showing up they got to work for it."
Head coach Anthony Crabtree says winning back to back state titles is no easy task but he does have 50 returning sophomores and juniors, including Hurd, one of the best players in the state.
Sunday, December 16 2012, 11:59 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.