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December 3rd

‘Fun factor’ marks season for Tech, GSU

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Reasons why fans of Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University have loved their football so much this season:
(We penned a similar column a couple of weeks ago, but given that the G-Men and ’Dogs earned berths in their league title battles, an update is warranted. So enjoy).
• Well, naturally, the No. 1 reason is that they both have been winning. The Tigers (nine) and Bulldogs (eight) registered eight or more wins during the regular season.

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G-Men get their revenge on Alcorn

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HOUSTON — The ball can bounce a lot of ways in a football game.
Grambling State junior running back Martez Carter proved that to be true Saturday as he overcame an early miscue to turn in 344 yards of total offense and earned Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game Offensive MVP honors as he led the Tigers to a 27-20 title game rematch win over Alcorn State at NRG Stadium.
A Carter fumble deep in Alcorn State territory on GSU’s opening possession turned the ball over to the Braves, who marched more than 80 yards downfield to score on their second drive of the game.

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Missed opportunities doom Bulldogs

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Louisiana Tech’s dreams of its first Conference USA championship came to an end Saturday as Western Kentucky outlasted the Bulldogs for a 58-44 win at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Tech (8-5) and WKU (10-3) combined for 1,163 yards in what was the highest-scoring C-USA Championship Game in league history and the highest-scoring conference championship game all-time for any FBS conference.
It is the second straight title for Western Kentucky, which is headed to its third bowl in a row and fourth in five years.

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McCree powers Dunkin’ Dogs past SLU

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It was only a matter of time before Erik McCree would show what he is truly capable of on the basketball court this season.
The redshirt senior dominated to the tune of a career-tying 33 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in leading Louisiana Tech to a convincing 88-59 victory over in-state foe Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Cedar Creek boys split pair of games

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QUITMAN — Jace Moss sank the first of two free throws with no time left in the game, the second free throw that would have tied the game bounced out, as the Cougars fell 60-59 to Calvin in the Quitman tournament Saturday afternoon. Moss led the Cougars with 19 points, Christian Norris had 10 and Chandler Hay and Landon Spillers added seven each as Cedar Creek dropped to 2-1 on the season.
The Cougars travel to Claiborne Christian on Monday and will play in the Neill Kilgore tournament next weekend.
Cedar Creek 46, Dodson 45

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Outdoors books make great presents

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As I sit at my computer writing this week’s column, it’s chilly; it’s nasty; it’s raining outside. Once I get my column done, I’ll likely kick back in my recliner, pour a cup of coffee and chill out with a good book, preferably outdoors-themed.
With Christmas approaching, I’m pleased to share a few books that your hunter-angler spouse or brother or friend would love to find under the Christmas tree this year.
“CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK” — JIM MIZE

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Leaders of the SWAC: G-Men take title

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It was a good news/bad news kind of Saturday for Lincoln Parish college football fans.
The Grambling State Tigers turned in the good as the Tigers battled back to defeat Alcorn State 27-20 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston while Louisiana Tech fell 58-44 to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA title contest in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In a rematch of last year’s SWAC championship game that Grambling lost 49-21, the Tigers fell behind early in this year’s match-up.

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Leaders of the SWAC: G-Men take title

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It was a good news/bad news kind of Saturday for Lincoln Parish college football fans.
The Grambling State Tigers turned in the good as the Tigers battled back to defeat Alcorn State 27-20 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston while Louisiana Tech fell 58-44 to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA title contest in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In a rematch of last year’s SWAC championship game that Grambling lost 49-21, the Tigers fell behind early in this year’s match-up.

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Garbage, trash changes top aldermen’s agenda

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday could put the finishing touches on an amended ordinance that, if approved, sets up the city’s first curbside recycling program, raises commercial dumpster service rates and makes other changes in residential garbage and trash pickup.
The ordinance is on the board’s agenda for its 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Also up for aldermen’s consideration Monday:

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Faces In The Community: ‘Igniting cohesiveness’: LPSO community liaison officer looks to get people talking

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When Eldred Hardison received his marketing degree from Grambling State University in 1988, he didn’t figure his next career move would be into law enforcement.
Or that he would coach high school basketball, work with university students alongside his wife, or eventually find himself back in uniform as a Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputy.
“I really thought I would be in retail, merchandising and marketing,” Hardison, the LPSO’s new community liaison officer, said. “I never actually dreamt of this.”

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