NEW ORLEANS — Terrelle Pryor hobbled to the podium with the help of two teammates, picked up his second straight bowl MVP award, and used his time on the microphone to address the Ohio State faithful.
“I apologize and I’m sorry,” he screamed toward the scarlet-clad side of the Superdome. “Go Bucks!”
No worries. All is forgiven, especially if Pryor follows through on his vow to return next season.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside lost a pair of basketball heartbreakers at home Tuesday night when the Heber Springs Panthers snuck away with a 44-40 victory and the Lady Panthers held on for a 41-39 win in Class 4A-2 District meetings.
Each team was 3-0 in the conference entering the game.
Levi Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play to pull the Southerners within one, but Heber Springs’ Michael May sank a pair of free throws, Southside missed a chance to tie and then Austin Brown set the final with a free throw.
2010 Rose Bowl Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
2009 Fiesta Bowl Texas 24, Ohio State 21
2008 BCS National Championship LSU 38, Ohio State 24
2007 BCS National Championship Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2006 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2004 Alamo Bowl Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7
2004 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2003 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State 31, Miami 24, 2OT
2002 Outback Bowl South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
2001 Outback Bowl South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7
NEW ORLEANS — The Arkansas Razorbacks knew their season was hanging in the balance.
They’d blown a double-digit lead against Alabama. They’d lost a high-scoring shootout to Auburn.
Stumble again, and say hello to another trip to a consolation bowl.
“We started talking about how we can’t let this decide the rest of our season,” linebacker Jerry Franklin said. “That was the turning point.”
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen improved to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the Class 4A-2 when they edged the Clinton Yellow Jackets 60-59 in overtime here Monday night.
Clinton led 12-11, 29-27 and 47-45 at the quarter breaks. It was 54-54 at the end of regulation.
Chaz Mathews tied it at 54 with two free throws with 23 seconds to play.
Southside’s home high school basketball games with Heber Springs, originally scheduled for tonight, were incorrectly included in a list of schedule moves due to tonight’s Arkansas-Ohio State football game.
Southside will host Heber Springs, a 4A-2 District foe, for three games (junior girls, senior girls and senior boys) beginning at 5 tonight.
The Sugar Bowl in New Orleans is scheduled to kick off at 7:30.
One Pioneer basketball team found its scoring shoes and the other didn’t here Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
In both teams’ final nonconference games of the regular season, the Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied past the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins for a 44-33 victory, and the Bruins mauled the Pioneers 55-28.
The Lady Pioneers were playing their first game in 17 days, and their coach said they looked it early on.
Batesville High School’s run of cross country state championships stretched to seven and topped a flurry of big sports news in the fall of 2010.
ROSE BUD — The Concord Pirates capped a good week here Thursday with a 51-42 championship victory over the Mount Vernon-Enola War Eagles in the Greers Ferry Lake Classic.
Ryan Cornelison led the 13-10 Pirates with 18 points. Jacob Roark and Logan King added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
To reach the title game, Concord defeated West Side-Greers Ferry 64-43 on Monday and Shirley 61-40 on Tuesday.
The Lady Pirates fell 66-41 in the opening round to the Nemo Vista Red Hawks.
The Arkansas-Ohio State football game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans made for several changes to this week’s basketball schedules for circulation-area schools.
Games in Batesville, Southside and Cave City set for Tuesday evening have been moved to tonight, and games involving Cedar Ridge, Izard County and Hillcrest teams have been moved to earlier starting times on Tuesday (see the “Sport calendar” below for more details).
The Razorbacks and Buckeyes are scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 Tuesday night.
JACKSON, MISS. — The Lyon Scots defeated the Brenau Golden Tigers 66-52 in their final game of the Belhaven Classic here Saturday afternoon.
Several lead changes took place in the first half, but a late surge by the Scots gave them a 34-25 edge at halftime. Lyon, which improved to 8-4, didn’t relinquish the lead despite several runs by Brenau (8-2).
The Scots dominated the boards 49-27. The Tigers didn’t help themselves shooting either. They hit only 19 of 61 from the field (31 percent), including only two of 19 from 3-point range (10.5 percent).