Many runs all over Tioga for third straight win

Tioga came into John W. Curtis Stadium Friday night at the underdog, and they left feeling the same way. In a game that Many won 46-7, it really wasn’t that close.

Penalties in the first half negated two Tiger touchdowns. Toward the end of the third quarter with the Tigers up 46-7, the clock began to run continuously until the end of the game.

The Tigers are known for ball possession and the running game, and did little to change anyone’s opinion Friday night. The Tigers ran for 451 yards while the Many defense stuffed Tioga, which netted just 42. 

London Williams accounted for five touchdowns, again. Williams finished with 263 yards on 17 carries and scored on runs of 1, 32, 42, 45, and 60 yards. 

His running mate, Jeremiah James, tallied 142 yards on 12 carries, including a 72-yard touchdown run. He also had a 66-yard run called back on a penalty.

The Tiger defense continues to improve, giving up only one touchdown. The touchdown came on a long pass and a busted coverage by the Tigers. Other than that one play, the Tiger defense played very physical and did not give up anything to the Indians. Tackett Curtis and Tylen Singleton lead the defense with five tackles.

The Tigers are 3-1 having won their last three games, all against 4A schools, in dominating fashion. Tioga fell to 1-3 on the season.

The Tigers, the defending Class 2A state champions who are ranked second in this fall’s state top 10 poll, open the district season next week at Coushatta against  Red River.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:

M- London Williams 1 run (conversion fails), Many 6-0

T – 67 pass (kick good), Tioga 7-6

2nd Quarter:

M – Williams 32 run (two-point conversion), Many 14-7

M – Williams 42 run (two-point conversion), Many 22-7

3rd Quarter:

M – Jeremiah James 72 run (two-point conversion), Many 30-7

M – Williams 45 run (two-point conversion), Many 38-7

M – Williams 60 run (two-point conversion), 46-7

Tourist Commission Board Moves Forward to Find New Executive Director

Many, LA –  The Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Tourist & Recreation Commission, J. Sterling “Chip” Davis, III, submitted his resignation to the Commission, which was accepted by the Board at a special called meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
An open and transparent process to find a replacement for the Executive Direction position will begin soon.
The Commission’s Board has determined that Lauren Moore, Board President, will act as the de facto Director according to the By-Laws of the Commission until a replacement is found.

Sabine Parish Man Arrested for Child Pornography Following Felony Drug Arrest

MANY, La – Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives arrested Joseph Vern Lewing (age-39) of Many this afternoon for pornography involving juveniles.
Lewing was arrested for felony drug charges on September 5, 2021, and his cellular device was seized. Detectives extracted the data from Lewing’s phone and analyzed the results. Investigators discovered over 100 child sexual exploitation videos of prepubescent children.
Detectives also executed a search warrant of Lewing’s residence and property and seized a computer, several cellular devices, various other digital media, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine.
Investigators will be analyzing more digital devices and media accounts and additional criminal charges are pending.
Lewing was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for 100 counts of Pornography involving juveniles and a warrant for Distribution of schedule II (Methamphetamine).
No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Possession of Firearms and Drugs Lead to Time in Federal Prison for Sabine Parish Man

LAFAYETTE/SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced the resolution of a case in the Western District of Louisiana today.

Cardaries Marks, 29, of Florien, Louisiana, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 84 months in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for distribution of methamphetamine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On September 29, 2020, members of the Northwest Louisiana Violent Crimes Task Force and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office met regarding their investigation into the sale of narcotics in the Many, Louisiana area. Agents obtained evidence showing Marks handed a bag of suspected methamphetamine and approximately 95 suspected ecstasy pills to an individual and Marks received payment for those narcotics. The purchased narcotics were sent to the crime laboratory for analysis and confirmed to be over 5 grams of methamphetamine and the pills were confirmed to contain methamphetamine with a net weight of 13.116 grams.

Approximately one month later, law enforcement agents obtained additional evidence regarding an encounter which occurred between Marks and another individual. Marks sold two firearms to the individual and he paid Marks $750 for them. As a convicted felon, Marks knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. His prior felony convictions were for possession of methamphetamine in July 2019, and possession with intent to distribute narcotics in October 2019.

The FBI, ATF, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan prosecuted the case.

Zwolle Man Indicted in US District Court, Western District of Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La – Frederick Marqueze Smith (age-32) of Zwolle was indicted yesterday in United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, in Shreveport.
The Federal Indictment is for Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and Felon in possession of firearm.
This stems from his arrest during a traffic stop on July 28, 2021, on LA Highway 191 south of Zwolle.
Smith attempted to flee from Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team Agents, and he had narcotics and a firearm in his possession.

SPSO Makes Narcotics Arrest Following Months Long Investigation

MANY, La – The Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team and Detectives arrested Kenneth Ray Smith (age-61) of Many this afternoon.
T.N.T. Agents have been investigating Smith’s illegal drug activity for several months. Agents were able to obtain a search warrant for his residence and property on LA Hwy 175 between Many and Belmont.
T.N.T. Agents and Detectives located and seized approximately 1.6 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 3 handguns and various ammunition.
Smith was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 (Marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia, 3-counts of Possession of firearm in presence of CDS, 3-counts of Possession of firearm by convicted felon, and a warrant for 7-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

MPD Investigate Break-in at Russell’s Jewelry

Russell’s Jewelry of Many was broken into in the early hours of Thursday morning between 4am and 5am. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the Many Police Department privately or to message privately through their Facebook page. Please refrain from commenting on the Facebook post regarding the situation as it may hinder the intensive investigation currently underway.   


NSU’s Klevisar wins singles draw of Lady Demon Invitational

Northwestern State freshman Tjasa Klevisar didn’t drop a singles set throughout the two-day Natchitoches Women’s Care Lady Demon Invitational, finishing off the Black singles draw with a win in the finals Saturday.

Klevisar handled ULM’s Brianna Gomez 6-3, 6-4, marking the third singles match in which Klevisar didn’t drop a set this weekend. Klevisar did win one set 7-6 on Friday, but cruised through the other five sets of singles play.

Teammate Ayu Ishibashi also reached the finals of her draw (White), but the freshman couldn’t solve Southern Miss’ Ebru Yazgan. Ishibashi, who won tiebreaks in each of her first two wins, fell 6-2, 6-1 to Yazgan.

Klevisar did have some championship company on the NSU squad, joined by a pair of Lady Demons who won their consolation finals Saturday.

Sophomore Gig Kanaphuet took care of Lamar’s Jacy Wong 6-4, 6-1 in the Grey singles draw.

In the Purple singles draw, freshman Rozalie Dohnalova recovered from a slow start to dispense of Southern Miss’ Sarah Medik 1-6, 6-1, 10-3.

Sophomore Viktorie Wojcikova reached the consolation finals of the White singles draw, but she couldn’t overcome Lamar’s Alba Perez 7-5, 6-3.

Two Lady Demons reached the third-place match of their respective draws, but neither had an answer for their opponent Saturday.

Minetti couldn’t hold a one-set lead to Lamar’s Elena Rodriguez, falling 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 in the Purple singles draw.

Szczygielska fell to Lamar’s Noelia Lorca 6-3, 6-1 in the Orange singles draw.

After playing one doubles match Friday, players competed in a pair of doubles matches Saturday.

Klevisar nearly added a doubles title with Minetti, reaching the finals with a 7-5 win against ULM’s Grigoriu/Hernandez. But the Southern Miss tandem of Burton/Medik took the title 6-0.

Wojcikova/Dohnalova won the third-place match 6-4 against Grigoriu/Hernandez after falling to Burton/Medik 6-3.

The duo of Szczygielska/Ishibashi captured the consolation title of the White doubles draw with wins of 7-6 (2) against Lamar’s Wong/Perez and 6-2 against Southern Miss’ Das/Yazgan.

Kanaphuet teamed up with Southeastern’s Burdett, falling to ULM’s Pereira/Garbino 6-4 before challenging Lamar’s Jolie/Rubio in a 6-4 defeat.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

High-scoring Many football team is at home tonight against Tioga

After a 50-0 win last week at Class 4A North Desoto, the Many Tigers football team will host a third straight 4A opponent, the Tioga Indians, tonight at John W. Curtis Stadium at 7:00.

Many is 2-1, having averaged 50 points in its games against 3A Union Parish, 4A DeRidder and North DeSoto. The Tigers led 44-0 at halftime last week.

Last year’s Class 2A state champion, Many is ranked second behind Lafayette Christian in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s 2A top 10 poll this week.

The Tigers will wrap up their non-district schedule with tonight’s contest.

Tioga is 1-2 with their lone victory coming over Pineville in a 7-6 game. The Indians haven’t been far from a 3-0 start, however; they lost 21-20 on the road at Comeaux in Lafayette and fell 18-3 at Byrd in Shreveport before winning on their homefield last Friday.

Tioga lost a lot of players from last season’s state playoff quarterfinal team.

The Tigers’ Sledgehammer Award from the North DeSoto game last week went to Jayvion Smart, who shut down the Griffins’ best receiver all night. The Hard Hat Award went to offensive lineman Garret Foster, who led a great charge up front by the Tigers’ offensive line.

“We have an opportunity to be 3-1 going into district. We have to play four quarters,” said Many coach Jess Curtis. “Our effort and physicality has to continue to be consistent. Great teams show up every week.”

The Tigers kick off district action with a road trip to Coushatta next Friday, facing a very explosive Red River offense. The next home game is Oct. 8 against Winnfield.

If you can’t be there to enjoy the fantastic pregame fireworks show, the performances by the Many High band and spirit groups, and what should be ideal evening weather conditions, you can listen to the game broadcast on 99.9 KTEZ FM with Randy Bostian and Bradley Ford.

Look for game coverage Saturday afternoon on the Sabine Parish Journal Facebook page, and in Monday morning’s edition of the SPJ.