All Mac Barnes and the Lamar School football team needed was a second chance Friday night.
Denied a scoring opportunity by a pass breakup by Heritage Academy's Brandon Jones on the final play of the second quarter, the Raiders went into halftime holding a tenuous 13-6 lead and knowing they needed to come out in the third quarter and make a statement.
Having a golf course in your backyard can be the ultimate motivator to learn to play golf.
But Jake Crosson had equal access to soccer fields and basketball courts growing up in Thailand, so there was always a sport to play.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon could tell Mallory Eubanks wasn't convinced.
Two years ago, the Mississippi State women's soccer coach was trying to explain the benefits of high pressure to his standout forward, but Eubanks didn't see the point if her efforts weren't helping the Bulldogs win possession of the ball.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter couldn't help smile Friday night.
Andre Erby knows there are two ways Kris Pickle wants the New Hope High School receivers to go when they catch the ball.
Pickle has stressed the importance of going north and south so many times to his players that Erby smiles when asked if he hears Pickle's words in the back of his head every time he makes a catch.
Erby heard those words Friday night with the season opener against Louisville on the line. The senior wide receiver also saw plenty of green grass on the other side of the field.
STEENS -- Coaches typically don't answer all of the questions they have about their team in the first game of the season.
Tyson Pompelia never considered he had an addictive personality.
But the 36-year-old Meridian native quickly discovered he was like so many other athletes who became addicted to sprint triathlons and triathlons after he competed in his first event.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White was all set to have a great summer.
As a rising senior, White was gearing up for his third season as a starter on the Caledonia High School football team. White had a little extra pep in his step because he knew the Confederates had plenty of experience coming back for the 2016 season, so optimism was high that the program could get back to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) playoffs after a one-year absence.
Then everything came crashing down.
Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you.
While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's
basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.
MACON -- If you're a defensive player, you might not want Tyrone Shorter grading your performance.
Shorter was a standout defensive back who spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Austin Peay. He was invited to the San Diego Chargers' training camp in 1996 and made the practice squad before he was hurt. He then spent a year playing defensive back in Canada (1997) before he returned to the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.
Gary Griffin knows what it means to pay his dues.
Don't get Sean Harrison wrong because the Heritage Academy football coach was pleased with his team's performance Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks loved what she saw last weekend from her Caledonia High School volleyball team.
Brooks couldn't help but smile Monday as she talked about how Caledonia rallied from losing the first set to win the next two to beat Corinth to win the Silver Division of the Ridgeland High Set It Off Challenge.
Matt Insell has a little more time to work on his golf game.
Don't blame the Ole Miss women's basketball coach, though, if he loses his concentration on the links and thinks ahead to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rebels' performance on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica has the fourth-year coach eager to begin another campaign.
Bret McCormick and Dan Olson agreed Monday that Bre'Amber Scott's verbal commitment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team gives coach Vic Schaefer another talented wing player for the Class of 2017.
STARKVILLE -- Johanna Hamblett admits the quizzical looks had an effect on her.
Although she felt confident about her decision to travel more than 8,100 miles from New Zealand to Mississippi, Hamblett couldn't help notice the way friends reacted when she told them she was going to the United States to play soccer.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had to run players away from the Noxubee County High School field house in the summer.
That's a good sign for a coach who suffered key graduation losses from a group that helped the program win its first back-to-back state championships.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State volleyball team's season was spiraling out of control.
STARKVILLE -- Courtney Robicheaux admits she was pretty shocked.
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