Columbus High School coach Randal Montgomery believes the cliche that a football team's biggest improvement comes from the first week of the season to the second.
That is why Montgomery took last his team's pedestrian 26-12 victory against Kemper County last week in stride.
A rather uneventful first week of the prep football season is in the books.
On a statewide level, there weren't that many marquee matchups. However, it was good to have touchdowns, heat timeouts, and concession stand hot dogs again.
Things change with the second week of the season where there are some really good matchups, including two top-10 showdowns: Starkville at Oxford and Noxubee County at Columbus.
We are eight days away from normalcy for the East Mississippi Community College football program.
Former Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott continues to shine at Dallas Cowboys training camp.
DEKALB - Columbus High School senior defensive tackle Josh Gray takes great pride in going from follower to leader.
SCOOBA -- Even though he has played football for virtually his entire life, East Mississippi Community College freshman quarterback Timorrius Conner is still learning.
Columbus High School senior defensive end Tahj Sykes heard the criticism.
Then he heard the praise and admiration.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position.
Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.
We have finally made it.
When the sun sets, the prep football regular season will have started in the state of Mississippi.
The opening weeks always provide intriguing matchups. The area is full of title contenders this season, so the run to championship weekend should be fun.
Here is what we are watching for in Week One:
After getting a tease this past weekend, the prep football season is really here.
SCOOBA -- After last season's disappointing ending, players and coaches at East Mississippi Community College have talked about the anticipation for a new season.
That excitement rose a notch Monday when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranked EMCC No. 1 in the nation in its preseason poll.
Game week finally has arrived for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).
All of the predictions are out and coaches are putting together game plans for their openers.
As the countdown to kickoff winds down, let's look at the games that will help define this season.
The East Mississippi Community College football program remains a box office hit even in the offseason.
Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter hasn't won three Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships by taking short cuts.
When his team is down, Shorter finds a way to lift it up. When his players are up, Shorter reminds them nothing has been accomplished and that they are capable of much more.
Last August, De'Andre Johnson had a critical decision to make.
Veteran football coaches may downplay expectations for a standout player.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery goes the other way with senior cornerback/strong safety Derrick Beckom.
Columbus High School senior Kylin Hill feels good about his future after giving a verbal commitment to Mississippi State earlier this summer.
Well, it's finally show time.
WEST POINT - West Point junior Marcus Murphy considers himself a quick study.
SCOOBA - After leading East Mississippi Community College to its first National Junior College Athletic Association football national championship in 2011, coach Buddy Stephens called himself a "junior college lifer."
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