STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football player Tyler Rogers was asked to sum up his night Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Walker Mattox has always set big goals.
The ability to set them and always to achieve more opened the door Thursday afternoon for the Starkville High School senior to sign a cross country scholarship with the University of North Alabama.
JACKSON -- The Oak Forest Academy (La.) football team's dream season started on opening night.
"We beat a team we lost to opening night the year before," Oak Forest senior linebacker Collin Kent said. "For the seniors, we knew that meant the season was going to be different. We had worked so hard during the offseason. We saw that hard work pay off and everybody was excited."
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell was happy to see the return of the Yellow Jackets defense last week.
Thanks to a smash-mouth defense that left other teams helpless in its path, Starkville became the state's top-ranked team earlier this season. In the final two weeks of the regular season, though, Starkville had to overcome defensive deficiencies to beat Warren Central and Clinton to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 crown.
Jeff Terrill is having a good time.
After some minor health issues last season, Terrill is back in the full swing of things. He will lead Starkville Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game Saturday against Oak Forest (La.) Academy.
WEST POINT -- With 16 football players working to transition to another season, the Oak Hill Academy boys basketball team has been looking for an offensive flow.
The flow came in the nick of time Tuesday night.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the No. 8 Ole Miss football team still has a lot of preseason goals within reach.
If Ole Miss wins its final two games and Auburn beats Alabama, it will clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division and advance to the Southeastern Conference championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the first time.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy's appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game has been three years in the making.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans have been waiting patiently for a day when the school's men's basketball team had depth again.
While the Bulldogs played nine players and several newcomers, a trio of veterans led the way in a 66-56 win against Western Carolina in the season opener Friday night.
It was MSU's 400th win all-time at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Victoria Vivians feels like she and her freshman teammates on the Mississippi State women's basketball team are well ahead of the curve.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team has a new coach and a new philosophy for the 2014-15 season.
However, the goals remain the same for the tradition-rich program.
The Starkville High School football team won games in a variety of ways to cap an undefeated regular season.
The top-ranked Yellow Jackets won low-scoring defensive struggles and high-scoring shootouts.
Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell thinks his team's ability to win different style games will help it at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tupelo (8-3) in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
After weeks of speculation, the dream matchup became official Tuesday afternoon.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith has assembled a team with lots of size and length.
East Mississippi Community College completed its football regular season where it started -- ranked No. 1 in the nation.
WESSON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team did all it could on the field this season.
Now human voters and computers will decide its fate.
The final National Junior College Athletic Association ranking for the regular season will be released today. The poll will give an idea of EMCC's bowl destination, which will be confirmed Tuesday.
Starkville-Clinton Breakout Items
WESSON -- Each season, Christmas morning approaches and many youngsters have the same enthusiasm when they rip through their presents.
The same could be said for the East Mississippi Community College football team.
While the championships are mounting, the Lions celebrate each title like it is the only one they have ever had.
CLINTON -- Starkville High School senior quarterback Brady Davis and Clinton High School sophomore quarterback Cam Akers staged one heck of a battle Friday night.
In the end, Davis had the good fortune of having Raphael Leonard, A.J. Brown, and Matt Fuller in his huddle.
STARKVILLE - While Starkville High School has maintained perfection through its first 10 games of the football season, the Yellow Jackets still have no hardware to show for that success.
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