STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones' debut was a smashing success. Starkville dominated offensively and defensively in a 21-0 victory against Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE Aimee Bradley stopped to do an interview discussing the New Hope Jamboree. The eight-game high school football preseason event was held Friday and Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Bradley, the New Hope High School booster club vice president, has helped oversee the event the last five years.
Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.
STARKVILLE -- Keytaon Thompson remains unfazed. When the 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback enrolled at Mississippi State in early December, he didn't face a lot of pressure to become the starter. In Nick Fitzgerald, Dan Mullen's Bulldogs have one of the best quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, so Thompson, a top-10 dual-threat quarterback from Landry-Walker High School (La.), knew he had time to digest the offense and watch and learn.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior Tyran Reed couldn't help but smile about the possibilities as he watched his teammates play Friday night at the New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most incoming freshmen to college football programs, Dontea Jones made a move for his senior year of high school. The transition for Jones, who was born in Starkville, was designed to help the standout at Louisville High School better prepare for the next level. But the plan changed when Jones arrived at Jireh Preparatory Academy in Matthews, North Carolina.
West Lowndes High School football coach Anthony King doesn't have a short list of positions for senior Quinshawn Lucious.
STARKVILLE -- Relentless confidence.
If New Hope High School senior Kyree Fields could sum up his mind-set in two words, it might be "no regrets."
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham's tour of the country as a defensive assistant coach has given him a total of 27 years of coaching experience; it's also given him an intimate knowledge of how to install his defense.
Well, we have finally arrived at game week, sort of.
Game week has finally arrived with practice games set for both the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) this weekend.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School assistant football coach Roger Burton does not hold back on the praise of lineman Terence Cherry.
STARKVILLE -- Depending on the year, there are times when Mississippi State offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy moving a lineman to a different position can be worn as a badge of honor.
STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown and Raphael Leonard would help the Starkville High School football team rank high on a recent list of the state's top wide receivers.
The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Brian Daboll has thrived under one of the most demanding, intense, and successful coaches. Now, he's working for another.
STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich isn't going to make any bold statements about the 2017 season. It's not that Mississippi State's third-year volleyball head coach isn't optimistic about the campaign, which officially begins Monday with the start of practice. It's just that McFatrich has been coaching long enough to know there are a lot of pieces that go into a program reaching the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill was arrested early Thursday morning on reckless driving charges. After Hill practiced with the team Friday morning, MSU coach Dan Mullen didn't provide any indication Hill would receive any further discipline from the program.
1. Fast starts help prepare Heritage Academy for opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Report: Former LSU quarterback enrolls at EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Columbus' King will bring needed experience to secondary HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Eubanks will try to take on 'alpha' role for Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New coach Jones gives Brown second chance with Starkville HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS