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Much rejoicing as Bulldog continue to prove they are worthy of ranking

Posted 10/12/2014 in Local Columns

In the beginning (of the season), Dan Mullen created the playbook. And the schedule was void of wins and there was no preseason ranking for the Bulldogs.

 

Walters Column: No drama in MACJC North Division race

Posted 10/7/2014 in Local Columns

The state is buzzing with talk about Ole Miss and Mississippi State football.

 

Prescott for Heisman? ... Seriously

Posted 10/5/2014 in Local Columns

Beginning soon after his "oh, my" performance last year in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and continuing through the first four games of this season, Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott wore the label of "dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate." But after he helped No. 12 MSU dismantle No. 6 Texas A&M with cold efficiency, Prescott earned a different title. Prescott for Heisman? Seriously?

EMCC will honor Hall of Fame inductees

Posted 10/3/2014 in Local Columns

Tom Goode always demanded excellence. Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.

Walters Column: Starkville High, Starkville Academy, MSU off to fantastic starts

Posted 9/30/2014 in Local Columns

The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.

Walters Column: Region play brings several exciting matchups

Posted 9/23/2014 in Local Columns

The stakes are raised this weekend as region play begins in the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks for Classes 5A and 6A.

Walters column: Hamilton blends young with old for 3-1 start

Posted 9/16/2014 in Local Columns

When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.

Walters column: Senior Williams relishes leadership role with youthful Bulldogs

Posted 9/9/2014 in Local Columns

Aberdeen High School senior Josh Williams feels like a proud father most Friday nights.

Local 2-0 teams will try to keep rolling

Posted 9/3/2014 in Local Columns

While we are only two weeks into the prep football season, it is never too early to take stock. Several teams have turned some heads and made good first impressions.

Mismatch reveals only a little about MSU

Posted 8/31/2014 in Local Columns

Often, the final score of a game isn't an indicator of how competitive the game really was.

Plenty of positives in first taste of prep football

Posted 8/19/2014 in Local Columns

With prep football season two days away, things are about to turn serious. This past weekend, most teams participated in some type of scrimmage -- a last-second dress rehearsal before regular-season games are played Thursday and Friday.

Falcons, Trojans learning to believe in change

Posted 8/18/2014 in Local Columns

A lot of the things Randal Montgomery says when he talks about football make sense. Montgomery believes the best players -- regardless of class -- have to be on the football field. The former Hazlehurst football coach also wants his players to aspire to be the best, which is why he intends to set the bar as high as possible and push everyone to reach that goal.

Vote will benefit student-athletes, but lure of more money remains

Posted 8/13/2014 in Local Columns

The arms race that is college athletics achieved a degree of separation Thursday.

Columbus Christian Academy football team excited about added depth

Posted 8/11/2014 in Local Columns

One quick observation at practice shows you why Columbus Christian Academy football coach Greg Watkins thinks his club will be significantly better in 2014.

Walters Column: Hartness honored, humbled by dedication

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

Friday night, it was not business as usual for the "Old Announcer."

Time for MSU, Ole Miss to cash in on expectations

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.

EMCC ready to make more history

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer. Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked ... "Will EMCC be THAT good again?" For the past three offseasons, that question has been met with the same response "Heck, why not?"

Walters column: Prep football countdown now less than two months

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.

Walters column: World Cup makes for appointment television

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.

Execution worthy of CWS, but bring back home run

Posted 6/18/2014 in Local Columns

Hunter Renfroe has to be smiling. Nearly one year ago, Renfroe hit the last home run in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park to lead the Mississippi State baseball team to a victory against Oregon State. It will be interesting to see how long Renfroe remains the answer to a trivia question as another power-starved CWS approaches its second week of action in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

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