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Caledonia faces Houston in Class 4A-Region 4 opener

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- "There is no going back." Caledonia football coach Andy Crotwell couldn't have said it better when asked if his team's game against Houston at 7 tonight was any different than the first five this season.

 

Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path

Posted 9/29/2016 in High School Sports

"Good football teams find a way to bounce back and get back on track, and that's what we're going to do. We have a good football team. It showed in the first two ballgames. The last two games we just kind of fell apart, but there is no quit in this team." -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter talking about his team on Sept. 15, 2015, as it entered Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 play with a 2-4 record.

Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo

Posted 9/29/2016 in High School Sports

Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery has talked about the process of helping his team learn how to win games. As Montgomery has put his stamp on the program, the Falcons have become one of the most competitive teams in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A play.

 

Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success

Posted 9/29/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Connor Reinike and Jakoby Jones didn't know what to expect when they joined the Starkville High School football team last season. Reinike had transferred from Starkville Academy and Jones was getting used to life away from East Oktibbeha County High School. Jones became a Yellow Jacket after the Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District consolidated in the fall of 2015.

 

Hill, Gholar fuel Falcons' flight

Posted 9/28/2016 in High School Sports

Having played with fellow senior Kylin Hill for virtually all of his football career, Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar knows when he is on the verge of seeing something special. A Mississippi State commitment, Hill has turned in many special performances on the way to being considered one of the state's best running backs.

Heritage Academy excited about big win

Posted 9/27/2016 in High School Sports

One game doesn't make a district season. That's why Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison allowed his players to enjoy their victory against Starkville Academy last week for a few days before he asked his players to re-focus for their next game. Playing against another team from Lowndes County should help the Patriots get back to work.

 

Heritage Academy, CLRA stay busy at softball tournament

Posted 9/27/2016 in High School Sports

Mickey Allen finally can exhale. Thanks to some timely assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority (CLRA), Allen and Heritage Academy were able to pull off the 12-team, two-day Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North Class AAA tournament. The event started Saturday with 18 games at the Redbird A, B, and C fields at Propst Park and wrapped up Monday at Heritage Academy. Leake Academy beat Bayou Academy 10-0 to win the championship. Those two schools and North Delta Academy and Kirk Academy were the last four teams standing, so they will advance to the Overall Class AAA State tournament, which will be this weekend at Shiloh Park in Brandon.

 

 

Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter didn't want to be in this position again. A year ago, Shorter could rely on an experienced group of players that was primed to play at the next level. With talented leaders like Jeffery Simmons, Qendarrion Barnett, Timorrius Conner, Deveon Ball, Bobby May and Ladaveon Smith, Shorter had confidence the Noxubee County football team could erase a 2-4 start and defend its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title.

 

 

Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Offense was the name of the game Friday night, as the Winona Christian football team defeated Oak Hill Academy 49-42 in a Mississippi Association of Independent (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 game.

 

 

Anderson, Heritage Academy defeat Starkville Academy

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Anderson wasn't going to lose to rival Starkville Academy again. The cost didn't matter. Anderson, a senior, was determined to change the script and end the Volunteers' two-game winning streak in the series.

 

 

Clarksdale capitalizes on turnovers to beat New Hope

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

For every step forward, the New Hope High School football team took a step back in its 42-13 loss to Clarksdale on Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. The list of miscues and missed opportunities was lengthy: two scoreless possessions that reached the Clarksdale 10-yard line, 13 penalties for 115 yards, and six turnovers.

 

 

West Point's defense smothers Oxford

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- In the current era of wide open, high-scoring spread offenses, the battle between the West Point and Oxford high school football teams turned out to be a throwback to a bygone era where, more times than not, a good defense beat a good offense. That was the case Friday night at Hamblin Stadium, as West Point's smothering defense limited Oxford to 116 yards en route to a 22-8 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.

 

 

Caledonia rebounds from loss with big win

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School football team wrapped up the non-region part of its schedule Friday night with a 49-6 victory against Tishomingo County on Homecoming.

 

 

Columbus sets new scoring standard for Montgomery era

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

SOUTHAVEN -- Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar and senior wide receiver Michael McCloud have run hundreds of passing routes together. On some late summer evenings, the close friends worked long hours in the grueling sun looking for that perfect throw and perfect catch. Many of those routes and throws were harder to complete than the ones they attempted Friday night.

 

 

Aliceville beats Pickens County in non-region matchup

Posted 9/25/2016 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE -- A big first half carried the Aliceville High School football team to a 52-12 non-region victory against Pickens County in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) football action Friday night.

 

 

Starkville beats Callaway; Kemper County edges Noxubee County

Posted 9/24/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Jaquez Akins scored two touchdowns off the bench, and the Starkville High School defense didn't allow a point Friday night in a 30-6 victory against Callaway in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

 

New Hope, Noxubee County trying to build momentum

Posted 9/23/2016 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle is eager to start sorting things out. Tyrone Shorter feels the same sense of urgency, but he has another week before games really start to count. At 7 tonight, Pickle's New Hope High School football team will play host to Clarksdale in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. In Macon, Shorter's Noxubee County High Tigers will play host to Class 3A rival Kemper County in their final non-district match.

Starkville High's defense learning to love 'new' Friend

Posted 9/23/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Natrone Brooks heard Starkville High School football defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley was leaving, he didn't know what to think. Oakley was hired as the new Senatobia High football coach in April just as spring practice was about the start. The announcement left Starkville coach Ricky Woods needing to call an old friend. He reached out to Chuck Friend, a former Starkville High football coach, to fill the vacancy. Friend showed up and immediately earned the respect of the defense.

 

West Point looks for revenge against Oxford

Posted 9/23/2016 in High School Sports

With no field house to call home, West Point football players are having to do without the traditional countdown clock hanging on a side wall. However, if a clock existed, it might have been set to this game even before the season started. At 7 tonight, that time finally will arrive and give West Point a chance to end three years of misery to rival Oxford when the teams meet in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.

 

Rival Patriots-Volunteers open region play Friday

Posted 9/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rivalry games typically don't need any added drama to make them more appealing. That might be the case for the Heritage Academy-Starkville Academy matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener at J.E. Logan Field. But the Patriots' high-powered offense and the Volunteers' typically stingy defense adds a little spice to a rivalry that has seen the teams split the last 10 meetings.

 

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