The climb continues for Robert Woodard II.
Quinshawn Lucious feels the West Lowndes High School football team surprised a lot of people Friday night in a 14-0 victory against Caledonia.
STARKVILLE -- A chance at redemption provided motivation for the Starkville Academy football team. The Lamar School's 40-0 victory against Starkville Academy last season ended the Volunteers' three-game winning streak to start the year and gave the players plenty to remember for the 2017 season.
Brent Harris has seen some of the best athletes Victory Christian Academy has had to offer in the last decade. From Landon Ellis, Tyler Jones, Marcus Sims, Anthony Sharp, or any others, Harris has had a unique vantage point as a supporter of the school, its boys basketball and baseball coach, and as a football official. On Friday, Harris experienced a first at a Victory Christian sporting event.
MACON -- Rodrigues Clark's 194-pound body might be better suited for 3-yard gains than 30-yard bursts. It doesn't matter to Clark because he is willing to take the short gains and collect first downs as long as it takes. He knows the big play is coming. The big plays came twice Friday night.
STEENS -- Everything that could have gone wrong for the Columbus Christian Academy football team in its season opener did Friday night. Big hits, cramps, turnovers, and confusion boiled over into sideline frustration against Porter's Chapel Academy, a program that had won just one game in the last two years.
The West Lowndes High School football team already had delivered a dominating defensive performance when junior cornerback Tray Lucious took things one step further. Lucious' interception capped West Lowndes' 14-0 victory against county rival Caledonia in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Panther Field.
MACON -- Losses are sometimes for the best, even if they get out of hand. After a 43-3 defeat to Starkville on Friday night, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter wanted his players, coaches, and fans to remember recent history.
GRENADA -- Senior running back Dontae Gray topped the 200-yard mark with three touchdowns as the Heritage Academy football team beat Kirk Academy 46-20 in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) season opener Friday night.
Kris Pickle has a picture in his head that is going to take time to develop. The New Hope High School football coach doesn't have all of the pieces to the puzzle to complete that picture, but he believes it has the potential to be a powerful vision once it is finished.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior Chris Calvert plans to make the most of his final opportunity. Undervalued as one of the state's best running backs, Calvert missed more than half of last season recovering from concussion-like symptoms.
Ricky Kendrick is ready for round two. Kendrick will kick off his second stint as Caledonia High School football coach at 7 tonight when his team takes on West Lowndes in a battle of Lowndes County programs.
WEST POINT -- Antrayvious Brownlee dreamed of the feeling ever since seventh grade.
STARKVILLE -- It didn't take long for Malik Brown to enter Chris Jones' world. When Jones became Starkville High School football coach job, it took him only a few hours to hear Brown's name.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter loves defenses. But the Noxubee County High School football coach can't help but smile when asked about the state of his team's offense prior to its season opener against Starkville at 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Macon.
Sean Harrison can rest a little easier. Harrison was concerned with how the Heritage Academy football team started its first preseason scrimmage against Benton Academy earlier this month. The Patriots came out on top in the end, but Harrison would have loved to have seen his players come out flying and set the tone for the 2017 season.
Columbus High School senior cornerback Devon King considers himself a veteran.
CALEDONIA -- If given the final vote, Samantha Brooks would have to go with Ansley Brown.
STARKVILLE -- Some things aren't meant to be.
1. EMCC coach Wallace pleads guilty, given probation COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Woodard II enjoys action-packed summer HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Peters finds home at cornerback for MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
5. A son's actions make his father proud LOCAL COLUMNS