MACON -- Tyrone Shorter couldn't help smile Friday night.
Andre Erby knows there are two ways Kris Pickle wants the New Hope High School receivers to go when they catch the ball. Pickle has stressed the importance of going north and south so many times to his players that Erby smiles when asked if he hears Pickle's words in the back of his head every time he makes a catch. Erby heard those words Friday night with the season opener against Louisville on the line. The senior wide receiver also saw plenty of green grass on the other side of the field.
CALEDONIA -- Most football coaches will agree that not giving up the "big play," field position, finishing drives and turnovers all play important roles in determining who wins and who loses.
Following a season where the West Lowndes High School football team went 8-5 and ended their season in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A playoffs, the Panthers look for even more this season.
STEENS -- Coaches typically don't answer all of the questions they have about their team in the first game of the season.
New Hope football coach Kris Pickle had seen it before.
DEKALB - Columbus High School senior defensive tackle Josh Gray takes great pride in going from follower to leader.
STARKVILLE -- After a dominant performance in the first half, the Starkville High School football defense found its back against the wall when it mattered.
STARKVILLE -- It was a brand-new ballgame.
There is no questioning Hunter Atkins' love for golf.
STARKVILLE -- Austin Morris wanted to hold on to the football. But it didn't matter Morris didn't catch the ball because he broke up a would-be touchdown to seal the Starkville High School football team's 24-21 victory against Noxubee County High on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Columbus High School senior defensive end Tahj Sykes heard the criticism. Then he heard the praise and admiration.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White was all set to have a great summer. As a rising senior, White was gearing up for his third season as a starter on the Caledonia High School football team. White had a little extra pep in his step because he knew the Confederates had plenty of experience coming back for the 2016 season, so optimism was high that the program could get back to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) playoffs after a one-year absence. Then everything came crashing down.
STARKVILLE -- After serving one season as the Starkville Academy baseball coach, Jarrod Parks announced Thursday he has accepted a job as assistant coach with the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team.
MACON -- If you're a defensive player, you might not want Tyrone Shorter grading your performance. Shorter was a standout defensive back who spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Austin Peay. He was invited to the San Diego Chargers' training camp in 1996 and made the practice squad before he was hurt. He then spent a year playing defensive back in Canada (1997) before he returned to the state of Mississippi.
Heritage Academy beat Columbus Christian 8-0 Tuesday night in prep soccer action at the Columbus Soccer Complex.
Gary Griffin knows what it means to pay his dues.
Don't get Sean Harrison wrong because the Heritage Academy football coach was pleased with his team's performance Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks loved what she saw last weekend from her Caledonia High School volleyball team. Brooks couldn't help but smile Monday as she talked about how Caledonia rallied from losing the first set to win the next two to beat Corinth to win the Silver Division of the Ridgeland High Set It Off Challenge.
Game week finally has arrived for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). All of the predictions are out and coaches are putting together game plans for their openers. As the countdown to kickoff winds down, let's look at the games that will help define this season.
1. Erby makes big play despite hearing voice in his head HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp LOCAL SPORTS
3. Noxubee County takes positives from season-opening loss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Former Starkville High standout Davis suffers knee injury COLLEGE SPORTS