RIDGELAND -- Johnny Smith was "Johnny on the spot" Friday night for the Starkville High School football team. Smith scored the first two touchdowns of his high school career to help Starkville beat Ridgeland 28-7 in the Class 5A North State championship game at Titan Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football Jamie Mitchell can't figure out the playoff system in the state of Mississippi. His Yellow Jackets won the Class 5A, Region 2 title with an undefeated record, which included a 26-23 victory at Ridgeland, but his team still will have to make a second trip to play the Titans at 7 tonight to decide the Class 5A North State champion.
STARKVILLE -- Respect is defined by actions, not words. To understand that concept, you need only to examine what Starkville High Athletic Director Stan Miller and football coach Jamie Mitchell have accomplished. Miller said this week the most important move he made nearly two years ago was hiring Mitchell as the Yellow Jackets' football coach.
STARKVILLE -- When the Class 5A North State title game is in the balance, it is a safe bet the Starkville High School defense will be on the scene. Starkville (11-2) will ride a nine-game win streak into its game against Region 2 rival Ridgeland (10-3) at 7 p.m. Friday (WMSV 91.1 FM). It also will try to duplicate a feat it accomplished Oct. 7 when it defeated Ridgeland 26-23 in the regular season. That victory helped Starkville clinch first place in the region.
STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Starkville Academy girls basketball team was searching for its offense, its defense came through in the nick of time. Starkville Academy, the state's top-ranked Class AAA academy team by The Clarion-Ledger, survived a scare Monday night, defeating Oak Hill Academy 45-36 in overtime. In the nightcap, the Starkville Academy boys completed the sweep with a 66-48 victory.
STARKVILLE -- While any high school football game can present its twists and turns, Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell can always take solace in the fact his offensive line is going to come ready to play. As the Yellow Jackets have molded themselves into a state title contender, the offensive line may be the most underrated part of the squad. Line play again proved a key Friday night in a 20-14 Class 5A North State second-round playoff win against longtime rival West Point.
STARKVILLE - A new Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champion will be crowned this season. Starkville High made sure of that Friday night. Behind a gutsy fourth-quarter scoring drive, Starkville knocked off two-time defending state champion West Point 20-14 in a hard-fought, bitterly contested second-round playoff game before a crowd of 5,000 at Starkville's Yellow Jacket Field.
STARKVILLE -- After a recent blowout win against New Hope High School, West Point High football coach Chris Chambless warned his team's season would end in heartache if it played as sloppily as it did against the Trojans. The Green Wave's season did just that, coming to a screeching halt Friday night in a 20-14 loss at Starkville High.
The New Hope High School boys basketball team held off a late rally and the Lady Trojans earned a dominant victory to complete a sweep Friday night of West Lowndes High. The Trojans (3-0) used a huge second quarter, which included a 27-6 run starting at the end of the first quarter, to take a big halftime lead en route to an 80-68 victory. Behind a full-court trapping defense, New Hope caused a flurry of turnovers to build a comfortable lead.
STARKVILLE -- A lot of coaches won't show the film of a loss to their team in preparation for a rematch with that team. Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't operate under that philosophy.
The West Point High School football team may have played its most complete game of the regular season Sept. 9 when it defeated Starkville 33-12. The Green Wave will attempt to duplicate that feat at 7 tonight when the teams meet again in the second round of the Class 5A North State playoffs at Starkville's Yellow Jacket Field.
Things are quickly turning serious for the Pickens County High School football team. It has won two postseason playoff games. Now, the community is stoked, as is the team, as Pickens County prepares to play host to defending Class 1A state champion Sweet Water at 7 tonight in an Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A third-round playoff game at Sweet Water.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team began the season as the undisputed top-ranked team. The Yellow Jackets aren't backing down from that position. Starkville scored the game's first 12 points and cruised to a 100-54 non-region win against Columbus on Tuesday night at the Bee Hive.
Rivalry games often bring out the best in teams. That certainly was the case Tuesday night as the Caledonia and New Hope High School girls soccer teams exchanged goals and then battled through a back-and-forth second half before settling for a 1-1 tie.
Starkville High School soccer players Alex and Christine Mazzola are playing together for the final time this season. The sisters really want to go out with bang, too.
REFORM, Ala. -- If defense wins championships the Pickens County High School football team has a great shot at capturing the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A state championship this season.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy football team's Cinderella season had a cruel ending Friday afternoon. Starkville Academy never could get untracked as Washington School rolled to a 20-0 victory in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy defense was usually the unsung hero in this year's turnaround. "Defense wins championships," Starkville Academy senior defensive lineman Angus Catchot said. "Coach Terrill always says offense puts people in the stands and the defense wins championships, and you see where we are."
WEST POINT -- The two time defending 5A Mississippi state champion West Point High School football team took the first step in defense of its crown Friday night with a 43-14 victory against Neshoba Central in the first round of the Class 5A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Last week, Gabe Myles proclaimed his school was back on top. Seven days later, Myles made sure the Starkville High School football team would be back for practice next week. The junior quarterback used his right arm to help Starkville dominate Hernando 42-28 in a Class 5A first-round playoff game.
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