Rock-solid defenses offset inconsistent offenses Friday night, but the Columbus High School football team's special teams made the difference in a 21-0 victory against Aberdeen in the season opener for both teams.
Juan Cedano has ups. Typically that's not something you say about someone who played on the offensive line as a junior.
MABEN -- For all the experience the West Oktibbeha High School football team had returning this season, one wouldn't think coach Adam Lowrey would worry about his skill positions.
DECATUR -- The Oak Hill Academy football team said it believed in Daniel Merchant in the summer. The Raiders said they believed in Merchant in the preseason. On Friday, Oak Hill Academy made believers out of Newton County Academy.
Columbus High opened the 2012 prep football season with an impressive 21-0 shutout of Aberdeen High School Friday night at Falcon Field.
STARKVILLE - Noxubee County High School simply lined up as the more physical football team in Starkville High School Friday night.
New Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe got the type of start he wanted Friday night.
The New Hope High School defense answered the call.
WEST POINT -- Heritage Academy senior catcher Caitlin McLain and junior pitcher Madison Sears are now beginning to find a rhythm.
Defense will remain a point of emphasis for at least three area high school football teams that open their 2012 seasons tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Normally coaches are concerned about their players letting the emotion of a pre-game moment take away from their concentration on the field.
Tina Hines' decision to lead the Columbus High School volleyball team could give Terrica Jefferson the time she needs to become a beast.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill prefers to play a challenging season opener. Starkville Academy will do that at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it travels to Ridgeland to take on St. Andrew's High School.
STARKVILLE -- It was just time for Jake Thomas to end the unnecessary drama. The four-star offensive tackle from Columbus High School called the Mississippi State University coaching staff Wednesday to confirm his verbal commitment to the program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless admits preseason scrimmages and jamborees aren't high on his to-do list.
For West Lowndes High School, the scoreboard did not reflect victory Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Keavy Noblin showed Tuesday that a no-no moment can turn into a positive just as easily on the soccer field as it can on the basketball court.
Mary Douglass Kerby didn't think Harli Sesser was serious. It's small talk, she thought. Why else would Sesser be talking and talking to her about volleyball?
D.J. Sanders doesn't try to hit home runs. She never has and never will. Instead, she and her teammates step into the batter's box with the mind-set to "hit it hard and wish it well."
Barrett Donahoe wants physical play to be the calling card for the Heritage Academy football team this season. Coming off a scrimmage at East Rankin Academy last week in which he felt that trait was lacking, Donahoe was pleased with how his team responded Saturday in a 12-0 victory against Winston Academy in Louisville.
1. Columbus Speedway ready to race again LOCAL SPORTS
2. Starkville Academy soccer beats Heritage Academy to reach state final HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU baseball looks to bounce back COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Notebook: MSU falls to Kentucky in overtime COLLEGE SPORTS