MILLPORT, Ala. -- If at first you don't succeed, call on your defense and special teams to get things going. That was the motto of the Pickens County High School football team Friday night in its Alabama High School Athletics Association Class 1A, Region 5 opener against South Lamar.
WEST POINT -- The train was coming downhill all night. Sometimes it was the Oak Hill Academy Raiders' only weapon.
AMORY -- Prior to the start of the 25th renewal of the A-Team game between the Aberdeen High School football team and Amory High, the home team cheerleaders' run-through banner boldly proclaimed, "Bulldogs ain't got no bite!"
It was a wild ride Friday night as county rivals Columbus and New Hope high school faced off in what has come to be their annual rivalry game.
CALEDONIA -- Football is game of momentum. The team that has the momentum usually carries the day.
WEST POINT -- It was clear from the opening minutes of this annual rivalry game that the West Point High School football team's running attack was just too dominant for Starkville.
HATLEY -- The Hamilton High School football team made the most of its final tuneup before Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A play by shutting out Monroe County rival Hatley 42-0 on Friday night.
LOUISVILLE -- With spread offenses and passing attacks that are throwing the football 40-50 times a game running wild, one would expect the old-school approach under center with a fullback and running back to be a lost cause. Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe still believes in the old-school approach.
Columbus High School senior running back Kendrick Conner was well aware of the tight spot his team was in Friday night.
STEENS -- Junior quarterback JJ Swanagin connected with KC Cunningham on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the game Friday night to lead the Immanuel Christian School football team to an 18-15 victory against Carroll Academy.
WEST POINT -- For the second straight week, a defense loaded up the line of scrimmage to stop the West Point High School football team's vaunted running attack. For the second straight week that defense failed.
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WEST POINT -- Football coaches love to use the phrase "best versus best." It perfectly describes tonight's matchup between the Starkville and West Point high school football teams in West Point.
MACON -- Louisville week. That is all anyone in Noxubee and Winston counties has had to say the past four days to get into the mind-set for the annual game between Noxubee County and Louisville high schools. At 7 tonight, the longtime rivals will renew their series under different circumstances.
Shawn Gregory hopes his New Hope High School football team learned a valuable lesson in its season opener.
REFORM - What a difference a week makes.
Looking to build off its first victory of the season, Hebron Christian School faces a tough -- if not unknown -- task Friday night.
The victory was there for the taking.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill felt like his squad would be a good football team this season.
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