Sometimes it's easier to be the underdog when you're trying to build tradition.
MACON -- Two statement victories in August might be enough for some teams.
Brooklyn Waldrep has seen the steps the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team has made in a little more then a month. Waldrep knows the team can take even bigger strides forward. If Tuesday's performance is any indication, the Lady Patriots should be well on their way.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team took its first road trip well before its first game. The Bulldogs conducted a week-long training camp at Tombigbee State Park in Tupelo. A later start date for the school calendar allowed the team to spend the week in seclusion and to work on teamwork, chemistry, and fundamentals.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Charles Moody admits he grew a lot in his first season as Aliceville High School football coach. Now, Moody hopes the Yellow Jackets will grow with him. Moody's second edition will open the season at 7 p.m. Thursday against Gordo High.
WEST POINT -- Drake Riley believes the Oak Hill Academy can do it on offense.
STARKVILLE -- It all starts with passing.
REFORM, Ala. -- The picture on the floor of coach Patrick Plott's office serves as a challenge. Last season in his return to the sidelines as coach of the Pickens County High School boys basketball team, Plott led the Tornadoes to a third consecutive state title. The picture shows Plott holding the championship trophy surrounded by celebrating members of his team.
They are the often overlooked unsung heroes of football, but for the Caledonia High School Confederates (2-0), its offensive line was one of its best weapons in a 66-12 mauling of the West Lowndes High School Panthers (1-1). The hard work of the line allowed the Confederates to put up 393 yards in total offense, 48 of the yards coming from passing.
STEENS - For every positive step they took, there was a self-inflicted mistake to halt the progress.
MADISON -- Jake Schwartz could sympathize with Starkville quarterback Caleb Wilson making his first career high school from behind center.
The smile on David Foster's face says old school.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy stayed within striking distance of Heritage Academy the entire game Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Heritage Academy senior football player Taylor Fields remembers not too fondly his junior year game against arch-rival Starkville Academy.
SHANNON -- Far too often, quarterbacks either get too much credit for a win or an unfair amount of criticism following a loss.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Lewis and Joel Pratt helped the Pickens Academy football team start the season in rousing fashion Friday night.
WEST POINT -- In its season opener, Oak Hill Academy made believers of themselves. Friday night, they made believers of football fans outside of Winston County.
The bruising nature of Austin Foster combined with the play up front of Joey Ard, Troy Arnold, and Jacob Ware and the elusive running of Will-Corben Rogers and Taylor Coggins helped Hebron Christian cruise to a 48-20 victory against Victory Christian in an eight-man game at Coleman Robertson Field in Columbus.
The process has just started for Barrett Donahoe. The initial steps for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach and his assistant coaches have involved tearing things down to build a foundation.
A lot has changed in the past year for the West Lowndes High School football team. More than 13 months ago, Anthony King returned to his alma mater to take over for Bobby Berry as the school's football coach. As excited as King was to wear the navy and gold that he did as a player at Motley High, he realized that the approval of his hiring in July left him little time to prepare his players and the program for the 2011 season.
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