Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.
CUMBERLAND - The Hamilton Lions secured home field advantage in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs in impressive fashion Friday night routing East Webster 52-7 on the road. The Lions improved to 9-1 on the year and remain unblemished in district play at 4-0.
YAZOO CITY -- The difference in past classification was evident Friday night. Starkville High School, a former Class 6A power that moved down one classification, dominated Yazoo City, a school that recently moved up to 5A football, in a 35-0 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team closed its regular-season home schedule in cool fall fashion with a championship Friday night. Ryan Mann rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Starkville Academy pile up 280 rushing yards in an 18-7 victory against East Rankin Academy that helped it secure the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA District 2, Division II championship.
Quarterback Anthony Sharp knew Victory Christian had time before it began its final drive. Turns out, Sharp was right -- just barely.
MABEN -- For all the attention Von Smith and the high-scoring West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense gets each week, coach Adam Lowrey knew there'd come a time when the defense would have to carry the team. On Friday, the Timberwolves defense recorded three turnovers and four sacks and held the East Oktibbeha Titans to under 100 yards of offense in a 40-14 win, their fourth straight against their county rival.
CALEDONIA -- A five-game losing streak came to an end Friday night when the Caledonia High School football team downed Kosciusko 28-10 on Senior Night.
MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter felt it coming all night. Spurred on by an attacking defense that brought pressure for the final 24 minutes, Shorter was confident his offense was going to explode.
MACON -- Defenses know what's coming. Sometimes, though, the execution is just too good to stop. Anyone who watched the Louisville High School football team beat West Point in the Fall High School Jamboree in August at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium could tell the Wildcats have a special tandem in quarterback Wyatt Roberts and wide receiver C.J. Bates.
The first challenge has been met. The next three figure to be a little tougher for the Columbus High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell took the job as football coach at Starkville High School two years ago because its brand of football used to mean something.
The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented next month for the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. Aberdeen High School's Channing Ward, Caledonia offensive lineman Cole Carter, Columbus running back Damian Baker, Noxubee County wide receiver Terrance Barron, and West Point offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards will play in the annual event that features some of the state's top seniors Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Ala.
Ray Weeks is counting on two hours of hard work to erase a decade of bad memories tonight. That's when Weeks hopes his Hamilton High School football team will be able to secure a home playoff game with a victory at East Webster.
Sometimes it's about survival. Entering the season with a freshman quarterback and five sophomore starters on offense, Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan felt his Bulldogs would have a chance to play for a league championship if they could just make it to the Class 3A, Region 2 portion of their schedule.
The show must go on for the Aliceville High School football team. Aliceville will play with heavy hearts at 7 tonight when it takes on Northside at Memorial Stadium in a Class 3A, Region 4 game.
CLINTON -- The "main event" will kick off at 7 tonight with a bang. Instead of downplaying the importance of their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" matchup, Louisville and Noxubee County head coaches M.C. Miller and Tyrone Shorter admit what everyone has been thinking for nearly the past year: It is a big game.
When it comes to Class 5A, Region 1 football, West Point High School knows how to be real defensive. Not only has West Point won back-to-back Class 5A state championships, it also has won all 18 region games it has played in Class 5A since reclassification moved the school up from Class 4A in the fall of 2009.
CLINTON -- Legend isn't a word that is used casually. It carries a history with it that evokes exceptional moments and years spent toiling to build something memorable. It also earns anyone lucky enough to earn that distinction special favors, like rides to news conferences to talk about football. At first glance Monday, it might have been unusual to see Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter and Louisville High coach M.C. Miller riding in the same car to a gathering at the Mississippi High School Activities Association office to discuss their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Macon.
The stakes are always high when West Oktibbeha County and East Oktibbeha County high schools clash in athletics. The annual battle for bragging rights and the Superintendent's Cup at 7 p.m. Friday in Maben will have added playoff significance in the Class 1A, Region 3 race.
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