For the Starkville Academy football team, the second season couldn't have come at a better time. Starkville Academy (5-6) will open Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff action at 7 p.m. Friday with a road trip to Senatobia for a game against Magnolia Heights Academy (7-3).
STARKVILLE -- Forget about the bull's-eye. The 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball won't allow the expectations of others to serve as motivation for another championship run.
Cody Bolton only thought he knew what challenge he faced.
GREENWOOD -- The names haven't changed. The uniforms remain the same, as do the coaches. But the transformation that has occurred in the past three weeks has allowed a Heritage Academy football team teetering on the edge of an early end to the season to become a playoff team.
The Columbus High School football team is down to a one-game season. Columbus must win its regular-season finale at Grenada on Friday night to reach the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs. Columbus saw its margin for error in the playoff chase eliminated with a 16-7 loss to No. 5 Olive Branch in a Class 6A, Region 1 game Friday night at Falcon Field.
JACKSON -- Everything worked out the way Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell hoped Friday night at Newell Field.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team knew Oxford High's high-octane offense would come out swinging Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- Seventeen seniors on the Caledonia High School football team suited up for the final time here Friday evening. Those seniors had a chance to face Noxubee County, the third-ranked high school team in the state of Mississippi and the No. 1 team in Class 4A, according to The Associated Press.
MABEN -- The West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense hit a wall Friday against division titan Noxapater.
STEENS -- The Oak Hill Academy football team is back in the postseason. Oak Hill Academy wrapped up a wild-card playoff berth in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA playoffs with a 20-19 District 2 victory against Immanuel Christian on Friday night.
The Lamar County High School football team can print playoff tickets.
GREENWOOD -- Cade Lott rushed for 122 yards and scored on a 50-yard run Friday night to lead the Heritage Academy football team to a 35-7 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1 game at Bill Davis Field.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell usually doesn't pay a lot of attention to statistics. The Yellow Jackets' defense is changing Mitchell's ways.
Oak Hill Academy football coach Daniel Merchant quickly recites all the scenarios required to get his team in the playoffs. One can sense the excitement in the first-year coach's voice.
ABERDEEN -- Numbers took the forefront here last Friday, as the Aberdeen High School football team clinched the Class 3A, Region 2 championship.
The final week of region play for the Alabama High School Activities Association provides several intriguing matchups with playoff ramifications on the line.
When Adam Lowrey took over as head football coach at West Oktibbeha County High School, he promised the Timberwolves would play in big games.
MACON -- Darrell Robinson understands words go only so far.
Faced with a must-win situation, it was fitting the last line of defense turned in a game-changing performance.
HORN LAKE -- Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford challenged his team to win its final four regular-season games. So far, so good.
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