HAMILTON -- Somewhere very early in the coaching handbook is a phrase that says, "Never take points off the scoreboard."
STARKVILLE -- Richard Evans scored all of his 20 points in the second half Friday and the Starkville High Yellowjacket basketball team cruised to a 73-48 win over West Point on Friday.
HAMILTON -- Ray Weeks admits he was curious. A disheartening loss can take the starch out of any team, let alone one that denies your team a chance to win a division title. To compound matters, the Hamilton High School football team's 34-0 loss to Coffeeville dropped it to a No. 3 seed in Class 1A, Region 1 and forced it to go on the road to play at Mound Bayou JFK in the first round of the Class 1A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- This trip to Batesville is a personal fight for the Starkville High School football players. It has become that way because Yellow Jackets coach Jamie Mitchell has realized this week not very many people give his team a chance at 7 tonight to upset defending state champion South Panola in the Class 6A North State semifinals.
MACON -- These are the matchups that excite Tyrone Shorter.
REFORM, Ala. -- The prospects of winning a state championship is what twice led Patrick Plott to accept the head coaching position at Pickens County High School.
Effie Morrison didn't hesitate. As soon as she heard the official's whistle signaling a hand ball, Morrison looked to the sideline.
MACON -- If it's playoff time, it must be time to eat for the Noxubee High School football team.
MERIDIAN -- Barrett Donahoe uses the words "maximum effort" to describe what he expects from the Heritage Academy football team every day.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High defensive starters had to sit around all week and listen to the talent of Grenada's defense. That talk was all the motivation the Yellow Jackets needed to prove they could win a low-scoring affair and advance out of the first round of the Mississippi Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
PEARL -- In one corner of the playing surface of Ray Rogers Stadium, West Point High School junior quarterback Josh Ewing was being consoled by friends and family. About 20 yards away, senior running back Aeris Williams was with another group that was trying to help him feel better.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has witnessed some outstanding defensive performances during his tenure in Macon, but the pounding his defense issued to Ripley High on Friday night is easily at the top of the list.
MOUND BAYOU -- Friday night worked out quite nicely for the Hamilton High School football team.
REFORM, Ala. -- Weapons are everywhere for the Pickens County High School football team. The Tornadoes only needed one of them Friday night.
STARKVILLE ¬- The Starkville High School football team used a workhorse tailback and an opportunistic defense Friday night to earn its seventh playoff win in its last eight postseason games.
The Heritage Academy football team has survived a murderer's row end of the regular season to play another day. The Noxubee County High School football team hopes a murderer's row non-conference schedule has primed it to play all the way into December.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless believes his squad is close to becoming a complete team. Now would be an excellent time for the Green Wave to come together.
STARKVILLE -- "When the grass turns brown, that's when we want to still be around."
REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knows how well his Tornadoes have played this season.
Hebron Christian School waited three years for a night like Friday night.
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