SALTILLO -- The West Point High School football team's offense put on a clinic Friday night. The Green Wave came out clicking on all cylinders en route to a season-best point total and a season-high 461 yards in a 49-20 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team reached its breaking point Friday night. After losing back-to-back games to archrival Heritage Academy, a senior-dominated Starkville Academy was determined not to allow the streak to reach three. The Volunteers scored on the first possession and cruised from there to a 31-0 victory in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1, Division II game at J.E. Logan Field.
STARKVILLE -- The top-ranked Starkville High School football team is down to a two-game regular season. After clinching a playoff berth with a 31-6 victory against Murrah in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 matchup at Yellow Jacket Stadium, Starkville has narrowed its focus to finishing the regular season undefeated and nailing down the coveted home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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A 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kiren Sharp on Friday night propelled the Columbus High School football team to a 17-10 victory against Madison Central in a Class 6A, Region 2 game at Falcon Field.
STEENS -- B.J. Shirley remembers how close the Columbus Christian football team was last season. One more play. That's all the Rams needed to secure the program's first district title in 11-man football. Unfortunately, Deer Creek Academy prevented that play from happening and held on for a 28-26 victory. Odds are Shirley and his teammates will think about that play on the three-hour bus ride to Arcola today prior to Columbus Christian's game against Deer Creek Academy at 7 tonight. The play will be fresh on the minds of the Rams because a victory tonight will help them gain revenge and earn that first district title nearly one year to the day later.
Randal Montgomery's message has remained positive throughout the ups and downs of his first season as football coach at Columbus High School. Montgomery has had to work to change the mind-set of a program that never has had consistent success amidst the expectations that his success at Class 3A Hazlehurst High -- where he led the program to three consecutive state title games, winning one -- led some to believe he would be able to have similar success immediately at Class 6A Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- Murrah High School quarterback Malik Dear will try to go where no other Starkville High opponent has gone the past four weeks -- into the end zone. The most prolific offensive player in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 play will have his hands full at 7 tonight when Murrah (6-3, 1-3 region) takes on top-ranked Starkville (8-0, 4-0). The Yellow Jackets have posted four-straight shutouts and hasn't allowed a point in the last 16 quarters.
Pickens County High School knew replacing 17 seniors would be a major chore this football season. The Tornadoes also had the added assignment of moving from the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A ranks to Class 2A.
Kris Pickle and the New Hope High School football team have turned the page.
MACON -- Coaches worry about everything.
The smiles were back at Heritage Academy after a week's hiatus.
At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Sam Taylor's name on a roster won't catch your eye if you're looking for a physical specimen.
"Don't be in a rush." Kayla McKinion didn't hear the advice offered to her by one of the fans of the Neshoba Central slow-pitch softball team on Tuesday night. You couldn't blame the junior outfielder for being locked in. After all, the bases were loaded and a short right-field porch at Lady Trojan Field beckoned. The only thing McKinion had to do was be patient, pick out her pitch, and let the hours of practice and training help her do the rest.
CALEDONIA -- Something had to give. As the Lafayette and Caledonia high school volleyball teams headed to the fifth set of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class I playoff match on Tuesday night, the teams were deadlocked at two sets apiece and had taken turns assuming control of the match. The Lady Confederates started strong, but the Lady Commodores fought back. Lafayette then appeared on the brink of victory, but Caledonia fought back.
STARKVILLE -- April Reese was more than happy to provide the exclamation point. Clinging to a 13-12 lead in the second set, the Starkville High School volleyball team was locked in a long rally with Clinton on Tuesday in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class III first-round playoff match.
Chelsey Ray knows how deadly quicksand can be. An error can lead to another mistake and all of a sudden every member of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team has her head down. From there, look out because the dominoes start to fall in all of the wrong ways and, before they know it, the Lady Trojans are wondering what hit them.
WEST POINT -- Drew Riley is persistent. The Oak Hill Academy junior running back understands the notion you stick with something until a team adjusts or stops you. But nearly three days after one of his best rushing efforts of his career, even Riley admits he would have liked coach Tony Stanford to have called a different running play, if only to add a little variety to what had the feeling of a Bill Murray-flavored evening in West Point.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team couldn't have allowed itself to sink in the quicksand Saturday. After suffering a 10-run loss to Warren Central in Game 1 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A/6A North State playoff series, New Hope could have thought things weren't meant to be and started to look forward to a long nap on a four-hour bus ride back to Columbus.
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