Don't look now but the West Point football team has a 6-1 record.
FLOWOOD -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team set a goal in the preseason to win a state championship. With that end in their minds throughout the season, the Lady Volunteers made history behind seven seniors and a first-year head coach.
Jordan Payne doesn't pay attention to numbers when he in on the field. Like any other player, Payne knows when he is having a good game, and he has had plenty of them this season with double-digit tackles. Garrett Anthony is the same way, although he has a different motivation to pay closer attention to a certain number. On Friday, Anthony nearly hit the magic number -- six -- that his brother, former Victory Christian standout Anthony Sharp, hit seven times in a game as a member of the school's football team.
STARKVILLE -- Togetherness is a familiar concept for Lauren Lyle.
The chances were there. New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle didn't have any problem listing them Friday night following his team's 49-34 loss to Lake Cormorant. The problem was Pickle had far too many -- a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, ill-timed penalties, a fumble that wiped out a promising drive, and miscommunication on several pass plays -- to turn the tide for his squad in an important game in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 race.
MACON -- Antonio McCloud took one step and was surrounded by friends and families. The Noxubee County High School senior defensive end took a few minutes to join in on several pictures and to catch up with loved ones. As soon as McCloud finished one picture with three girls, there were others waiting to get their picture taken with the man of the evening. In addition to being named Homecoming king at halftime, McCloud came up with two fumble recoveries to help Noxubee County beat Leake Central High 41-13 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 game at Tiger Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Whatever it takes. That is how senior Jaquez Akins feels about what he needs to do this season to help the Starkville High School football team in its quest to win another Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship.
It all came apart in the second half. The West Lowndes High School football team carried a two-point lead against Smithville into halftime of its game Friday night before reoccurring special teams woes, turnovers, and missed tackles turned the game on its head. The Seminoles outscored the Panthers 34-8 in the second half and won 55-31.
WEST POINT -- A spirit sign displayed prominently behind the West Point High School football team's bench Friday night stated, "Your Mom called -- You left your game at home."
LOUISVILLE -- The Heritage Academy football team remained in first place in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 race with a 42-14 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.
HORN LAKE -- Horn Lake High School sophomore Tyler Grim woke up Friday morning without a date for the school's Homecoming dance. Most likely, that worked itself out by the time the day ended. Grim made the most of his first career start, rushing for 283 yards and scoring five touchdowns to help Horn Lake stun Columbus 44-35 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 1 game.
THORSBY, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team wrapped up the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 championship Friday night with a 51-7 victory against Thorsby. By wrapping up the region's top spot, the Yellow Jackets will host a first-round playoff game Nov. 4.
STARKVILLE -- A good left can be so much more dangerous with an equally effective right. No, Starkville Academy Matt Sykes girls soccer coach hasn't been giving his players boxing lessons. Instead, the first-year mentor has been encouraging the Lady Volunteers to use their collective experience to help them make history.
STARKVILLE -- On a day when Willie Gay was the center of attention, he didn't want it that way. On Thursday, the Starkville High School football senior linebacker was presented with his 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at the Starkville football office. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. WTVA will broadcast the game live.
Sean Harrison doesn't want his Heritage Academy football team to be known as the "comeback kids." Instead, the school's first-year head coach would prefer the Patriots to start games faster so he and they can rest a little easier in the fourth quarter. Harrison hopes Heritage Academy uses what it learned last week against West Lowndes to use at 7 tonight when it takes on Winston Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, Division 2 game in Louisville.
High-scoring games have been more the norm that the exception for the New Hope High School football team. After giving up 49 points in a loss to Columbus and scoring 49 in a victory against Caledonia, New Hope did itself one better last week in a 55-27 victory against Center Hill.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter isn't ready to say everything is fine in his world. But shutouts have a way of making coaches feel a little bit better about their situations. That is the position the Noxubee County veteran coach is in after a 30-0 shutout of Kosciusko last week in his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A-Region 4 opener. The victory ended a three-game losing streak and helped the two-time reigning Class 4A State champions restore a semblance of normalcy to their program.
Lemerrius Fair has been looking forward to Friday night for a long time. The West Lowndes High School senior running back/quarterback is going to celebrate his team's game against Smithville by breaking out a little more pink to add to his uniform.
CLINTON -- Columbus High School defensive lineman Tahj Sykes has one thing to say about making the list. "It's a blessing to make it, but I hate Alabama," said Sykes, who has committed to play football at Southern Mississippi. "We are going to keep the trophy in Mississippi."
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy's girls' soccer team wants to be known as having a brick wall of a defense.
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