STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School running backs coach Carlos Kemp first saw Avery Brown as a sophomore. Brown was a member of the scout team, but he used that opportunity to show Kemp, the other coaches, and his teammates what was to come. "When he got in, he ran hard and I saw then he was going to be pretty good his senior year," Kemp said. "He's just the type of person that comes to work each day, and he's going to give all he's got every day."
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter couldn't help think here we go again. Last season, three interceptions and numerous missed opportunities played a role in the Noxubee County High School's 51-19 loss to Starkville in the season opener for both teams. The point total was the most surrendered by the Tigers since 2006.
If you didn't know any better, the statistics surely would have corresponded to a victory. New Hope High School football Kris Pickle even sounded like he didn't believe what happened as he ticked off the numbers -- 350-360 total yards, more than 200 yards passing, 100 yards rushing, 18 first downs -- from his team's 20-3 loss to Louisville in its season opener last week.
STARKVILLE -- Ricky Woods knew from an early age where he wanted to be on Friday nights. His love for football came from all of the time he spent at practices and games with his father. Seeing so many games and packed stadiums on Friday nights ignited a passion in Woods that drove him to become a teacher and a coach.
New Hope High School senior catcher Will Godfrey quickly recalls his favorite memory from the 2015 prep baseball season. "The home run against Oxford was my No. 1 memory," Godfrey said. "It was amazing I was the one that hit it. I was happy. However, I would have been happy had any other player on the team hit it as well. That was just the type of team we had. Everybody was in it together."
MACON -- Dominant.
CALEDONIA -- In 2014, a game of word association involving the Caledonia High School football team was easy.
ABERDEEN -- Corinth head coach Doug Jones' unbeaten winning streak is intact.
Columbus Christian Academy was going to need every bounce it could get to knock off cross-town rival Heritage Academy. The opening kickoff was a bad start.
STARKVILLE -- Midway through the second quarter of Starkville Academy's season-opener Friday, linebacker Noah Heflin thought back to the week following the team's loss to Oak Forest Academy in last season's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game.
Kylin Hill admits his eyes light up when he sees a ball coming in his way on a kickoff.
MACON -- To a man, Friday night was about belief for the Noxubee County High School football team.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery slowly made changes to his new program last season.
MACON -- Rontavis Clark walked back to the sideline early in the second quarter Friday night with a lot on his mind.
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MACON -- Timorrius Conner hit Ladaveon Smith with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Deveon Ball got just enough of a pass to A.J. Brown to break it up to help the Noxubee County High School football team hold on for a 26-20 double-overtime victory against Starkville in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Inexperience doesn't faze Josh Thacker. If it did, the Pickens Academy third-year head football coach would look at his roster for the 2015 season with wide eyes and see a bunch of 7s, 8s, and 9s under the grade column. All told, Pickens Academy enters tonight's season opener against Ben's Ford Christian (La.) with only four seniors and two juniors on a roster that features 18 players in grades seven through nine.
History will be made tonight when area teams kick off the 2015 prep football season. Featured among the non-region and non-division games that will kick off at 7 tonight is a matchup between Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Columbus Christian and Heritage Academy. While the schools have faced each other in other sports, tonight's game in Columbus is believed to be the first between the two in football.
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