MACON -- Get ready Starkville, a train is coming to town. As much as the Noxubee County High School football team has relied on its offensive line to steamroll opponents this season, the Tigers' "Demon Defense" is providing the fuel for the team's latest run to a state championship.
STARKVILLE -- Darrell Henderson took the pitch and looked for running room. He found much more than that.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior defensive lineman Derion Ford and senior running back Matt Fuller shared a postgame hug at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Both had dazed looks on their faces. The look of disbelief was everywhere. Almost every Friday night had ended with similar expressions on the turf at Starkville High.
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STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell predicted turnovers would be a major storyline Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State Championship game against South Panola.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knows what it takes to be alone on an island with everyone watching you. That's part of the responsibility of being a "lock-down cornerback." New England Patriots cornerback Darrell Revis brought fame to the terminology when he was with the New York Jets and coined the term "Revis Island" for his ability to go one-on-one with the other's team's top receiver and shut him down.
STARKVILLE -- Basketball coaches frequently talk about contrasting styles and the need to impose their style on an opponent. The same theme can apply in a lesser degree to football, and it will be a major factor at 7 tonight when No. 1 Starkville (13-0) plays host to No. 2 South Panola (13-0) in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State championship game at Yellow Jacket Stadium. The winner will face Oak Grove or Brandon next Friday for the Class 6A state championship at Davis Wade Stadium on the Mississippi State campus in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- While Starkville High School kept accumulating football wins, it knew sooner or later what was bound to happen.
MACON -- Bobby May has found his voice.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had a plethora of options at running back to start the 2014 season.
MACON -- Three down, two to go.
Successful strikers leave a good impression. Shelby Browning might not have been playing forward when her Under-12 soccer team out of Greenwood faced off against Chuck Yarborough and his Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Silver team several years ago at a tournament in Tupelo.
CLINTON -- This one is for Bryan.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football player Tyler Rogers was asked to sum up his night Friday night.
MACON -- Most teams that face Noxubee County defensive end Jeffrey Simmons usually make him a point of emphasis on every play.
ABERDEEN - Although there are no statistics to back it up, most high school coaches believe it is difficult to beat a team twice in the same season.
WEST POINT -- There's something to be said for having the best player on the field.
PEARL -- Defensive backs never like to trail a play.
WEST POINT -- For three quarters, the Starkville High School boys basketball team tried with little success to put West Point away. In the fourth quarter, Starkville coach Greg Carter wanted his team to create separation to earn a road win. Senior Josh Skinner heeded Carter's wishes.
WEST POINT -- The opportunity members of the West Point High School football team have coveted most of this season has arrived. When West Point lost to Oxford 43-22 on Sept. 26, it started a two-month countdown as West Point players like senior Kadarius Forside began marking off the days until a possible rematch against the Chargers.
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