STARKVILLE -- Walker Mattox has always set big goals. The ability to set them and always to achieve more opened the door Thursday afternoon for the Starkville High School senior to sign a cross country scholarship with the University of North Alabama.
JACKSON -- The Oak Forest Academy (La.) football team's dream season started on opening night. "We beat a team we lost to opening night the year before," Oak Forest senior linebacker Collin Kent said. "For the seniors, we knew that meant the season was going to be different. We had worked so hard during the offseason. We saw that hard work pay off and everybody was excited."
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell was happy to see the return of the Yellow Jackets defense last week. Thanks to a smash-mouth defense that left other teams helpless in its path, Starkville became the state's top-ranked team earlier this season. In the final two weeks of the regular season, though, Starkville had to overcome defensive deficiencies to beat Warren Central and Clinton to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 crown.
Kris Pickle needed something to help his team re-focus after a loss to Saltillo in the regular-season finale.
MACON -- You'll have to excuse the Noxubee County High School football team for having Lafayette on the brain last week.
WEST POINT -- With 16 football players working to transition to another season, the Oak Hill Academy boys basketball team has been looking for an offensive flow. The flow came in the nick of time Tuesday night.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy's appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game has been three years in the making.
STARKVILLE -- Hustle, attitude, work, and grit. Those four qualities very easily could apply to the Starkville High School football team this season.
GLUCKSTADT -- Facing a fourth down-and-long late in Friday night's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff opener at Germantown, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had a decision to make. With his Green Wave leading by seven points with nine minutes remaining, Chambless could punt from Germantown's 31-yard line and pin the Mavericks deep in their territory or he could go for it in an attempt to score the game-clinching touchdown. In making his decision, Chambless turned his team's chances over to senior quarterback Dason Thomas and wide receiver Steffon Moore.
The Callaway High offensive line has two Southeastern Conference prospects and one of the largest offensive fronts in Class 5A. But after two quarters in its opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at New Hope, the Chargers had 38 yards of offense against the Trojans' mish mash of small, quick defensive linemen and beefier space-eaters.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was expected to beat Lamar School on Friday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II semifinals. The Volunteers defeated the Raiders by 21 points in the season opener in August. Since then, Starkville Academy has lost only one game and has posted four shutouts en route to its best season in nearly a decade.
YAZOO CITY -- At this rate, the members of the offensive line on the Noxubee County High School football team won't have to do any sprints at practice for the rest of the season. Led by a dominating ground game that piled up 360 yards, Noxubee County defeated Yazoo County 34-7 in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
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STARKVILLE -- The state's top-ranked team made it look easy Friday night. Brady Davis threw two touchdown passes, and Jacquez Horsley ran for another score to lead the Starkville High School football team to a 30-0 victory against Tupelo in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team's road to the Class 5A Playoffs has been paved with peril. The Green Wave, which has lost four games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001, has been plagued by injuries, narrow losses, and an unforgiving schedule this season. Despite the twists and turns that have slowed West Point along the way, coach Chris Chambless and his team know one right turn can get the Green Wave back on the road to another state championship.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team has a new coach and a new philosophy for the 2014-15 season. However, the goals remain the same for the tradition-rich program.
The Starkville High School football team won games in a variety of ways to cap an undefeated regular season. The top-ranked Yellow Jackets won low-scoring defensive struggles and high-scoring shootouts. Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell thinks his team's ability to win different style games will help it at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tupelo (8-3) in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Two things came together at just the right time to disrupt the New Hope High School football team's momentum. Coach Kris Pickle's challenge will be to help his team regroup from a 32-29 loss to Saltillo in its regular-season final in time to play Callaway at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
MACON -- A fast start doesn't guarantee success in the playoffs. That's one of the messages Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has tried to impress to his players this week following a 35-0 victory against Senatobia in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs. The Tigers opened the game with a long touchdown drive on their opening possession and then appeared to let up, according to Shorter. That loss of focus coupled with four turnovers can spell disaster in the postseason, which is why Shorter and his assistant coaches have worked hard this week to get the players to re-focus.
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