VERNON -- Lamar County was in a position to win Friday night in its huge Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A, Region 4 showdown with Gordo.
The playoffs are still within reach for the Columbus High School and the Heritage Academy football teams. That's the message Columbus coach Randal Montgomery and Heritage Academy coach Barrett Donahoe want their teams to heed at 7 tonight as they prepare to face Greenville and Leake Academy, respectively, in Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools action.
Lanoria Abrams banged a run-scoring double off the center-field wall in the first inning of Game 1 of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team's Class 5A/6A best-of-three playoff series against Madison Central on Thursday night. She didn't miss a home run her second time.
WEST POINT -- After each practice and game, no matter the result, the message is the same for the West Point High football team. In the huddle following each team activity, usually on the heels of motivational words from coach Chris Chambless, the Green Wave players put their hands in the middle of the huddle, and shout, "State champs" in unison.
The Starkville High School football team has reached the difficult part of its schedule. The Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 race appears to be headed to the wire as a four-team race. Starkville is tied with Clinton, Vicksburg, and Warren Central atop the region standings -- each with 3-0 records.
Kris Pickle understands not many people would have predicted his New Hope High School football team to be undefeated entering the ninth week of the 2014 season.
MACON -- "Finish."
With two weeks remaining in region play, the stakes will be high when the members of the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 return to the gridiron Friday night.
In the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks, the coverage area boasts two undefeated football teams -- New Hope (7-0 in Class 5A) and Starkville (7-0 in Class 6A). The success of Starkville comes as a surprise to very few. Even though the Yellow Jackets weren't a top-ranked team by any media outlets, they were on the short list of contenders for the Class 6A title.
HAMILTON -- Sprinters have one goal in mind: Get to their destination as quickly as possible. Sometimes, though, the quickest -- or easiest -- route to paydirt isn't a straight line. You often see that in football, when running backs, blessed with the speed to burn or to juke, stretch plays east and west in an effort to get to the corner. If they get there, all they need to do is hit the accelerator and dance down the sidelines to the end zone.
GORDO, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team's high-flying offense finally met its match Friday night. After winning its first seven games, Aliceville couldn't generate anything on offense, falling 24-3 to Gordo in a showdown for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A, Region 4 lead.
The game was there for the taking. Despite allowing a back-breaking touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter that dropped it in a 21-point hole at halftime, the Heritage Academy football team found a spark in the third quarter.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell has talked all year about the depth of the state's top-ranked team. That depth was on display Friday night as several youngsters got lots of playing time. Starkville won its third-straight Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 game by shutout in a 38-0 victory against Greenville at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team's most valuable player Friday night in a 56-21 victory against Center Hill didn't play a down.
CRAWFORD -- At first glance, a game between winless Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 teams might not mean much.
LOUISVILLE -- The West Lowndes High School football team put together its best offensive half of the season Friday night. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to get the Panthers into the win column.
New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle said his team came out "flat" and "uninspired" Friday night in the first half of its game against Lake Cormorant. But despite the slow start, New Hope used timely plays late in the game to earn a 27-12 victory and improve to 7-0 and 3-0 in Class 5A, Region 1.
The Columbus and Northwest Rankin high school football teams reached the crossroads together in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 play Friday night. After dropping two region games to start the season, each team knew a victory was critical for legitimate playoff hopes to remain alive.
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