MACON -- Rashad Eades needs a crash course on classic cartoons. When asked Friday night if he recognized the name "Road Runner," Eades initially said he didn't. After a little prompting -- beep beep -- without visual aids, Eades shook his head and acknowledged he did know the arch enemy of Wile E. Coyote.
MACON -- JaQuaris Jamison tried everything he knew. The Noxubee County High School junior attempted to run a post route. When stopped, he quickly shifted to a corner post route. That didn't work, either, so Jamison juked and side-stepped tacklers and looked like he was heading for the end zone when he avoided a Louisville player around the 35-yard line.
STARKVILLE -- Naturally, this had to fall to the Starkville High School football team's defense. The Yellow Jackets ended their regular season and started their playoff run with tight wins that called on the defense to secure victories.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior defensive back Tyler Rupert had been waiting patiently for his first two-interception game. The time finally arrived Friday night at Hamblin Stadium.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School coach Chris Chambless doesn't call it "opening up the playbook." However, he knows his squad has talent and lots of options on offense.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- The storybook season continued for the Sulligent High School football team Friday night. Tyreke Metcalfe caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jaron Scott with 8 minutes, 25 seconds remaining to lift Sulligent past Fyffe 35-28 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- It took almost two full seasons before Starkville native A.J. Brown played a collegiate game at Davis Wade Stadium. The Ole Miss sophomore wide receiver made up for lost time Thursday night.
The mind-set was established early. "From the beginning of the season, it has been about pride," West Point senior lineman Terence Cherry said. "We won the championship (in 2016) and that made us want another one. You can really establish yourself as being the best ever by winning two championships. For the seniors, this is very important to us."
MACON -- Unflappable is a great way to describe Maliek Stallings. The Noxubee County High School junior plays football with a swagger. He talks. He celebrates. He is loud. It's part of what helps makes him one of the Tigers' most dangerous players.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless does not overthink games this late in the season. For a second-straight week, the undefeated Green Wave will face a rematch in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs.
Football season officially ended for Chris Craven on Oct. 27. On that night, Craven's Oak Hill Academy lost to Tri-County Academy 33-13 in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- After practice Tuesday, most of the Starkville High School football team went to the locker room to go home or stayed on the field for mandatory extra conditioning.
MACON -- Staying humble is important to Armoni Clark.
When West Point senior Jason Brownlee is asked whether he prefers playing offense or playing defense, he takes a long pause before answering.
JACKSON -- The Starkville Academy football team's 2017 championship season will forever have a myth associated with it.
MACON -- Green space is an offensive lineman's dream. On every snap, the goal of a tackle, guard, or center is to finish or to hold a block long enough so a running back or quarterback can slip through a hole and take off.
Anthony Carlyle is jumping right into the mix in his first season as boys basketball coach at Columbus High School. After rallying for a victory against Starkville on Tuesday, Columbus will turn its focus to the national scene when it takes on nationally ranked Memphis East at 7:30 tonight in the MLK Classic at Hamilton High in Hamilton, Tennessee.
JACKSON -- Trust has been the bedrock upon which Chase Nicholson has fortified the Starkville Academy football program.
JACKSON -- Brad Butler knew his defense wasn't a finished product in week three.
STARKVILLE -- Tonorris Brookins and Malik Brown stood on top of a bench talking and laughing with teammates.
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