CALEDONIA -- Turn the page. Coaches often talk about getting their players to put mistakes behind them so one miscue doesn't become two and two don't become four. That adage is even more important for teams facing challenging schedules. Caledonia High School football coach Andy Crotwell's team falls into that category as a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 4A, region 4. With perennial state champions like Noxubee County and Louisville and a playoff regular like Kosciusko, there isn't much wiggle room for a team like Caledonia that is trying to secure one of four playoff spots in the six-team region.
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STARKVILLE -- Kyle Niblett was drawn to sports statistics at a young age. Growing up in Gainesville, Florida, Niblett read The Gainesville Sun every morning and would flip to the Major League Baseball boxscores and memorize everything he could. The Mississippi State assistant director of media relations and social media coordinator never realized his passion could turn into a career.
GOODMAN -- East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Jacquez Horsley and the rest of his teammates were ready to get the preliminaries out of the way Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Fans will have two opportunities tonight to get their first look at the 2015-16 Mississippi State men's and women's basketball teams. The teams will head to downtown Starkville at 6 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs during Pumpkinpalooza before returning to Humphrey Coliseum at 9 p.m. for Maroon Madness.
STARKVILLE -- Kayla Nevitt doesn't want to get lost in the shuffle. A year ago, Nevitt looked around the Mississippi State women's basketball team's locker room and saw plenty of competition for minutes. Whether it was seniors Kendra Grant or Savannah Carter or sophomore Dominique Dillingham or freshmen Victoria Vivians and Blair Schaefer, Nevitt realized playing time wasn't going to be given to her and that she had to improve if she wanted to make her mark.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Bryant relied on his athleticism in high school. As a senior at Rosa Fort High, Bryant threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 896 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 22 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns. On the defense, he made 37 tackles, had two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), broke up five passes, and forced one forced fumble. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer had a plan.
East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Isaiah Wright is pretty excited about showing what he has learned.
STARKVILLE - Malik Dear isn't a typical rookie playing college football.
Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill did not have to be told it was time to step up.
STARKVILLE -- In the early years of Dan Mullen's tenure at Mississippi State, several injuries to key players would have been devastating.
STARKVILLE -- Craig Sword has been "the guy" for Mississippi State the last three seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Even though the Mississippi State football team is 3-1 and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference, it feels good about where it stands entering the final seven games. MSU lost a heart-breaker to LSU 21-19 at home in the second week of the season. Two weeks ago, it went to Auburn, Alabama, and toppled the Tigers 17-9. However, MSU couldn't keep the winning going on the road Saturday, in a 30-17 loss to Texas A&M at Kyle Field.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson acknowledges the "bursts" were there in 2014-15. The 6-foot-1 forward had 16 points in a victory at Ole Miss, poured in 15 points in a victory at Auburn, had all 13 of her points in the second half in a loss at Tennessee, and matched her Southeastern Conference-high with 16 points against Florida. But Richardson also will tell you she had as many stretches last season that she would like to change. Those periods were replete with turnovers on moves to the baskets, missed perimeter shots, or defensive lapses.
STARKVILLE -- It didn't take the summer for Dominique Dillingham to realize 1,000 shots isn't very many.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Fred Ross has become Dak Prescott's favorite target this season.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott saw one streak come to an end, but increased another streak Saturday night.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Even though Mississippi State found itself down in the second half, the Bulldogs were able to shift some momentum to their side.
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