SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team's defense strives for perfection each week. On Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field, No. 1 EMCC had to settle for a one-sided victory against a rival. EMCC allowed 611 yards of offense but made plays when it mattered in a 48-24 victory against Itawamba C.C. in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division play at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- On second down in the second quarter, East Mississippi Community College motioned wide receiver Calvin Keys Jr. across the formation for a bubble screen.
STARKVILLE -- Opposing coaches trying to find the Mississippi State football team's formula on third down aren't going to find one. That's the way MSU coach Dan Mullen designed his offense.
STARKVILLE -- Johnathan Abram has been a transformative figure amidst all of the change on the Mississippi State football team's defense. Entering the season, the Bulldogs still were adjusting to new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's system. New safeties coach Ron English also was adjusting to his new responsibilities and a new group of players.
SCOOBA -- Under fourth-year head coach Sean Cannon, the Itawamba Community College football team has taken a boxing mentality into its annual matchup against rival East Mississippi C.C.
It wasn't a win, but it was clear how much a top-three finish meant to David Breazeale. The longtime Super Late Model racer fought back tears and struggled to find the words after exiting his car to a chorus of cheers following the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
MACON -- You can hear the frustration in Tyrone Shorter's voice. Shorter has seen nearly everything in his 20 years with the Noxubee County High School football program. He has seen injuries ravage his team early in the season only to have the Tigers emerge in the second half to win a state championship. Shorter also has seen plenty of offensive wizardry and defense dominance in his time as assistant coach/defensive coordinator and now as head coach.
Kris Pickle envisions a time in the not too distant future that his New Hope High School football team will be 100 percent healthy. While the Trojans slowly move forward to get all of their starters back in the lineup, other players are emerging to create depth Pickle believes will help the team make a push to the postseason.
ABERDEEN -- New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle, who played at Hatley High and was an assistant coach at Aberdeen High from 2007-09, had his second-consecutive successful Monroe County homecoming Friday night as New Hope posted a 46-22 victory against Aberdeen at Lester Miley Stadium.
WEST POINT -- The preparation doesn't change for the West Point High School football program.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones was adamant his Starkville High School football team would learn from its 28-3 loss to West Point and come back better from it.
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven isn't getting comfortable. The Oak Hill Academy football team's third-year head coach knows a team's fortunes can change with one injury, so he doesn't plan to let his players get overconfident despite two strong outings to open Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 1 play.
STARKVILLE -- The hallway is a who's who of Starkville Academy football. Of all the pictures that dot the walls leading to the team's locker room, Chase Nicholson has a perfect view of the best one. The Starkville Academy coach merely has to sit at his desk and look straight ahead through his doorway to see a bunch of Volunteers charging forward in anticipation of another game.
STARKVILLE -- Elgton Jenkins provided a brief distraction from the real focal point of the Mississippi State offensive line. When Jenkins' first start at center began with a few lower-than-desired snaps, suddenly all of the attention on new starters Darryl Williams (left guard) and right tackle Stewart Reese (right tackle) vanished. With two more games in the books, Williams and Reese aren't under such scrutiny anymore.
Well friends, we are here. Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play begins Friday for Class 6A football teams. We will know in the next seven weeks if Columbus will make consecutive playoff appearances and if Starkville will return to the postseason after a one-year absence.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw is passionate about his teammates.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham's defense gives two basic jobs to defenders on the line of scrimmage. Defensive tackles are asked to, as Grantham likes to say," build the wall," which means preventing offensive linemen from moving downfield to block linebackers. Anyone outside of them is asked to set the edge and to combat blocks to squeeze runs to the inside and take away secondary gaps for inside runs.
STARKVILLE -- Comfort and style never weighed into the decision for Blake Mitchell. Convenience was the driving factor for the walk-on lineman with the Mississippi State football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.
Carter Putt doesn't need ice when his arm is feeling good. As a pitcher with the Heritage Academy baseball team, Putt said he didn't use ice for his shoulder or his elbow following his outings. Putt followed a similar approach Friday after a career night in his fifth start as the varsity quarterback of the school's football team.
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2. Sophomores provide spark for New Hope vs. Aberdeen HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. No. 1 EMCC pulls away to beat ICC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Balance has been key for MSU on third down COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Abram's energy lifts MSU's defense COLLEGE SPORTS