SCOOBA - East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens watched with anticipation and nervousness a private screening of the Netflix documentary "Last Chance U" in April.
My goodness, with barely enough time to recover from Noxubee County's thrilling 24-23 win at Columbus Friday night, we now turn the page and look to the third week of the prep football season.
STARKVILLE -- Fred Ross was supposed to be off limits in practice.
STARKVILLE -- Even with an on-going quarterback battle, Dan Mullen was in a good mood Monday. The Mississippi State football coach joked with the media when the subject of who will be his team's starting quarterback cam up. Mullen announced that "Nick Williams" will be the starting quarterback, a play on the names of sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and junior Damian Williams.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer felt right at home Monday in a meeting of prominent people in the business community. Speaking to the Starkville Rotary Club, Schaefer likened the process he and his coaching staff have followed in elevating the MSU women's basketball program to the building of a business.
MACON -- Kyziah Pruitt doesn't back down from a challenge. A year ago, the freshman defensive back didn't hesitate when he was asked to help shut down Starkville High School All-State wide receiver A.J. Brown in the season opener. Pruitt's performance helped him become a fixture in the secondary for a team that went on to win its second-consecutive Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title. This season, Pruitt is ready to shoulder an even bigger burden.
After months of offseason speculation involving a NCAA investigation of the program, the Ole Miss football team is ready to get down to the business of playing games on the field. No. 11 Ole Miss will open the regular season at 7 p.m. Monday against No. 4 Florida State (ESPN) in Orlando, Florida. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze met the media Monday and was bubbling with the usual game-week optimism.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has no doubt Dak Prescott will be prepared for his first professional start. Last weekend, the former MSU quarterback was named the starter for the Dallas Cowboys after veteran Tony Romo was injured last Thursday in a preseason game against Seattle. Romo suffered a broken bone in his back and could miss six to 10 weeks. Prescott, who started 33 games at MSU, could be the only rookie quarterback who starts in Week 1.
Eric Cooley has been racing Late Models for nearly 10 years, a span that has included many starts in Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series races.
STARKVILLE -- Gerri Green was ready to be Richie Brown's backup at middle linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football senior defensive lineman Nick James was arrested early Sunday morning, Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett confirmed.
STARKVILLE -- Greg Knox knows how important his position group will be this season. The Mississippi State football running backs coach is getting his guys prepared for more of a run-oriented offense. With the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott, MSU coach Dan Mullen said the Bulldogs may try to run the ball more.
THORSBY, Ala. -- The James Thompson era began with a dominating performance as the Pickens County High School football team defeated Thorsby 52-0 in the Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) season opener. Junior quarterback Zach Thomas led the Tornadoes with two passing scores and two rushing scores. Caleb Bonner also had a couple of rushing scores.
Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar made numerous plays Friday night. He could only watch, though, as Noxubee County made one more play in the end. In one of the state's marquee matchups at Falcon Field, No. 5 Columbus and No. 10 Noxubee County battled until the final seconds of a hard-fought 24-23 victory by the visiting Tigers.
FULTON -- It seemed like everything had changed when former West Point High School standout Kadarius Forside returned to the Itawamba Community College practice field prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter plans to grade his defense a little better this week. "I think they have worked their way up from a C-plus," Shorter said. "Yes, they will get better than that." Two goal-line stands and two safeties will make any coach giddy. All of those defensive plays loomed large in Noxubee County's 24-23 victory against Columbus on Friday night at Falcon Field.
MOOREVILLE -- After a tough loss in the season opener, Caledonia High School football team bounced back for a 49-24 victory against Mooreville on Friday night. "We felt good about how we played," Caledonia coach Andy Crotwell said. "Always want to get that first win. We still have things to iron out. I thought we played much better, a cleaner game than we did in the opener. We had some drops against Shannon in the passing game, and I don't remember having one in this win.
Win every week. That's the motto the Starkville Academy football team lives by. Noah Methvin and Dalton Dempsey helped make sure the Volunteers stayed perfect Friday night. Methvin threw for three touchdowns, including one to Dempsey, who rushed for 127 yards and two more scores in Starkville Academy's 41-14 victory against West Lowndes in Columbus.
WEST POINT -- It had been looming all night. The West Point High School football team's defense had broken up six passes and dropped at least three sure-fire interceptions entering the fourth quarter of its season-opening game against Louisville. With West Point clinging to a 14-13 lead, Jeremy Brownlee delivered the first of two back-breaking interceptions that changed the game.
ABERDEEN -- More times than not, a height advantage for one team over its opponent in basketball generally translates into a win for the taller team. A height advantage for the New Hope High School football team played a significant role here Friday, as the Trojans rolled to a 41-24 victory against Aberdeen.
2. Pruitt making impact two ways for Tigers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Fitzgerald, Williams will battle to be MSU's starting QB COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Freeze excited about chance to play No. 4 Florida State COLLEGE SPORTS