MADISON -- Starkville High School senior linebacker Jordyn Bowlin described his team's mentality perfectly Friday night.
SENATOBIA -- When East Mississippi Community College hired Buddy Stephens as its football coach, a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division championship was a big deal.
The Lions have advanced well past that type of championship. These days, state and national titles are the norm.
Still, EMCC took time to celebrate Thursday night.
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.
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.
SCOOBA -- The state's best Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division rivalry took an odd turn last season when EMCC defeated Northwest Mississippi C.C. 79-7 on the way to its second National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
OXFORD -- Playing as a top-five team for the first time, the Ole Miss football team passed a major test Saturday night in a 35-20 rout of then-No. 14 Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
Coach Hugh Freeze and his Rebels will try to build on the momentum of back-to-back victories at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when they play host to Tennessee at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
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.
SCOOBA -- Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Acker knew he was joining a championship program when he signed to play football and baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
Still, he never expected this much success.
As the wins begin to mount, so does the pressure for top-ranked Starkville High School.
Starkville is looking for perfection, something rare in the world of sports. The Yellow Jackets (6-0) appear on a cruise control for a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 championship.
Starkville-Northwest Rankin Breakout
BRANDON -- Starkville High School junior defensive lineman Lorenzo Dantzler doesn't feel like his team's defense is underappreciated.
Tom Goode always demanded excellence.
Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.
STARKVILLE -- While the Starkville High School football team's offensive numbers may been among the state's best, the Yellow Jackets may have made the biggest strides on defense.
SCOOBA - D.J. Jones flashes a smile wider than the defensive tackle's 315-pound frame.
The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.
Ole Miss has been waiting for a day like this for quite some time.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior running back Avery Brown got the word Monday afternoon.
With senior starters Jacquez Horsley (hamstring) and Matt Fuller (bruised tailbone) slowed or out due to injury, Brown received notice his first start with the top-ranked Yellow Jackets would come Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener has against Columbus.
FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Quan Latham wasn't signed to score touchdowns.
However, the former Columbus High School standout is making weekly trips to the end zone.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team hopes its "second season" is just as good as the first one.
Starkville has opened the season with four victories to catapult into the No. 1 spot in the state's polls. At 7 tonight, the "second season" starts when Starkville plays host to Columbus in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Hodges flashes a big smile when asked about his offensive teammates.
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