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.
The stakes are raised this weekend as region play begins in the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks for Classes 5A and 6A.
The Ole Miss football team's players and coaches aren't gearing up for a potential top-10 matchup against Alabama on Oct. 4.
Coach Hugh Freeze insists his team is focused on its next game against Memphis at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) at Vaught-Hemingway.
Football players at Columbus High School finally had some fun Friday night.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Todd Mays feels like his team is getting better each week.
That is bad news for the teams on the second half of the EMCC schedule.
Top-ranked EMCC continued its path of destruction through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division on Thursday night with a 65-7 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. on a rain-plagued night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- High school football coaches wrestle each season with how to deal with an open date.
Coaches must decide which days to practice, how long to practice, and whether to focus more on upcoming opponents or their teams.
For Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell, the open date posed even more mystery.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas knows what a national championship defense looks like.
When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.
MACON -- Noxubee County has built a state championship tradition based on its defense.
CLARKSDALE -- The East Mississippi Community College football program boasted perhaps the state's best defense last season.
This season's Lions are following that lead.
Top-ranked EMCC allowed 1 yard per rush, forced three turnovers, and blocked another punt for a score in an 83-7 rout of Coahoma C.C. in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division opener for both teams Thursday night at James E. Miller Stadium.
New Hope High School senior baseball player Josh Stillman found familiarity when he visited Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Aberdeen High School senior Josh Williams feels like a proud father most Friday nights.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College freshman wide receiver Sammie Burroughs enjoys catching passes, scoring touchdowns, and winning games.
After opening the season with neutral-site victories against Boise State and Vanderbilt, the No. 14 Ole Miss football team will play Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) in its home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is familiar with Louisiana-Lafayette from his time as coach at Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference.
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