SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College played nine regular-season football game this season. The top-ranked Lions won all of them.
STARKVILLE -- Murrah High School quarterback Malik Dear will try to go where no other Starkville High opponent has gone the past four weeks -- into the end zone.
The most prolific offensive player in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 play will have his hands full at 7 tonight when Murrah (6-3, 1-3 region) takes on top-ranked Starkville (8-0, 4-0). The Yellow Jackets have posted four-straight shutouts and hasn't allowed a point in the last 16 quarters.
STARKVILLE -- April Reese was more than happy to provide the exclamation point.
Clinging to a 13-12 lead in the second set, the Starkville High School volleyball team was locked in a long rally with Clinton on Tuesday in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class III first-round playoff match.
SCOOBA -- The stakes remain high for the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team even though its postseason destination is set.
EMCC is again in the running for a National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. Four more victories will give EMCC an unprecedented third national championship in four seasons.
With two or three weeks remaining in the regular season for each Mississippi High School Activities Association football team, we really have hit the stretch run.
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State senior golfer Ally McDonald keeps tabs on the MSU football team like most of the other students on campus.
While the football team in unchartered waters as the nation's No. 1 team this week, the women's golf team is doing its part to make a run at a national championship, too.
Five more wins.
While fans and national writers realize how close the No. 3 Ole Miss football team is to an undefeated regular season, players and coaches are focused on one more win.
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.
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