GOODMAN -- East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Jacquez Horsley and the rest of his teammates were ready to get the preliminaries out of the way Thursday night.
East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Isaiah Wright is pretty excited about showing what he has learned.
For fans of the Columbus-Starkville high school football rivalry, you might be in luck this year after all.
Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill did not have to be told it was time to step up.
TUPELO -- Columbus High School head football coach Randal Montgomery found motivation in an unusual place this week.
ELLISVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore Dario Robinson admitted he had nerves before his first plays on defense in a junior college game.
"My teammates were getting me hyped," Robinson said. "My guys on the defense even told me I was going to intercept a pass. I didn't believe them."
East Mississippi Community College is back on the other side of the feel good meter.
As we officially hit the halfway point of the prep football season, it is safe to say this season will be remembered for years to come.
Freshman linebacker A.J. Smith breaks out the normal football cliches when he says the Northwest Mississippi Community College football team is taking it one game at a time as it climbs the national rankings.
Then there is a footnote.
The Ole Miss football team enjoyed its first road trip in Southeastern Conference football play this season.
Now the Rebels are looking to repeat that pleasure.
After upsetting then-No. 2 Alabama two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, No. 3 Ole Miss (4-0, 2-0 SEC) will be back on the road this weekend to take on No. 25 Florida (4-0, 2-0). Kickoff is set for a 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) in Gainesville, Florida.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery had a higher level of confidence in sophomore place kicker Chris Taylor after he hit a 36-yard field goal Friday night.
However, for Taylor, the feeling was the opposite.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back C.J. Reavis admits it took a while for him to return to his comfort zone.
Now flourishing as a standout in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ranks, the Virginia Tech transfer is working overtime to build up the resume for a return to senior college competition. As he grows and develops, the Lions' defense is coming along for the ride.
A critical goal-line stand swung the momentum for good Saturday in No. 6 EMCC's 48-24 victory against Itawamba C.C. in a MACJC North Division game played before a capacity Homecoming crowd at Sullivan-Windham Field.
Highly touted Columbus High School junior Kylin Hill stole the show in this battle of star Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 running backs.
In elementary school, when Keyon Higgins was losing a backyard wrestling match to older brother Stanley, he would remember his mother's advice.
Columbus High School senior linebacker Damonta Kidd never has had a laugh he wouldn't share with a friend.
With a mischievous smile commonplace, Kidd always knows how to have a good time. It is a large part of the reason why he fits in so well on the Falcons' defense.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior quarterback Montario Montgomery doesn't care what the Yellow Jackets did in the first four games of the season.
The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 after five weeks, but the real season will start at Friday. That's when Starkville travel to Jackson to take on Callaway (4-1) at 7 p.m. Newell Field in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 game.
"We know we've got to focus now. We know we've got to practice harder every day to get better because these are the games that count," Montgomery said. "Despite the game we loss and despite the games we won, they don't matter because these seven games are all that matter."
Even though the calendar still says September, players and coaches at West Point High School have the extra step this week.
SCOOBA -- Former Aberdeen High School standout Sammie Burroughs is not worried about the role he plays with the East Mississippi Community College football team.
An average day for Jones County Junior College freshman Michael Godley starts around 6 a.m. and ends around 9:30 p.m.
"Every day is a long day," Godley said. "It's a sacrifice, but it is also a love. I really love what I am doing. It's hard to get started some days and the nights run long, but I wouldn't trade a thing. It has been a wonderful experience so far."
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