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A 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kiren Sharp on Friday night propelled the Columbus High School football team to a 17-10 victory against Madison Central in a Class 6A, Region 2 game at Falcon Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban delivered a challenge to Alabama's offensive linemen before the game against Texas A&M. The group was coming off a demoralizing performance against Arkansas when it played without injured center Ryan Kelly and couldn't open many holes for the running backs and allowed a couple of sacks.
STEENS -- B.J. Shirley remembers how close the Columbus Christian football team was last season. One more play. That's all the Rams needed to secure the program's first district title in 11-man football. Unfortunately, Deer Creek Academy prevented that play from happening and held on for a 28-26 victory. Odds are Shirley and his teammates will think about that play on the three-hour bus ride to Arcola today prior to Columbus Christian's game against Deer Creek Academy at 7 tonight. The play will be fresh on the minds of the Rams because a victory tonight will help them gain revenge and earn that first district title nearly one year to the day later.
Randal Montgomery's message has remained positive throughout the ups and downs of his first season as football coach at Columbus High School. Montgomery has had to work to change the mind-set of a program that never has had consistent success amidst the expectations that his success at Class 3A Hazlehurst High -- where he led the program to three consecutive state title games, winning one -- led some to believe he would be able to have similar success immediately at Class 6A Columbus.
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STARKVILLE -- Over a wild, remarkable four-week stretch earlier this season, Mississippi State's football team earned its first No. 1 ranking. Now the Bulldogs will defend their place in The Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today).
WEST POINT -- The names have changed. The faces have changed. But the production hasn't, which is why the West Point High School football team's offense keeps rolling.
Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss' defense has been this season. But it's a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the national lead. The group has a knack for big plays, too, scoring almost as many defensive touchdowns (four) as the six they've allowed.
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.
Pickens County High School knew replacing 17 seniors would be a major chore this football season. The Tornadoes also had the added assignment of moving from the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A ranks to Class 2A.
Kris Pickle and the New Hope High School football team have turned the page.
MACON -- Coaches worry about everything.
The smiles were back at Heritage Academy after a week's hiatus.
STARKVILLE - Success can change a man.
WEST POINT - On Tuesday, Mississippi State's nationally ranked women's golf team turned its Old Waverly Invitational into a runaway, firing a team score of 277 to stretch its lead to 22 strokes over a field of 13 teams.
At 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, Sam Taylor's name on a roster won't catch your eye if you're looking for a physical specimen.
"Don't be in a rush." Kayla McKinion didn't hear the advice offered to her by one of the fans of the Neshoba Central slow-pitch softball team on Tuesday night. You couldn't blame the junior outfielder for being locked in. After all, the bases were loaded and a short right-field porch at Lady Trojan Field beckoned. The only thing McKinion had to do was be patient, pick out her pitch, and let the hours of practice and training help her do the rest.
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