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Fitzgerald leads No. 17 MSU back to Georgia

Posted less than 6 hours ago in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.

Putt leads Heritage Academy to come-from-behind victory

Posted less than 6 hours ago in High School Sports

Carter Putt doesn't need ice when his arm is feeling good. As a pitcher with the Heritage Academy baseball team, Putt said he didn't use ice for his shoulder or his elbow following his outings. Putt followed a similar approach Friday after a career night in his fifth start as the varsity quarterback of the school's football team.

 

Christmann makes most of his opportunity vs. Tigers

Posted less than 6 hours ago in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Tucker Day hype was more than just a creation of recruiting rankings and the musings of Mississippi State fans. Kicker Jace Christmann saw Day, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, impress in his first collegiate practices. Day's performance left the rest of MSU's kickers with one choice.

 

 

Georgia-Mississippi State renew 'rivalry'

Posted less than 6 hours ago in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- They share a nickname and a league. The Mississippi State and the Georgia football teams share little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between MSU and Georgia.

 

 

Ole Miss' Brown out with sprained knee

Posted less than 6 hours ago in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he could be ready for the team's game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 30.

 

 

Cal gets defensive in second half to beat Ole Miss

Posted yesterday in College Sports

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California football team has followed a consistent formula in getting off to a 3-0 start under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Golden Bears have managed to overcome shaky starts with dominant second halves with help from a vastly improved defense.

 

Rout helps MSU climb into national rankings

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons proved the Mississippi State football team's defense's point with a tackle in the second quarter. On the first play after then-No. 12 LSU pummeled MSU with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in which it didn't attempt a pass, Marquiss Spencer took on an edge block and Simmons shed the LSU center, pursued across the formation and tackled running back Derrius Guice for a loss.

MSU punishes No. 12 LSU

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wasn't going to hold any punches. The Mississippi State football coach entered his team's game against No. 12 LSU on Saturday night with one goal: run the football. To do that, Mullen was going to use everything in his playbook. It all worked.

 

Mixon benefits from MSU's ground assault

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team running for nearly 6 yards per carry Saturday night in a 37-7 victory against No. 12 LSU did plenty to set up its passing attack, but coach Dan Mullen was doing more, too. "What we're trying to do is get them back and forth," Mullen said, "get them into nickel and out of base defenses to create mismatches."

 

Slimantics: MSU's latest success looks familiar

Posted 9/17/2017 in Local Columns

This is beginning to look familiar, isn't it? The Mississippi State football team flipped the script again against LSU and suddenly a team nobody thought very much of seems to have no limitations.

 

Aliceville moves to 2-0 in region

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

MARION. Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team moved to 2-0 in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 14-6 win at Marion on Friday night.

 

 

Defense helps Hamilton edge West Lowndes

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Toby Young made a beeline for the fence. The Hamilton High School senior had just worked his way through the post-game handshake line and didn't want to waste another second, so he sprinted toward his team's sideline. When he spotted the poles with the blue flags, Young picked the one he wanted and set out on another sprint.

 

 

Starkville continues to grow with win vs. Meridian

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Four weeks ago to the day Friday, Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones stood on the field at Noxubee County after a 40-point win. Jones had just watched his defense hold its first opponent to barely a yard per carry, but he said the younger players in key roles were only going to get better.

 

 

Hurts, No. 1 Alabama outlast Colorado State

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts and the Alabama football team scored in a hurry, then did it again -- and again. No. 1 Alabama raced to a lead Saturday night, lost a chunk of it, then outlasted Colorado State 41-23 Saturday night. Hurts threw for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards for the Tide (3-0) in his best all-around game of the season.

 

 

Byhalia's second half too much for Caledonia

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- On Friday, for the second time this season, the Caledonia High School football team entered halftime trailing by one score and moving the ball well on the ground. And much like its Week 2 loss to Aberdeen, mistakes and big plays in the second half stymied Caledonia's hopes for a rally and first win.

 

 

Sophomores provide spark for New Hope vs. Aberdeen

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle, who played at Hatley High and was an assistant coach at Aberdeen High from 2007-09, had his second-consecutive successful Monroe County homecoming Friday night as New Hope posted a 46-22 victory against Aberdeen at Lester Miley Stadium.

 

 

Heritage Academy rallies past Pillow Academy

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

GREENWOOD -- Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison kept waiting for the big stop. Judd Murphy finally obliged. Murphy intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter that served as a springboard for Heritage Academy's come-from-behind 42-38 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) game Friday night.

 

 

Columbus beats Vicksburg for first win

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

During a fourth-quarter heat timeout, the Columbus High School band played loudly. Senior Jordan Randle stood at the 40-yard line and danced passionately. He implored his teammates to share a step with him. For the first time this season, the Columbus High football team was feeling good.

 

 

West Point rolls past Noxubee County

Posted 9/17/2017 in High School Sports

MACON -- Ryan Melton's 84-yard touchdown run was indicative of the West Point High School football team's win Friday night. Wild. Unorthodox. Some might even say it was uncharacteristic.

 

Heritage Academy faces new lessons this week

Posted 9/15/2017 in High School Sports

The learning opportunities continue for the Heritage Academy football team.

 

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