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Ball's interception sparks Noxubee County

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

MACON -- After a sloppy first half, Tyrone Shorter needed someone to give the Noxubee County High School football team an edge. Deveon Ball was happy to oblige. As Columbus entered the red zone early in the third quarter, Ball saw the football thrown to the flat and broke for it. "It's indescribable with words," a smiling Ball said after the game. "I saw the ball in the air and I went and got it. I'm a DB, and that's what I'm supposed to do, so I went and got the ball and tried to take it back for six."

 

 

Inside the Game: Mooreville-Caledonia

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Inside the Game: Mooreville-Caledonia

 

 

Ford's hands help Caledonia overcome Mooreville

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Zion Ford was just trying to make something happen. But don't let Ford's use of an innocuous phrase diminish the impact of the game-changing moment he delivered Friday night. All the Caledonia High School junior running back needed to do was use his fingertips -- not once, but twice. Ford's juggling act on a pass from quarterback Spencer Unruh went from a possible missed opportunity to a 53-yard touchdown pass in the snap of the fingers and helped push Caledonia to a 31-7 victory against Mooreville in its home opener.

 

 

Inside the Game: Oxford-Starkville

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Inside the Game: Oxford-Starkville

 

 

Starkville overcomes adversity to beat Oxford

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Adverse situations. That's the only thing the Starkville High School football team has seen in the first two weeks of the season. Nothing has come easy for the Yellow Jackets, who have had to overcome deficits in their first two games. Last week, Starkville fell behind Noxubee County 20-7 before tying the game and being forced to overtime. Noxubee County earned a 26-20 victory in double overtime when Starkville senior wide receiver A.J. Brown couldn't secure a pass that would have tied the game in the second overtime.

 

 

Starkville Academy's ground game batters West Lowndes

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- If you ask Starkville Academy first-year head football coach Chase Nicholson to define his offensive philosophy, he won't hesitate to tell you he believes in running the football. That's exactly what Starkville Academy did Friday night in a 28-8 victory against West Lowndes at J.E. Logan Field.

 

 

West Point follows familiar formula, routs Louisville

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- There was no secret to the game plan West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had for his team's season opener against Louisville on Friday night. "We played West Point football," Chambless said, referring to the pounding running game that saw West Point rush for 412 yards in a 46-7 victory. "That's our forte', and that's what we do. We just don't want to get away from it. "We have got our kids brainwashed into it, and it's what they like to do. It's something we like to do and we work hard at it."

 

 

Defense delivers for Raiders

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Collins Brown can't remember a more dominating defensive performance in his playing career at Oak Hill Academy. But Brown wasn't surprised by the Raiders' effort Friday night. While all coaches and players incorporate film study into their preparation, Brown is adamant the Raiders rely upon it heavily, partly because they have to; the Raiders only have 16 players on their roster.

 

 

Last-second score lifts Aberdeen past New Hope

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

The Aberdeen High School football team flipped the script here Friday against New Hope. After taking a 35-8 pounding at home a year ago, Aberdeen gained a measure of revenge with a last-second 32-27 victory against New Hope.

 

 

Lamar School rolls past Heritage Academy

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

MERIDIAN -- Turnovers hurt the Heritage Academy football team dearly Friday night. A 100-yard fumble return touchdown might have been the biggest turnover in a disastrous first half as Heritage Academy dropped a 47-7 decision to Lamar School.

 

 

Inside the Game: Columbus-Noxubee County

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Inside the Game: Columbus-Noxubee County

 

 

Turnovers too much for Columbus to overcome

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

MACON -- Regardless of the score, Columbus High School senior free safety Hezekiah Manigo signed up for four quarters of work Friday night. "This team will always keep battling," Manigo said. "That has become our battle cry this year. We are a different team. On defense, we take pride in working hard for four quarters. We didn't do our job right in the second half. It doesn't matter how many things go wrong in a game. We have to keep fighting to keep the other team out of the end zone.

 

 

Friday's, Thursday's Mississippi Prep Football Scores

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Friday's, Thursday's Mississippi Prep Football Scores

 

 

Friday's, Thursday's Alabama Prep Football Scores

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Friday's, Thursday's Alabama Prep Football Scores

 

 

Noxubee County beats Columbus; Starkville defeats Oxford

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

MACON -- Noxubee County High School senior defensive end Jeffery Simmons has made his name as one of the state's best defensive players. On Friday night, the Columbus High defense was on the receiving end of the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Simmons' offensive punch. Simmons scored two second-half touchdowns to help Noxubee County pull away to a 25-8 victory against Columbus.

 

 

Pickens Academy playing for assistant coach Copland

Posted 8/28/2015 in High School Sports

Between the weather and the emotion surrounding the squad's season opener, Josh Thacker and the Pickens Academy football team had one of the longest Friday nights of Week 1. In addition to waiting out a lightning delay and a power outage, the Pirates had to deal with the fact they were without assistant coach Ted Copland, who is battling cancer and was forced to miss his first Friday night in 46 years as a coach.

 

 

Heritage Academy ready for tough road test

Posted 8/28/2015 in High School Sports

Barrett Donahoe scheduled preseason scrimmages and jamborees to prepare the Heritage Academy football team for the 2015 season. Following games against Pillow Academy, Raymond High School, and Simpson Academy, Donahoe hoped the Patriots were primed and ready to face good competition in the regular season. That move paid off last week against Columbus Christian in a 48-0 victory in the season opener for both teams.

 

 

Brown wants to continue Starkville's tradition at running back

Posted 8/28/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School running backs coach Carlos Kemp first saw Avery Brown as a sophomore. Brown was a member of the scout team, but he used that opportunity to show Kemp, the other coaches, and his teammates what was to come. "When he got in, he ran hard and I saw then he was going to be pretty good his senior year," Kemp said. "He's just the type of person that comes to work each day, and he's going to give all he's got every day."

 

 

Competitive fire fuels Byrds on tracks

Posted 8/28/2015 in Local Sports

CARBON HILL, Ala. -- Jennifer Byrd could taste victory when she rounded turn four at Magnolia Motor Speedway on July 10. After three laps of battling back and forth with her husband, Jason Byrd, in the Factory Stock feature race, she thought she had enough of a run off the final turn to earn her first head-to-head win against him. But Jason, who'd been racing the high-line of the track, edged her at the line by 0.16 seconds.

 

 

No. 7 Copiah-Lincoln rallies past ICC

Posted 8/28/2015 in College Sports

FULTON -- The No. 7 Copiah-Lincoln Community College scored 13 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night to rally for a 26-14 victory against Itawamba C.C. in the season opener for both teams.

 

 

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