MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew he had a tough opponent in the 3A Charleston Tigers on Friday night, despite the lower classification. What he didn't expect was for his offense, which entered the game averaging 32.9 points, to score seven points in the first three quarters.
OXFORD -- Quarterback Bo Wallace slapped Trae Elston on the back as he walked past the safety, and the two exchanged smiles but no words. Nothing needed to be explained. It was pretty obvious Ole Miss' offense owes the defense after an ugly 24-3 victory against Memphis on Saturday.
ETHEL -- The West Lowndes High School football team snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night with a 40-8 victory against Ethel in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 game.
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The New Hope High School football team built on perfection in impressive fashion Friday night. Junior running back Brenton Spann rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Stone Sisson threw for two more scores to lead New Hope to a 33-17 victory against Clarksdale in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
LOUISVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill encouraged his team to be a fast-starting unit this season. Terrill felt like his team needed to be better at scoring early in games. The confidence and momentum earned from early scores can be huge.
WEST POINT -- By their reckoning, Beth Daniel and Nancy Scranton aced the test Saturday at Old Waverly on the opening day of the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior running back Avery Brown got the word Monday afternoon. With senior starters Jacquez Horsley (hamstring) and Matt Fuller (bruised tailbone) slowed or out due to injury, Brown received notice his first start with the top-ranked Yellow Jackets would come Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener has against Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School first-year football coach Randal Montgomery knew his team would face a tough challenge Friday night against top-ranked Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Junior running back Avery Brown felt some nervousness before making his first start with the Starkville High School football team on Friday night in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener against Columbus High.
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WEST POINT -- It's an exciting time for George Bryan. Immersed in the build-up to the LPGA Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup this weekend at Old Waverly Golf Club, Bryan has a chance to squirrel away in his shed next to the club's pro shop while golf carts dart in and out and players shuffle around the greens.
Reality has sunk for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team. If Gary Harris didn't see it for himself, the veteran coach probably wouldn't have believed it, especially after a suffering a 15-0 loss in its first game of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA North State tournament last weekend.
Add goofiness and loyalty to the Mississippi State women's basketball team coaching staff's recruiting check list. Those items were the latest intangibles Jazz Holmes and Jazmine Spears credited to the Bulldogs and Vic Schaefer and his coaches following official visits to MSU. It didn't take Holmes and Spears long after being in Starkville to make verbal commitments to play for Schaefer in 2015-16.
A move wasn't enough to shake Taylor Renth's confidence. After all, the former Caledonia High School girls soccer standout moved from playing defense at the prep level to playing forward in her first year at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, so she didn't have any reason to be concerned about moving to midfield for her sophomore season.
WEST POINT -- The celebration didn't go unnoticed. When the Oxford High School football team defeated West Point 30-20 for the first time in school history last October, the Chargers were understandably excited. After all, the win snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Green Wave and symbolized a major step for the program, which reached the 2013 Class 5A state championship game. In the wake of the victory, the Chargers enjoyed an animated postgame celebration.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson's biggest claim to fame had been an embarrassing play against Alabama in 2011, when Trent Richardson faked him two times on a 76-yard touchdown run. Now the senior is making highlights he's proud to have shown.
FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Quan Latham wasn't signed to score touchdowns. However, the former Columbus High School standout is making weekly trips to the end zone.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team hopes its "second season" is just as good as the first one. Starkville has opened the season with four victories to catapult into the No. 1 spot in the state's polls. At 7 tonight, the "second season" starts when Starkville plays host to Columbus in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
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