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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.

Selfless mentality continues to drive Volunteers

Posted 9/15/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson believes the Starkville Academy football team might have made history last week. The Volunteers didn't set a school record for points or have a player set a single-game mark for most yards or tackles. That didn't diminish the significance of a 34-24 victory against East Webster in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS)-Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) matchup.


LSU offense sees changes under Canada

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Change was inevitable for the LSU football team when coach Ed Orgeron hired offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The extent of the changes was a mystery for an extended period, as Orgeron closed preseason practices to the media. Two games into the Canada era, the most important adjustments come before every snap.



Hill hopes to grow into bigger role in MSU's backfield

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kylin Hill knows his first career touchdown should have came a week earlier than it did. The former Columbus High School standout had holes to run through in his debut with the Mississippi State, as he averaged more than 11 yards on his first three carries.



Defense gets first shutout for No. 2 EMCC

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.



Lions show they're able to score in many ways in latest rout

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

BOONEVILLE -- The three national championship football teams at East Mississippi Community College had the knack for beating an opponent in a number of ways. On Thursday, No. 2 EMCC looked like one of those throwback teams in a 59-0 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. at Tiger Stadium.



Ole Miss needs to have better balance vs. Cal

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it has one of the nation's top passing attacks. The problem for the Rebels they need to improve in just about every other aspect.



Local players help ICC upset No. 5 Northwest Mississippi C.C.

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College football team warmed up for archrival East Mississippi C.C. in style Thursday night. The Indians did so with plenty of help from some former local standouts.



Alabama defense mixes blue-collar, blue-chip players

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Anthony Averett has gone from raw recruit to two-year starting cornerback for the No. 1 Alabama football team. Levi Wallace and Jamey Mosely can top that: They began their Crimson Tide careers as walk-ons.


Noxubee County still searching for balance

Posted 9/14/2017 in High School Sports

Tyrone Shorter sees the improvement. It might sound like coach speak, but the Noxubee County High School coach feels his team played better Saturday in a 35-20 loss to Meridian than it did a week before in a 21-18 victory against Shannon.

Branch's message focuses on making right choices

Posted 9/14/2017 in Local Sports

Choices isn't just another word to Adrian Branch. To convey the impact of that word, Branch uses more colorful ones -- like sashaying and profilin' -- and eye-catching objects -- like his $10,000 1987 NBA championship ring from his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers -- to hold the attention of the students assembled in the Columbus High School gymnasium.

Green Wave shouldering title burdens

Posted 9/14/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Nate Montgomery and Rasson Carr first felt the bull's eye in middle school. As part of West Point's eighth-grade team that won the Big 6 title, neither player remembered if the weight of that bull's eye carried any extra pressure or responsibility. But Montgomery and Carr remember wanting to win another championship in the ninth grade, which they did, to set the stage for their move to the varsity team.


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