STARKVILLE -- Midway through the second quarter of Starkville Academy's season-opener Friday, linebacker Noah Heflin thought back to the week following the team's loss to Oak Forest Academy in last season's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game.
Kylin Hill admits his eyes light up when he sees a ball coming in his way on a kickoff.
MACON -- To a man, Friday night was about belief for the Noxubee County High School football team.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery slowly made changes to his new program last season.
MACON -- Rontavis Clark walked back to the sideline early in the second quarter Friday night with a lot on his mind.
SCOOBA - East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens knows what kind of player he's getting when they played at Starkville High School.
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MACON -- Timorrius Conner hit Ladaveon Smith with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Deveon Ball got just enough of a pass to A.J. Brown to break it up to help the Noxubee County High School football team hold on for a 26-20 double-overtime victory against Starkville in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Inexperience doesn't faze Josh Thacker. If it did, the Pickens Academy third-year head football coach would look at his roster for the 2015 season with wide eyes and see a bunch of 7s, 8s, and 9s under the grade column. All told, Pickens Academy enters tonight's season opener against Ben's Ford Christian (La.) with only four seniors and two juniors on a roster that features 18 players in grades seven through nine.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman linebacker Gerri Green already is drawing comparisons to a former Bulldog linebacker. Even though Green hasn't played for the Bulldogs, many think he is similar to Benardrick McKinney. "It's a great compliment," Green said. "B-Mac (McKinney) was a great player. To be anything like him would be a good accomplishment. Being compared to him and the things that he did here, that is a big compliment."
There wasn't a driver happier than Allen Simmons when the lights were shut off and the final hauler pulled out of Columbus Speedway on Aug. 1. Simmons didn't win a feature race that night. He didn't finish second or win a lot of money. The former runner-up in the speedway's Super Late Model points race accomplished a feat that had eluded him in seven years of racing: a win in a heat race.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball player Xavian Stapleton will be out six months after he suffered a knee injury earlier this week in practice. According to a school press release, the 6-foot-6 Flora native, who transferred to MSU from Louisiana Tech and was going to have to sit out this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee Monday in a pickup game. He will have knee surgery in September.
STARKVILLE -- A day after unveiling its non-conference schedule, the Mississippi State women's basketball team found out it will have 10 television appearances, including two ESPN2 games, as part of its Southeastern Conference slate released by the league office Thursday evening. After closing the non-conference schedule Dec. 30 against South Florida in the SEC/AAC Challenge, MSU will return to the Sunshine State on Jan. 3, 2016, to begin league play at Florida on the SEC Network.
OXFORD -- The opening of the $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss and a 29-game slate featuring 17 home dates and an appearance on ESPN2 highlight the 2015-16 Ole Miss women's basketball schedule released by coach Matt Insell on Thursday. Ole Miss will play host to eight SEC foes, including 2015 NCAA tournament Final Four participant South Carolina and Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
History will be made tonight when area teams kick off the 2015 prep football season. Featured among the non-region and non-division games that will kick off at 7 tonight is a matchup between Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Columbus Christian and Heritage Academy. While the schools have faced each other in other sports, tonight's game in Columbus is believed to be the first between the two in football.
FULTON -- Ladarius Gallion figured out quickly what it was going to take to excel in college. "I had to get bigger, faster, and stronger," said Gallion, a former standout at West Point High School who is now sophomore defensive lineman on the Itawamba Community College football team. "In high school, you are the big guy. Here, you are simply one of the big guys. I slimmed down a lot and put the weight where it needed to be most. You learn so much when you play junior college ball. It's an exciting time knowing your sophomore year is your last year here, so it's a big year."
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter doesn't see the Noxubee County High School football team's season opener against Starkville High as a chance for redemption.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State junior safety Kivon Coman doesn't hide the fact that he's a leader.
STARKVILLE - Evie Grace Singleton had a big decision to make when she learned that her coach was leaving for Mississippi State.
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