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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The learning opportunities continue for the Heritage Academy football team.
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.
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.
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.
BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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