One might think Shay Knight is struggling. He has had two DNFs in features and one in a heat race in his last three appearances at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Still, that hasn't been enough to discourage the Lowndes County native who, in his first full season racing Super Late Models, feels like his team is performing at its best level of the year. His reasoning is tangible: He's been fast, albeit unlucky.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dalvin Tomlinson is Alabama's other defensive end. He should not be hard to miss at 6-foot-3, 310-pounds. He was a three-time Georgia state champion wrestler and former high school soccer player -- and he is a pretty good football player, too. Tomlinson, however, is often overshadowed by All-Southeastern Conference teammate Jonathan Allen.
FULTON -- It was hard for Roger Thomas to see Kadarius Forside break his leg last week. The Itawamba Community College football running backs are more than teammates. The cousins played football together at West Point High School. They have a bond that goes deeper than your average junior college teammates who spend at the most two years together.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald watched Saturday as Damian Williams nearly led the Mississippi State football team to a fourth-quarter comeback against then-No. 20 LSU. The sophomore starting quarterback lost his helmet before a crucial fourth-down play midway through the fourth quarter. Williams came in and led the Bulldogs to a touchdown. After an onside kick, Williams led another touchdown drive to cut the deficit to a field goal, but MSU lost 23-20.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will step outside of the Southeastern Conference for a game against Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Mario Lanier didn't look the least bit winded. He was in the minority. "I could play four more quarters," said Lanier, a former standout at Aliceville High School. "That was fun. Let's keep the lights on and keep going."
With no field house to call home, West Point football players are having to do without the traditional countdown clock hanging on a side wall. However, if a clock existed, it might have been set to this game even before the season started. At 7 tonight, that time finally will arrive and give West Point a chance to end three years of misery to rival Oxford when the teams meet in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
STARKVILLE -- Rivalry games typically don't need any added drama to make them more appealing. That might be the case for the Heritage Academy-Starkville Academy matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener at J.E. Logan Field. But the Patriots' high-powered offense and the Volunteers' typically stingy defense adds a little spice to a rivalry that has seen the teams split the last 10 meetings.
STARKVILLE -- There was no question in Chase Nicholson's mind that the Starkville Academy football team was going to respond. The only thing Nicholson didn't know was how Starkville Academy planned to bounce back following a 40-0 loss to Lamar School on Sept. 9.
STARKVILLE -- As Dez Harris forced two fumbles against LSU on Saturday, the Mississippi State linebacker thought about his mother. Overcoming three knee injuries wasn't easy for the junior. If he gave up the game and decided to focus on other things, nobody would blame him. But that's not Harris. He's a fighter. Even so, the recovery process wasn't easy. He had a great support system behind him, including his mother, Delaina.
David McFatrich is all about creating new habits. In his first year as Mississippi State volleyball coach, McFatrich guided the Bulldogs to a 17-15 finish and their first winning record since 2006. MSU capped its 2015 season with a victory against Ole Miss that gave the program its first back-to-back victories against the Rebels since 2009. The win heightened optimism that 2016 could be MSU's year to take the next step, to entertain thoughts of moving into the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference, and to compete for its first bid to the NCAA tournament.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it can build big first-half leads against some of the best college football teams in the country. The 23rd-ranked Rebels have also shown they can lose those same leads in a hurry. Ole Miss blew a 22-point lead against Florida State on Sept. 5 and a 21-point lead against Alabama last weekend in two demoralizing losses that have put a serious dent in the program's lofty preseason aspirations. Now, coach Hugh Freeze is left trying to figure out what's going wrong.
This is a big week. Columbus, Starkville, New Hope, and West Point begin Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play Friday night. Those four teams are 11-5 as the curtain goes up on the most important part of the season.
Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin is the lead candidate for the vacancy at Florida according to a report by FootballScoop.com.
The next step for athletics at Mississippi University for Women is coming soon.
For the Columbus High School football team, the crossroads of the season have now been reached.
Each season, the East Mississippi Community College passing game finds a rhythm.
STARKVILLE -- When Lashard Durr saw two senior cornerbacks go down, he had to grow up fast.
Being one of the best in the world has its perks. For West Point's John Burris, the hard work that went into helping the United States' 35+ Water Ski Team win the gold medal at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships this past weekend at the Sesena Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, gave him an opportunity few people realize.
In baseball, hitters are "seeing the ball well" when they're in a groove. In basketball, shooters are "in the zone" when that feeling comes over them that they can't miss. The Heritage Academy offensive linemen showed Friday night that even big boys up front in the trenches can get into a rhythm that makes an entire group feel like it can't do anything wrong. Judging by the numbers, the Patriots came pretty close to realizing that goal.
1. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Madden wins Cotton Pickin' 100 LOCAL SPORTS