STARKVILLE -- Maybe it's a sign of how far the Mississippi State football team has come under Dan Mullen, but there were few smiles from the sixth-year coach or his players after a 47-34 victory against Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- There wasn't much to brag about concerning Mississippi State's defensive performance Saturday in a 47-34 victory against Alabama-Birmingham.
Leading up to his team's meeting against Winston Academy, Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe preached the value of the big play to his players. "I told the guys the opportunities would be there to make big plays, and if we did that, we'd win the game," Donahoe said. Michael Ledbetter and his teammates listened.
STARKVILLE -- With a 3-0 lead, the Washington School football team had Starkville Academy in a familiar position: backed up near its goal line with seconds to go until halftime.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's up-and-down the field 36-28 victory against Amory had almost as many potential story lines Friday as there were touchdowns in the 79th renewal of the rivalry between Monroe County's two largest schools.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's quarterbacks had auditions for the starting job Saturday, but it's not clear who will win the role. Blake Sims had 214 passing yards and Jake Coker threw for 202 to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 41-0 victory against Florida Atlantic in a game cut short early for lightning. It's the first time two Alabama quarterbacks had thrown for 200 yards in the same game and the second most passing yards in program history behind Scott Hunter's 484 against Auburn in 1969.
HAMILTON -- Junior running back Keshon Heard put on a show Friday night. Heard rushed for 21 times for 189 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 117 yards and two more scores to lead the Hamilton High School football team to a 25-19 victory against Hatley 25-19 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association game.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the exception of that first half against Boise State, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is very happy with how his Rebels have started this season. Bo Wallace threw for 320 yards and a touchdown, and No. 15 Ole Miss routed Vanderbilt 41-3 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
SMITHVILLE -- The Caledonia High School football team's two-headed monster of Brandon Henry and Spencer Unruh delivered again Friday night in a major way. Henry, a senior running back, and Unruh, a sophomore quarterback, combined for 423 yards and five touchdowns to lead Caledonia to a 46-13 victory against Smithville.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior running back Matt Fuller was willing to cut his defense a little slack Friday night. "I told them in practice that this was a rivalry game and I wanted them to put up a zero," Fuller said. "They allowed three points, but that is good enough. They played well, and I still love them."
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STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless can't quibble with his team's effort Friday night. While Chambless and West Point weren't happy with the final outcome -- a 34-3 loss to the archrival and No. 1 Starkville -- the veteran coach could take several positives from his team's effort.
STARKVILLE -- The West Point High School football team didn't have any answers for A.J. Brown on Friday night. The Starkville High junior wide receiver caught four passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 34-3 victory against the Green Wave before a standing-room only crowd at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Frey's job is never easy. But as Mississippi State's associate athletic director for event management, Frey found himself in charge of game operations last Saturday night for MSU's season opener against Southern Mississippi -- an event that featured 61,889 fans, the largest crowd in MSU history.
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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State linebacker Dez Harris admits he was nervous. Taking the field as a Bulldog for the first time, Harris was part of what defensive coordinator Geoff Collins calls MSU's "1B defense."
The ritual hasn't changed for more than two decades. Three times a year, Brad Gaines gets up early and makes the three-hour drive to Russellville, Alabama, to the gravesite of Chucky Mullins. It's there that he reflects on their 18 precious months of friendship following an ill-fated collision on a football field in 1989.
SCOOBA -- DJ Law didn't run track at Haines City (Fla.) High School. Instead, Law said he liked to hurdle basketball opponents on the way to the goal.
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