STARKVILLE -- While the Starkville High School football team has felt little pressure in its first two games, the target on its back grew a little larger this week.
Anthony Sharp has done a little bit of everything in his career at Victory Christian Academy.
56. 39. 76. 49. Rest assured, those aren't lottery numbers Kris Pickle played on his arrival at New Hope High School. Those numbers also weren't ones Pickle wrote in capital letters on the dry erase boards in the New Hope High field house. Instead, Pickle wanted to change the mind-set of a program and a defense that allowed pinball popping numbers en route to a 4-7 finish (2-5 in Class 5A, Region 1) in 2013.
After one week of change, Tyrone Shorter has opted to stay the course.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith felt the absence of a blocker, stopped in his tracks and raised his arms before deflecting a pass from Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens. The ball fell harmlessly into Smith's arms for the Marietta, Georgia native's first career interception as the senior delivered the first statement play of the season for MSU's defense.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was blunt when asked of quarterback Dak Prescott's less-than-featured role Saturday in the season opener against Southern Mississippi.
TJ Davis didn't know Friday the honor he was about to receive. Jammed into the New Hope High School gymnasium, Davis and his New Hope football teammates were gathered with the rest of the school's student body to participate in a pep rally prior to the team's season opener against Aberdeen.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis returned to campus on Tuesday after spending the previous two days in his native Tylertown following the shooting death of his younger brother early Sunday morning.
Randal Montgomery isn't accustomed to being on the wrong side of a 46-7 score. Ten times in three years as head coach at Hazlehurst High School, Montgomery led the Indians to victories when they scored 46 or more points. Montgomery's teams parlayed that high-scoring success into three consecutive trips to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state title game and a state championship (16-0 season) in 2012.
SCOOBA -- In its four-year history, East Mississippi Community College's Sullivan-Windham Field has drawn rave reviews as one of the state's premier football facilities. One group has enjoyed its visit there more than any other.
While we are only two weeks into the prep football season, it is never too early to take stock. Several teams have turned some heads and made good first impressions.
VERNON, Ala. -- Ken Adams was excited to see his entire Lamar County High School football team in action Friday night. The Bulldogs have been battling a mononucleosis epidemic that caused the Bulldogs to do some major shuffling of their depth chart.
STARKVILLE -- Don't pigeon-hole Blair Schaefer into one role.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior quarterback Brady Davis made a verbal commitment to the University of Memphis during the summer.
STARKVILLE -- Following a 49-0 blanking at the hands of Mississippi State on Saturday night, University of Southern Mississippi football coach Todd Monken was effusive in his praise for the Bulldogs.
Barrett Donahoe will never give back a victory.
The body language said it all. From the opening snap Friday night against Columbus, the Noxubee County High School defense looked like a group ready to pounce.
WEST POINT -- Thanks to a huge lift from his quarterback, Marshall Academy coach Sam Pearson enjoyed quite a return to Clay County. A 1980 graduate of Oak Hill Academy and a former head football coach at Hebron Christian School in Pheba, Pearson's return to the area was bolstered by a 304-yard, four-touchdown performance by senior quarterback Dakota Dailey in a 49-35 victory against Oak Hill Academy at Raider Field.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes waited a year for this. Hughes, a senior safety from Oak Grove High School near Hattiesburg, sat out most of the 2013 season after rupturing an Achilles' tendon on the sixth play of the season opener against Oklahoma State.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott pointed to the scoreboard high above the north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium and smiled. There were plenty of reasons to smile in the Mississippi State football team's 49-0 season-opening victory against Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the season opener for both teams before a record-setting crowd of 61,889 at Davis Wade Stadium.
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