FLORENCE, Ala. - After a week off, Starkville High School returned to its usual form Friday night.
WEST POINT -- Quincy Starks loves the crashing of the waves.
Football players at Columbus High School finally had some fun Friday night.
STARKVILLE - Friday night's game between Starkville Academy and Magnolia Heights had all the makings of a tense night of football. With an opportunity to knock off the No. 2 team in MAIS AAA, the pressure was on the Volunteers to prove they deserve to be considered among the top teams in AAA.
The West Lowndes Panthers entered Friday night's game against French Camp Academy looking to pick up up their first win in conference play and snap a three-game losing streak.
One yard here, one yard there.
MOUNDVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 play with a 20-14 road win over Hale County Friday night.
Columbus celebrated Homecoming with a 43-20 win over Louisville in prep football action Friday night.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Todd Mays feels like his team is getting better each week. That is bad news for the teams on the second half of the EMCC schedule. Top-ranked EMCC continued its path of destruction through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division on Thursday night with a 65-7 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. on a rain-plagued night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
WEST POINT -- Justin Cox has a Friday night ritual before he takes the field for the Mississippi State football team every week. Around 10 p.m. each Friday, the former West Point High School standout sends a text message or calls one of West Point's current standouts, linebacker Kadarius Forside.
Early in the 2014 racing season, Street Stock driver Craig Barham was mired in bad luck. Winning a race or contending for a tracks points title at Columbus Speedway didn't seem within reach.
5 for Inside for MSU-LSU
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs are saying all the right things entering their showdown against No. 8 LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
STARKVILLE -- As Mississippi State's assistant director of media relations and social media coordinator, Kyle Niblett is part of the public face of the school's athletic programs, even if he's behind the scenes. An active member of MSU's social media machine, Niblett plays a key role in generating and enhancing publicity for MSU athletes.
STARKVILLE -- High school football coaches wrestle each season with how to deal with an open date. Coaches must decide which days to practice, how long to practice, and whether to focus more on upcoming opponents or their teams. For Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell, the open date posed even more mystery.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For two guys who have never met, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper sure know a lot about each other. It helps that they follow one another on Twitter.
SCOOBA -- Mario Virges really wanted to win Thursday night. Not only did the former West Point High School standout want to make a good impressions for the local fans, but he also wanted to play a key role in knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation. A victory would have been especially sweet for Virges, who began his college career at East Mississippi Community College. But Virges, a freshman linebacker at Northeast Community College, didn't come away with what he wanted as EMCC rolled to a 65-7 victory at Sullivan-Windham Field.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch presents the second in a two-part series focusing on teachers and coaches. The first part provided background about the working conditions for teachers and coaches in the state of Mississippi. Part two examines the thoughts of four coaches with varying levels of experience, charts their career paths, and provides their thoughts about how the work they do has changed.
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