SUMMIT -- Chad Kelly and the East Mississippi Community College football team received rave reviews for their opening act. Kelly, a transfer from Clemson University, threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns as top-ranked EMCC opened defense of its National Junior College Athletic Association national championship with a 52-14 victory against Southwest Mississippi C.C. on Thursday night at Hurst Stadium.
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell feels his squad will be battled tested by the time play in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 begins.
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STARKVILLE -- Entering her seventh season as Mississippi State's volleyball coach, Jenny Hazelwood has big plans for her 2014 Lady Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Intimidating. Soft spoken. Mean. Sweet.
Stone Sisson couldn't help but think ahead.
ATLANTA -- Long an also-ran in the mighty Southeastern Conference, Mississippi is looking like a school no longer content with the status quo.
There isn't much that can slow Dylan Bradley down.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knew the questions were coming.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and University of Southern Mississippi quarterback Nick Mullens are hardly strangers.
WEST POINT -- There's not much that head football coach Chris Chambless hasn't accomplished at West Point High School.
The time is now for Jay Jay Swanigan.
Allen Sentimore remembers his first football game at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott made a huge impact during his sophomore season in 2013, scoring 25 touchdowns and accounting for nearly 3,000 total yards while starting just seven games.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School football coach Charles Moody has been eagerly anticipating seeing Jaterrius Steele and Jeremy McMullen in the same backfield.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has a coaching career which spans four decades.
Barrett Donahoe's magic number is 28. Odds are the success of the Heritage Academy football team this season will be predicated on Donahoe's good fortune to keep 28 players healthy and contributing to the Patriots' efforts into November.
When things click, sometimes there is no explanation. Allie Allsup and Harli Sesser realized the Heritage Academy volleyball team wasn't quite itself in season-opening losses to Caledonia and Starkville. The Lady Patriots defeated both schools last year, so the losses to open the 2014 season were puzzling and caused them to wonder what was going wrong.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis said it best. One by one on Monday afternoon, MSU players and coaches summed up their feelings on finally being within range of Saturday night's season-opening football game against Southern Mississippi.
In five days, one of the Mississippi State football team's most anticipated seasons in recent history will begin with a home game against Southern Mississippi.
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