MACON -- There was life to the magic. All season, the Central Academy football team found ways to win games. Four times by two points and two more by eight points, the Vikings snatched victory from defeat by the slimmest margins.
Senior Night at Trojan Field didn't turn out the way many of the seniors on the New Hope High School football team had planned. A season of setbacks and heartbreaks caught up with New Hope on Friday night as the Center Hill earned a 23-12 victory.
Friday night's weather was perfect for a playoff game. Unfortunately, the evening marked the 2011 finale for the Victory Christian football team. In its fourth playoff appearance in as many years, Victory Christian lost to North River Christian 28-16 Friday night in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.
OXFORD -- Senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins knew his time was coming to make big plays for the Green Wave. A year of learning on the run and adapting from a full-time defensive player to an offensive threat showed up at the most advantageous time Friday night for the West Point High School football team.
HAMILTON -- Dakota Brasher passed for 51 yards and threw one touchdown, and K.J. Woods rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night to help the Ackerman High School football team beat Hamilton 41-35 in double overtime in a Class 2A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- The Immanuel Christian football team walked onto Raider Field with the thunder and sparkle of fireworks. It seemed the celebration of an Oak Hill Academy win for Senior Night had already begun.
OLIVE BRANCH -- It's down to a one-game season for the Columbus High School football team. Columbus fell into fourth place in Class 6A, Region 1 after a 43-14 loss to Olive Branch at Pool Field.
Pillow Academy wanted to spoil Senior Night for the Heritage Academy football team. It appeared the Mustangs had enough horsepower in the first quarter Friday night at C.L. Mitchell Field. After galloping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening stanza, Heritage Academy grabbed the reins and corralled the visitors for the remainder of the game en route to a 32-14 victory to close the 2011 season.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell asked his players Friday night if they knew the last time the program was 8-2.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team knows a win at 6 p.m. today (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., is the highest priority if it wants to make back-to-back postseason appearances.
STARKVILLE -- Different approaches, one objective. Whether it is "control the controllables" or "stay in the moment," the Mississippi State and University of Mississippi women's soccer teams know their game at 7 p.m. Friday (SportSouth) in Oxford will be doubly significant.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen still isn't providing many details about his quarterbacks two weeks after making a change at the position.
STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.
When the North State Class 1A high school football playoffs start in two weeks, West Oktibbeha County High will be on the guest list. However, don't tell the Timberwolves. "We clinched a playoff berth last week," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "However, we haven't talked to our boys yet about that. We have two really big regular-season games left and a lot to play for."
Twice is nice for the Columbus Middle School football team. Columbus defeated Tupelo 14-0 on Oct. 18 to win its second championship in as many years. The only blemish on Columbus' record was an 8-0 loss to Kosciusko.
The No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team will try Thursday to go where no other group of Lions has gone. EMCC can complete its first undefeated regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday with a victory against Holmes C.C. in the final regular-season game for both teams at Ras Branch Field in Goodman. WFCA-FM (107.9) will broadcast the game locally.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
The final week of the MACJC regular season will answer several remaining questions. East Mississippi Community College, Hinds C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. have secured spots in the state playoffs that will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Itawamba C.C., Northeast Mississippi C.C., and Northwest Mississippi C.C. are vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox couldn't win Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for a third consecutive week. Bye weeks will do that.
STARKVILLE -- The statistics tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen his team will struggle at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky unless it can generate turnovers. The Wildcats are 104th in the country (11th in the Southeastern Conference) in turnover margin. The 19 giveaways have been critical in losses to Louisville, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.
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