When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.
Barrett Donahoe likes where his team stands nearly halfway through a marathon of a regular season. The Heritage Academy football coach would like to have another victory or two, but he feels the Patriots (2-2) have positioned themselves to accomplish all of their goals.
MACON -- There have been times when the Noxubee County High School football team's defense has been a force to start the season. A look back to the state title season in 2008 and to the 2009 campaign shows the Tigers recorded a shutout in the season opener each year en route to posting seven and 10 shutouts for the whole year.
STARKVILLE -- The biggest opportunity of the season has arrived for Mississippi State's football team. After three weeks of dominating non-conference opponents, MSU will open Southeastern Conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday at No. 8 LSU, a team that has won the past 14 meetings in the series dating back to 1999.
PHEBA -- Prior to the start of the 2014 football season, Hebron Christian School coach David Foster approached starting quarterback Channing Tapley and told him what signal callers everywhere love to hear.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban made sure his players knew they'll always be remembered for 2014. Good, bad, or great. No. 3 Alabama will be judged more for Florida than Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss than Southern Mississippi and the finish rather than the start.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith's reign of dominance among Southeastern Conference defensive linemen continues.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mississippi State football team hasn't been challenged three weeks into the season. The Bulldogs opened the campaign with easy victories against Southern Mississippi and Alabama-Birmingham, and the story was no different Saturday, when MSU finished its early season non-conference stretch with a 35-3 victory against Sun Belt Conference member South Alabama.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Cornerback Tre'davious White sees evidence that the LSU football team's defense can maintain its recent suffocating form at 6 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to Mississippi State in its Southeastern Conference opener. No. 8 LSU hasn't allowed a point for nearly 10 quarters and has posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in nearly three decades.
For many athletes, it takes months or even years to break records. For Mississippi State's Payton Harris, it only took 11 matches. Saturday night at the final contest of the 2014 Maroon Classic, Harris led the Bulldogs to a five-set victory with 59 digs, breaking a Southeastern Conference record for digs in a match and completing a final-day sweep for MSU.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.
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MOBILE, Ala. -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott saw a sliver of daylight, and that was all he needed.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace's first throw was perfect -- a 25-yard strike that Vince Sanders caught in stride for a big gain.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Blake Sims passed, ran and confidently staked his claim as the leader of No. 3 Alabama's offense.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss senior quarterback Bo Wallace completed his first 14 passes for three touchdowns and a stingy Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, including an interception return for touchdown by senior defensive back Senquez Golson, to propel Ole Miss to a 56-15 non-conference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in front of an announced crowd of 60,937 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
MOBILE, Ala. - For two weeks in a row, MSU defensive end Preston Smith has won the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Lineman of the Week Award. With his performance on Saturday, Smith apparently didn't want to surrender his grip on the award without a fight. Smith, who played a part in defensive touchdowns in each of the first two games, made his biggest impact by rushing the passer at South Alabama.
MACON -- Noxubee County has built a state championship tradition based on its defense.
MACON -- While Aberdeen dropped a 29-0 decision to Noxubee County in prep football action Friday night, the Bulldogs did not go down without a fight.
1. Heritage Academy wins boys' basketball state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men knock off South Carolina in overtime HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys move within three wins of state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. West Lowndes drops playoff contest at home HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Bulldogs win twice in Texas tournament COLLEGE SPORTS