MACON -- DeAngelo Ballard listened and watched.
The Caledonia High School volleyball team couldn't help but get caught up in another night of firsts for its cross-county rival New Hope High.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray announced Tuesday the dismissal of Shaun Smith and Kristers Zeidaks from the team for repeated violations of team rules.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Justin Cox knows there is a buzz around his recruitment. However, the former West Point High School standout isn't going to get consumed by it.
After a pair of early season warmups, the West Oktibbeha County High School football team will get its biggest challenge of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it travels to Eupora to face the Eupora High Eagles.
STARKVILLE -- The story Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is telling the media about his team's game at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN) against Auburn University may not be what he's telling his players.
OXFORD -- Defensive end C.J. Johnson lived through the University of Mississippi football team's nightmare season in 2011, so he wasn't complaining that last weekend's 49-27 season-opening victory against the University of Central Arkansas wasn't a masterpiece.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School senior running back Darrell Robinson set the tone for his team on Friday night's opening kickoff.
STARKVILLE -- This sort of football game is becoming an expectation for coach Dan Mullen's Mississippi State University football team in season openers. Saturday night turned out to be as painless as MSU hoped it would be as it completed its fourth-straight blowout win to start a season by defeating Jackson State University 56-9 in the season opener for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University officials announced the indefinite suspension of three players for the season-opening game against Jackson State University. Junior wide receiver Ricco Sanders, sophomore defensive tackle P.J. Jones, and sophomore defensive back Jamerson Love were suspended for the game.
STARKVILLE -- Matthew Wells was everywhere on the field Saturday before the snap of the football. Once the play was in motion, the sophomore linebacker was where he needed to be -- harassing the Jackson State University player with the football.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace knew the pressure was coming, but stayed in the pocket anyway. He delivered a perfect pass to Donte Moncrief that ended in a 53-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the University of Mississippi football team's 49-27 victory against the University of Central Arkansas.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dee Milliner and the University of Alabama football team's defense pushed around Michigan and showed they can still dominate.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive back Shaquille Fluker really likes the players he goes into battle with each weekend.
CALEDONIA -- Ben Marchbanks doesn't mind that his offensive line isn't the biggest in the area. Onterrio Lowery knows there are other teams in the state of Mississippi that have deeper and more talented backfields. Cole Bruce understands some teams can boast they have a stronger and faster group of skill position players.
MACON -- Thoroughbred horses are advised not to run on wet tracks. Noxubee County High School running back Darrell Robinson has no such concerns.
Still reeling from a last-second loss to South Panola High School in their season opener two weeks ago, the West Point High football team came out sluggish Friday night against Columbus.
TUPELO -- Few envisioned a Starkville High School offensive explosion Friday night -- not even head coach Jamie Mitchell.
WEST POINT -- A 36-20 non-conference loss to Indianola Academy on Friday night isn't going to keep a renewed Oak Hill Academy football team down.
ABERDEEN -- "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat -- the human drama of athletic competition." Written by Stanley Ralph Ross for ABC's long-running television series Wide World of Sports and hosted by the recently deceased Jim McKay, that phrase is etched in the memory of anyone 30 years of age and older who used to watch Saturday afternoon television from 1961-98.
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