After opening the season with neutral-site victories against Boise State and Vanderbilt, the No. 14 Ole Miss football team will play Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) in its home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is familiar with Louisiana-Lafayette from his time as coach at Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference.
MACON -- Losses have helped his teams bounce back in the past, but Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter never imagined one setback could have as big of an impact as it has had on his team.
MACON -- Leshon Hill knows his teammates are going to keep him in check. When asked about his goals for the 2014 season, the Central Academy senior shrugged his shoulders and said he would like to rush for 1,000 yards and help the Vikings play for a state title.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 Alabama football team hasn't gotten sidetracked through one neutral-site game, an overmatched opponent, or a quarterback competition that's still going strong.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's football team's 47-34 victory against Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium was the team's third-consecutive victory against a Conference USA opponent.
LOUISVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team had something to prove Friday night. It wasted little time doing it. Noxubee County used two special teams scores and a 33-yard touchdown pass on its fourth offensive play to build a three-score lead en route to a 49-14 victory against reigning Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state champion Louisville.
Greenville-St. Joseph football coach John Baker changed things up. The Fighting Irish typically are a passing team, but that wasn't the case Friday night, as they rushed for 274 yards and pulled away in the second half for a 47-22 victory against West Lowndes.
VERNON, Ala. -- Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams thought his Bulldogs grew up from week one to week two. Adams wanted even more growth Friday when his squad played American Christian Academy in its Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 opener at George Bell Stadium.
Don't let the numbers fool you. Listed at 5-foot-10, 157 pounds, Brenton Spann doesn't fit the bill as a traditional power.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe it's a sign of how far the Mississippi State football team has come under Dan Mullen, but there were few smiles from the sixth-year coach or his players after a 47-34 victory against Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- There wasn't much to brag about concerning Mississippi State's defensive performance Saturday in a 47-34 victory against Alabama-Birmingham.
Leading up to his team's meeting against Winston Academy, Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe preached the value of the big play to his players. "I told the guys the opportunities would be there to make big plays, and if we did that, we'd win the game," Donahoe said. Michael Ledbetter and his teammates listened.
STARKVILLE -- With a 3-0 lead, the Washington School football team had Starkville Academy in a familiar position: backed up near its goal line with seconds to go until halftime.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's up-and-down the field 36-28 victory against Amory had almost as many potential story lines Friday as there were touchdowns in the 79th renewal of the rivalry between Monroe County's two largest schools.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's quarterbacks had auditions for the starting job Saturday, but it's not clear who will win the role. Blake Sims had 214 passing yards and Jake Coker threw for 202 to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 41-0 victory against Florida Atlantic in a game cut short early for lightning. It's the first time two Alabama quarterbacks had thrown for 200 yards in the same game and the second most passing yards in program history behind Scott Hunter's 484 against Auburn in 1969.
HAMILTON -- Junior running back Keshon Heard put on a show Friday night. Heard rushed for 21 times for 189 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 117 yards and two more scores to lead the Hamilton High School football team to a 25-19 victory against Hatley 25-19 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association game.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the exception of that first half against Boise State, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is very happy with how his Rebels have started this season. Bo Wallace threw for 320 yards and a touchdown, and No. 15 Ole Miss routed Vanderbilt 41-3 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
SMITHVILLE -- The Caledonia High School football team's two-headed monster of Brandon Henry and Spencer Unruh delivered again Friday night in a major way. Henry, a senior running back, and Unruh, a sophomore quarterback, combined for 423 yards and five touchdowns to lead Caledonia to a 46-13 victory against Smithville.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior running back Matt Fuller was willing to cut his defense a little slack Friday night. "I told them in practice that this was a rivalry game and I wanted them to put up a zero," Fuller said. "They allowed three points, but that is good enough. They played well, and I still love them."
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