STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's defense figured out early and often Saturday night it belonged on the same field with the two-time defending national champions.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State didn't use any mind games or trickery Saturday in announcing its starting quarterback. MSU went back to the original starting lineup introduction on the video board at Davis Wade with Tyler Russell front and center as the final player announced.
MERIDIAN -- Barrett Donahoe uses the words "maximum effort" to describe what he expects from the Heritage Academy football team every day.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High defensive starters had to sit around all week and listen to the talent of Grenada's defense. That talk was all the motivation the Yellow Jackets needed to prove they could win a low-scoring affair and advance out of the first round of the Mississippi Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
PEARL -- In one corner of the playing surface of Ray Rogers Stadium, West Point High School junior quarterback Josh Ewing was being consoled by friends and family. About 20 yards away, senior running back Aeris Williams was with another group that was trying to help him feel better.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has witnessed some outstanding defensive performances during his tenure in Macon, but the pounding his defense issued to Ripley High on Friday night is easily at the top of the list.
CONWAY, S.C. -- Marshall Henderson returned to the Ole Miss men's basketball team after the first part of his suspension Saturday night and picked up right where he left off.
MOUND BAYOU -- Friday night worked out quite nicely for the Hamilton High School football team.
REFORM, Ala. -- Weapons are everywhere for the Pickens County High School football team. The Tornadoes only needed one of them Friday night.
STARKVILLE ¬- The Starkville High School football team used a workhorse tailback and an opportunistic defense Friday night to earn its seventh playoff win in its last eight postseason games.
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STARKVILLE -- Welcome back Fred Thomas. MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray couldn't wait to tell anybody who would listen that Thomas was the Bulldog who matured and improved the most over the summer. Thomas proved Thursday his coach was correct.
STARKVILLE -- The story of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 78-55 blowout win over Kennesaw State may have been carried into the locker room with a little more than five minutes left in the game.
The Heritage Academy football team has survived a murderer's row end of the regular season to play another day. The Noxubee County High School football team hopes a murderer's row non-conference schedule has primed it to play all the way into December.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford needed less than two minutes to nearly match his scoring total from the Alabama men's basketball team's opener.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless believes his squad is close to becoming a complete team. Now would be an excellent time for the Green Wave to come together.
STARKVILLE -- "When the grass turns brown, that's when we want to still be around."
OXFORD -- Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief has most of the attributes expected of an elite receiver, including a 6-foot-3, 226-pound frame, breakaway speed and a pair of hands that rarely lets him down when catching the football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn't want his players to be in a celebratory mood this week. It's too soon for relief, too.
REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knows how well his Tornadoes have played this season.