LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For Chad Bumphis to say he hadn't been thinking about the Mississippi State University football team's all-time touchdown receptions record wouldn't be accurate.
BATESVILLE -- Most football teams can point to a big victory as a turning point in a playoff season. If Columbus High can work its way into the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs this season, the turning point may be traced back to a tough loss.
"The Catch" is one of the most memorable plays in NFL history. Dwight Clark's leaping, fingertip grab of a Joe Montana pass helped send the San Francisco 49ers past the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982. San Francisco went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI for the first of four titles in the 1980s.
With any young football team, inexperience sometimes trumps ability. For the New Hope High School football team's offense, its 19-0 loss to Hernando was one of the "down" nights.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team used a determined and stifling defense to earn a 23-0 victory against Ridgeland High on Friday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- At a program known for lining up and pounding opposing defenses into submission, the backfield tandem of Tez Lane and Aeris Williams don't disappoint.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team planned Friday night against Nettleton to enjoy its Homecoming. The evening also was a homecoming of sorts for Nettleton coach Mike Scott.
SCOOBA -- When East Mississippi Community College really needed a play Saturday afternoon, sophomore defensive back Shaquille Fluker made one. Sophomore defensive backs Jason Yarbor and Justin Cox followed suit.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College Vice President and Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes stood on the 25-yard line at Sullivan-Windham Field on Saturday afternoon.
Charlie and Travis Bunting joked Thursday that they would have to come back to Columbus if they had good fortune to win the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship. Now the next time the Buntings return to Columbus they will come back as champions.
ETHEL -- West Oktibbeha County High School senior running back Tiberias Lampkin continued his personal roll while the Timberwolves did the same as a team Friday night.
VERNON, Ala. -- A projected offensive shootout in Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 on Friday night delivered for only one team.
Miller Puckett ran for two scores and caught a pass from Lott for a third touchdown, and Lott and Turner combined on an "Oh no ... oh yes" moment to lift Heritage Academy to a 42-0 victory against Oak Hill Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools game on Homecoming in Columbus.
OXFORD -- The Texas A&M University and the University of Mississippi football teams have new quarterbacks, new head coaches, and run similar offenses. The Aggies are having more success with the formula so far.
Tonight would be an ideal time for the Lowndes County public schools to make a move in their respective football standings.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't want to talk about moral victories or playoff scenarios. The Heritage Academy football coach wants a victory.
STARKVILLE -- The target in Class 5A, Region 2 remains on the Starkville High School football program.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team swept three games last week in Smithville to claim the Monroe County tournament and then hit nine home runs in a doubleheader against New Site on Thursday to clinch the Class 2A, Region 1 championship.
FLOWOOD -- The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team lost to East Rankin Academy 15-0 in five innings Wednesday and was eliminated from the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA overall State tournament at Liberty Park.
While most teams set goals of region and state championships, West Point High School coach Chris Chambless is more modest.
1. Cooper sets tone for Heritage Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Caledonia softball continues playoff push HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Murphy, others will miss West Point spring football game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Walk-off home run lifts Simpson Academy past Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS