With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season.
STARKVILLE - It didn't take long for Mississippi State's coaching staff to get its message across on Monday.
MACON -- Cupcakes create consistency.
With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season. All the early returns are good, as MSU has climbed to 4-0 and is No. 12 in The Associated Press Top 25. Here is a deeper look at each of MSU's position groups on offense and a grade for their work.
OXFORD -- Chucky Mullins would have loved the defensive effort the Ole Miss football team delivered Saturday night. On a weekend in which Ole Miss honored the late Mullins by renaming Coliseum Drive, which runs adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Chucky Mullins Drive, Ole Miss remembered Mullins by wearing throwback powder blue helmets it wore when Mullins played at the school in 1988-1989. But Mullins would have enjoyed the Rebels' defensive effort even more.
WEST POINT -- It may not have been the best double bogey World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley ever made, but it likely was her most satisfying.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team unleashed its defense on Pickens County on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets forced three turnovers and rode a big offensive night from Jeremy McMullen en route to a 36-6 victory.
WEST POINT -- It's difficult to tell if someone is in better condition. Short of having them run gassers or do bear crawls, coaches have to trust their players are giving their best effort in practice so they are in the best physical shape to play in games.
Local College Briefly
WEST POINT -- What started out as a nightmare turned into the game of Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham's life. Abraham, a junior, passed for a season-best 391 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to help Oxford rally for a 43-22 victory against West Point at McAllister Field.
STEENS -- One interception can zap the life from a team that already is behind. Four will eliminate all hope.
Heritage Academy-Oak Hill Academy Breakout
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew he had a tough opponent in the 3A Charleston Tigers on Friday night, despite the lower classification. What he didn't expect was for his offense, which entered the game averaging 32.9 points, to score seven points in the first three quarters.
OXFORD -- Quarterback Bo Wallace slapped Trae Elston on the back as he walked past the safety, and the two exchanged smiles but no words. Nothing needed to be explained. It was pretty obvious Ole Miss' offense owes the defense after an ugly 24-3 victory against Memphis on Saturday.
ETHEL -- The West Lowndes High School football team snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night with a 40-8 victory against Ethel in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 game.
Oxford-West Point Breakouts
The New Hope High School football team built on perfection in impressive fashion Friday night. Junior running back Brenton Spann rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Stone Sisson threw for two more scores to lead New Hope to a 33-17 victory against Clarksdale in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
LOUISVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill encouraged his team to be a fast-starting unit this season. Terrill felt like his team needed to be better at scoring early in games. The confidence and momentum earned from early scores can be huge.
WEST POINT -- By their reckoning, Beth Daniel and Nancy Scranton aced the test Saturday at Old Waverly on the opening day of the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup.
1. West Point, Caledonia, New Hope wins baseball series HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MacNamee delivers for MSU in sweep of No. 4 Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Thompson shows growth at QB in MSU's spring game COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Williams leads MSU receivers COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 7 Ole Miss takes series from No. 24 Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS