MACON -- It's one thing to step forward when you have a week to prepare knowing you'll be without your starting quarterback. It's an entirely different proposition to lose a starting running back a day before a game and have to scrap your game plan, especially against an athletic and experienced defense. But champions emerge when their teammates need them.
CALEDONIA -- An opportunistic defense and a relentless ground attack proved to be the winning combination at Homecoming here Friday as the Caledonia High School football team tossed a 24-0 shutout at the East Webster Wolverines.
A week ago, the West Lowndes High School football team barely gained positive yards against Shannon through nearly four quarters. Nothing could stop the Panthers on Friday night. Sparked by a four-touchdown performance by senior running back Antonio Wilson, West Lowndes opened Class 1A-Region 3 play with a 42-22 victory.
The Victory Christian Academy football team didn't have an answer for Freddy Goodgame on Friday night. Goodgame ran for five touchdowns, threw two touchdowns, a returned a kick for another score to lead Tabernacle Christian (Ala.) to a 58-28 victory in a Christian Football Association game in Columbus.
MADDEN -- The Starkville Academy football team rolled up 396 rushing yards Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win against Leake Academy. The Volunteers (4-0) got a season-high 185 rushing yards on 19 carries from fullback Ryan Mann, who led all scorers with four touchdowns.
Five years ago, Clint Hanson wondered if people would remember. There was a time in Columbus when go-kart racing used to be a popular, family event that attracted big crowds. For some reason, though, the popularity waned and the annual event eventually disappeared. Today, the excitement is back and just might be bigger and better then ever.
STARKVILLE -- The Auburn and Mississippi State defenses see rushing games that have speed and power every day.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen can barely get out of the month of August without rumors of his imminent departure from Starkville. Mullen, who is 15-11 at MSU, addressed rumors as a guest on Garry Parrish's ESPN Radio show in Memphis that he likely will leave MSU after another successful season.
This is the time for the Columbus High School football team to continue its season of new beginnings. Coming off an overtime victory against two-time defending Class 5A champion West Point, Columbus will see how it fares in the role as "favorite" at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to New Hope.
Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler wants to see something different. He and the Patriots already have felt the emotion from a huge victory and expected it to carry over to the next week only to see the energy evaporate at gametime.
With his squad healthy again, Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner looks forward to the Volunteers' season-ending push. The Volunteers played their next-to-last non-region match Thursday and earned a 12-0 victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
On a weekend when the city of Columbus will celebrate its history, local runners also will have a chance to get some exercise.
MABEN -- Adam Lowrey and the West Oktibbeha County High School football can wonder what if as they watch the tape of their 36-16 loss to Eupora on Thursday night.
The Sulligent High School football team notched its first victory for coach Scott Marchant last week when it beat Hatton in a Class 2A, Region 8 game.
RAYMOND -- The No. 9 East Mississippi Community College football team survived its first road test of the season Thursday night, defeating Hinds C.C. 20-17 on Thursday night at Joe Renfroe Stadium.
Ray Weeks knows close isn't going to cut it. But in week three against an opponent in a higher classification, the Hamilton High School football coach can live with a hard-fought 34-20 loss to Class 3A Kossuth.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple isn't going to have many lives left if the Central Academy football team continues its high-wire act. Three weeks into the 2011 season and the Vikings have showed impeccable timing and an ability to wiggle their way out of dire situations to earn victories.
STARKVILLE -- Auburn University football coach Gene Chizik left Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday feeling Utah State pushed his bigger team around in the season opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State President Mark Keenum was one of 12 Southeastern Conference member presidents or chancellors to attend a vote on introducing a 13th member of the league.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Relf said he's isn't worried about playing a college football game close to his hometown of Montgomery, Ala. The Mississippi State fifth-year senior quarterback has more important things on his mind.
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