LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The game was over, but Mississippi State tailback Josh Robinson had a message for his coach. Standing in the victory formation, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott prepared to take the Bulldogs' final snap to secure a rugged 45-31 victory against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night. To Prescott's left was Robinson, who frantically gestured in the direction of MSU coach Dan Mullen and held up two fingers. Minutes after MSU's victory, its 10th straight and seventh in a row to open the season, Robinson was asked about his signals to Mullen.
ARCOLA -- The Columbus Christian football team made history Friday night. KC Cunningham had seven carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and B.J. Shirley had 12 carries for 100 yards to lead Columbus Christian to a 39-0 victory against Deer Creek Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 1A, District 2 game.
CALEDONIA -- The Noxubee County High School football team's defense is good -- really good. That's to be expected of the Class 4A powerhouse, but how the Tigers are built compared to past units is what makes this year's group unique and as effective.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's quest for a home playoff berth in the Class 3A playoffs took a few unusual twists Friday in a 42-20 victory against Winona. Locked in a three-way tie with Kemper County and Winona for second place in Region 4, Aberdeen's focus should have been on the Tigers. But a disgruntled parent in the home stands, who was upset because his son didn't start after missing several practices last week, diverted attention from the field for the better part of the first half before school officials and law enforcement finally stepped in and "muzzled" the individual in question.
With its game against Columbus tied at 10, it looked like a storybook ending might be in the works for the Madison Central High School football team. All-State quarterback Trey Smith had come off the bench, despite a lingering hip injury, for a chance to engineer a game-winning drive.
SEBASTOPOL -- The West Lowndes High School football team couldn't slow down Sebastopol in a key Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchup Friday night. The Bobcats scored three second-quarter touchdowns and racked up 30 first-half points en route to a 51-26 victory. With the loss, West Lowndes (4-6, 3-4 region) was eliminated from the postseason. West Lowndes will end the regular season Nov. 7 with a region game at Noxapater (4-5, 3-3).
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Wallace was on the cusp of prolonging No. 3 Ole Miss' bid for an unbeaten season until LSU safety Ronald Martin got in the way. Wallace's pass was intercepted by Martin at the 1-yard line with two seconds left, and the Rebels fell 10-7 to the 24th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.
SALTILLO -- The West Point High School football team's offense put on a clinic Friday night. The Green Wave came out clicking on all cylinders en route to a season-best point total and a season-high 461 yards in a 49-20 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team reached its breaking point Friday night. After losing back-to-back games to archrival Heritage Academy, a senior-dominated Starkville Academy was determined not to allow the streak to reach three. The Volunteers scored on the first possession and cruised from there to a 31-0 victory in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1, Division II game at J.E. Logan Field.
STARKVILLE -- The top-ranked Starkville High School football team is down to a two-game regular season. After clinching a playoff berth with a 31-6 victory against Murrah in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 matchup at Yellow Jacket Stadium, Starkville has narrowed its focus to finishing the regular season undefeated and nailing down the coveted home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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A 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kiren Sharp on Friday night propelled the Columbus High School football team to a 17-10 victory against Madison Central in a Class 6A, Region 2 game at Falcon Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban delivered a challenge to Alabama's offensive linemen before the game against Texas A&M. The group was coming off a demoralizing performance against Arkansas when it played without injured center Ryan Kelly and couldn't open many holes for the running backs and allowed a couple of sacks.
STEENS -- B.J. Shirley remembers how close the Columbus Christian football team was last season. One more play. That's all the Rams needed to secure the program's first district title in 11-man football. Unfortunately, Deer Creek Academy prevented that play from happening and held on for a 28-26 victory. Odds are Shirley and his teammates will think about that play on the three-hour bus ride to Arcola today prior to Columbus Christian's game against Deer Creek Academy at 7 tonight. The play will be fresh on the minds of the Rams because a victory tonight will help them gain revenge and earn that first district title nearly one year to the day later.
Randal Montgomery's message has remained positive throughout the ups and downs of his first season as football coach at Columbus High School. Montgomery has had to work to change the mind-set of a program that never has had consistent success amidst the expectations that his success at Class 3A Hazlehurst High -- where he led the program to three consecutive state title games, winning one -- led some to believe he would be able to have similar success immediately at Class 6A Columbus.
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STARKVILLE -- Over a wild, remarkable four-week stretch earlier this season, Mississippi State's football team earned its first No. 1 ranking. Now the Bulldogs will defend their place in The Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today).
WEST POINT -- The names have changed. The faces have changed. But the production hasn't, which is why the West Point High School football team's offense keeps rolling.
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