Columbus celebrated Homecoming with a 43-20 win over Louisville in prep football action Friday night.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Todd Mays feels like his team is getting better each week. That is bad news for the teams on the second half of the EMCC schedule. Top-ranked EMCC continued its path of destruction through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division on Thursday night with a 65-7 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. on a rain-plagued night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
WEST POINT -- Justin Cox has a Friday night ritual before he takes the field for the Mississippi State football team every week. Around 10 p.m. each Friday, the former West Point High School standout sends a text message or calls one of West Point's current standouts, linebacker Kadarius Forside.
Early in the 2014 racing season, Street Stock driver Craig Barham was mired in bad luck. Winning a race or contending for a tracks points title at Columbus Speedway didn't seem within reach.
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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs are saying all the right things entering their showdown against No. 8 LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
STARKVILLE -- As Mississippi State's assistant director of media relations and social media coordinator, Kyle Niblett is part of the public face of the school's athletic programs, even if he's behind the scenes. An active member of MSU's social media machine, Niblett plays a key role in generating and enhancing publicity for MSU athletes.
STARKVILLE -- High school football coaches wrestle each season with how to deal with an open date. Coaches must decide which days to practice, how long to practice, and whether to focus more on upcoming opponents or their teams. For Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell, the open date posed even more mystery.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For two guys who have never met, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper sure know a lot about each other. It helps that they follow one another on Twitter.
SCOOBA -- Mario Virges really wanted to win Thursday night. Not only did the former West Point High School standout want to make a good impressions for the local fans, but he also wanted to play a key role in knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation. A victory would have been especially sweet for Virges, who began his college career at East Mississippi Community College. But Virges, a freshman linebacker at Northeast Community College, didn't come away with what he wanted as EMCC rolled to a 65-7 victory at Sullivan-Windham Field.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch presents the second in a two-part series focusing on teachers and coaches. The first part provided background about the working conditions for teachers and coaches in the state of Mississippi. Part two examines the thoughts of four coaches with varying levels of experience, charts their career paths, and provides their thoughts about how the work they do has changed.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls is a man of few words. But one subject that can get Eulls talking is MSU's defensive performance in the fourth quarter against LSU last year. The Tigers scored 28-straight points in the final quarter to turn a 31-26 lead into a 59-26 victory. Eulls said it was the lowest point of the season for MSU's defense.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team welcomes five freshmen to a program that is poised to capitalize on its trip last season to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Today, The Dispatch will introduce you to Kayla Nevitt in the third of our five-part series. For each of the next two weeks, The Dispatch will introduce you to a freshman.
Don't count Kris Pickle among those who have been surprised by the New Hope High School football team's 3-0 start. The former Aberdeen High assistant and Morton High head coach knew it would take time for his players to adjust to a new system. But he also realized there was plenty of potential on hand to help New Hope regroup from a run of three consecutive losing seasons.
Six keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense
The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference's Western Division has five members in the top 10: No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU, and No. 10 Ole Miss. All of those schools are ahead of No. 13 Georgia, the top-ranked East team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 Alabama football team has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield, and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas knows what a national championship defense looks like.
Randal Montgomery sees the progress.
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