STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen knows how his offensive line got to this point. That's not the problem. The fact the solution still eludes him and his assistant coaches is the most frustrating aspect of the equation.
STARKVILLE -- Despite early indications that the University of Alabama at Birmingham football team is leaning toward announcing a starting quarterback, Mississippi State is preparing to face multiple players at that position when the teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday (SportSouth).
STARKVILLE -- Neil Macdonald hopes his players have found the right mind-set.
CALEDONIA -- It's time for an attitude adjustment. Through three weeks, the Caledonia High School football team averaged more than 35 points a game in getting off to a 2-1 start. A shutout of East Webster the next week lifted Caledonia to 3-1, but shutout losses to New Hope and to Ackerman followed. The losing streak grew to three last week after a 20-6 loss to Leake Central in the Class 4A, Region 4 opener.
Greg Watkins hopes Homecoming can provide a little momentum. One week after a heartbreaking loss to Carroll Academy, Immanuel Christian (1-5) will play host to Potts Camp (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday looking to get back on track for a pivotal three-game stretch to end the regular season.
A pair of undefeated records and first place in Class 1A, Region 4 of the Alabama High School Activities Association will be on the line Friday night when the Pickens County High School football team travels to Maplesville. Each team enters the seventh weekend of the regular season 6-0 and 4-0 in region play.
HAMILTON -- The numbers tell one story. At 6-1, the Hamilton High School football team is one win away from its most victories in a season since it won seven games in 2005. At 1-0 in Class 2A, Region 2, the Lions are one step closer to getting back to the postseason. But even though Hamilton has a win against Class 4A Houston and nearly defeated Class 2A Kossuth, some wonder if the Lions are for real.
MACON -- All of the gray and indigestion has led to this point. Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple has watched as the Vikings have wiggled themselves in and out of jams and found ways to win four of their seven games by two points.
STARKVILLE -- Darius Slay has taken the long road to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1 defensive back signed twice with MSU (once out of high school and again after two years at Itawamba Community College) before he was able to return last week to his home state of Georgia to make his first big play in Division I football.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Ouimet resigned Tuesday from his position as assistant recruiting coordinator of the Mississippi State football team. Ouimet, whose resignation is effective immediately, was in the middle of his second season at MSU. He spent the past 10 years in Ann Arbor, Mich., working in football in several capacities.
As the weeks have passed and the victories have mounted, the stakes have risen for the East Oktibbeha County High School football team. First place in Class 1A, Region 3 and a three-game win streak will be on the line at 7 p.m. Friday when East Oktibbeha travels to Noxapater.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins and Morgan Smith are making sure the future is now for the Caledonia High School volleyball team. One season after losing a core group of seniors, Caledonia took its first step to advancing to the state tournament Tuesday by sweeping Aberdeen 3-0 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 playoffs. Set scores were 25-10, 25-16, 25-18.
SCOOBA -- Inching up another spot to No. 3 in this week's NJCAA Top 20 football poll, the East Mississippi Community College football team will begin its final month of the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi in Booneville.
WEST POINT -- If DeQuinten Spraggins keeps playing at this level, he will have enough Reese's peanut butter cups to last him the rest of the year. Given Spraggins had to go to the dentist Monday to get a tooth pulled, that might not be the best course of action.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team is right where it wants to be. Buoyed by an approach that has eschewed individual accolades in favor of team effort, Caledonia (16-7) will play host to Aberdeen at 6 tonight in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 tournament. The winner of that match will play the winner of the Lewisburg-St. Andrew's match on Saturday at a time and place to be announced. The winner of that match will advance to the state tournamen
The Columbus United Soccer Club continues to make its mark. The Columbus United Under-14 boys soccer team won the championship at the Clinton Fall Invitational Sept. 24-25. It is the first time a Columbus team has won the tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost was one of 50 players named Monday to the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is made up of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
STARKVILLE -- Members of the Mississippi State football team's coaching staff have a new perspective five weeks into the 2011 season. MSU head coach Dan Mullen is using words like "realistic" and "goals" after MSU (2-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) lost to the University of Georgia 24-10 Saturday for its third consecutive SEC defeat.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior cornerback Corey Broomfield has been playing with a broken thumb for the past three weeks. MSU cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith confirmed Monday that Broomfield suffered the injury Sept. 10 in a 41-34 loss at Auburn University, and that Broomfield has been playing with a large cast on his right hand since that time.
A north Mississippi couple whose son died during football practice at Mississippi will have their case tried in Oxford, where the university is located, a Hinds County judge has ruled.
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2. Prep Softball: Caledonia advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU's Smith anticipates draft call COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bulldogs land game changer in Newman COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prep Baseball: Starkville falls in Class 6A playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS