TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Josh Chapman insists it's easy to get up for opponents like North Texas, who presumably can't match the second-ranked Crimson Tide's size, depth or speed. He even scoffs at the notion that 'Bama (2-0) might be a little distracted going into tonight's game by that upcoming SEC Western Division showdown with No. 14 Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's home opener and likely its Southeastern Conference Western Division title hopes were spoiled Thursday night after another deflating loss to LSU. On a night where points were at a premium, No. 3 LSU physically took away everything No. 25 MSU wanted to accomplish in a 19-6 victory before a crowd of 56,924 at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson entered Thursday night with a mission to make LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee win the football game. The Tigers' senior quarterback did just that in a 19-6 victory, connecting on 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that sealed the win.
STARKVILLE -- For the final 10 minutes Thursday, Mississippi State starting quarterback Chris Relf stood on the sidelines with headphones on watching his backup finish the job. MSU coach Dan Mullen went to sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell with 10 minutes, 8 seconds left in the contest and his team trailing 16-6 hoping for what he called "an offensive spark."
STARKVILLE -- The script didn't call for a clunker. Throw out the 11-game losing streak to LSU and the disappointing loss Saturday at the University of Auburn. Thursday was going to be different.
CALEDONIA -- The third chapter of the Lowndes County high school football rivalry series kicks off at 7:30 tonight when Caledonia visits New Hope. Caledonia coach Ricky Kendrick hopes the latest installment plays out a lot like the first chapter (a victory against West Lowndes) and not like the second one (a double-overtime loss to Heritage Academy).
The unbeaten Columbus High School football team will put its season-opening three-game win streak on the line at 7:30 tonight when it takes on Louisville at Hinze Stadium. Local broadcasts will be available WMSV-FM (91.1) with Anthony Craven and WLSM-FM (107.1) with Bart Gregory.
Chris Chambless believes. The West Point High School football coach believed in his team after a season-opening loss to South Panola. That confidence didn't waver after an overtime loss at Columbus the following week.
ABERDEEN -- Staying positive is the only way Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan knows. While some around the state and in Aberdeen might be scratching their heads wondering how a team many pegged as the Class 3A state champion before the season started can be 2-2.
SENATOBIA -- Close games continue to be the norm for the East Mississippi Community College football team. This time, No. 8 EMCC used a missed field goal return for a touchdown and an interception return for another score to outlast No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. 45-42 at Bobby Franklin Field in the MACJC North Division opener for both schools.
STARKVILLE -- The players come and go, but the constant on defense for the LSU football team is John Chavis. Despite philosophical changes on offense that have led to spread schemes and teams running more plays and scoring more points, LSU's defensive coordinator has relied on the same approach for more than 20 years in the Southeastern Conference.
The next three days will play a part in the future of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Today through Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will play host to Heritage Academy senior Rachel Hollivay, Hattiesburg High School senior Tiaria Griffin, and two other players. Hollivay and Griffin are ranked No. 12 and No. 93, respectively, in the Class of 2012 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Report. ESPN's HoopGurlz has Hollivay ranked No. 8 nationally and Griffin No. 46 at her position, shooting guard.
The Starkville Academy football team passed all of its tests in the first part of the 2011 regular season. At 7 p.m. Friday, the stakes will get much higher when unbeaten Starkville Academy begins Class AAA, District 2 play at Hillcrest Christian in Jackson.
The Oak Hill Academy football team continues to produce the hard work necessary to become winners. Now, the Raiders will try to break into the win column.
The Lamar County High School football team will travel Friday night to Red Bay (Ala.) for a showdown between the last two unbeatens in the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A, Region 8. Each squad enters the contest at 3-0 and 2-0 in region play.
The message is simple: It's time to be consistent. While it's never easy to come off a loss, coach Brad Butler feels the timing is ideal for the Heritage Academy football team to hit its stride. Not only will the Patriots have the motivation to get back on the winning track, he feels the team also will be geared up for the start of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 play at 7 p.m. Friday when it takes on Lee Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coached divided scouting reports of Southeastern Conference teams in the spring and summer. Days before the start of the 2011 season, the offensive report for LSU was in the trash can.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State football fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into Davis Wade Stadium and to use them when No. 25 MSU plays host to No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN).
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Jackson Prep on Tuesday afternoon at the Starkville Sportsplex. With the victory, Prep improved to 9-1-1 and 3-0 in Class AAA, District 3 play, while Starkville Academy fell to 4-3 and 1-2. Coupled with a 5-0 district loss to Presbyterian Christian last month, Starkville Academy needs a strong second-half run to have a chance at winning the district title or earning a playoff berth.
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