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Patterson, Brown have big days for Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt

Posted 10/14/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Shea Patterson was flinging the football all over the field, Jordan Wilkins was running in wide open spaces and the points were jumping on the scoreboard with remarkable speed. After a three-game hiatus, the Ole Miss football team's offense was back.



Pickens County beats South Lamar to take over first in region

Posted 10/14/2017 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team took over first place in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A, Region 5 race with a 41-28 victory against South Lamar on Friday night.



West Point stomps Olive Branch for big region win

Posted 10/14/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A first down is when a team moves the football 10 yards in as many as four attempts. The West Point High football team didn't allow one for three-plus quarters and gave the Conquistadors very little say in the matter Friday night.



MSU dominates BYU

Posted 10/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald rushed for two touchdowns in the first half, and Brandon Bryant's fourth-quarter interception helped seal the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.


Faver, Wolfe fit Vols' team-first mold

Posted 10/13/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nicknames are a part of nearly every team. Whether it's the players of the coaches that come up with them, the playful names often stick and become another part of someone's given name.

Gray, Griffin play dual-threat roles for Patriots

Posted 10/13/2017 in High School Sports

If Dontae Gray isn't careful, he is going to come up with a new statistic to chart on Friday nights. In addition to quarterback hurries, pass breakups, and third-down conversions, high school football coaches routinely keep track of pancake blocks. The eye-catching maneuvers usually are reserved for offensive linemen, who often receive limited glory for their work in the trenches.

No. 1 EMCC has to regroup to realize its goals

Posted 10/13/2017 in Local Columns

Simply stunning. East Mississippi Community College quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. was gracious in accepting the interview. He said all the correct things, like he always does. Still, one could tell he wasn't sure what had just happened.


No. 10 Northwest Mississippi C.C. shocks No. 1 East Mississippi C.C.

Posted 10/13/2017 in College Sports

SENATOBIA -- While no championship was won Thursday night at Bobby Franklin Field, it felt like a championship celebration took place. The No. 10 Northwest Mississippi Community College sent shockwaves through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) with a 61-38 upset of No. 1 East Mississippi C.C. in a North Division game.



Bulldogs look for spark in kick return game

Posted 10/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A safety gave the Mississippi State football team its first shot to return a kickoff in 2017. Late in the first quarter against Charleston Southern, Donald Gray took a kickoff for 52 yards to set up a six-play touchdown drive. MSU hasn't had a return like that one since Gray's effort.



Growth of Gibson, Hill adds depth to MSU backfield

Posted 10/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has three running backs with at least 20 carries through five games. Dontavian Lee isn't on that list, but the 6-foot-1, 235-pound junior is still listed as the second-string back. Lee has played in every game, so he hasn't been forgotten, but the growth of Nick Gibson and Kylin Hill has added to the Bulldogs' depth in the backfield.



West Point, Oak Hill Academy re-focused for this week

Posted 10/13/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Re-focusing is something the West Point High School football team is used to doing. This week, West Point and Oak Hill Academy will need to raise their intensity levels to meet similar challenges.


Heritage Academy will play host to Starkville Academy for district title

Posted 10/12/2017 in High School Sports

This one has been circled on the calendar since February. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy football teams have recognized the importance of Friday, Oct. 13, for a long time. But neither squad has allowed the potential ramifications of that date to distract it from its business, which is why both teams enter their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game at 7 p.m. Friday at C.L. Mitchell Field with a chance to win a district title.

Gardner seeing bigger role in Starkville's offense

Posted 10/12/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones' quick scouting report on Cameron Gardner was simple: The tools are there, but the statistics aren't. The Starkville High School football coach was certain that would change.

Randle has become leader on defense for Columbus

Posted 10/12/2017 in High School Sports

When Columbus High School senior Jordan Randle left New Hope High and joined his new team during the summer, he was ready for the challenges of learning new teammates, new coaches, and new plays. Randle never envisioned learning a new position.


MSU secondary trying to improve its numbers

Posted 10/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Interceptions are a sore subject for the Mississippi State football team. Ask cornerback Jamal Peters and position coach Terrell Buckley about interceptions and they immediately say the same thing -- "We don't have any" -- while losing all expression in their faces.



Ole Miss will try to rebound from routs

Posted 10/12/2017 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team's two-game swing through the state of Alabama was largely a disaster. But an encouraging second half during last weekend's otherwise forgettable 44-23 loss to Auburn has given the Rebels a little hope going into a stretch of three consecutive home games that begins Saturday against Vanderbilt.



Georgia, Alabama, Auburn reminding SEC about defense

Posted 10/12/2017 in College Sports

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart isn't happy his Bulldogs finally allowed not one, but two touchdowns against a Southeastern Conference opponent -- in their third league game. Smart calls that a wake-up call for his fourth-ranked Bulldogs.



Players of Week: Parker, Meek lead CCA to first victory

Posted 10/10/2017 in High School Sports

Nate Parker admits he wasn't used to getting as hit as much as he did in the Columbus Christian Academy football team's first five games.



Sweat enjoys role as pass-rushing specialist for Bulldogs

Posted 10/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Montez Sweat's ideology is pretty simple: "See ball, get ball." If he's being honest and the opposing offense does what he hopes, it's probably more like see quarterback, get quarterback.



MSU Walk-on Wednesday: Burnett takes thrift store approach to build successful business

Posted 10/10/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The newest Mississippi State football t-shirt craze is originating from inside its locker room.



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