Barrett Donahoe's magic number is 28. Odds are the success of the Heritage Academy football team this season will be predicated on Donahoe's good fortune to keep 28 players healthy and contributing to the Patriots' efforts into November.
When things click, sometimes there is no explanation. Allie Allsup and Harli Sesser realized the Heritage Academy volleyball team wasn't quite itself in season-opening losses to Caledonia and Starkville. The Lady Patriots defeated both schools last year, so the losses to open the 2014 season were puzzling and caused them to wonder what was going wrong.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis said it best. One by one on Monday afternoon, MSU players and coaches summed up their feelings on finally being within range of Saturday night's season-opening football game against Southern Mississippi.
In five days, one of the Mississippi State football team's most anticipated seasons in recent history will begin with a home game against Southern Mississippi.
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It's all about maturity for Ole Miss third-year quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace feels like he has had his best fall camp. He also feels the pressure of being the Southeastern Conference's most experienced returning quarterback. That experience and the accompanying expectations are used for motivation.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team will pick up where it left off last season when it begins the 2014-15 non-conference slate in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Michael Godley quickly points to his favorite play of his team's 51-19 football victory against Noxubee County in Friday night's season opener.
STARKVILLE -- Katy Couperus knows it's impossible to make herself invisible in the penalty area. At 5-foot-8, the Cincinnati midfielder typically is easy to spot jockeying for position in the 18-yard box when a teammate is setting up to take a corner kick.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in 24 years, game week leading to a showdown against in-state rival Southern Mississippi has arrived for Mississippi State's football team.
Conditioning. Execution. Heart. That's what Victory Christian football coach Chris Hamm said made the difference Friday night in his team's 35-20 victory against Hebron Christian in the eight-man season opener for both squads.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team typically doesn't shed tears in August. Whether it has been under the leadership of M.C. Miller or Tyrone Shorter, the Tigers have developed a reputation for being one of the state's top programs thanks to an aggressive and physical defense.
Thirty-eight cents an hour. When Bryan Harsin finally sat down all those years ago to figure out how much money he was earning at Eastern Oregon, he appreciated that living at the base of the Blue Mountains in government housing for $10 a month and getting free cable were certainly nice perks.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has talked about getting the confidence back for his team. After appearing in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game in 2011, the Volunteers have been looking for that consistent confident level to return to that level.
WEST POINT -- Dason Thomas wanted the ball. During a timeout prior to a crucial fourth down in the third quarter against Grenada, West Point High School's quarterback let his coaches know it.
STARKVILLE -- Two years before they lined up beside each other in the backfield at Mississippi State, tailback Josh Robinson had a message for Dak Prescott.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- It didn't dominate the game plan, but "grit" was the Lamar County High School football team's biggest weapon Friday.
SHANNON -- The Aberdeen High School football team snapped a five-game season-opening losing streak and gained a measure of revenge in the process with a 42-19 victory against Shannon on a hot, muggy Friday evening.
After not making the playoffs last season, the West Lowndes High School football team opened the 2014 season on a mission to make sure the same thing doesn't happen this year.
STARKVILLE -- Most of the preseason hype around the Starkville High football team has involved a transfer quarterback and a talented group of wide receivers.
1. Defense delivers dominating effort for MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Starkville rolls past Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Defense answers call for Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Hughes returns for Bulldogs in style COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope takes advantage of uninspired Aberdeen HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS