This is Cam Akers' final opportunity. The Clinton High School senior, who many consider the state's top prep football player, will have a final chance to win a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state championship at 7 p.m. Friday when Clinton faces Pearl at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.
Holmes Community College sophomore running back Matt Fuller is a little freaked out about his team's next game. "Never played in a dome," said Fuller, who prepped at Starkville High School. "I have to admit that freaks me out a little bit. It will be fun, exciting, and definitely something different."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference's two stingiest defenses will take the field in the league championship game. That's no coincidence. No. 1 Alabama has kept its end zone off limits for more than a month and been practically impenetrable to running backs. No. 15 Florida has only given up a few more points per game and flummoxed opposing quarterbacks.
The holidays always bring out feelings of good will.
Tyler Anderson and Logan Sneed will be on opposite sides of the field Friday afternoon.
WEST POINT -- Gunslinger. Playmaker. Leader.
WEST POINT -- Everitt Cunningham has heard it for years.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro didn't waste anytime.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott.
STARKVILLE -- Dillon Carrell gets one more opportunity to show what he's got.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready knew it was time for him to step up.
STARKVILLE -- "Live it" has become a new mantra for Vic Schaefer's Mississippi State women's basketball team.
CLINTON -- West Point coach Chris Chambless had a quick funny message to Laurel coach Todd Breland during the MHSAA football state championship press conference on Monday.
OXFORD -- Dan Mullen was beaming. After the Mississippi State football team beat Ole Miss 55-20 Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in the Battle for the Golden Egg, the MSU coach found it hard to suppress a smile and was lively answering questions.
Brothers find a way to get the job done. Chris Chambless likely will admit the West Point High School football team played a first half to forget Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North State title game at McCallister Field at Hamblin Stadium. There usually is a false sense of security when you have defeated a team in the regular season. That confidence gets even bigger when the margin is as large as the 39-17 cushion West Point enjoyed in its victory against Region 1 rival Lake Cormorant on Oct. 14.
Riley Hickman's "gamble" paid off. The Cleveland, Tennessee, native has plenty of experience racing at Magnolia Motor Speedway, where track conditions are relatively consistent. Tire choice for Saturday's Possum Town Grand Prix, though, wasn't as easy as it normally is, Hickman said. Hickman chose hard compound tires all the way around, while the majority of the field, including second-place finisher Chase Washington, chose soft tires. The result was a smooth run through all 100 laps, a win, and $10,000 for Hickman.
OXFORD -- The final score -- 55-20 -- is what people will remember for generations. But it's likely people won't remember how the Mississippi State football turned what appeared to be a matchup of fairly even teams into a lopsided result in the annual battle for the Golden Egg before an announced crowd of 66,038 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
HONOLULU -- It's all about the preparation for Chinwe Okorie and it paid off nicely for her Sunday. Okorie scored 12 of her season-high 18 points in the first half as the No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team pulled away from Hawaii 66-41 on the final day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
The Southeastern Conference is down to one playoff contender. Reigning national champion and top-ranked Alabama is a lock for its third-straight berth if the Crimson Tide can beat No. 15 Florida in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta, and may not even need to win. Alabama much prefers the first scenario.
WEST POINT -- The stance screamed "whew." With hands on hips and arms angled to form 90-degree angles, Casey Welch could finally exhale. The West Point High School co-offensive coordinator already had played prognosticator when he called "touchdown" on Marcus Murphy's pass before Everitt Cunningham rambled 44 yards for the score.
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