STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State football team's victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham last season provides the ideal example to illustrate the difference between that team and the 2011 squad.
The challenge has been set. Judging from the bad feeling in the stomach of Damian Baker, there is a good chance the Columbus High School football team will respond.
RIDGELAND -- Friday night was a game Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is convinced his players would've found a way to lose last season. The 2011 Yellow Jackets are a different breed.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team had the type of game Friday that shows if a team is playoff ready, if a team can land the last punch after trading punches all night long. The Volunteers hadn't had to win ugly this season. They'd dominated teams with a punishing ground game and entered their matchup against Parklane Academy averaging 35 points in six wins.
WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy football team still hasn't played the perfect game. The Patriots came mighty close Friday night at Raider Field. Heritage Academy rushed for 403 yards and scored on seven of its first eight possessions to ruin Homecoming for Oak Hill Academy in a 49-0 non-district victory.
NOXAPATER -- An inability to slow down homestanding Noxapater's high-powered offense in the first half put the East Oktibbeha County High School football team in a hole it couldn't climb out of Friday night in a 41-18 loss in a battle of the undefeated in Class 1A, Region 3.
STEENS -- The Potts Camp High School football team made Immanuel Christian's Homecoming game one to forget Friday night with a 35-0 victory. Potts Camp (5-3), a Class 2A Mississippi High School Activities Association member, stymied Immanuel Christian (1-6), holding the Rams to 109 yards.
How do you measure 250 percent? Coaches in every sport can often be heard encouraging their players to give 100 percent -- even 110 -- to produce the desired result.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith wasn't sure she could do it. Elisha Collins wasn't convinced someone could step into the role.
Kaitlin Bradley has shown this season she is a lot more than "muscles." The New Hope High School sophomore earned that nickname earlier this season after she slugged two home runs in a game against Saltillo.
STARKVILLE -- Wheeler Richardson was worried. Entering her senior season, she realized a lot of the faces she saw on the Starkville High School volleyball team weren't experienced. She recognized classmates Grace Drumheller and Margaret Allison and knew what they could do, but as for the others, well ... let's just say Richardson wasn't sold.
NETTLETON -- The Aberdeen High School football team won its second game in a row Friday night, beating Nettleton 42-7 in a Class 3A, Region 2 game. Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan was pleased with the way his squad played and thinks this win might get them on a roll.
HAMILTON -- If Hamilton High School football coach Ray Weeks and his opportunistic band of Lions wanted to make a statement here Friday against Eupora, they accomplished their goal and then some.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Relf understands the criticism starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference face. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has counseled him about the reality.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham will allow fans to bring cowbells into Legion Field.
Championships. That word immediately comes to Tony Stanford's mind when asked about the South Panola High School football team. The Tigers, who entered the season as the state's top-ranked team in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 preseason poll, have won a state record nine championships in football. Their run of success has earned the school the nickname the "University of South Panola."
It's natural for Michael Bradley to enjoy history. As an American government and economics teacher at New Hope High School, Bradley gives his students valuable lessons on how they can learn from history. Bradley does the same with the players on the New Hope High football team.
STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the Class 5A, Region 2 championship game in the first weekend of October. The winner of the game at 7 tonight between the Starkville and Ridgeland high school football teams will have the control of first place in the region.
Brad Butler hopes the roller coaster is on a permanent upward trajectory. One week after scoring a season-high points in a victory against Magnolia Heights, Butler said the Heritage Academy football team had one of its best weeks of practices of the season in preparation for its game at 7 tonight against Oak Hill Academy (0-7).
The road doesn't get any easier for Anthony King and the West Lowndes High School football team. Already saddled with back-to-back shutouts in region play, King and the Panthers go on the road at 7 tonight to face Pelahatchie in a Class 1A, Region game.
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