SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens found motivational material in the most unusual place this week.
SCOOBA -- William Jones was a happy man Thursday night. The fifth-year East Mississippi Community College associate head coach and defensive coordinator has a burning desire for shutouts. Jones got his wish Thursday in No. 4 EMCC's 56-0 victory against Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC North Division game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
For West Point High School, the task ahead is clear.
STARKVILLE -- Twenty-two missed assignments, 18 missed tackles and 17 second-half points. These are the unfavorable numbers the Mississippi State University defense have been going over and over this week.
STARKVILLE -- The one element of football that frustrates Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen since his arrival in Starkville four years ago is the development of the Wildcat formation.
STARKVILLE -- Joey Swinarski became Mississippi State University's first verbal commitment to the 2014 recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football Dan Mullen was caught off guard Monday when asked if he felt his program was helping a start-up program like the University of South Alabama. The Bulldogs' fourth-year coach doesn't see it that way, or at least he doesn't wish to say it publicly.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team understands the most important aspect of a game is the team is controlling the ball. No. 23 MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) leads the nation in forced turnovers (12) and has committed only one this season.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't care about recent history. The primary concern for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach is helping his players develop the right mind-set to compete every week. When that happens, Donahoe believes Heritage Academy has everything in place to be a perennial playoff contender in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
The Starkville Academy football team's resurgence on offense will be tested at 7 p.m. Friday when it puts its two-game win streak on the line against undefeated Jackson Prep in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville. Elsewhere in the area Friday night, West Oktibbeha County High School will travel to Weir and East Oktibbeha County High will travel to West Lowndes for a pair of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchups. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had an idea about his team. But even after coaching many of the seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team since they were in seventh grade, Shorter liked that his Tigers answered the call Friday night against one of their biggest rivals.
SCOOBA -- In the past two seasons, quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Quez Johnson have grabbed most of the headlines in the East Mississippi Community College football team's 15-game winning streak. Players and coaches understand EMCC's high-octane offense only flourishes when all 11 players on that unit do their part.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze said there were times last week when the bigger, stronger, and faster University of Texas Longhorns manhandled the smaller Rebels. Still, the Rebels never quit. As long as that's the case, Freeze said there's hope.
FULTON -- The No. 12 Itawamba Community College football team will look for its first 4-0 start to season since 1996 at 7 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to Holmes C.C. at Eaton Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban finds plenty of imperfections even given the top-ranked Crimson Tide's ridiculous scoring margin so far.
STARKVILLE --When asked why the carries among the four tailbacks at Mississippi State University weren't split evenly like in the previous two weeks, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen had a simple answer.
MABEN -- When West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Adam Lowrey asked senior Tiberias Lampkin to take a more active leadership role for the Timberwolves, he did not hesitate before answering.
FULTON - Former Starkville High School football player Stanley Childs has learned so much in his time away from home. Granted, he has only been gone for less than four months.
STARKVILLE -- The one time Saturday night Mississippi State University junior quarterback Tyler Russell got a little angry with his receivers, his head coach had some instant advice.
TROY, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University football fans had their fears realized Saturday night. But the Bulldogs and their fans will use the four-hour bus ride back to Starkville as a chance to exhale in relief.