BATON ROUGE, La. -- Two plays.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Following his redshirt season, the Mississippi State University football team has been able to operate on a single constant principle.
CLINTON -- Hudson Bean smiled.
CLINTON -- Taylor Fields and the Heritage Academy football team have been chasing championships since the fourth grade.
WEST POINT -- Friday night's 38-0 victory over Canton (5-7) was not only the eighth straight win for the West Point Green Wave (10-2), it also places Coach Chris Chambless' team one step closer to becoming the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champions, a place they haven't been since 2010. After a slow start in the first half scoring only 14 points, the Green Wave showed signs of life in the second half, scoring 24 additional unanswered points. It was the second straight week the team has scored 38 points.
STARKVILLE -- During much of the 2012 season, the passing offense of the Starkville High football team has been hit or miss.
MACON -- Painful memories are the ones hardest to shake off.
MADISON -- For Columbus High School, reality dealt a harsh blow Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Buchanan knows how passionate Vic Schaefer is about basketball.
TROY, Ala. -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray insisted Friday night he wouldn't make excuses following his team's frustrating 56-53 loss at Troy University.
TROY, Ala. -- The rebuilding of the Mississippi State University men's basketball program began Friday night with a reminder to fans this process is going to have to be with a big picture philosophy.
CLINTON -- The Heritage Academy football team accomplished the goal it had in mind all season: It gave coach Barrett Donahoe a Gatorade moment he will always remember.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant took the first steps Friday to becoming the leaders Vic Schaefer needs.
Matt Butts didn't expect it. But credit the East Rankin Academy football team for speaking honestly minutes after Heritage Academy rallied for a 21-17 victory to eliminate his team from the playoffs.
Tony Stanford has worked for and with a lot of the best football coaches in the state of Mississippi. Working with coaches like Bobby Hall, Chuck Friend, Bubba Davis, and Mike Justice, just to name a few, has helped Stanford appreciate how far the Columbus High School football program has come in five seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Tell Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell his good friend Pat Byrd has revitalized a program at Saltillo High and he'll happily say you're underselling his efforts.
After winning back-to-back state championships, the West Point High School football team saw its season end abruptly in the second round of the playoffs last season. West Point will look to make amends for that defeat at 7 tonight when it plays host to Canton in a first-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at McCallister Field.
ABERDEEN -- Eight weeks and counting. That's how long it has been since the Aberdeen High School football team came up on the short end of the score. The Bulldogs will look to make it nine at 7 tonight when it plays host to J.J. McClain in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs.
OXFORD -- Many football programs in the Southeastern Conference win so often it's easy to take bowl eligibility for granted. Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi aren't among them.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The hype entering Saturday's game between top-ranked University of Alabama and No. 15 Texas A&M University revolves around the Crimson Tide's dominate defense and the Aggies' prolific offense.
1. Mullen wants MSU to clean things up, get healthy COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Big region games on deck for locals LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS