MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team is one week closer to its goal. No, we're not referring to the Oct. 20 "Y'all vs. Us" matchup against Louisville.
The West Point High School football team's first goal this season is to finish region play with an undefeated record. The Green Wave is one quarter of the way closer to that goal. West Point will look for its third straight win in Class 5A, Region 1 action at 7 tonight when it travels to Clarksdale for another region game.
When Bo Wallace left Arkansas State University and transferred to East Mississippi Community College, he wanted to play in meaningful games. Wallace will get another chance to do just that in only his sixth game as a Lion at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Booneville when No. 3 EMCC takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi C.C. in a battle for the MACJC North Division lead. Each team is 5-0 and 3-0 in the North.
Jacob Gable never imagined so much pressure would accompany such a friendly endeavor But the pressure Gable felt playing on the first playoff hole in the inaugural Arbre Cup is nothing compared to the responsibility he felt trying to find 16 players who were available and willing to play in the second annual version of the event.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen knows how his offensive line got to this point. That's not the problem. The fact the solution still eludes him and his assistant coaches is the most frustrating aspect of the equation.
STARKVILLE -- Despite early indications that the University of Alabama at Birmingham football team is leaning toward announcing a starting quarterback, Mississippi State is preparing to face multiple players at that position when the teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday (SportSouth).
STARKVILLE -- Neil Macdonald hopes his players have found the right mind-set.
CALEDONIA -- It's time for an attitude adjustment. Through three weeks, the Caledonia High School football team averaged more than 35 points a game in getting off to a 2-1 start. A shutout of East Webster the next week lifted Caledonia to 3-1, but shutout losses to New Hope and to Ackerman followed. The losing streak grew to three last week after a 20-6 loss to Leake Central in the Class 4A, Region 4 opener.
Greg Watkins hopes Homecoming can provide a little momentum. One week after a heartbreaking loss to Carroll Academy, Immanuel Christian (1-5) will play host to Potts Camp (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday looking to get back on track for a pivotal three-game stretch to end the regular season.
A pair of undefeated records and first place in Class 1A, Region 4 of the Alabama High School Activities Association will be on the line Friday night when the Pickens County High School football team travels to Maplesville. Each team enters the seventh weekend of the regular season 6-0 and 4-0 in region play.
HAMILTON -- The numbers tell one story. At 6-1, the Hamilton High School football team is one win away from its most victories in a season since it won seven games in 2005. At 1-0 in Class 2A, Region 2, the Lions are one step closer to getting back to the postseason. But even though Hamilton has a win against Class 4A Houston and nearly defeated Class 2A Kossuth, some wonder if the Lions are for real.
MACON -- All of the gray and indigestion has led to this point. Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple has watched as the Vikings have wiggled themselves in and out of jams and found ways to win four of their seven games by two points.
STARKVILLE -- Darius Slay has taken the long road to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1 defensive back signed twice with MSU (once out of high school and again after two years at Itawamba Community College) before he was able to return last week to his home state of Georgia to make his first big play in Division I football.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Ouimet resigned Tuesday from his position as assistant recruiting coordinator of the Mississippi State football team. Ouimet, whose resignation is effective immediately, was in the middle of his second season at MSU. He spent the past 10 years in Ann Arbor, Mich., working in football in several capacities.
As the weeks have passed and the victories have mounted, the stakes have risen for the East Oktibbeha County High School football team. First place in Class 1A, Region 3 and a three-game win streak will be on the line at 7 p.m. Friday when East Oktibbeha travels to Noxapater.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins and Morgan Smith are making sure the future is now for the Caledonia High School volleyball team. One season after losing a core group of seniors, Caledonia took its first step to advancing to the state tournament Tuesday by sweeping Aberdeen 3-0 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 playoffs. Set scores were 25-10, 25-16, 25-18.
SCOOBA -- Inching up another spot to No. 3 in this week's NJCAA Top 20 football poll, the East Mississippi Community College football team will begin its final month of the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi in Booneville.
WEST POINT -- If DeQuinten Spraggins keeps playing at this level, he will have enough Reese's peanut butter cups to last him the rest of the year. Given Spraggins had to go to the dentist Monday to get a tooth pulled, that might not be the best course of action.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team is right where it wants to be. Buoyed by an approach that has eschewed individual accolades in favor of team effort, Caledonia (16-7) will play host to Aberdeen at 6 tonight in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 tournament. The winner of that match will play the winner of the Lewisburg-St. Andrew's match on Saturday at a time and place to be announced. The winner of that match will advance to the state tournamen
The Columbus United Soccer Club continues to make its mark. The Columbus United Under-14 boys soccer team won the championship at the Clinton Fall Invitational Sept. 24-25. It is the first time a Columbus team has won the tournament.
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