Kevin Jackson Jr. helped the Columbus High School football team forget about Damian Baker for at least one week. Now the Falcons will have to find someone to replace Jackson Jr., who broke both of the bones in his lower ankles last week and will miss the rest of the season.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell's goal tonight will be to get his players to focus on who will be on the field instead who won't be. After two weeks, that become a more daunting task than Mitchell has faced in more than 20 years as a coach.
The Starkville Academy football team returned to work this week eager to prove one game won't ruin its season. In its last outing, Starkville Academy lost to archrival Heritage Academy 19-6. The bounce-back game will be at 7 tonight against Magnolia Heights Academy in Senatobia.
West Point High School resumed a rigorous fall camp last week as the Green Wave took advantage of two full weeks to prepare for its next game. After learning so much in a heart-breaking season-opening loss at No. 1 South Panola, West Point returns to the field tonight for a non-region matchup with Columbus.
ABERDEEN -- For the third consecutive week, the Aberdeen High School football team will face off against the son of a former Bulldog football player. In a 21-0 loss to Columbus in the season opener, junior running back Kevin Jackson, Jr. was the game's leading rusher with 96 yards on 17 carries. His namesake, Kevin Jackson, Sr., graduated from Aberdeen High in 1985 and was a varsity starter for the Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen says the winning formula for his football team won't change. However, with four senior starting wide receivers and a former Parade All-American -- junior Tyler Russell -- at quarterback, the prevailing thought is MSU will become a pass-first football offense.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team will have three captains this season. Seniors defensive back Johnthan Banks and senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence and junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson were chosen in a vote by MSU players to be captains when the team opens its season at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against Jackson State University at Davis Wade Stadium.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi first-year football coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday former East Mississippi Community College All-American Bo Wallace will start for Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Saturday when it opens the 2012 season against the University of Central Arkansas at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches love tell anybody who will listen, specifically their own players, that the tape doesn't lie.
STARKVILLE --- MSU head coach Dan Mullen said on the first day new wide receivers coach Tim Brewster was on the job would be the language barrier.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- South Lamar High School prepares for a new beginning on the gridiron.
Sometimes it's easier to be the underdog when you're trying to build tradition.
MACON -- Two statement victories in August might be enough for some teams.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University athletic department is disassociating itself with a booster involved in the NCAA investigation. In documents obtained by The Dispatch, the MSU compliance department has refunded season ticket money for the 2012 season and a financial donation to the department to the booster, whose named was redacted in the paperwork.
Brooklyn Waldrep has seen the steps the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team has made in a little more then a month. Waldrep knows the team can take even bigger strides forward. If Tuesday's performance is any indication, the Lady Patriots should be well on their way.
STARKVILLE -- Joe Morrow is dedicating the Mississippi State University football team's season opener Saturday against Jackson State University to the people near his hometown dealing with Hurricane Isaac.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi first-year football coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels began game week preparations Tuesday afternoon on the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Freeze praised the defense's execution of the game plan.
STARKVILLE -- The news continues to get worse for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. The school announced Tuesday freshman Fred Thomas will have surgery today to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. Dr. Scott Jones will perform the surgery in Columbus. The projected recovery period is six weeks.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team took its first road trip well before its first game. The Bulldogs conducted a week-long training camp at Tombigbee State Park in Tupelo. A later start date for the school calendar allowed the team to spend the week in seclusion and to work on teamwork, chemistry, and fundamentals.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Charles Moody admits he grew a lot in his first season as Aliceville High School football coach. Now, Moody hopes the Yellow Jackets will grow with him. Moody's second edition will open the season at 7 p.m. Thursday against Gordo High.
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