SCOOBA -- Quez Johnson always had dreams of playing football at the highest level. While it has taken much longer than he anticipated, the dream is still alive. Fully recovered from a serious shoulder injury, the former Starkville High School standout will be back in the limelight this fall as quarterback for East Mississippi Community College, the nation's top-ranked junior college football team.
Dreams came true in multiple ways Saturday morning. While some competitors eclipsed their time goals and others took pride in finishing, Brad Atkins surveyed the scene at the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon and smiled.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned Sunday evening for "personal reasons" 13 days before the football team's season opener.
If Brad Rollins didn't know it, he would have thought the Possum Town Triathlon was a long-standing event with a load of history.
Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Ellie Jeffreys may not remember an overcast morning on Aug. 18, 2012, in Columbus, Miss., when she grows up, but maybe it will come back to her in a few years when she is in the water, or on a bicycle, or pounding the road.
In a 33-6 season-opening victory, the West Lowndes High School football team dominated the Montgomery County Hornets by playing what coach Anthony King described as "an almost perfect game" defensively.
BATESVILLE -- West Point High School senior defensive back Johnathan Patterson likes to make plays. Patterson makes big plays and makes small plays. His attention to detail is one of the reasons why West Point's defense should place it in position to contend for this season's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
STARKVILLE -- The opening of game of the 2012 season showcased a new era of Noxubee County High School football.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team knew the deck would be stacked against it Friday night.
Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe is an intense person. If the Patriots weren't already under that impression, they will be Monday in the film room and on the practice field.
Rock-solid defenses offset inconsistent offenses Friday night, but the Columbus High School football team's special teams made the difference in a 21-0 victory against Aberdeen in the season opener for both teams.
Juan Cedano has ups. Typically that's not something you say about someone who played on the offensive line as a junior.
MABEN -- For all the experience the West Oktibbeha High School football team had returning this season, one wouldn't think coach Adam Lowrey would worry about his skill positions.
DECATUR -- The Oak Hill Academy football team said it believed in Daniel Merchant in the summer. The Raiders said they believed in Merchant in the preseason. On Friday, Oak Hill Academy made believers out of Newton County Academy.
Columbus High opened the 2012 prep football season with an impressive 21-0 shutout of Aberdeen High School Friday night at Falcon Field.
STARKVILLE - Noxubee County High School simply lined up as the more physical football team in Starkville High School Friday night.
New Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe got the type of start he wanted Friday night.
The New Hope High School defense answered the call.
Gunnar Olson has a top-three finish in his sights. Charla Lee just wants to finish.
WEST POINT -- Heritage Academy senior catcher Caitlin McLain and junior pitcher Madison Sears are now beginning to find a rhythm.