TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Perhaps University of Alabama coach Nick Saban was right. Maybe the game against University of Western Kentucky was important.
The shoe isn't flashy. One look at the worn black surface and it's easy to tell it isn't the latest model or named after a famous kicker.
Trace Lee has grown up around the Columbus High School football program. His older brother, Tyson, was a quarterback at Columbus High before he moved on to Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State. Despite having Tyson at quarterback, Columbus never established itself as a consistent football program that could compete with the state's best teams.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team's defense has been stellar through the first three games, even pitching a shutout along the way. But with its offense struggling to score points, Starkville Academy knew it needed a stronger effort to break even Friday against Leake Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The nightmare continued Friday night for the Starkville High School football team against quality competition. The list of challenges in the non-region schedule got longer for coach Jamie Mitchell as his team fell to West Point 47-22. The defeat was the second-worst loss since he took the job in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the West Point High School football players left Starkville High with heads held low and a bitter taste as they saw their playoff run cut short. The Green Wave washed out that taste Friday night as they rolled to a 47-22 victory against the Yellow Jackets on a clear, humid night.
It was full of highs and lows. It was long and it was ugly. It was only the third quarter. Madison-Ridgeland Academy scored 17 unanswered points in those 12 minutes and capitalized on four turnovers to beat Heritage Academy 33-10 in a battle of the Patriots on Friday night in Columbus.
ABERDEEN -- The Noxubee County High School football team entered its matchup against Aberdeen averaging 354.6 yards a game. Even though the Bulldogs held the Tigers to 245 yards and nine first downs, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's quip, "Statistics are for losers" was the case here Friday night.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the Pickens County High School football team's game against South Lamar began Friday night, Tornadoes coach Patrick Plott had his headset dialed in to the coaching box upstairs and his offensive game plan laminated and dangling from around his neck by a lanyard. By the time the second half started, the headset was gone and the playsheet was only as an accessory.
STEENS -- After waiting three weeks for its first victory of the prep football season, Immanuel Christian School was willing to wait three and a half hours Friday night.
MABEN - The Caledonia High School football team didn't win a championship Friday night. The Confederates didn't even win a district game that would enhance their playoff positioning.
Greg Sykes kicked a 24-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the game Friday night to lift the Columbus High School football team to a 9-6 victory against New Hope at Trojan Field.
DECATUR -- In the preseason, East Mississippi Community College fifth-year football coach Buddy Stephens called this season's squad "his best defensive unit ever." The top-ranked Lions' defense backed Stephens' lofty praise again Thursday night. EMCC forced four turnovers and only allowed a late 7-yard scoring drive in a 51-7 romp against East Central C.C. at Bailey Stadium.
Michael Bradley hopes his team has a short memory. Coming off one of the worst losses in his seven years as a head coach at New Hope High School, Bradley and the Trojans will return to action at 7:30 tonight to play host to Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- There's no quarterback controversy at Starkville High School. In the minds of Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell and his assistant coaches, a starting quarterback doesn't lose his job because of injury.
DECATUR -- Dontreal Pruitt opened some eyes when he carried Laurel High School to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship game last season.
Execution. One word describes such a complicated process that is an essential ingredient to success on Friday nights.
Abby Malmstrom has lived in Columbus less than a year, but she already has made an impact on the local running scene.
FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College Indians exploded for 22 unanswered points in the third quarter Thursday night for a 22-10 victory against Southwest Mississippi C.C.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's victory against Amory on Friday in the 24th A-Team game was still the main topic of conversation in and around town this week, even as Aberdeen prepares to face Class 4A power Noxubee County High at 7:30 tonight.
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