Games usually don't turn on one play. Typically, a handful of ingredients work together to lift one team past another. Franklin Richardson Jr. made sure that formula didn't apply Friday night.
HORN LAKE -- All things considered, the Starkville High School football team's trip to Horn Lake went as planned. Devin Mitchell rushed for 116 yards and had three touchdowns, and Jaquez Johnson threw for three more scores in Starkville's 49-19 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 game.
WEST POINT -- A game that appeared to be well in hand for the West Point High School football team on Friday night very nearly swerved out of control. But West Point tightened up at the end of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game against Oxford to earn a 22-20 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Now that Mississippi State's men's basketball team knows when its suspended players will return to the court, the Bulldogs now must find a way back to the NCAA tournament. Sophomore forward Renardo Sidney will miss the team's first nine games, while junior point guard Dee Bost won't return until the team's first league game in January.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After delivering the University of South Carolina football team's biggest win ever, all coach Steve Spurrier could do was smile. "I think that this game was meant to be," he said. The way the Gamecocks played, it sure seemed like it.
BATESVILLE -- Qyen Griffin returned the opening kickoff for an 81-yard touchdown Friday night to lead the top-ranked and Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A defending state champion South Panola High School football team to a 44-0 victory against Columbus.
ACKERMAN -- Timakis Bell rushed for two touchdowns and Ledrick Patterson rushed for one score and threw for another Friday night to lead the East Webster High School football team to a 41-14 victory against Ackerman in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 2 game.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy football team will carry a lot of momentum into a playoff-deciding game next week. Jacob Acker rushed for two scores, threw for anther, and returned an interception for a touchdown Friday night to lead Pickens Academy to a 47-0 victory against Flint Hill Christian in an Alabama Independent School Association Class AA, Region I game.
ABERDEEN -- More times than not, bad practices tend to have disastrous results come game time. But that wasn't the case here Friday when another Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 2 pretender bit the dust, as Aberdeen posted a come-from-behind 35-14 win against Water Valley.
The Starkville High School fotball team improved its position for a playoff spot out of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 on Friday night with a 49-19 victory against Horn Lake.
One win can work wonders. A week ago, the Caledonia High School football team was mired in a losing streak that spanned two coaches and dated to 2008. This week, the community, school, and Confederates are buzzing about the team's chance to do something that hasn't happened since 2005: reaching the playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Five games remain on the Starkville High School football team's schedule, but it isn't too early to talk about the playoffs. After winning consecutive Class 6A, Region 1 wins and taking four of their last five games, the Yellow Jackets are treating tonight's road game against Horn Lake as a must win.
Maturation is a key component of championship formulas. As the years change, coaches hope younger players notice the habits and tendencies of the older ones and come to make them their own.
STARKVILLE -- In the past year, Mississippi State's men's basketball program has gone through two eligibility appeals processes with the NCAA. In that span, point guard Dee Bost and forward Renardo Sidney have kept a low profile and haven't been available to the media.
Columbus Speedway will be back in action this Saturday with the final weekly racing series points event of 2010.
STARKVILLE -- The players have changed, but the message is the same. As much as Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fannning-Otis might not want to be redundant, the things that were keys to a special 2009-10 season will determine if the 2010-11 squad will be able to match that success.
STARKVILLE -- Kayla Woodard's path to Starkville wasn't conventional. It's not often volleyball players from small schools in the state of Alabama go largely unrecruited, accept an offer to walk on at a Division I school, earn a scholarship, and become one of their team's most valuable players on and off the court.
OXFORD -- Injured and ineffective, the University of Mississippi football team's defense gets a much-needed breather this weekend with an off date before facing top-ranked Alabama on Oct. 16.
SCOOBA -- In a game that featured five ties, the Northeast Mississippi Community College football team defeated East Mississippi C.C. 49-42 on Thursday night in a MACJC North Division shootout at Sullivan-Windham Field.
Here is this week's prep football schedule, including the listings for radio stations in the area:
1. Player of Week: Davis, Starkville off to fast start HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Bulldogs turn attention to UAB COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy looks to build on first win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS