Pardon the players and coaches at Columbus and West Point high schools if they feel like the 2011 season is going in slow motion. Each team had an atypical open date last week in the second week of the season. They will get back to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Falcon Field in Columbus.
MACON -- A week off wasn't long enough for the New Hope High School football team. Despite having an open week following a 17-12 victory against Louisville in its season opener Aug. 19, New Hope still will be battered and bruised at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Noxubee County in its home opener.
Starkville High School football players returned to work Monday with a little extra pep in their step. Starkville won its home opener Friday night with a thrilling 16-14 victory against Class 6A Madison Central. It will try to make it two in a row at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it takes on Tupelo at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
The paring has been done. The phone calls, texts, and posts to her Facebook page have slowed to a reasonable rate. Now all Rachel Hollivay has to do is pick a college.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College offensive line will have a decidedly local flavor at 7 tonight when the Lions play host to Mississippi Gulf Coast at the new Sullivan-Windham Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's hard to imagine a place more ready for college football.
Alley Ronaldi would rather forget the 2010 season. Even though the Columbus resident earned a 4.0 grade-point average in the fall, she struggled on the field for the University of Mississippi women's soccer team.
FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College football team will kick off the 2011 season at 6:30 tonight at Hinds C.C.
Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill appreciates the excitement that suddenly surrounds his football team. Buoyed by a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy last week, Starkville Academy (2-0) will try to match last season's win total at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Magnolia Heights at J.E. Logan Field.
SCOOBA -- In the midst of a recession, when most schools are scrambling to cut costs, East Mississippi Community College committed nearly $5 million last year to build a brand-new football stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team appears to have the answer at quarterback this season for any defense. Coach Buddy Stephens' biggest dilemma could be how he plans to utilize the skills of Bo Wallace, Termarcus Conner, and Jaquez Johnson. The EMCC coach will get his first chance to experiment with quarterbacks at 7 p.m. Thursday when No. 16 EMCC plays host to defending state champion and No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- The only sure thing about University of Memphis quarterback Andy Summerlin's season-opening performance against No. 20 Mississippi State on Thursday night likely will be that he will be the oldest player on the field.
OXFORD -- Vincent Sanders is ready to make an impact. With the University of Mississippi football team's season opener against BYU looming at 3:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN), Sanders appears primed to get the first chance to make a play. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is listed behind freshman Donte Moncrief at split end. Ja-Mes Logan or Nickolas Brassel, Tobias Singleton, or Terrell Grant are listed at flanker.
STARKVILLE -- Nothing will be basic about the No. 20 Mississippi State football team's defense after the first play this season. As he prepares for his first game as defensive coordinator, MSU coach Chris Wilson said his unit won't leave any schemes unused in its season opener Thursday at the University of Memphis (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net).
The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team appeared poised for a victory Tuesday night. Central Academy had other ideas.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's quarterback position is in a much better shape than last year as the team prepares for its season opener at 7 p.m. Thursday (Fox Sports Net) at the University of Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson made it clear Monday why junior linebacker Brandon Wilson is still where he is on the Bulldogs' opening week depth chart.
REFORM, Ala. -- De'Marko Hall didn't have an illusions of grandeur Friday night. But the Pickens County High School standout believed he could find a way to help the Tornadoes upset preseason No. 2 American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., despite being at less than 100 percent and missing a preseason scrimmage because of a left shoulder injury.
FULTON -- The foundation has been laid. Jon Williams knows the next step is to put players in the right positions so they can make plays.
STARKVILLE -- Go ahead and let Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen describe the way he see the give-and-take relationship among coaches.
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