SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive back Shaquille Fluker really likes the players he goes into battle with each weekend.
CALEDONIA -- Ben Marchbanks doesn't mind that his offensive line isn't the biggest in the area. Onterrio Lowery knows there are other teams in the state of Mississippi that have deeper and more talented backfields. Cole Bruce understands some teams can boast they have a stronger and faster group of skill position players.
MACON -- Thoroughbred horses are advised not to run on wet tracks. Noxubee County High School running back Darrell Robinson has no such concerns.
Still reeling from a last-second loss to South Panola High School in their season opener two weeks ago, the West Point High football team came out sluggish Friday night against Columbus.
TUPELO -- Few envisioned a Starkville High School offensive explosion Friday night -- not even head coach Jamie Mitchell.
WEST POINT -- A 36-20 non-conference loss to Indianola Academy on Friday night isn't going to keep a renewed Oak Hill Academy football team down.
ABERDEEN -- "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat -- the human drama of athletic competition." Written by Stanley Ralph Ross for ABC's long-running television series Wide World of Sports and hosted by the recently deceased Jim McKay, that phrase is etched in the memory of anyone 30 years of age and older who used to watch Saturday afternoon television from 1961-98.
PHEBA -- The Hebron Christian football team racked up 350 rushing yards Friday night in a 46-6 victory against Calvary Christian.
MACON - Thoroughbred horses are advised to not run on wet tracks. Noxubee County High School running back Darrell Robinson has no such concerns.
CALEDONIA -- Onterrio Lowery rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown, and the Caledonia High School football team capitalized on three turnovers Friday night in a 20-7 victory against Heritage Academy.
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.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Brownlee has career-best night for Green Wave HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS