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:
STEENS -- Something is brewing on the football field at Immanuel Christian. Fueled by a new-found "tough" mind-set and confidence, Immanuel Christian defeated Houlka 14-13 last week for the first 11-man victory in school history.
STARKVILLE -- It's natural to assume big plays are staples of any high-powered passing offense. While it's true for some teams, it works differently for most of today's spread passing teams.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Chris Stratton was a freshman looking to make an impact in his first year at Mississippi State. He had no idea he'd become the ace of a pitching staff filled with players no more experienced than himself.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team knew before the season a six-game road stretch that led into the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule would be a challenge. No one could have predicted the team would go 1-5 and have more players end up on the training table than on the field for the next game.
Step aside Colonel Reb. The next University of Mississippi mascot could well be a fierce black bear, a toothy land shark or a character in a full-body muscle-suit.
STARKVILLE -- As defensive systems go in the professional game, the 3-4 defense is the popular way to go. Now that it has proven effective in the NFL, it was only a matter of time before a wave of base 3-4 systems hit college football.
Gabe Poe doesn't fit the mold of a traditional linebacker. Listed at 5-foot-8, 205 pounds, you might think Poe's size would be best utilized in the secondary. But every position is fair game when you have a motor like Poe's.
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