OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's defense is undersized, inexperienced, and doesn't have much depth. The No. 1 University of Alabama Crimson Tide has a punishing, effective offense that has steamrolled every team it has faced this season.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't buy the notion of "good losses." But the Heritage Academy football coach came as close as any coach could to experiencing one of them Friday night in a 41-35 loss to Jackson Academy.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is still striving for consistency at the plate. It's the kind of top-to-bottom production that will keep New Hope coach Tabitha Beard from yelling "Don't reach" to her hitters and will prevent her from putting her hands on her head to mask her frustration.
MACON -- Desire, discipline, and dedication. Those are the things Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter is looking for from his players as the program enters the second part of its 2012 season. So far, the Tigers have put those three things to use.
Gary Harris wasn't sure how his players were going to respond. Following a loss to Washington School in its opening game of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA North State tournament, the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball coach challenged his players by telling them they were so close to getting to the overall state tournament. All Heritage Academy needed to do was find a way to regroup and defeat Jackson Academy and win one more game.
Things keep getting better for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team.
Kendrick Conner didn't have time to be scared.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University freshman kicker Devon Bell knew he would feel pressure. Bell also realized part of the challenge of being MSU's kicker was how he responded to missing kicks in a sold-out Davis Wade Stadium.
WEST POINT -- Freddie Reed and Ed Brown wanted to make a statement. After 24 minutes, the West Point High School football team's defense was less than satisfied with its effort Friday night against Lake Cormorant.
STARKVILLE -- Katie Lenz and the No. 23 University of Tennessee women's soccer team wanted to make something out of their weekend.
STARKVILLE -- "Embarrassing" That was the word Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen used during his halftime interview session.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University offensive coordinator Les Koenning should've recognized some of the talent on the field wearing red, white, and blue Saturday evening.
TUPELO -- Columbus High School junior quarterback Trace Lee likes to spread the ball around to as many receivers as possible. However, senior wide receiver Dalon Moore has an advantage on most plays.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell quickly felt sorry for his opponent standing on the opposite sideline Friday night. The Yellow Jackets third-year coach realized early on Lanier High was going to be overmatched in every phase of the game, so he did the best he could to lessen the blow in a 48-0 victory at Newell Field.
Sometimes in a tight ballgame a coach will dig deep into the playbook and pull out some trick plays. That's what Saltillo High School football coach Pat Byrd did Friday night against New Hope. With the game tied at the start of the fourth quarter, the Tigers converted a pair of trick plays for touchdowns to turn a close game into a 42-22 victory.
JACKSON -- Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe believes his team is finally turning the corner.
STARKVILLE -- Against the top team in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, the Starkville Academy football team had to play a flawless game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It never existed for University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. The imaginary "it" is the media-generated buzz the Crimson Tide were on a three-game shutout streak. Imaginary or not, it ended Saturday in Bryant Denny Stadium when the Florida Atlantic University Owls scored seven points in the fourth quarter.
NEW ORLEANS -- Chief Brown's diving interception in the end zone in the final minutes set off exuberant celebrations on the Mississippi sideline, even though the Rebels had led by more than three touchdowns since the first quarter.
WEST POINT -- On a night when things just didn't seem to want to go right, the West Point High School football team turned to a well-known staple.
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