STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team understands the most important aspect of a game is the team is controlling the ball. No. 23 MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) leads the nation in forced turnovers (12) and has committed only one this season.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't care about recent history. The primary concern for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach is helping his players develop the right mind-set to compete every week. When that happens, Donahoe believes Heritage Academy has everything in place to be a perennial playoff contender in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
The Starkville Academy football team's resurgence on offense will be tested at 7 p.m. Friday when it puts its two-game win streak on the line against undefeated Jackson Prep in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville. Elsewhere in the area Friday night, West Oktibbeha County High School will travel to Weir and East Oktibbeha County High will travel to West Lowndes for a pair of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchups. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had an idea about his team. But even after coaching many of the seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team since they were in seventh grade, Shorter liked that his Tigers answered the call Friday night against one of their biggest rivals.
SCOOBA -- In the past two seasons, quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Quez Johnson have grabbed most of the headlines in the East Mississippi Community College football team's 15-game winning streak. Players and coaches understand EMCC's high-octane offense only flourishes when all 11 players on that unit do their part.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze said there were times last week when the bigger, stronger, and faster University of Texas Longhorns manhandled the smaller Rebels. Still, the Rebels never quit. As long as that's the case, Freeze said there's hope.
FULTON -- The No. 12 Itawamba Community College football team will look for its first 4-0 start to season since 1996 at 7 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to Holmes C.C. at Eaton Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban finds plenty of imperfections even given the top-ranked Crimson Tide's ridiculous scoring margin so far.
STARKVILLE --When asked why the carries among the four tailbacks at Mississippi State University weren't split evenly like in the previous two weeks, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen had a simple answer.
MABEN -- When West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Adam Lowrey asked senior Tiberias Lampkin to take a more active leadership role for the Timberwolves, he did not hesitate before answering.
FULTON - Former Starkville High School football player Stanley Childs has learned so much in his time away from home. Granted, he has only been gone for less than four months.
STARKVILLE -- The one time Saturday night Mississippi State University junior quarterback Tyler Russell got a little angry with his receivers, his head coach had some instant advice.
TROY, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University football fans had their fears realized Saturday night. But the Bulldogs and their fans will use the four-hour bus ride back to Starkville as a chance to exhale in relief.
TROY, Ala. -- The statistics show Mississippi State University senior wide receiver Chad Bumphis would be much better off suiting up only against non-conference opponents.
TROY, Ala. -- The problem for Troy University's offense wasn't an inability to move the ball against Mississippi State University's defense. Troy's problem was it was a more than generous host Saturday night.
OXFORD -- David Ash threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night to lead the No. 14 University of Texas football team to a 66-31 victory against the University of Mississippi.
WEST POINT -- Noxubee County High School senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley laid collapsed on the playing surface of McCallister Field.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior quarterback Tez Lane and coach Chris Chambless shared a long postgame embrace on the 40-yard line of McCallister Field.
CALEDONIA -- Of the nine players who had carries for the New Hope High School football team Friday night, Q Newby and Austin Oswalt are by far the best to speak for that group. While Ryan Lee, Bryson Ellis, or Brandon Spann may have better speed, Newby and Oswalt epitomize the kind of physical football coach Michael Bradley feels his team needs to play to be successful. Newby and Oswalt best used their prototypical fullback physiques Friday night on an 18-play touchdown drive that helped New Hope beat Caledonia 35-0 Friday night.
The list of words to describe Columbus High School quarterback Trace Lee grew Friday night. The 6-foot-1 junior already had been called an intelligent leader and an accurate passer prior to his team's game Friday against Louisville High. His effort in a 21-13 victory allowed him to add resilient and gutsy to his list of adjectives.
1. Starkville High introduces Jones as its new football coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Coaches confident about Jones at Starkville HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. EMCC DL enrolls at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. No. 4 MSU not content to be 19-0 COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Third quarter saves No. 4 MSU women COLLEGE SPORTS