WEST POINT -- Aeris Williams is suited to play West Point High School football.
It's time to get down to business. That's the sentiment for nearly all of the Lowndes County public school football teams as they prepare for their games tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Just days after the death of his mother, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell will be on the sidelines for his team's region opener at 7:30 tonight at Lanier High. Mitchell's mother, Rose, died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer, and Mitchell has been away from his team to be with his family in Pontotoc.
Two more wins. At the beginning of the season, all Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball coach Gary Harris knew for certain was that two was the number of victories his team had in 2011.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team, fresh from a much-needed 45-28 win against Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A defending state champion West Bolivar, has a chance to do something tonight at Lester Miley Stadium that no other Bulldog squad has done: beat Louisville.
NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane University Green Wave has spent the past two weeks balancing football with much larger concerns for senior safety Devon Walker, who fractured his spine against the university of Tulsa. Still, coach Curtis Johnson senses Tulane (0-2) will be ready to get back on the field when it plays host to the University of Mississippi (1-2) Saturday in the Superdome.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens found motivational material in the most unusual place this week.
SCOOBA -- William Jones was a happy man Thursday night. The fifth-year East Mississippi Community College associate head coach and defensive coordinator has a burning desire for shutouts. Jones got his wish Thursday in No. 4 EMCC's 56-0 victory against Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC North Division game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
For West Point High School, the task ahead is clear.
STARKVILLE -- Twenty-two missed assignments, 18 missed tackles and 17 second-half points. These are the unfavorable numbers the Mississippi State University defense have been going over and over this week.
STARKVILLE -- The one element of football that frustrates Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen since his arrival in Starkville four years ago is the development of the Wildcat formation.
STARKVILLE -- Joey Swinarski became Mississippi State University's first verbal commitment to the 2014 recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football Dan Mullen was caught off guard Monday when asked if he felt his program was helping a start-up program like the University of South Alabama. The Bulldogs' fourth-year coach doesn't see it that way, or at least he doesn't wish to say it publicly.
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.
1. New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU baseball gives Cannizaro first career victory COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. No. 3 MSU women face huge test at Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS