The final week of region play for the Alabama High School Activities Association provides several intriguing matchups with playoff ramifications on the line.
When Adam Lowrey took over as head football coach at West Oktibbeha County High School, he promised the Timberwolves would play in big games.
STARKVILLE -- The "Secretary of Defense" may have to wage his battles a little differently this season.
STARKVILLE -- Like looking into a mirror. This is the attitude of the analysts when evaluating both undefeated programs to meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday night.
SCOOBA -- Frank Richardson envisioned a lot of good times when he left New Hope High School and signed to play football at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- The junior college system in the state of Mississippi has been kind to the top-ranked University of Alabama and the No. 13 Mississippi State University football programs.
STARKVILLE -- Anybody associated with the Mississippi State University football program will tell you confidence is the story behind sophomore wide receiver Robert Johnson.
OXFORD -- Denzel Nkemdiche is the perfect poster child for the University of Mississippi's resurgent football team.
STARKVILLE -- It's clear both teams that meet this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium won't be surprised this week in practice by what the scout team offense is running.
STARKVILLE -- The recruiting path to get to the first undefeated football matchup between Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama in 70 years couldn't be more different.
STARKVILLE -- The new men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University doesn't want his players paying attention to preseason projections.
MACON -- Darrell Robinson understands words go only so far.
FULTON -- Itawamba Community College football player Brandon Smith was not sure the purpose when he was asked to meet head coach Jon Williams in his office last spring.
STARKVILLE -- It's not as if Tyler Russell and Chris Smith haven't combined for touchdowns. The Mississippi State University quarterback and wide receiver have been doing their pitch-and-catch routine since Russell threw a pass to Smith in middle school. The only problem is Russell was playing for Northwest Junior High near Meridian and Smith was playing for Kate Griffin Junior High.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen doesn't want to listen to the idea the Mississippi State University football team hasn't been properly prepared for its matchup against the nation's No. 1 team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Alabama football team's freshman playmakers are coming of age just when the top-ranked Crimson Tide will need them most.
STARKVILLE -- This is where Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen thought his program would be after seven weeks.
STARKVILLE -- LaDarius Perkins doesn't have to worry about his teammates believing in his abilities.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks entered rare territory Saturday. The senior cornerback from Maben is now tied for the Mississippi State University record with 16 career interceptions.
Randy Ryals didn't have a good feeling when he learned Columbus was the location for the Mississippi State Championship / B.A.S.S. Federation Nation's National Qualifier. Ryals wasn't happy with the site because he didn't have much success the previous three times he had been to Columbus Lake.
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