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.
While no one at West Lowndes High School's Tiger Field was holding a piece of white fencing embossed with a capital 'D', defense was the key Friday night in the Panthers' 14-0 victory against the East Oktibbeha Titans.
ABERDEEN -- Like most football coaches, Aberdeen's Mark Bray expects to win every game on his schedule.
MACON -- For the Noxubee County High School football team, there is no such thing as time off.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County and Sulligent high school football teams mixed a little more offense into their Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 matchup Friday night. Still, the result was to the Bulldogs' liking.
TUPELO - Columbus High School opened region play on a strong note with a 14-0 victory over Tupelo in prep football action Friday night.
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.
1. Columbus Speedway ready to race again LOCAL SPORTS
2. Starkville Academy soccer beats Heritage Academy to reach state final HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU baseball looks to bounce back COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Notebook: MSU falls to Kentucky in overtime COLLEGE SPORTS