STARKVILLE -- It turns out good guys can wear a black hat, too.
PELAHATCHIE -- A little trickeration and some guts. The mixture isn't a secret concoction Barrett Donahoe has cooked up in the dark passages of the Heritage Academy field house.
For the West Point High School football team, Friday's game against New Hope was the last regular-season game on the schedule before the playoffs start next week. Even though the Green Wave already had secured first place in Class 5A, Region 1, coach Chris Chambless didn't take the game lightly. Neither did his players.
GRENADA -- Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford breathed a deep sigh of relief and then smiled like a proud father.
SENATOBIA -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he'll lose sleep for weeks after one call: The choice to kick the ball to Fernando Van Hook.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to the Starkville High School football team's defense to seal a crucial win. After all, defense has been the team's calling card this season.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- While a small batch of University of Alabama fans celebrated behind the end zone at Tiger Stadium, A.J. McCarron found his parents at the edge of the stands. He lunged into their arms, his watery-eyed father rubbing his son's hair. McCarron had vowed he wouldn't let his team lose to LSU in the game of the year. The Crimson Tide quarterback was true to his word.
ATHENS, Ga. -- One of Mark Richt's oldest trick plays gave the University of Georgia football team the lift it needed to remain on track for a shot at the Southeastern Conference title.
SCOOBA -- With 21 seconds left in regulation, the Copiah-Lincoln Community College football team was down to one person who could single-handedly beat East Mississippi C.C. Joe Craig did just that.
STARKVILLE -- It has been seven months since Rick Ray was hired as Mississippi State University's 19th men's basketball coach in school history.
STARKVILLE -- Carnecia Williams and Katia May scored 13 points each, and a stifling Mississippi State University defense forced 26 turnovers in a 55-49 exhibition win against Shorter on Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
ABERDEEN -- The fourth-seeded Winona High School football team did what only one other team has managed to do this season against Aberdeen High: It scored more than 40 points against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the top-seeded Bulldogs did what they have done three times this year: They dropped 52 points or more on an opponent.
When the West Lowndes High School football team learned a playoff spot was on the line in its regular-season finale, there was a change in the team's mood.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy football team celebrated its return to the Alabama Independent School Association football playoffs with a 34-21 opening-round Class A victory against Lakeside Academy.
Apparently punitive remedies are the only ones that work for the Mississippi Department of Education.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze is working his turnaround magic again -- this time in the Southeastern Conference.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A quarterback described as a game manager can often be perceived as someone who's mostly responsible for supervising plays and not making them. Unless the QB is AJ McCarron and he plays for Nick Saban.
Adam Lowrey has watched helplessly as a program he spent five years building has started to fall apart around him.
A victory is all Tony Stanford has on his mind. If the Columbus High School football team (6-4, 3-3 Class 6A, Region 1) can go on the road at 7 tonight and beat Grenada (4-6, 2-4), Stanford won't have to worry about tiebreakers and point differentials.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell answered the question was answered before the week started: The Starkville High School football team will play its starters at 7 tonight in the regular-season finale against Neshoba Central.
1. West Point mourns loss of teen HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Caledonia baseball advances with victory over New Albany HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus High girls basketball team sends four more to colleges HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Marrero popped for DUI COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU drops softball contest to Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS