BATESVILLE -- West Point High School senior defensive back Johnathan Patterson likes to make plays. Patterson makes big plays and makes small plays. His attention to detail is one of the reasons why West Point's defense should place it in position to contend for this season's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
STARKVILLE -- The opening of game of the 2012 season showcased a new era of Noxubee County High School football.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team knew the deck would be stacked against it Friday night.
Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe is an intense person. If the Patriots weren't already under that impression, they will be Monday in the film room and on the practice field.
Rock-solid defenses offset inconsistent offenses Friday night, but the Columbus High School football team's special teams made the difference in a 21-0 victory against Aberdeen in the season opener for both teams.
Juan Cedano has ups. Typically that's not something you say about someone who played on the offensive line as a junior.
MABEN -- For all the experience the West Oktibbeha High School football team had returning this season, one wouldn't think coach Adam Lowrey would worry about his skill positions.
DECATUR -- The Oak Hill Academy football team said it believed in Daniel Merchant in the summer. The Raiders said they believed in Merchant in the preseason. On Friday, Oak Hill Academy made believers out of Newton County Academy.
Columbus High opened the 2012 prep football season with an impressive 21-0 shutout of Aberdeen High School Friday night at Falcon Field.
STARKVILLE - Noxubee County High School simply lined up as the more physical football team in Starkville High School Friday night.
New Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe got the type of start he wanted Friday night.
The New Hope High School defense answered the call.
Gunnar Olson has a top-three finish in his sights. Charla Lee just wants to finish.
WEST POINT -- Heritage Academy senior catcher Caitlin McLain and junior pitcher Madison Sears are now beginning to find a rhythm.
Defense will remain a point of emphasis for at least three area high school football teams that open their 2012 seasons tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Normally coaches are concerned about their players letting the emotion of a pre-game moment take away from their concentration on the field.
Tina Hines' decision to lead the Columbus High School volleyball team could give Terrica Jefferson the time she needs to become a beast.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill prefers to play a challenging season opener. Starkville Academy will do that at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it travels to Ridgeland to take on St. Andrew's High School.
STARKVILLE -- It was just time for Jake Thomas to end the unnecessary drama. The four-star offensive tackle from Columbus High School called the Mississippi State University coaching staff Wednesday to confirm his verbal commitment to the program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless admits preseason scrimmages and jamborees aren't high on his to-do list.
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS