It will be gutcheck time from here on out for the Heritage Academy football team. Judging from last week, the Patriots just might be on the move toward the program's first winning season since 2005. To accomplish that goal, Heritage Academy (3-1) will look to capitalize on the momentum it earned last week in a victory against Lamar School at 7 tonight when it plays host to Madison-Ridgeland Academy (1-2).
One victory doesn't make a season. Tony Stanford hasn't had to preach that message this week because his Columbus High School football players haven't appeared to change following their first big victory of the 2010 season.
Another week. Another rivalry matchup for the West Point High School football team. Not that coach Chris Chambless minds, but coming off a heart-breaking 21-20 loss to Starkville High, he knows the importance of bouncing back at 7:30 tonight against Noxubee County (4-0). Chambless watched his team blow a 20-0 lead against the Yellow Jackets, turn the ball over three times in the second half, and commit four personal foul penalties in the loss. Carrying that lack of discipline into district play, which begins in a week, isn't ideal for a team looking to repeat as Class 5A state champions.
STARKVILLE -- Jeff Terrill can't wait for a handful of extra football players to appear at his office door. Neither can his Starkville Academy football players, most of whom have learned and played multiple positions in the Volunteers' 0-4 start this season.
The past is going to help the Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian football teams in the future. How the first four games of each team's season will affect their matchup at 7:30 tonight in Pheba remains to be seen. One thing is certain: Oak Hill Academy (0-4) and Hebron Christian (1-3) will enter tonight's game with many similarities. Both teams are expected to dress out less than 20 players. Both teams also have experienced their share of growing pains.
CALEDONIA -- Blaire Ruth picked the right time for a hot stretch. As a result, the Caledonia High School volleyball team will ride into the final week of the regular season with plenty of momentum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Will Lowery's view of the University of Alabama football games has changed. The sophomore walk-on wasn't sitting in the stands cheering when a Crimson Tide defensive back made a potential points-saving interception on national television against Penn State. He was the one making the play.
JACKSON -- Southern Miss receiver DeAndre Brown got the message. Tired of Brown's prima donna ways, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora used the uncharacteristic tactic of publicly blasting Brown during a press conference last week, citing a lack of consistent effort.
STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's defense has taken a "fresh" approach to which players are in the game.
Two Lamar County and two Pickens County football teams will have a chance Friday night to solidify their positions for a state playoff berth. Lamar County, Sulligent, Pickens County, and Aliceville can improve to 3-0 in region play with victories.
Sharon Fanning-Otis has assembled all of the pieces for the 2010-11 season. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach and her assistant coaches are evaluating those parts in preparation for the start of practice Oct. 5.
When the Pickens Academy football team started the season with two losses, coach John Gartman still believed he had a good team.
STEENS -- Meghan Cooper has a simple philosophy that serves her well on the soccer field: Always go hard. It's a message Ray Campbell has instilled in Cooper and the rest of the players on the Immanuel Christian girls soccer team. Add in some deft passing skills and combination play and a stingy defense and it's easy to see why the Lady Rams are having a playoff season.
DeKALB -- Cathryn Moore and Magen Tapley had run-scoring hits in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday, and Chloe Tapley made it stand up to lead the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team to a 2-1 victory against Kemper Academy. The victory helped the Lady Eagles (18-9, 7-0 district) clinch the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A, District 3 title for the second time in three years.
The Starkville High School volleyball team beat Columbus High 3-0 and cruised to a quick win in its Legue 3, Region 2 opener Tuesday. The set scores were 25-16, 25-3, 25-13. Starkville (19-7, 1-0 region) beat Columbus ( 3-9, 0-2), setting up a Thursday home match with Tupelo for the region lead. Starkville junior setter Wheeler Richardson recorded 20 assists, six aces, six digs and two kills to lead the Lady Jackets, whose only points conceded in the second set came from errors.
STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's offense has had performances at opposite ends of the football spectrum. In Mississippi State's 49-7 season-opening win against Memphis, backup quarterback Tyler Russell threw for four touchdowns and the team eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. But in a 17-14 loss to Auburn this past Thursday, Mississippi State was held to less than 250 yards of offense and left stewing about unforced mistakes in a game it believed it should have won.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, Stirling Foxworth strives to make a difference in people's lives. According to Kevin Johns, Foxworth is accomplishing his objective as a senior on the Mississippi College men's soccer team and in the Christian community. Johns, Mississippi College's coach, has coached Foxworth for four years and seen him mature into a leader on and off the field.
When Columbus native Chuck Box was the baseball coach at Freed-Hardeman Univerity, he took the program to unprecedented heights. Box, a 1987 graduate of former Caldwell High School, coached the Lions from 1994-98 and again from 2003-04 with his 1996 team setting a school record with 36 wins and his 1997 team winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship and finishing 44-10. For his contributions, Box was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman Athletics Hall of Fame this past Friday.
STARKVILLE -- There's consensus within Mississippi State's football team that wins will come when plays are made. The team derives confidence from knowing a key catch or sack will be the final step to winning big-time games. The coaches' concerns about players not being in position to make plays has decreased through the team's first two games, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Monday.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterbacks need to be poised in clutch situations. Good things tend to happen when a quarterback can hold his wits and lead his teammates. Jaquez Johnson and Cedrick Jackson proved that is true Friday night.
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