YAZOO CITY -- The difference in past classification was evident Friday night. Starkville High School, a former Class 6A power that moved down one classification, dominated Yazoo City, a school that recently moved up to 5A football, in a 35-0 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team closed its regular-season home schedule in cool fall fashion with a championship Friday night. Ryan Mann rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Starkville Academy pile up 280 rushing yards in an 18-7 victory against East Rankin Academy that helped it secure the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA District 2, Division II championship.
Quarterback Anthony Sharp knew Victory Christian had time before it began its final drive. Turns out, Sharp was right -- just barely.
MABEN -- For all the attention Von Smith and the high-scoring West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense gets each week, coach Adam Lowrey knew there'd come a time when the defense would have to carry the team. On Friday, the Timberwolves defense recorded three turnovers and four sacks and held the East Oktibbeha Titans to under 100 yards of offense in a 40-14 win, their fourth straight against their county rival.
CALEDONIA -- A five-game losing streak came to an end Friday night when the Caledonia High School football team downed Kosciusko 28-10 on Senior Night.
MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter felt it coming all night. Spurred on by an attacking defense that brought pressure for the final 24 minutes, Shorter was confident his offense was going to explode.
MACON -- Defenses know what's coming. Sometimes, though, the execution is just too good to stop. Anyone who watched the Louisville High School football team beat West Point in the Fall High School Jamboree in August at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium could tell the Wildcats have a special tandem in quarterback Wyatt Roberts and wide receiver C.J. Bates.
The first challenge has been met. The next three figure to be a little tougher for the Columbus High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell took the job as football coach at Starkville High School two years ago because its brand of football used to mean something.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.
The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented next month for the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. Aberdeen High School's Channing Ward, Caledonia offensive lineman Cole Carter, Columbus running back Damian Baker, Noxubee County wide receiver Terrance Barron, and West Point offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards will play in the annual event that features some of the state's top seniors Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Ala.
When asked to discuss his football playing days at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State Senator Terry Brown might take you in a number of directions. Yet every story the United States Army Veteran tells is a good one. This weekend, Brown will be one of 11 individuals inducted into the EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The new class will be formally inducted tonight at a banquet in Scooba. It also will be introduced in pregame ceremonies prior to No. 3 EMCC's Homecoming game against Mississippi Delta C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field.
The East Mississippi Community College football team moved into its new home two months ago. Now the Lions want to spruce the place up with its first banner.
STARKVILLE -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team officially ushers in the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 7, it will mark the beginning of the program's 100th season.
The accolades continue to come in for the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State baseball programs. Baseball America ranked Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class fifth nationally and MSU's class No. 14.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team wrapped up its 2011 home slate with a 2-0 setback to the University of Kentucky on Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
SCOOBA -- On the strength of back-to-back national tournament appearances, the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in the 2011-12 NJCAA Preseason Top 20 national poll, as announced Thursday.
Ray Weeks is counting on two hours of hard work to erase a decade of bad memories tonight. That's when Weeks hopes his Hamilton High School football team will be able to secure a home playoff game with a victory at East Webster.
Sometimes it's about survival. Entering the season with a freshman quarterback and five sophomore starters on offense, Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan felt his Bulldogs would have a chance to play for a league championship if they could just make it to the Class 3A, Region 2 portion of their schedule.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS