STARKVILLE -- How can a football team ranked in the top five of nearly every statistical category in its league have anything wrong with its offense? When that team is the University of Alabama, any aspect of play below a championship level isn't accepted.
Some players are blessed with the speed of a gazelle or the size of a behemoth. Others get by on guile or will power. If you know football, you know what category 5-foot-7, 210-pound defensive lineman Dalton Hodges belongs in.
MABEN -- Shamia Robinson made history Thursday. The 5-foot-8 senior basketball player became the first female to earn a scholarship to a Division I school when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Mississippi State. Robinson averaged 18.8 points, 9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 blocked shots, and 1.9 steals per game last season. She also had scholarship offers from Georgia, the University of Mississippi, Southern Miss, and others.
JACKSON -- Curiosity turned to wonder and then slipped into belief. There was no way one team that suffered a 54-point loss two weeks earlier could turn around and beat that same team on the state's biggest stage in the rematch. Right?
MABEN -- After the East Webster High School football team beat rival Eupora on Oct. 1, Xavier Moye had an MRI for a nagging leg injury he suffered in the season opener. He had no idea he had been playing on a broken left leg.
Pickens County High School football coach Scott Marchant knows what his Tornadoes will have to do tonight. After studying films and making every practice count before their Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A second-round playoff game, Marchant and the Tornadoes will board buses and ride about three hours before taking on unbeaten Maplesville (11-0), which shut out eight teams during the regular season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's punting game hasn't gotten enough credit for the team's blistering start. The No. 17 Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) are second in the nation in fewest punt return yards conceded with 16. That figure pops even more considering MSU has allowed 11 punt returns this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team will face more question marks than certainties Friday when it opens the regular season. The Bulldogs, who'll be without suspended players Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney, struggled defensively in their exhibition win against Lindsey Wilson College.
The fire was dying. After years of playing competitively, Caleb Westmoreland found the game of golf didn't excite him the same way. For some reason, all of the practice and attention to detail wasn't resulting in the kind of progress he felt he should have been making.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero has seen the spotlight. Until now, though, she has avoided spending much of her college career in its glare. That all changed Sunday when the senior guard saw how important opponents believe she will be this season to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
HAMILTON -- The tie said it all. Anyone who knows Chase Reeves understands his love for the University of Mississippi. Ever since he was 7 years old and attended his first baseball game in Oxford, Reeves has dreamed of donning the Rebels' pinstripes and playing in the outfield or pitching in front of a packed stadium.
Ronnie Sciple is curious. Two weeks ago, he thought his Central Academy football team was ready for the challenge to face Kemper Academy.
Perrance Ward still has work to do, but the opportunity to play Division I college football has been offered and accepted. The former West Point High School standout and East Mississippi Community College cornerback/safety gave a verbal commitment Tuesday to play football at the University of Memphis.
A few noticeable faces were missing from Starkville High School's state title game rematch against Meridian on Tuesday night.
Antonio Wilson didn't want to move. As the ruckus grew louder around him, Wilson shook his head twice and refused to move from his spot at the free-throw line.
The numbers don't lie. Whether it has been through the air or on the ground, the Noxubee County High School football team has had one of the best offenses in the state the past four years.
Alvin Ellis knows his University of West Alabama football team has lost close homes. In fact, every loss in the Tigers' 6-4 season has been by no more than four points.
Life as a Mississippi State football player begins immediately after the ink dries on the National Letter of Intent.
STARKVILLE -- It's not every year the Mississippi State and the University of Alabama football teams meet with identical records. Both teams haven't been ranked entering their annual late-season game since 1999, when the Bulldogs were No. 8 with an 8-0 record and the Crimson Tide were No. 11.
CALEDONIA -- The temptation is always there for Jessica Comer. Like all elite cross country runners, she can hear footsteps. But she resists the urge.
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