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Victory hosts Tuscaloosa Christian for homecoming

Posted 10/23/2009 in High School Sports

So much for being rusty. After four weeks of practicing, watching, and waiting to get back on the field for a Friday night game, the Victory Christian football team returned to action last week with a 66-16 victory against North River Christian in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The victory pushed the Eagles to 7-0 and set the stage for their homecoming game at 7 tonight against Tuscaloosa Christian. That game likely will determine the top seeds for the Christian Football Association playoffs, which will begin next week.

 

 

Noxubee bids to extend shutout streak against Louisville

Posted 10/23/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — The Noxubee County High School football team’s defense never rests. At practice last season, the Tigers’ defense had to find ways to stop quarterback Termarcus Conner and a high-octane offense that featured wide receivers Patrick Patterson, Teddy Young, Vincent Sanders and others and a host of other weapons. This year, Patterson has moved on to the University of Mississippi and a number of the Tigers’ 2008 stalwarts on offense and defense are now playing football in college.

 

 

West Oktibbeha rallies past East Oktibbeha in overtime

Posted 10/23/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — You gotta believe. The tears on Dwight Quinn’s face Thursday night showed just how much he and his West Oktibbeha High School football teammates believe. Trailing by 18 points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves used a punt return for a touchdown by Quinn to change the momentum. From there, West Oktibbeha dominated the rest of the second half and carried that energy into the first overtime.

 

 

Columbus football team hopes to begin winning streak

Posted 10/22/2009 in High School Sports

Bubba Davis hopes last week was just the beginning. The Columbus High School football coach will find out Friday if the Falcons have started a trend when they play host to Horn Lake at 7 p.m. in a Class 6A, Region 1 game at Columbus Stadium. Columbus (2-6, 1-3 region) is coming off a 12-7 victory against DeSoto Central that snapped its 10-game losing streak in region games. Sophomore running back Damian Baker rushed for a career high 224 yards and two touchdowns to help keep the Falcons in contention for one of the top four spots in the region and a playoff berth.

 

 

South Lamar's Harper coaches against his mentor, Funk

Posted 10/22/2009 in High School Sports

Josh Harper credits Rusty Funk with helping him advance through the ranks to become a head football coach. Harper was an assistant to Funk at Columbus High School and at South Lamar High School in Millport, Ala. Harper will get a chance Friday to show his mentor what he learned when he coaches against Funk. Harper, who replaced Funk as the coach at South Lamar, will coach against his mentor at 7 p.m. Friday when the Stallions travel to Marion County in Guin, Ala., for an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A, Region 7 game.

 

 

Lamar County, Pickens County play for region championships

Posted 10/22/2009 in High School Sports

Region championships will be at stake Friday night when the Lamar County Bulldogs and Pickens County Tornadoes take the field. Lamar County will claim the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A, Region 7 championship and Pickens County will capture the Class 2A, Region 4 title with victories. Both have the task of trying to win region championships on the road, with Lamar County playing at Winston County and Pickens County traveling to Fultondale.

 

 

Mississippi State assistant Hevesy faces former team

Posted 10/22/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy said going against the University of Florida will be different for him. When Hevesy left Florida to join Dan Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State he knew it meant one day having to see the players he helped recruit at Florida. That’s something he has never experienced. MSU plays host to Florida at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) and Hevesy admits it will be a little strange.

 

 

Florida's goal is to stay among nation's elite

Posted 10/22/2009 in College Sports

University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer can tell when his players, assistant coaches and support staff are feeling the pressure. When a program has won two out of the last three national championships and has been highly ranked over that span, it’s only natural to have an overwhelming desire to hold on to that standing. That’s the challenge No. 2 Florida (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) has once again as the Gators travel to play Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN).

 

 

EMCC's Cox, Shelton thrive as teammates

Posted 10/22/2009 in College Sports

Quartney Cox and Avis Shelton are inseparable. The two offensive linemen have been side by side during their football careers at West Point High School and East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. They are even roommates at EMCC. “Everyone thinks we follow each other around,” Shelton said. With Scooba only being a 40-minute drive from West Point, Shelton and Cox have been able to enjoy their junior college careers and stay close to home.

 

 

East-West Oktibbeha rivalry game could decide playoff spot

Posted 10/21/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — Numbers don’t tell the whole story at East and West Oktibbeha high schools. If they did, the schools’ football teams would be doomed for failure.

 

 

MSU women picked No. 5 in SEC

Posted 10/21/2009 in College Sports

There is shared optimism about the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. Members of the Southeastern Conference and national media picked MSU to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference this season and selected senior guard Alexis Rack as a member of the All-SEC preseason first team on Tuesday.

 

 

Mullen, Tebow share special bond

Posted 10/21/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow share a special bond. What began as a relationship between a quarterback and his position coach has become a valued friendship.

 

 

MSU's Lee respects Florida's Tebow

Posted 10/21/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyson Lee, of Columbus, said it will be “an extreme honor” to step onto the same field as University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

 

 

Dale a force on Millsaps College defense

Posted 10/21/2009 in College Sports

When David Dale signed a scholarship to play football at Millsaps College, Pat Byrd thought it was a good choice. Time has proven the Amory High School coach to be right about his former player.

 

Better late than never for champs

Posted 10/20/2009 in Local Columns

There’s only one thing better than winning a North State championship. The Hamilton and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams experienced that feeling Saturday at the V.A. Fields in Jackson when they won the Class 2A and Class 5A championships, respectively.

 

Florida might have edge in talent on Mississippi

Posted 10/20/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — It has made for interesting talk around the football locker room at Mississippi State. There has been a running debate among the Bulldogs about which state, Mississippi or Florida, has the better high school talent.

 

 

Confidence helps CHS' Baker make impact

Posted 10/20/2009 in High School Sports

Damian Baker hoped he could make an impact. A year ago, Baker was a go-to player on the Columbus High School freshman team. But the step up to the varsity level requires a faster step and a stronger step.

 

 

MSU, Varnado get top billing in SEC

Posted 10/20/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury likes his team better now than he did at this time last year. With the return of five starters from a team that reached the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row, Stansbury is more comfortable this preseason.

 

 

West Point shuts out Lake Cormorant

Posted 10/20/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team new Class 5A, Region 1 rival Lake Cormorant played their game Friday in ankle-deep mud. And the Gators were positively stuck in it.

 

 

Thunder and lightning leads Hebron past Immanuel

Posted 10/20/2009 in High School Sports

PHEBA — Effective running back tandems should have nicknames. Hebron Christian’s Ryan Pinnix and Marques Robinson are no different. You likely could add J.D. Edwards to the mix and create a three-headed monster that is even more dangerous.

 

 

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