You misjudge Justin Cox at your own peril. If you donít think the junior quarterback can beat a defender in a footrace, try him. If you doubt the first-year starter can make enough passes to wide receiver Michael Carr or tight end Michael Bush to keep defenses honest, pack the box and he will make you pay. Cox showcased both facets of his game Friday night on the biggest stage of the season to help the West Point High School football team reach an even bigger venue.
For the third consecutive week, an unbeaten team stands in the way of the Aberdeen High School football teamís quest for its first state championship. A week ago, unbeaten Charleston (13-0) was eliminated in a Class 3A quarterfinal contest at Aberdeen. On Friday, the Bulldogs handed home standing Booneville (13-0) its first blemish in the North Half finals. At 11 a.m. Saturday, coach Chris Duncanís Bulldogs will go head-to-head with Tylertown (14-0), a 28-18 winner against Morton in Fridayís South State finals.
ASHLAND, Ala. ĖĖ The Lamar County High School football team came up short Friday in its quest to set a school record for wins in a season. Lamar County had its season come to an end with a 38-7 loss to Clay County in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs. Lamar County (13-1) finished one win shy of setting a school record for most wins in a season that it set in 1984 and equaled in 1992 and this season.
Latavious Williamsí road to the NBA will begin tonight. The former Starkville High School standout will tip off his professional basketball career at 7 tonight when his NBA D-League Tulsa 66ers play host to the Utah Flash. Williams was the first of eight players Tulsa selected Nov. 5 in the D-League draft. He went through training camp and scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a preseason loss to the Iowa Energy and is ready to take his first step toward realizing a dream.
WEST POINT ó†On paper, Casey Welch knew the West Point High School football team had plenty of weapons to be successful. But the Green Wave running backs coach wasnít sure how a mix of senior Xavier Hogan and juniors Lakenderic Thomas and Jacoby Lee was going to fare. An injury to Hogan early in the season forced the coaches to reshuffle the responsibilities for the running backs, but the Green Wave havenít broken stride.
REFORM, Ala. ó†Big plays donít bother Scott Marchant. Mistakes donít faze him, either. While some coaches like to show their emotions on the sidelines, the Pickens County High School first-year football coach prefers to remain as impassive as possible on the sidelines. His goal is to set a focused example for his players so they donít get too high or too low in a game and lose sight of what they have to do on the next play.
VERNON, Ala. ó Lance Bobbitt has heard all about how the Lamar County High School football team won a state championship in 1984. Bobbitt has been made well aware of it by his uncle Vance Herron, who was the quarterback on the 1984 state championship team. ďIíve heard it since I was knee high,Ē said Bobbitt, a senior fullback and linebacker on this yearís Lamar County football team. Bobbitt is the leading tackler and second leading rusher on a team that is trying to win its third state championship, and first since Herron was the quarterback in 1984.
This time, Louisville isnít standing in the way. The Aberdeen High School football team hopes that proves to be a good omen at 7 tonight when it plays at Booneville in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State title game. The Bulldogs (12-2) have won 11 games in a row to get back to the Class 3A North Half State championship game. Louisville defeated Aberdeen 41-21 last season and went on to win its second state title in a row.
Coaches often use the phrase ďyou canít stop him, you can only hope to contain himĒ when discussing a talented player from an opposing team. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels that way about University of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has the same measure of respect for MSU running back Anthony Dixon.
Tyson Lee is a leader. Itís a trait the Mississippi State quarterback has tried to present throughout his football career. Through his dedication, determination, and faith, Lee, a former standout at Columbus High School and Itawamba Community College, has gained respect from coaches and teammates.
Noxubee County High School coach M.C. Miller believes itís just a matter of time before wide receiver Pat Patterson does the things he did as a Tiger in Macon at the University of Mississippi. Patterson has been looking for more playing time as the season has progressed for the Rebels.
Justin Flye admits he wasnít very interested in the New Hope High School varsity program as a ninth-grader. The Trojans werenít having a lot of success, so it was easy for Flye to come to school Monday not knowing how the varsity team fared Friday.
STARKVILLE ó Mississippi State menís basketball coach Rick Stansbury challenged sophomore forward Romero Osby a week ago. Stansbury wanted to get Osbyís attention about his role off the bench.
REFORM, Ala. Ė Tony Easterwood looks down the field at the blank scoreboard. The numbers on that scoreboard have helped the Pickens County High School football team (12-1) advance to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE ó The next three days should reveal a lot about the Mississippi State womenís basketball team. After climbing six spots in this weekís Associated Press Top 25 thanks to an impressive home victory against the University of Maryland, the No. 19 Lady Bulldogs will put that ranking to the test in a scenic locale.
VERNON, Ala. ó The Lamar County High School football team will have a chance to make history at 7 p.m. Friday. Lamar County can set a school record for most wins in a season when it travels to Ashland, Ala., to play Clay County in the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE ó Mississippi State junior center J.C. Brignone and the offensive line have something to prove Saturday against the University of Mississippi.
REFORM, Ala. ó Quinton Sturdivant tries to do his job the right way every time. It might sound simple, but with so many things to juggle from his strong-side linebacker position, Sturdivant makes it look easy.
The Mississippi State womenís basketball team passed its first true test of the season Sunday afternoon with an 84-55 victory against Maryland. A crowd of 3,042 at Humphrey Coliseum watched as the Lady Bulldogs used a hot shooting day from senior guard Alexis Rack (career-high 43 points), stout defense, and their experience to overwhelm the younger Terrapins.
STARKVILLE ó The smile on Phil Turnerís face says it all. The junior guard isnít fixated on whether he is a starter or if he is coming off the bench. He is focused on working hard, having a good time, and doing whatever he needs to do to help the Mississippi State menís basketball team have a successful season.
1. Bulldogs remain fourth in College Playoff ranking COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Starkville, South Panola eager to renew rivalry HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Noxubee County prepares for Greenwood HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU defense looks for one more stellar performance COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU women move to 5-0 by routing Louisiana Monroe COLLEGE SPORTS