CALEDONIA -- It's not the shoes.
CALEDONIA - "Decades of Domination - It's Our Tradition" was the message posted on visiting New Hope's run-through banner here Friday evening.
WEST POINT - West Point was gracious enough to let Noxubee County perform the opening act Friday night.
WEST POINT - Forty-seven unanswered points, three turnovers and 11 penalties committed.
Jumping to a quick lead in the first quarter, the Heritage Academy Patriots scored quick and often throughout the game to maintain the lead and beat the visiting Pisgah Dragons 56-49.
MERIDIAN -- The Starkville High School football team ran off the field with heads hung down.
HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School finally enjoyed the feeling of winning a football game again Friday night.
VERNON, Ala. -- Lamar County High School moved to 3-0 in Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 8 play with a 44-7 win over Hatton Friday night at George Bell Stadium.
CALEDONIA -- Andre Erby rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass, and returned a kickoff for a score Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 49-10 victory against Caledonia. The victory helped New Hope (3-1) extend its winning streak to 12 in the series dating back to Caledonia's last victory against New Hope in 2004.
Roderick Sanders Jr. first drove a four-wheeler at the age of 3. He learned to ride a dirt bike three years later. When Sanders Jr. was 7 years old, his grandfather, Doug Frierson, built him a drag bike. He hasn't gotten off the bike since.
SCOOBA -- In a litany of obscene offensive numbers, special teams play often gets lost in the shuffle in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. On Thursday night, the No. 14 East Mississippi Community College football team needed the play of its special teams to be special to win its home opener. The unit was just that and played a key role in a 54-10 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. before an overflow crowd at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) will play their first road game of the season at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) when they take on No. 20 LSU (1-1, 0-0) at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The last time the Bulldogs played in Baton Rouge, quarterback Dak Prescott led the team to a 34-29 win. It was MSU's first win in Baton Rouge since 1991, and the first against the Tigers since 1999. Tiger Stadium and the Tigers haven't been kind to the Bulldogs. LSU won 21-19 last season at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. The Tigers are a double-digit favorite.
STARKVILLE -- Sydney Passons isn't good at disguising her emotions. That's because the Starkville Academy senior often is her worst critic on the soccer field. If she is a touch off on a pass or doesn't hit a shot just right, Passons is apt to show her frustration in a variety of ways. In addition to contorted facial countenances, Passons has a habit of using her hands to show her displeasure.
CALEDONIA -- Andy Crotwell and Kris Pickle have used bye weeks early in the 2016 season to gauge where their teams can improve. At 7 tonight, the Caledonia and New Hope high school football coaches will get a chance to put what they have learned to the test when the Lowndes County rivals square off in Caledonia. WJEC-FM (106.5) will broadcast the game live.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 Alabama football team's passing game no longer is primarily the Calvin Ridley show. ArDarius Stewart has muscled his way into a co-starring role for the top-ranked Crimson Tide with a dogged running style after the catch and a knack for the deep ball. Both delivered big plays and catches last season but it was Ridley who emerged as one of college football's bigger receiving stars even as a freshman. It's been a role held by eventual top-10 draft picks Julio Jones and Amari Cooper during Nick Saban's decade in Tuscaloosa, but none have had a fellow receiver quite like Stewart.
STEENS -- The sight of another football player limping around the hallways at Columbus Christian Academy isn't a good sign. But there RJ DeLoach was Wednesday, wearing a Tennessee Volunteers warmup jacket/top and moving slowly to class. With starting quarterback Dawson Shaw already out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, the thought of playing without DeLoach, an experienced two-way contributor, was a sobering thought for coach Greg Watkins, especially with the team's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class A-AA, District 2 opener against Winona Christian set for 7 p.m. Friday in Steens.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless loves playing neighboring county rival games. After falling to Starkville and beating Columbus, West Point finishes its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) non-region slate by playing host to Noxubee County at 7 p.m. Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
STARKVILLE -- Cameron Gardner looks down at his phone and sees a text message from A.J. Brown. The Starkville High School football wide receiver has received text messages from the former Starkville wide receiver before every game this season. The text messages from the Ole Miss freshman have helped boost the confidence of Gardner, who said the encouraging messages help him get his mind right before he takes the field.
STARKVILLE -- Jordan Thomas wasn't going to let the linebacker get the best of him. South Carolina linebacker D.J. Smith had a bead on the ball and had a chance to get an interception and deny MSU a touchdown. When Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald under the football in the end zone, Thomas knew he had to make a play, so he used his big 6-foot-5, 295-pound frame to deny Smith an interception. Thomas then used his big hands to rip the ball from Smith's grasp and score his first touchdown in a 27-14 victory last Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
Another excellent week of prep football action is on tap throughout the Golden Triangle area. Noxubee County-West Point, Starkville-Meridian, and New Hope-Caledonia make for some outstanding matchups as teams are beginning to wind down their respective non-region schedules.
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