Jordan Payne doesn't pay attention to numbers when he in on the field. Like any other player, Payne knows when he is having a good game, and he has had plenty of them this season with double-digit tackles. Garrett Anthony is the same way, although he has a different motivation to pay closer attention to a certain number. On Friday, Anthony nearly hit the magic number -- six -- that his brother, former Victory Christian standout Anthony Sharp, hit seven times in a game as a member of the school's football team.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen learned at an early age that questions about his performance as a football player were going to be asked. Growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mullen recalled his father, Bob, always asking him about the decisions he made on the field. "He'd be like, 'Why are you doing this or why are you doing that?' I'd say, 'How do you know what I was doing? Were you at practice all week? You didn't have any idea what was going on out there. You didn't even know the game plan,'" Mullen said.
After opening with one of the nation's most difficult schedules, the No. 12 Ole Miss football team enjoyed its first open date of the season last week. Ole Miss has returned to work to prepare for its game against No. 22 Arkansas at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- Togetherness is a familiar concept for Lauren Lyle.
Spencer Hughes still hasn't slowed down.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- These rookie-led Dallas Cowboys keep winning without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
The Mississippi State baseball team is a little more than four months away from the start of the 2017 season.
STARKVILLE -- With two weeks to prepare, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was surprised Saturday by how his team played against Auburn. The Bulldogs used the bye week to clean up mistakes and to give players time to heal their injuries. Unfortunately, Mullen and his coaches appear to need a little more time to get things going in the right direction.
STARKVILLE -- Giving relentless effort has been the main talking point for Dan Mullen in his eight-year tenure as Mississippi State football coach. Mullen has seen his squads give everything they have on every play to help the program reach a school-record six-straight bowl games. Things have gone differently through the first five games of the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- Keith Mixon wasn't sure he was going to be able to stay inbounds. Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts tried to jump the route, but he couldn't intercept or deflect the pass from quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
It was supposed to be the biggest football weekend of the season at Mississippi State. A Friday night concert set the stage for MSU's game Saturday against Auburn. Talk about your lost weekends, huh?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns, and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions Saturday to lead the No. 1 Alabama football team to a 49-30 victory against No. 16 Arkansas. The victory helped Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extend its nation-best winning streak to 18 games.
The chances were there. New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle didn't have any problem listing them Friday night following his team's 49-34 loss to Lake Cormorant. The problem was Pickle had far too many -- a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, ill-timed penalties, a fumble that wiped out a promising drive, and miscommunication on several pass plays -- to turn the tide for his squad in an important game in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 race.
MACON -- Antonio McCloud took one step and was surrounded by friends and families. The Noxubee County High School senior defensive end took a few minutes to join in on several pictures and to catch up with loved ones. As soon as McCloud finished one picture with three girls, there were others waiting to get their picture taken with the man of the evening. In addition to being named Homecoming king at halftime, McCloud came up with two fumble recoveries to help Noxubee County beat Leake Central High 41-13 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 game at Tiger Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Whatever it takes. That is how senior Jaquez Akins feels about what he needs to do this season to help the Starkville High School football team in its quest to win another Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game.
It all came apart in the second half. The West Lowndes High School football team carried a two-point lead against Smithville into halftime of its game Friday night before reoccurring special teams woes, turnovers, and missed tackles turned the game on its head. The Seminoles outscored the Panthers 34-8 in the second half and won 55-31.
WEST POINT -- A spirit sign displayed prominently behind the West Point High School football team's bench Friday night stated, "Your Mom called -- You left your game at home."
LOUISVILLE -- The Heritage Academy football team remained in first place in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 race with a 42-14 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.
SAN ANTONIO -- Jalen Rhodes rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to help the University of Texas-San Antonio football team beat Southern Mississippi 55-32 to snap a three-game losing streak.
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3. Noxubee County isn't looking past Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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