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West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville, Lamar County clinch playoff berths

Posted 10/7/2017 in Local Sports

Aliceville High School clinched a spot in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs with a 46-18 prep football win over Hatch in Class 2A, Region 4 play Friday night.


No. 1 EMCC rolls past No. 15 Holmes C.C.

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw had one word for his feelings about his team's performance against Holmes C.C. last season. "Helpless."


No. 1 EMCC will play for another division title

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Two of the nation's best were in their element Thursday night. Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. threw for a season-best 449 yards and five touchdowns in the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team's 49-3 victory against No. 15 Holmes C.C. 49-3 at Sullivan-Windham Field.



Bell becomes father, hits field for EMCC

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Maleke Bell has been doing a lot of waiting the last few months. Part of Bell's waiting ended Wednesday when the East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman became a father. On Thursday, the former Starkville High School standout made his much-awaited debut with EMCC in the No. 1 Lions' 49-3 victory against No. 15 Holmes C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field.



MSU's Gay continues to grow at linebacker

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay's rude awakening to college football came before he set foot on the Mississippi State practice field. The linebacker was certain of one thing when he received a copy of MSU's playbook prior to his first preseason.



Starkville Academy has sights set on Canton

Posted 10/6/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson senses something is hanging over the Starkville Academy football team. As much as he tries to ignore it, Nicholson admits it is too big to dismiss. But Starkville Academy's game against archrival Heritage Academy on Friday, Oct. 13, won't have the same significance if his team doesn't take care of its business at 7 tonight when it goes on the road to take on Canton Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game.



Easy wins won't alter West Point's focus

Posted 10/6/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Chambless has been a part of his fair share of blowouts through the years. A year ago, the West Point High School football team won 10 games by three touchdowns or more en route to a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title.



Shared enthusiasm drives Oak Hill Academy's streak

Posted 10/6/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Shared enthusiasm and spirit has the Oak Hill Academy in position to create special memories.



No. 12 Auburn looks to stay hot vs. Ole Miss

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Matt Luke and the Ole Miss football team are banking on the fluctuating fortunes of college football for a fast rebound. The No. 12 Auburn Tigers, on the other hand, are hoping their last two performances will carry over into Saturday's game against the Rebels.



No. 1 Alabama set to face Texas A&M

Posted 10/6/2017 in College Sports

Texas A&M has sweated out two close Southeastern Conference wins. Alabama has barely broken a sweat at all in batting aside its first two league opponents.


Discipline will be focus for Noxubee County

Posted 10/5/2017 in High School Sports

MACON -- Eight will be the magic number for Tyrone Shorter on Friday night. The Noxubee County High School football coach will be able to live with 10, as long as the penalties committed by his team aren't one of lack of concentration or focus.

Play of secondary has been key part of Starkville's defense

Posted 10/5/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones was still settling in as Starkville High School's football coach when it came time to attend the Mississippi State football camp.


Howland likes options on 2017-18 team

Posted 10/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Injuries and slumps influenced most of the Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland's decisions about his starting lineup in 2016-17. This season, Howland likely will make those decisions based on matchups.



MSU shows potential, Ole Miss wins title at Old Waverly

Posted 10/4/2017 in College Sports

Four months separate the Mississippi State women's golf team from the start of its spring season and the beginning of its push to make the NCAA tournament. With one more tournament remaining in the fall season, MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm has a better feel of what to expect from her team.



MSU will practice today before taking time off

Posted 10/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The list of things Dan Mullen hasn't experienced in nine years as Mississippi State football coach is almost non- existent. Mullen hit one more this week.


West Point's running game hitting its stride

Posted 10/4/2017 in Local Columns

A year ago, West Point High School football team had a chance to have the best running back tandem in the state with juniors Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert.


No. 1 EMCC working to become finished product

Posted 10/4/2017 in College Sports

With 24 days left in the regular season, East Mississippi Community College quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. is looking forward to seeing his team as a finished product.


Moyano's effort helps push MSU into fourth

Posted 10/3/2017 in College Sports

WEST POINT -- Something like this has been a long time coming for Clara Moyano. Moyano's potential already had been proven. At Idaho, she was a Big Sky All-Conference selection who tied for second as an individual in the conference tournament. But prior to the second round of the Magnolia Invitational, all the Mississippi State women's golf team had seen out of Moyano was bits and pieces of her potential.

Rogers' four interceptions fuel Heritage Academy victory

Posted 10/3/2017 in High School Sports

The conversation -- if you want to call it that -- didn't last long. Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison remembers his "talk" with his junior going something like this: "Lex, I need you to do more to help the team this season." Harrison's recalls Rogers saying "yes sir" and not quibbling about where he was going to play, how many minutes he was going to get, or if the new work would take away from his duties as the team's kicker and punter.


MSU needs to find explosive plays for spark

Posted 10/3/2017 in Local Columns

Football coaches are known to harp on the little things, even when they don't define them. That was the case for Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen Saturday night after a 49-10 loss to then-No. 13 Auburn. He said more than once that MSU failed to do "the little things you need to win on the road," but other than penalties he didn't name any of those things.



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