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Immanuel Christian hopes week off helps Friday

Posted 9/29/2011 in High School Sports

A week off can do wonders for your football team. Immanuel Christian coach Greg Watkins already has seen a difference in his team after a week off following a 25-14 loss to Canton Academy on Sept. 16. Now Watkins hopes Immanuel Christian (1-4) will be able to build momentum at 7 p.m. Friday against Carroll Academy before it returns to the final stretch of the regular season that will determine its postseason fate.



Alabama gearing up for new Florida offense

Posted 9/29/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dont'a Hightower isn't quite sure what to make of this new University of Florida offense, where the Gators are leading the league in rushing and have the tailbacks to thank for it.



Lamar County faces Sulligent in county rivalry game

Posted 9/29/2011 in High School Sports

Two football teams in need of second-half momentum will meet at 7 tonight when Lamar County takes on Sulligent in a Class 2A, Region 8 game at Brown Stadium in Sulligent.



Former MSU AD Templeton will help league with 13-team format

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton expects to contribute to the Southeastern Conference's 13-team league schedules for all sports next season.



MSU wants to find balance in ground game

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has two talents in the backfield. Coach Dan Mullen was pleased with how the Bulldogs balanced their use of Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins on Saturday in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium. Ballard and Perkins combined for 115 rushing yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, but it was a tale of both halves for the players.



Ole Miss' struggling offense looks to improve

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's miserable start to the season can be blamed on a non-existent running game, or inconsistent play at quarterback, or a porous offensive line. All three have factored into Ole Miss' 1-3 start. And if the Rebels don't correct the problems quickly, a long September could turn into a long season.



Noxubee County working to overcome injuries

Posted 9/28/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is excited. You might not think the Noxubee County High School football coach would be feeling so chipper considering his team is still fighting plenty of injuries.



Central Academy will try to extend unbeaten streak

Posted 9/28/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Ronnie Sciple found the break he was looking for Friday night. After sweating through five victories by a combined 22 points, Sciple and the Central Academy football team cruised to a 44-0 victory against Veritas on Friday. Sophomore T.J. Coleman had 273 yards and five touchdowns to help the Vikings push their record to 6-0.



No. 4 EMCC will close only homestand Thursday

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team will close its only homestand of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday (WFCA-FM, 107.9) when it plays host to Coahoma C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.



Rutgers' Sykes will play for U.S. on Pan American Games team

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball announced Tuesday that Rutgers University women's basketball senior April Sykes and University of Mississippi sophomore guard Valencia McFarland were named Tuesday to the 2011 Women's Pan American Games Team. The squad will try to defend USA's 2007 Pan American Games gold medal when it plays Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 2011 Pan American Games.



Coordinator of SEC officials will speak to Starkville

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

Steve Shaw, coordinator of football officials for the Southeastern Conference, will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.



MSU satisfied with Texas A&M in SEC

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State officials seem just fine with the Southeastern Conference officially wrapping itself in more maroon and white. SEC presidents and chancellors, acted unanimously Sunday to accept Texas A&M University into the league effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.



MSU still searching for right mix on offensive line

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coaches are focused on finding the right combination on the offensive line. MSU coach Dan Mullen suggested Monday in his weekly media conference that the starters at offensive line this week could be changed after MSU had a less than effective evening attacking Louisiana Tech up the middle.



Johnson, 'O' line lead Trojans to victory

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

Jameel Johnson didn't have any illusions of grandeur entering his junior season. With the graduation of key skill players like Johnny Beamon, Terrence Dentry, and Franklin Richardson Jr., Johnson figured he would be in position to see more time at running back this season. But Johnson wasn't sure just how much of an impact he would be able to make on an offense that on paper looked to feature seniors like Darius Petty and Lawrence Brown.



Boren wins in finale as Heritage Academy coach

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Krisi Boren planned to take a picture with her team Monday afternoon regardless of the outcome of its match against Immanuel Christian. The final result made that picture an ideal way to finish the season.



Starkville Academy loses to Presbyterian Christian

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team's district championship vanished Monday afternoon. However, the Lady Volunteers made sure they didn't go down without a fight.



Former MSU greats Malone, Palmeiro to be inducted into state Hall of Fame

Posted 9/27/2011 in Local Sports

JACKSON -- Former Mississippi State greats Jeff Malone and Rafael Palmeiro were part of a six-member induction class announced Monday that will be inducted to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on July 27-28.



MSU survives OT scare

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- That sound you heard throughout Oktibbeha County was the sigh of relief of every Mississippi State football fan wearing black Saturday night. Mississippi State moved back in the win column, but it made 55,116 fans who participated in a "black out" promotion at Davis Wade Stadium survive a 26-20 overtime scare against Louisiana Tech.



MSU defense delivers big plays

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said this week he'd have to put more responsibility on the defensive backs. That unit responded to the challenge with two late interceptions and a fumble recovery in the second half to preserve a 26-20 overtime victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.



MSU's special teams come through vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Mississippi State football team's offense struggled to find a rhythm, the special teams unit produced highlights Saturday night in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium.



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