Streaks are part of Northeast Mississippi’s football history. But before South Panola High School football team claimed the honor of holding the state’s longest winning streak, that honor belonged to coach Jimmie Moore’s Hamilton Lions. Moore’s Lions, who accomplished the unbelievable feat of going through the 1977 season without allowing a point, went on two years later to start a winning streak that stretched to 51 games until Oct. 7, 1983, when coach Rudy Pope’s New Hope High Trojans ended the run with a 35-14 victory in Columbus.
Throughout high school, Amber Owen heard she’d never play college volleyball. At 4-foot-11 1/2, Owen was relegated to playing on the junior varsity volleyball team at Caledonia High School and it looked like college volleyball wouldn’t be in her future. “It hurt a lot because I knew I had the potential and I had the ability to play and I wasn’t really given that chance,” Owen said. “I was looking for a small (college) so I could play volleyball, or at least try, because everybody told me I would never play college volleyball.”
STARKVILLE — Anthony Dixon is about to become Mississippi State’s all-time leading rusher. The journey to that top spot has been bumpy. In the offseason, the senior tailback was arrested for DUI. He fulfilled unspecified punishment from the team and served a one-game suspension in the season opener against Jackson State. Now, Dixon has to bounce back from a game where he fumbled twice in a 42-31 loss to Georgia Tech.
Due to expected bad weather in the area, the Columbus High School football team’s game against South Panola has been moved to 7 p.m. Thursday at Falcon Field.
STARKVILLE — The rhythm of the Famous Maroon Band’s drum section doesn’t catch the attention of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen most on game day. When Mullen talks about rhythm he’s referring to the offense, especially early in games.
REFORM, Ala. — Scott Marchant has a dilemma. The Pickens County High School football coach has a talented quarterback to direct his team’s high-powered passing offense. The former defensive coordinator also has an athlete versatile enough to play a hybrid safety-linebacker position. Problem is, that player is Deion Curry.
Their jerseys are old school. The big, bold green numbers 30 and 66 on white jerseys stare down opponents. It’s simple and clean, even without the players’ names on the back of the jerseys. On Friday night, Jamal Petty and Vontarrius Dora made a statement wearing those numbers.
It took about half a quarter for the Magnolia Heights football team to find the rhythm it last displayed in a 3-0 start to the season. After that, the Chiefs marched all over the Heritage Academy Patriots 45-14 to snap a three-game losing streak.
HAMILTON — The West Lowndes High School football team stopped a late surge by Hamilton Friday night en route to a 26-20 victory in its Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 opener. The Panthers (5-1) also snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak.
AMORY — Forest Williams used something Friday night he didn’t know he had. When the Amory High School sophomore quarterback broke through the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, he outran the Caledonia High School defense on his way to a 55-yard touchdown.
ABERDEEN — It might be simplistic, but it all starts with the serve for the Aberdeen High School volleyball team. But when the Lady Bulldogs serve as well as they did Saturday, they’re bound to have success.
CARROLLTON, Ala. — When Sam Pearson took over as head football coach at Pickens Academy, his goal was to return the program to its winning ways. The Pirates won five undefeated state championships in the late 90s but haven’t earned a title in 10 years, which is something Pearson hopes to change.
STARKVILLE -- Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt isn’t known for his passing ability. Yet Nesbitt torched the Mississippi State secondary for 266 yards in leading the Yellow Jackets to a 42-31 victory Saturday night. Case Keenum, the signal caller at the University of Houston, does have a reputation for throwing the football with success. On Saturday, Keenum was 51 of 76 for 536 yards and five touchdowns in Houston’s 58-41 loss to Texas-El Paso.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State was supposed to begin fall baseball practice Friday. The mounds of dirt and the absence of sod at Dudy Noble Field altered those plans. As of Thursday, the work to cover the new and improved drainage and irrigation system at the home field of the Bulldogs hadn’t been completed.
STARKVILLE — Splishing, splashing, and sploshing aren’t typical ingredients of a soccer match. But Rachel Wannek has experienced enough of those moments to feel right at home playing in inclement weather. The freshman showed Sunday just how comfortable she is in bad weather and on soggy fields when she scored on a 25-yard free kick in the second half to help the Mississippi State women’s soccer team earn a 1-1 overtime tie against No. 8 South Carolina at the MSU Soccer Field.
Jamerson Love didn’t need another game to help him make his decision. The Aberdeen High School senior running back had already decided on a college before attending Mississippi State’s game against No. 25 Georgia Tech in Starkville on Saturday. All Love had to do then was wait to make his announcement. Georgia Tech’s 42-31 victory didn’t deter Love from informing MSU coach Dan Mullen that he wanted to make a verbal commitment to become a Bulldog.
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