The game plan is simple. On one side of the football, the West Point High School football team lines up, fires off the line of scrimmage, and dares you to stand in its way. Its style of play is its brand: West Point football. On the other side, the Green Wave delight in bringing pressure and flooding to the ball to stop any and all playmakers. The strategy is straight-forward — old school, if you will — but it has helped West Point control games and dominate opponents.
BOONEVILLE — The Booneville High School football team had all of the so-called advantages entering Friday’s Class 3A North State championship football game. The Blue Devils (13-0) were playing at home against a team with two losses and were coached by legendary Jim Drewry, a 50-year coaching veteran who is the winningest high school coach in Mississippi history with 346 career wins, three state titles (1990, 1999, and 2000) and a 7-0 record in North State title games at Booneville. Individually, the Blue Devils featured a quarterback who had thrown for more than 2,200 yards and 18 touchdowns and had completed 52 percent of his passes, a running back who had gained more than 1,200 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, and a pair of receivers who had combined for 1,940 receiving yards and 13 scores.
You misjudge Justin Cox at your own peril. If you don’t think the junior quarterback can beat a defender in a footrace, try him. If you doubt the first-year starter can make enough passes to wide receiver Michael Carr or tight end Michael Bush to keep defenses honest, pack the box and he will make you pay. Cox showcased both facets of his game Friday night on the biggest stage of the season to help the West Point High School football team reach an even bigger venue.
For the third consecutive week, an unbeaten team stands in the way of the Aberdeen High School football team’s quest for its first state championship. A week ago, unbeaten Charleston (13-0) was eliminated in a Class 3A quarterfinal contest at Aberdeen. On Friday, the Bulldogs handed home standing Booneville (13-0) its first blemish in the North Half finals. At 11 a.m. Saturday, coach Chris Duncan’s Bulldogs will go head-to-head with Tylertown (14-0), a 28-18 winner against Morton in Friday’s South State finals.
ASHLAND, Ala. –– The Lamar County High School football team came up short Friday in its quest to set a school record for wins in a season. Lamar County had its season come to an end with a 38-7 loss to Clay County in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs. Lamar County (13-1) finished one win shy of setting a school record for most wins in a season that it set in 1984 and equaled in 1992 and this season.
Latavious Williams’ road to the NBA will begin tonight. The former Starkville High School standout will tip off his professional basketball career at 7 tonight when his NBA D-League Tulsa 66ers play host to the Utah Flash. Williams was the first of eight players Tulsa selected Nov. 5 in the D-League draft. He went through training camp and scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a preseason loss to the Iowa Energy and is ready to take his first step toward realizing a dream.
WEST POINT — On paper, Casey Welch knew the West Point High School football team had plenty of weapons to be successful. But the Green Wave running backs coach wasn’t sure how a mix of senior Xavier Hogan and juniors Lakenderic Thomas and Jacoby Lee was going to fare. An injury to Hogan early in the season forced the coaches to reshuffle the responsibilities for the running backs, but the Green Wave haven’t broken stride.
REFORM, Ala. — Big plays don’t bother Scott Marchant. Mistakes don’t faze him, either. While some coaches like to show their emotions on the sidelines, the Pickens County High School first-year football coach prefers to remain as impassive as possible on the sidelines. His goal is to set a focused example for his players so they don’t get too high or too low in a game and lose sight of what they have to do on the next play.
VERNON, Ala. — Lance Bobbitt has heard all about how the Lamar County High School football team won a state championship in 1984. Bobbitt has been made well aware of it by his uncle Vance Herron, who was the quarterback on the 1984 state championship team. “I’ve heard it since I was knee high,” said Bobbitt, a senior fullback and linebacker on this year’s Lamar County football team. Bobbitt is the leading tackler and second leading rusher on a team that is trying to win its third state championship, and first since Herron was the quarterback in 1984.
This time, Louisville isn’t standing in the way. The Aberdeen High School football team hopes that proves to be a good omen at 7 tonight when it plays at Booneville in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State title game. The Bulldogs (12-2) have won 11 games in a row to get back to the Class 3A North Half State championship game. Louisville defeated Aberdeen 41-21 last season and went on to win its second state title in a row.
Coaches often use the phrase “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” when discussing a talented player from an opposing team. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels that way about University of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has the same measure of respect for MSU running back Anthony Dixon.
Tyson Lee is a leader. It’s a trait the Mississippi State quarterback has tried to present throughout his football career. Through his dedication, determination, and faith, Lee, a former standout at Columbus High School and Itawamba Community College, has gained respect from coaches and teammates.
Noxubee County High School coach M.C. Miller believes it’s just a matter of time before wide receiver Pat Patterson does the things he did as a Tiger in Macon at the University of Mississippi. Patterson has been looking for more playing time as the season has progressed for the Rebels.
Justin Flye admits he wasn’t very interested in the New Hope High School varsity program as a ninth-grader. The Trojans weren’t having a lot of success, so it was easy for Flye to come to school Monday not knowing how the varsity team fared Friday.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury challenged sophomore forward Romero Osby a week ago. Stansbury wanted to get Osby’s attention about his role off the bench.
REFORM, Ala. – Tony Easterwood looks down the field at the blank scoreboard. The numbers on that scoreboard have helped the Pickens County High School football team (12-1) advance to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE — The next three days should reveal a lot about the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. After climbing six spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 thanks to an impressive home victory against the University of Maryland, the No. 19 Lady Bulldogs will put that ranking to the test in a scenic locale.
VERNON, Ala. — The Lamar County High School football team will have a chance to make history at 7 p.m. Friday. Lamar County can set a school record for most wins in a season when it travels to Ashland, Ala., to play Clay County in the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center J.C. Brignone and the offensive line have something to prove Saturday against the University of Mississippi.
REFORM, Ala. — Quinton Sturdivant tries to do his job the right way every time. It might sound simple, but with so many things to juggle from his strong-side linebacker position, Sturdivant makes it look easy.
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