GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just before the University of Florida football team's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee, defensive tackles Jaye Howard and Dominique Easley sprinted onto the field with giant chains draped around their necks.
University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt wants his players to look closely at last year's game against Fresno State to see what the Rebels are capable of offensively when everything is clicking. Fresno State coach Pat Hill is using video from that same game to make sure his players don't make the same defensive mistakes that doomed them in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- It's back to drawing board for Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf. The film room might be the best place to dissect the troubles of the Bulldogs' senior leader. But if you listen to Relf describe the reason for his recent play, he may just need a mirror so he can see himself smile again.
The strategy was simple. Still, it earned Rudy Pope a lot of flak. But when you're going up against someone as unstoppable as Philadelphia High School standout running back Marcus Dupree, it doesn't hurt to try any method to try to gain an advantage.
Why not two? That's the mind-set Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford hopes his players will take at 7:30 tonight when they take on Southaven in a Class 6A, Region 1 game.
Anna McCrary never imagined being the center of attention. After all, she has spent nearly all of her softball career as an outfielder and has grown quite comfortable impacting the game from right field. But 2011 has been a transition year for McCrary.
The time is now. The confidence and momentum the Heritage Academy football team gained from a season-opening come-from-behind victory against Lamar and an overtime win against Lowndes County neighbor Caledonia have vanished. If the Patriots aren't careful, their playoff hopes might disappear, too.
CALEDONIA -- Losing back-to-back games by shutout would normally be cause for concern But Ricky Kendrick doesn't get easily alarmed.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell already knew he wasn't going to get much to evaluate watching the tape of his team's victory against Lanier last week. The one thing he noticed in the second half was the play of a sophomore his team will need later in the year to bolster its depth if it wants to be a contender in Class 5A, Region 2.
Starkville Academy football players and coaches were enthusiastic about their practice tasks Wednesday afternoon. The upbeat nature was on full display five days after the Volunteers suffered their first loss of the season.
After playing its best game of the season last week, the West Point High School football team will try to duplicate that effort at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to Class 5A, Region 1 rival Hernando at McCallister Field.
SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions Thursday night en route to a 56-6 victory against Coahoma C.C. in MACJC North Division action at New Sullivan-Windham Field. The 50-point home triumph, coupled with No. 15 Northeast Mississippi's 34-28 win at No. 10 Northwest Mississippi, sets up a crucial North Division battle of unbeaten foes (3-0 in division) at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tiger Stadium in Booneville.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team pitched a defensive masterpiece Thursday night at Sulligent. The Bulldogs made a second-quarter 10-yard touchdown run by Lemetrius Williams stand up for a 6-3 Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 victory before a packed house at Brown Stadium.
CALEDONIA -- On paper, Thursday's public-private school matchup between Caledonia High School and Heritage Academy appeared to be a mismatch.
STARKVILLE -- While at a coaching convention in New Orleans more than a decade ago, Vic Koenning was on a river walk when he saw a man who looked like a family member. The man was offensive assistant coach Les Koenning, and Vic's first glance was correct.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will take part in a throwback game of sorts at 11 a.m. Saturday (Fox Sports Net) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
The changes continue for the Victory Christian football team. Coach Chris Hamm would have loved another day to help freshman Anthony Sharp transition from wide receiver to quarterback, but he won't have that luxury this week.
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.
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.
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.
1. MSU hopes Williams makes most of another opportunity COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Run in first set sparks Caledonia volleyball team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Hard work in summer has MSU's Weatherspoon ready to go COLLEGE SPORTS
4. No. 3 EMCC has two to go before postseason COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Playoff fates will be on line in Week 10 LOCAL COLUMNS