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.
Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton expects to contribute to the Southeastern Conference's 13-team league schedules for all sports next season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
2. West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Noxubee County beats Caledonia to extend region win streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope gets lift with home win over Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS