STARKVILLE -- The Auburn and Mississippi State defenses see rushing games that have speed and power every day.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen can barely get out of the month of August without rumors of his imminent departure from Starkville. Mullen, who is 15-11 at MSU, addressed rumors as a guest on Garry Parrish's ESPN Radio show in Memphis that he likely will leave MSU after another successful season.
This is the time for the Columbus High School football team to continue its season of new beginnings. Coming off an overtime victory against two-time defending Class 5A champion West Point, Columbus will see how it fares in the role as "favorite" at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to New Hope.
Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler wants to see something different. He and the Patriots already have felt the emotion from a huge victory and expected it to carry over to the next week only to see the energy evaporate at gametime.
With his squad healthy again, Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner looks forward to the Volunteers' season-ending push. The Volunteers played their next-to-last non-region match Thursday and earned a 12-0 victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
On a weekend when the city of Columbus will celebrate its history, local runners also will have a chance to get some exercise.
MABEN -- Adam Lowrey and the West Oktibbeha County High School football can wonder what if as they watch the tape of their 36-16 loss to Eupora on Thursday night.
The Sulligent High School football team notched its first victory for coach Scott Marchant last week when it beat Hatton in a Class 2A, Region 8 game.
RAYMOND -- The No. 9 East Mississippi Community College football team survived its first road test of the season Thursday night, defeating Hinds C.C. 20-17 on Thursday night at Joe Renfroe Stadium.
Ray Weeks knows close isn't going to cut it. But in week three against an opponent in a higher classification, the Hamilton High School football coach can live with a hard-fought 34-20 loss to Class 3A Kossuth.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple isn't going to have many lives left if the Central Academy football team continues its high-wire act. Three weeks into the 2011 season and the Vikings have showed impeccable timing and an ability to wiggle their way out of dire situations to earn victories.
STARKVILLE -- Auburn University football coach Gene Chizik left Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday feeling Utah State pushed his bigger team around in the season opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State President Mark Keenum was one of 12 Southeastern Conference member presidents or chancellors to attend a vote on introducing a 13th member of the league.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Relf said he's isn't worried about playing a college football game close to his hometown of Montgomery, Ala. The Mississippi State fifth-year senior quarterback has more important things on his mind.
The murderer's row scheduling for the Starkville and West Point high school football teams won't let up anytime soon. If possible, the Starkville-West Point rivalry will ratchet up the strength of schedule for both squads when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in West Point.
The Hebron Christian football team enjoyed its first victory in eight-man football competition last week. Now, the Eagles will go for two in a row.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball team found its offensive rhythm Wednesday afternoon. The Volunteers had eight hits and parlayed a seven-run third inning into an 11-0 non-region victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Academy Softball Complex.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Barrett Jones is an All-Southeastern Conference right guard, but he could be found just about everywhere else on the line in the Crimson Tide's opener. Left tackle. Left guard. Center.
STARKVILLE -- Time will be a valuable commodity Saturday. The seconds will count so much that the Mississippi State and Auburn University football teams will eschew one of the fundamentals of the game -- the huddle -- in an attempt to gain an advantage.
STARKVILLE -- It's time to embrace to new role in Mississippi State football under coach Dan Mullen: Road favorite.
1. Hill, Gholar fuel Falcons' flight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. EMCC offense having fun COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Mullen wants MSU to clean things up, get healthy COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Big region games on deck for locals LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS