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MSU football team addresses issues returning to work on Labor Day

Posted 9/8/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State football team went back to business on Labor Day. Following a 45-7 victory against the Jackson State on Saturday, the Bulldogs practiced for one hour Monday morning. Even though it was considered a light day, practicing only in helmets, the Bulldogs addressed several areas.



Mississippi State's Bumphis displays potential when healthy

Posted 9/6/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There were times all Mississippi State freshman wide receiver Chad Bumphis could do in preseason practice was jog. With a sprained foot, Bumphis wasn’t able to go full speed. But Bumphis was healthy and ready to go for the Bulldogs on Saturday. He showed Mississippi State coaches and fans what could be in store for the future with a pair of touchdown receptions in a 45-7 victory against Jackson State.



Relf's running key in MSU's win vs. JSU

Posted 9/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen likes the dimension sophomore quarterback Chris Relf’s running ability gives the spread offense. That’s why Mullen had no problem calling a running play for Relf at a critical moment of the first half of Saturday’s game against Jackson State.



Mullen suspends Dixon for Jackson State game

Posted 9/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State played Jackson State without senior running back Anthony Dixon on Saturday. Dixon served a one-game suspension as part of discipline for his arrest on a driving under the influence charge in July. He pled guilty in August to avoid a court date.



Carr sparks West Point's victory against Columbus

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team had two weeks to think about letting its opening-week game against Shannon slip away in the final minute. The Green Wave had a bye in week two, used the time to correct their mistakes, and went out Friday and got back on track with a 24-6 victory against Columbus.



Thrasher helps New Hope go to 2-0

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

Zak Thrasher looks different. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Thrasher appears physically to be the same quarterback who helped lead the New Hope High School football team to the third round of the Class 4A North Half state playoffs.



Swedenburg, Heritage Academy beat Starkville Academy

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler trusts senior quarterback Will Swedenburg. That trust was rewarded Friday night as Swedenburg ran an efficient offense and rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter in a 46-23 victory against Starkville Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.



West Lowndes gets better of Caledonia

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — The West Lowndes High School football team capitalized on three first-half turnovers to build a big halftime lead en route to a 34-9 victory Friday night.



Meridian does enough to beat Starkville

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — It was not the prototypical game for the defending state champion Meridian Wildcats, but they’ll take a victory anytime they can get one. Despite 11 penalties and four turnovers, the Wildcats did enough to defeat the Starkville Yellow Jackets 27-10 on Friday night.



Ellis has career night for Victory Christian

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

When the lights went up Friday, Landon Ellis never expected he would double his personal touchdown record. But Ellis did just that as he scored six touchdowns to lead the Victory Christian football team to a 69-16 victory against New Life Academy.



Indianola shuts down Oak Hill Academy

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — Any thoughts the Oak Hill Academy football team might have had about exploiting the one team they beat last year disappeared in the first 10 minutes of Friday night. The Indianola Academy Colonels used a blocked punt by Dalton Deloach in the Raiders’ end zone as a spark and went on to a 28-6 victory.



Late score lifts Hebron Christian

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

PHEBA — The homestanding Hebron Christian Eagles picked up their first win of the season Friday night with a 35-30 victory against the West Memphis Black Knights.



Quitman surprises Louisville

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

QUITMAN — All eyes were on Markese Triplett on Friday night. Many believed the Louisville High School senior wide receiver would be the playmaker to watch against Quitman High. Perhaps a couple of those eyes should have been watching speedy Quitman junior wideout Dyar Ealie.



Starkville sweeps volleyball match from Columbus

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Volleyball is a lot more than a recreational sport to Lauren Love and Shay Ashford. But it takes time to change the culture at schools that don’t have the tradition in sports like volleyball, which is still relatively new in the state of Mississippi. That challenge doesn’t faze Lauren Love or Shay Ashford. The first-year coaches both have played sports in college and now are focused on bringing their love for volleyball to Starkville and Columbus high schools.



Meridian's Weems respects Starkville's history, potential

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Meridian High School coach Larry Weems believes he could use the services of quarterback Tyler Russell and wide receiver Chris Smith in Starkville tonight. Although that’s not possible, that’s how much respect Weems has for the Yellow Jackets. Russell and Smith, two Mississippi State freshmen, told Weems they would be available if needed at 7:30 tonight when Meridian plays Starkville. MSU plays host to Jackson State on Saturday.



Heritage, Starkville Academy meet in district opener for both teams

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Rivalry games always are intense. But as much as Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler is looking forward to tonight’s matchup (7) against Starkville Academy, he is more excited that the game will be the Class AAA, District 1 opener for both teams. To Butler, that fact is crucial for the Patriots (2-0), who will try to build on the momentum they earned last week in a come-from-behind 13-12 victory at Winston County.



Flu bug affects New Hope's preparation for Amory game

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Coaches can prepare for spread offenses or dart-quick running backs. They also can devise schemes to frustrate even the strongest pass rush. But New Hope High School football coach Michael Bradley discovered another opponent this week that is even tougher: Sickness. The Trojans (1-0) had 24 players miss practice at some point this week as they prepared to take on Amory (0-2) at 7:30 tonight. The flu bug that is affecting the state played a role in more than 100 students being absent Thursday from New Hope High.



Boykin believes in Confederates going into game with West Lowndes

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

David Boykin admits his football team doesn’t have anything to gain tonight. If the Class 4A Caledonia High School Confederates beat the Class 2A West Lowndes Panthers, no one will raise an eyebrow because it is what is expected. But if the Panthers travel to Caledonia and earn the victory, people will be surprised. Boykin hopes his players will be ready to prevent that from happening.



West Point's Carr seeks redemption after loss to Shannon

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — Michael Carr doesn’t need a DVD player. He doesn’t need a remote control for a VCR. The West Point High School senior has all the pictures and replays he needs in his head. They’re one he would like to forget. Carr has had two weeks to relive the memory of Shannon’s 27-20 season-opening victory against West Point.



Return to West Point all business for Columbus coach Davis

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

The colors he was wearing were different, but it was impossible not to recognize the face. So as Bubba Davis climbed the bleachers on the home side of West Point High School’s Hamblin Stadium, he stopped to greet multiple well-wishers. Davis smiled as he talked to the fans who were there on that May evening to watch the spring game between Louisville and West Point.



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