The Columbus High School football team experienced every feeling Friday night in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A first-round playoff game. The Falcons then felt the one they feared the worst: Finality.
Strange as it may seem, Alabama's 31-6 win over Mississippi State was more a matter of inches and split seconds than the kind of domination the score suggests.
STARKVILLE -- The Alabama football team remains a sticking point with Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Dak Prescott. Mullen and Prescott have beaten every Southeastern Conference team except Alabama and South Carolina, but the seventh-year coach and his senior quarterback will get a final chance to chance to do that at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) when No. 20 MSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) plays host to Alabama (8-1, 5-1) at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Hesitancy can cripple a shooter. Kayla Nevitt admits there were so many things going through her head last season in her first year with the Mississippi State women's basketball team that she questioned whether she shoot the ball, where she should shoot it from, and how she should shoot the ball.
Taras Woodson and Lavante Porter have been waiting for this moment. As the only two seniors who have been on the West Lowndes High School football team for the last four years, a home playoff game has remained an elusive reward for all of the Panthers' hard work. That will change at 7 tonight when West Lowndes (8-4) plays host to Ray Brooks in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Class 1A playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Jacobi attended Central Florida with every intention of being a physical therapist. Jacobi soon learned he was going to take another career path. As a track runner at Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida, Jacobi suffered a hamstring injury. There was no one there to help him rehabilitate from the setback and give him advice on how to come back from the injury, so he decided to find out himself in college. All it took for Jacobi was for his academic advisor to tell him the best undergraduate degree to prepare for physical therapy was athletic training.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready doesn't care who plays for the Mississippi State men's basketball team this season because they better be ready to win.
SCOOBA -- Jahyde Gardiner had a good Thursday. The East Mississippi Community College sophomore forward foreshadowed an excellent night on the basketball court when he hit an off-balance 3-pointer in the corner as the shot clock horn sounded. Earlier in the day, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Tennessee-Martin.
Junior Demarrio Edwards has watched the West Point High School football team's offense grow up before his eyes. "The numbers we are putting up right now are scary," said Edwards, who plays quarterback, wide receiver, and anything else that might pop up. "To think we are doing all of this with mainly two sophomores is incredible. It has been fun to be along for the ride." Edwards is referencing sophomore quarterback Marcus Murphy and sophomore running back Chris Calvert. Each have cleared the 1,000-yard rushing mark.
WEST POINT -- Heath Ford and Caleb Robertson were two of the fortunate sons on the Oak Hill Academy football team this season.
STARKVILLE -- Justin Malone is versatile.
Jacaira Allen is used to bearing big burdens.
STARKVILLE -- There was slight reluctance when Tyson Carter was handed a cowbell by a family member.
The blue word on the pink band on Jartavius Dobbs' right wrist captured the sentiment of the morning.
STARKVILLE -- Rontavis Clark is a confident person.
STARKVILLE -- Manny Diaz feels good about his defense in the fourth quarter.
STARKVILLE -- Blair Schaefer, LaKaris Salter, and Kayla Nevitt know they likely wouldn't be starters if the No. 11 Mississippi State women's basketball team started the season today.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knew it would come to this.
Once ranked third in the nation, the Ole Miss football team is now simply trying to save the season.
Coaches can find unique ways to talk about their teams' mistakes.
1. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
2. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Noxubee County stands two wins away from repeat state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS