TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- These Alabama players don't have a lot of experience in redemption games against teams that beat them the previous season. The top-ranked Crimson Tide didn't handle the last one against the only team to beat them the last two seasons, losing to Ole Miss last season in a turnover-filled shootout. Now, Alabama is trying to change its approach going into Saturday's visit to the 19th-ranked Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- Jamal Peters was playing safety three weeks ago.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The salsa is back, and the New York Giants finally finished when the Dallas Cowboys failed to stop the clock in the final seconds.
Nick Weatherspoon is no stranger to the Mississippi State basketball program.
OXFORD -- The No. 19 Ole Miss football team got exactly what it needed Saturday in a relatively boring, lopsided victory. Playing just five days after an emotional loss to Florida State, quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 38-13 victory against Wofford of the Football Championship Subdivision level.
STARKVILLE -- Since he was 6 years old, Nick Fitzgerald dreamed of starting and winning a Southeastern Conference game. From the quarterback position, he could imagine himself leading his team to victory and his teammates mobbing him as the final seconds ticked off. Fitzgerald saw that dream come true Saturday night. In his second career start, Fitzgerald turned in a record-setting performance in the Mississippi State football team's 27-14 victory against South Carolina at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Richie Brown needed time to himself to go through his emotions last Sunday. The Mississippi State senior linebacker had to process losing the season opener South Alabama. It was something he never imagined was going to happen. The offense had its struggles, so did the defense. The defensive performance didn't sit well with Brown, and it challenged him, his teammates, and his coaches to do a better of job. As he thinks back on the 21-20 loss, it isn't all that bad.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons finally got to make his collegiate debut. The Mississippi State football defensive lineman came under fire when a video surfaced of him striking a woman. Simmons pled no contest to simple assault and was found guilty of malicious mischief. The former Noxubee County High School standout was allowed to enroll at MSU and was assessed a one-game suspension.
STARKVILLE Raise you hand if you saw this coming. Two games into the 2016 football season, it's still hard to know what to make of the Mississippi State football team. For now, the Bulldogs reside in that murky zone between awful and awesome. Most likely, Bulldog fans are fine with that uncertainty.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts wasn't perfect in a rare start for a freshman Alabama quarterback, and neither was the Crimson Tide. They were more than good enough, though. Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the first start by a Tide freshman quarterback in 22 years to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 38-10 victory against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
WEST POINT -- The Oak Hill Academy football team celebrated Homecoming in grand style with a dramatic 17-14 victory against West Memphis Christian in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) action Friday night. The school also celebrated its 50th anniversary with past Homecoming queens, former board members, and other alumni being recognized. Grayson Easterling kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Raiders to the win.
Zero points. One first down. If the Heritage Academy Patriots didn't know they were suffocating the Lee Academy offense when the halftime whistle blew, it was clear when they surprisingly surrendered a three-play scoring drive late in the game. The defensive starters, arms in the air, really wanted the shutout. But they'll take a 55-7 win Friday that could have grown worse if the refs hadn't run the clock late in the second quarter.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter didn't have to worry about his quarterback the last three seasons. Timorrius Conner parlayed back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Associations (MHSAA) Class 4A State championships into an opportunity to play at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
PHEBA -- Michael Dawkins and the Central Academy football team needed this one. After falling victim to bigger and faster teams and a fair share of self-inflicted mistakes in their first three games, Dawkins and the Vikings hoped Friday night to establish some positive momentum against Hebron Christian in their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Eight-Man, District 2 matchup.
Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar stood on about the 2-yard line at Falcon Field and looked across the way, hoping to speak to a friend from West Point. A grueling, physical, emotionally draining game had just taken place. For the second time in three weeks, Columbus had exhausted all options and come up short, falling 17-13 to West Point before a capacity crowd Friday night.
Even though it was rhetorical question, West Point High School senior wide receiver Demarrio Edwards still didn't have an answer. "I don't know what we would do without our defense," Edwards said. "We wouldn't have a chance. I love those guys to death. They make us who we are. If you saw them play tonight, we owe them everything." On a night in which more than 400 yards were allowed, great normally isn't the label applied to a defense. However, "great," "super," and "incredible" were among the words used to describe the defense after West Point edged Columbus 17-13 before a packed house Friday night at Falcon Field.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team moved to 2-0 in Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 58-16 home victory against Marion on Friday night. Aliceville built a 50-0 lead after one quarter. DeMontez Hinton set an AHSAA record by rushing for six two-point conversions in the win. Hinton also had a 22-yard touchdown run.
STARKVILLE -- Despite a strong start from its defense, the Starkville Academy football team couldn't keep the momentum going Friday night. Knowing it had a smaller margin for error against a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAAA opponent, Class AAA Starkville Academy surrendered three big touchdown plays and committed six turnovers in a 40-0 loss to Lamar School.
STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks and Tanya de Souza like what the Mississippi State women's soccer team has accomplished through six games. While some might be surprised by the team's 4-2 start to the season, Eubanks, a junior forward, and de Souza, a junior goalkeeper, believe the results are a sign of bigger and better things to come for the Bulldogs. Eubanks and de Souza hope the next positive step comes at 7 tonight when MSU plays host to No. 25 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at the MSU Soccer Field.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery hasn't been critical of his offensive line. Instead, the veteran coach has used praise and motivation to help an inexperienced group mold into a cohesive unit. After two tough starts to the season, things turned for the better last week when Columbus rushed for 350 yards in a 49-21 victory against New Hope.
1. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Columbus sets new scoring standard for Montgomery era HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS