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Hurts, Fitzpatrick push Tide to 6-0

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns, and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions Saturday to lead the No. 1 Alabama football team to a 49-30 victory against No. 16 Arkansas. The victory helped Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extend its nation-best winning streak to 18 games.



New Hope can't capitalize on chances

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

The chances were there. New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle didn't have any problem listing them Friday night following his team's 49-34 loss to Lake Cormorant. The problem was Pickle had far too many -- a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, ill-timed penalties, a fumble that wiped out a promising drive, and miscommunication on several pass plays -- to turn the tide for his squad in an important game in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 race.



McCloud has night to remember for Noxubee County

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Antonio McCloud took one step and was surrounded by friends and families. The Noxubee County High School senior defensive end took a few minutes to join in on several pictures and to catch up with loved ones. As soon as McCloud finished one picture with three girls, there were others waiting to get their picture taken with the man of the evening. In addition to being named Homecoming king at halftime, McCloud came up with two fumble recoveries to help Noxubee County beat Leake Central High 41-13 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 game at Tiger Stadium.



Akins does whatever needed for Yellow Jackets

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Whatever it takes. That is how senior Jaquez Akins feels about what he needs to do this season to help the Starkville High School football team in its quest to win another Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship.



Ole Miss' Kelly involved in brawl at brother's high school game

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game.



Smithville surges past West Lowndes in second half

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

It all came apart in the second half. The West Lowndes High School football team carried a two-point lead against Smithville into halftime of its game Friday night before reoccurring special teams woes, turnovers, and missed tackles turned the game on its head. The Seminoles outscored the Panthers 34-8 in the second half and won 55-31.



Everything clicks for West Point in rout of Center Hill

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A spirit sign displayed prominently behind the West Point High School football team's bench Friday night stated, "Your Mom called -- You left your game at home."



Heritage Academy moves step closer to district title

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The Heritage Academy football team remained in first place in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 race with a 42-14 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.



UTSA runs past Southern Miss

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

SAN ANTONIO -- Jalen Rhodes rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to help the University of Texas-San Antonio football team beat Southern Mississippi 55-32 to snap a three-game losing streak.



Horn Lake surprises Columbus

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

HORN LAKE -- Horn Lake High School sophomore Tyler Grim woke up Friday morning without a date for the school's Homecoming dance. Most likely, that worked itself out by the time the day ended. Grim made the most of his first career start, rushing for 283 yards and scoring five touchdowns to help Horn Lake stun Columbus 44-35 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 1 game.



Aliceville clinches region title

Posted 10/8/2016 in High School Sports

THORSBY, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team wrapped up the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 championship Friday night with a 51-7 victory against Thorsby. By wrapping up the region's top spot, the Yellow Jackets will host a first-round playoff game Nov. 4.


Hughes leads field looking for big payday at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 10/7/2016 in Local Sports

Tires, fuel, new shocks -- $5,000 can go a long way toward upgrading a Street Stock racing program. The winner of the Fall 40 Street Stock Championship on Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway will get a chance to figure out how to spend that money.

Starkville Academy girls one win from state title

Posted 10/7/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A good left can be so much more dangerous with an equally effective right. No, Starkville Academy Matt Sykes girls soccer coach hasn't been giving his players boxing lessons. Instead, the first-year mentor has been encouraging the Lady Volunteers to use their collective experience to help them make history.

Starkville's Gay gets All-American jersey

Posted 10/7/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- On a day when Willie Gay was the center of attention, he didn't want it that way. On Thursday, the Starkville High School football senior linebacker was presented with his 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at the Starkville football office. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. WTVA will broadcast the game live.


Harrison, Patriots want fast start in key district game

Posted 10/7/2016 in High School Sports

Sean Harrison doesn't want his Heritage Academy football team to be known as the "comeback kids." Instead, the school's first-year head coach would prefer the Patriots to start games faster so he and they can rest a little easier in the fourth quarter. Harrison hopes Heritage Academy uses what it learned last week against West Lowndes to use at 7 tonight when it takes on Winston Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, Division 2 game in Louisville.



New Hope will try to separate itself in region play

Posted 10/7/2016 in High School Sports

High-scoring games have been more the norm that the exception for the New Hope High School football team. After giving up 49 points in a loss to Columbus and scoring 49 in a victory against Caledonia, New Hope did itself one better last week in a 55-27 victory against Center Hill.



Shorter hopes focus remains for Tigers

Posted 10/7/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter isn't ready to say everything is fine in his world. But shutouts have a way of making coaches feel a little bit better about their situations. That is the position the Noxubee County veteran coach is in after a 30-0 shutout of Kosciusko last week in his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A-Region 4 opener. The victory ended a three-game losing streak and helped the two-time reigning Class 4A State champions restore a semblance of normalcy to their program.



MSU wants to build streak vs. Auburn

Posted 10/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is looking to do something that hasn't happened since Jackie Sherrill led the Bulldogs. Mullen and MSU have a chance to win three games in a row against Auburn. It would be the longest streak against the Tigers since the Bulldogs won four in a row from 1997-2000.



EMCC survives against Holmes

Posted 10/7/2016 in College Sports

GOODMAN -- Typically, late season is when the East Mississippi Community College football team is on the prowl for style points. On Thursday night at Ras Branch Stadium, No. 5 EMCC survived an intense battle with No. 16 Holmes C.C. before coming away with a 63-49 victory. The win helped EMCC extend its Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division winning streak to 22 games.


MSU defense will try to avoid Auburn's window dressing

Posted 10/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Window dressing. That's how Mississippi State football defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon describes the Auburn offense. Watching film of the Tigers, Sirmon said he has seen a lot of formations and has watched Auburn use guys in motion and make shifts in an attempt to confuse defenses. Sirmon likened the window dressing to cars passing by when asked why it is so effective and how it distracts defenses.


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