CALEDONIA ó David Boykin is a positive person who loves football. One of the things he enjoys most about coaching is the camaraderie members of a staff develop breaking down film, working at practice, or developing new schemes and strategies. While there are formations and plays sketched out on the dry erase board to his left, Boykin often finds himself alone in the coaches office in the Caledonia High School field house.
STARKVILLE ó†It still could be a couple of weeks or more before wide receiver Chuck Tillery returns from a broken leg to help Starkville High School football tamís offense. Until then, the Yellow Jackets will enter the Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 schedule without him. Starkville High coach Bill Lee said players like Dennis Thompson, Justin Rogers, Perez Young, and Martavius Foster will have to emerge for tonightís home game against Desoto Central (7). Despite an 0-4 start, Lee still sees hope as division play begins.†
The time to be disappointed at Noxubee County High School has ended. A week ago, West Point defeated Noxubee County 20-12 to end the Tigersí 18-game winning streak. The rain-soaked loss featured an inconsistent performance by the offense that left coach M.C. Miller open to changes for his teamís game against Memphis (Tenn.) Sheffield.
Sometimes the results donít show on the scoreboard. Brad Butler and the Heritage Academy football team felt that way last week after a 28-10 loss to Madison Ridgeland Academy. Heritage Academy held MRA to negative yards in the first quarter and had several scoring chances on short fields, but it couldnít convert. The loss left Butler and his players wondering what could have been.
Itís time for the Columbus High School football team to prove their coach right. Bubba Davis has said repeatedly through the first five weeks of the season that the Falcons are improving and that it is a matter of time before they put things together. No time could be better than at 7:30 tonight when Columbus kicks off its Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 schedule against Tupelo. Columbus (1-3) has lost three in a row since a season-opening home victory against Aberdeen.
Leanna Baldner knows Hannah Tyler doesnít have a problem being vocal. In fact, if a poll was taken of the Mississippi State soccer team, Tyler would likely be named the most outgoing player on the squad. On the other hand, Baldner is a quiet, lead-by-example player or, as she likes to put it, ďmore relaxed.Ē Despite their differences in style, Baldner and Tyler have teamed to play integral roles in MSUís success this season.
The numbers say LSUís running game is 10th in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi Stateís defensive players see something different on film. The Bulldogs are preparing like they are about to face one of the conferenceís best running teams. One of their goals is to hold the Tigers below their 163.7 yards per game average when the teams meet at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI-TV) in a Southeastern Conference game in Starkville.
Mississippi State stresses the importance of scheduling in-state schools in football. MSU took a huge step in that direction Thursday morning by signing a contract to play Southern Miss. The schools held a press conference at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson to announce plans to play each other to kick off the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
STARKVILLE ó A press conference to announce details of a football series between Mississippi State and Southern Miss was scheduled for noon today at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum and Athletic Director Greg Byrne were expected to be joined by USM President Martha Saunders and Athletic Director Richard Giannini.
Michael Bradley canít wait for Friday night. Through the offseason and the preseason, Bradley developed more and more confidence that the New Hope High School football team could have a special season in 2009.
STARKVILLE ó The softball field at Starkville Academy has been a second home for Lyndsey Haynes. Ever since she arrived at the school as a seventh-grader, Haynes has been a fixture in the circle.
Bragging rights always are at a premium when Pickens County and Aliceville high schools football teams meet. The rivalry will feature an added dimension at 7 p.m. Friday in Reform, Ala., when Pickens County and Aliceville enter the game with 4-0 records.
Dennis Johnson is out a dream. The former Amory High School defensive lineman could have remained at Itawamba Community College to complete his two years of eligibility, but he saw the opportunity to be a part of the LSU football program.
STARKVILLE ó Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had one priority when he was hired. Not long after Mullen took the MSU job on Dec. 10, 2008, he visited defensive lineman Pernell McPhee and punter Heath Hutchins at Itawamba Community College.
Terrance Dentry is trying to find himself. The New Hope High School junior running back isnít experiencing an identity crisis. Instead, he is attempting to return to the form that helped him rush for more than 1,000 yards and nearly score 20 touchdowns.
Roy Hazzle is synonymous with Aberdeen High School. He graduated from the school in 1971 and returned there six years later to work as a teacher. Hazzle has impacted the lives of thousands of teenagers in his more than 30 years at Aberdeen High.
PHEBA ó Cass Tapley was at a loss for words a month ago. The Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team had just lost to Heritage Academy 8-1 in a lackluster effort that left Tapley wondering if his players would realize their potential.
STARKVILLE ĖĖ Sean Brauchle is finding his range at Mississippi State. The confidence for the placekicker is rising as he makes field goals for the Bulldogs. In Saturdayís 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt, Brauchle made three field goals and heís starting to make them from long distances.. Brauchle, a transfer from Itawamba Community College, made field goals from 44 and 27 yards in the second quarter and a season-long of† 49 yards in the third to give MSU a 9-3 lead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó The Mississippi State football teamís defense wasnít going to let the play of the offense and special teams go to waste Saturday night against Vanderbilt University. After not taking advantage of a blocked punt return for a touchdown by Robert Elliott last week in a loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs were again put in a position to win with solid special teams play and timely offense.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó Tyson Lee picked a good time to score the second rushing touchdown of his Mississippi State career. With the Bulldogs clinging to a 9-3 lead late in the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback from Columbus broke loose on a keeper and scored from 22 yards. The run on fourth-and-1 provided the finishing touches on MSUís 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
1. Columbus basketball receives state championship rings HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Pair of MSU signees headed to junior college COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy's Berry impresses during summer baseball run HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Mullen embraces challenges of dream job at Florida COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Slive influence weighs heavily over successful SEC COLLEGE SPORTS