SCOOBA — The helmet is far from pristine. The red outline of a Lion on the side is intact, but the gouges on the top of the white helmet cry out for a paint job — or a break from the action. But there aren’t any breaks when it comes to protecting a quarterback like Randall Mackey.
SCOOBA — The Wild Rebel has its next star. Randall Mackey is still a few months away from officially finding his way to the University of Mississippi, but when he does, coach Houston Nutt could have a quarterback with the potential to shift the Rebels’ offense to a sixth gear.
STARKVILLE –– Attack mode is the right way to go for Mary Kathryn Govero, Tysheka Grimes, and the rest of the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
CALEDONIA — It’s only one game, but Brandon Webber showed Monday night he just might have what it takes to challenge Taylor Chisolm’s scoring record. Webber kicked off the 2009-10 season in style by scoring three goals to lead the Caledonia High School boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory against New Hope in the season opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior linebacker Jamar Chaney has a “must-win” mentality entering the final month of the regular season. The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) will play host to Alabama at 6 p.m. Saturday, travel to the University of Arkansas on Nov. 21, and play host to the University of Mississippi on Nov. 28.
VERNON, Ala. — The playoffs are a chance to shine. Lamar County’s Marcquis Plant was the latest Bulldog to have his night in the spotlight, and it came at the right time.
There’s something magical about the fourth quarter for Jaquez Johnson and Chuck Tillery when the Starkville High School football team plays Columbus. A year ago, Johnson connected with Tillery for two touchdown passes to help the Yellow Jackets score 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a come-from-behind victory. On Friday, there was more riding on the outcome, which made the fourth-quarter heroics even sweeter.
VERNON, Ala. — Undefeated Lamar County High School had posted back-to-back shutouts entering its game against Red Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs. Coach Ken Adams said he wasn’t worried about getting a third shutout in a row Friday night as long as Lamar County won. Adams didn’t have much to worry about as the Bulldogs rolled to a 42-0 victory.
REFORM, Ala. — Top-seeded Pickens County needed to re-establish itself in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs coming off its first loss of the season to rival Gordo in its regular-season finale. The Tornadoes did just that, lighting up the scoreboard for 43 first-half points in a 57-24 victory against Keith..
MACON — It wasn’t the prettiest game in the history of the Noxubee County High School football program, but coach M.C. Miller will take it. The Tigers surrendered their second-most points in a game this season, had more 100 yards in penalties, and committed three turnovers, but mustered enough offense to defeat New Albany 36-17 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North Half State playoffs.
WEST POINT — After routing its fourth opponent in a row, the West Point High School football team is ready for its first challenge of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoffs. “We just want to take care of business each week, regardless what the competition is,” West Point coach Chris Chambless said West Point completed a 7-0 district march Friday night with a 37-7 victory against Hernando.
LOUISVILLE — There was some question going into the Louisville High School football team’s first-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North Half State playoff matchup as to whether sophomore wide receiver C.J. Bates would play. The Warriors of Pontotoc High School left the turf of Louisville’s R.E. Hinze Stadium on Friday night wishing he had not. Bates caught seven passes, including one for a touchdown that led to LHS tying the game late, and intercepted a pass on the last play of the game to spark the Wildcats to a 28-21 double-overtime win.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –– Winning football championships has become contagious at Victory Christian Academy. Victory Christian won its second-consecutive title, and third in four years, Friday by beating Tuscaloosa Christian 49-6 in the Christian Football Association championship game. Parker Eaves completed 9 of 11 passes for 320 yards and threw four touchdown passes to lead Victory Christian (10-0) to its second consecutive undefeated season.
INDIANOLA — Terrance Dentry rushed for 155 yards and scored both of his team’s touchdowns Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team past Gentry 14-0 in its final game of the regular season. New Hope (9-1, 6-1 Class 5A, Region 1) scored all its points in the first half as Dentry scored on a 24-yard run in the first quarter and on a 3-yard run in the second quarter. Dentry finished the regular season with 1,010 yards.
SCOOBA — One more drive, one more stop. The East Mississippi Community delivered on both counts Saturday to make history. Randall Mackey connected with Lance Lewis on his seventh touchdown pass of the game, and Anthony Hines’ interception with less than a minute to play sealed EMCC’s 75-71 victory against Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges title game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE — Corey Broomfield is ready to make history. As the Mississippi State freshman defensive back walks through the team room, he observes the photos on the wall of former Bulldog greats Walt Harris, Pig Prather, and Fred Smoot. Broomfield believes the current secondary that includes freshman Johnthan Banks, of East Webster High School in Maben, and sophomore Charles Mitchell can make names for themselves before their careers are done at MSU.
Just the mention of “Mississippi State” causes Brandon Hill to smile. Hill, a linebacker and defensive lineman on the West Lowndes High School football team, is as sure as he ever has been about his commitment to play football for the Bulldogs. Even though the possibility exists MSU (4-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) won’t have a winning season or play in a bowl game this season, Hill believes the Bulldogs have what it takes to reach the postseason.
STARKVILLE — The 2009-10 season will be all about change for Tysheka Grimes. One minute, you likely will see Grimes in the backcourt. The next, she could be at the small forward position, draining 3-pointers from the wing. The added wrinkle this season will be the Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s desire to use Grimes as a power forward. At 6-foot, Grimes doesn’t fit the traditional definition of a player who usually is a low-post presence.
Anthony Hines can’t wait to play in his first championship game. The former Starkville High School product is thankful he will have full use of both of his hands to make the most of the opportunity. The sophomore defensive back will lead the No. 7 East Mississippi Community College football team against two-time defending state champion and No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) in the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.
The timing is right for East Mississippi Community College. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the No. 7 EMCC football team will take on two-time defending state champion and No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. for the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. If EMCC President Dr. Rick Young’s dream comes true, the Lions would be able to play host to playoff games and future state title games at a new multi-sport stadium on campus.
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