While it doesn't seem possible, the end of the regular season is here for some of the classifications in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).
Kissing babies and taking pictures with children of all ages usually are reserved for politicians.
For two weeks, Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead can be spared the swarm of criticism around his program.
A team with lowered expectations can be even more deadly. There is no such thing as the West Point High School football team flying under the radar. A state championship pedigree has made that impossible.
As we approach the final four weeks (for some regions) and five weeks (for other regions) of the prep football regular season, the playoff picture is coming into clear focus.
Over the years, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) has featured epic showdowns between nationally ranked teams full of star power that have generated a lot of points.
STARKVILLE It was about halfway through his post-game press conference Saturday night when Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead faced a question that seemed to stop him in his tracks.
CALEDONIA The sticker "Beat New Hope" that rests on Michael Kelly's desk in the Caledonia High School field house serves as a reminder. In June, one of the first issues Kelly faced after being hired as Caledonia High's new football coach was the school's rivalry with New Hope.
STARKVILLE Mississippi State first-year volleyball head coach Julie Darty didn't have a timetable.
LEXINGTON, Ky. Last year, the Mississippi State football team's crossroads came on a September evening in Auburn, Alabama.
The countdown officially started with 59 seconds remaining.
Columbus High School football coach Eric Rice has talked for several weeks about his team being mentally and physically prepared for region play.
The collision course is setting up nicely. On Oct. 4, No. 1 East Mississippi Community College will face No. 5 Northwest Mississippi C.C. in a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division battle in Senatobia.
WEST POINT Ezekiel Head has been playing on the offensive line "all his life."
Friday night won't go down as the highlight of Eric Rice's football career.
WEST POINT Chris Chambless doesn't believe in wasting time.
There are several qualities to admire in Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter.
Typically, players and coaches don't get caught up in winning streaks. Coaches hammer the "one-game-at-a-time approach" and players are ready to echo their coaches' talking points.
CALEDONIA It's nearly impossible to describe what it feels like to experience a sense of accomplishment.
As the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) gets set to kick off its 2018 football season, the East Mississippi Community College football team is in a familiar spot in the first national rankings.
1. LSU delivers Death Valley demolition COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Noxubee County clinches playoff berth HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Defense keeps MSU in game against LSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Amory edges Caledonia in final minute HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. West Point extends region winning streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS