The anticipation has been building for Friday night's Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 1 showdown between third-ranked Tupelo and Columbus. Columbus opened the season with some of the highest expectations in program history. At the midway mark of the schedule, the Falcons are at 3-2. Columbus easily could be 5-0. Its losses were to Noxubee County and West Point by a combined five points. Tupelo is undefeated and will provide Columbus one of its biggest challenges to date. Columbus is 3-0 on the road and 0-2 at home this season. While this is one the state's marquee matchups, there will be several other good games Friday night.
One doesn't need a calendar to know how important the prep football games are this weekend. When the temperatures start dropping, it's a safe bet that region play has begun. The quest for playoff berths heats up as the weather cools down. We are barreling toward October with several teams having a lot on the table. Let's look at the worksheet on some of our playoff hopefuls:
Gas up the recreational vehicle. Check to see which credit card is giving out free airline miles and sign up. If you already have one of those credit cards, get ready to accumulate some frequent flier miles into free tickets. You better be ready because those are some of the things you're going to have to do in November and December if you want to see the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
This is a big week. Columbus, Starkville, New Hope, and West Point begin Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play Friday night. Those four teams are 11-5 as the curtain goes up on the most important part of the season.
For the Columbus High School football team, the crossroads of the season have now been reached.
Another excellent week of prep football action is on tap throughout the Golden Triangle area. Noxubee County-West Point, Starkville-Meridian, and New Hope-Caledonia make for some outstanding matchups as teams are beginning to wind down their respective non-region schedules.
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.
We reach the official one-third mark of the prep football season this week.
The East Mississippi Community College football program has finally paid the bill in full.
Rivalry weekend has arrived on the prep football scene. As senior college football finally gets ready to join the fray this weekend, we find Week 3 of the prep football regular season littered with good games.
My goodness, with barely enough time to recover from Noxubee County's thrilling 24-23 win at Columbus Friday night, we now turn the page and look to the third week of the prep football season.
A rather uneventful first week of the prep football season is in the books. On a statewide level, there weren't that many marquee matchups. However, it was good to have touchdowns, heat timeouts, and concession stand hot dogs again. Things change with the second week of the season where there are some really good matchups, including two top-10 showdowns: Starkville at Oxford and Noxubee County at Columbus.
We are eight days away from normalcy for the East Mississippi Community College football program.
We have finally made it. When the sun sets, the prep football regular season will have started in the state of Mississippi. The opening weeks always provide intriguing matchups. The area is full of title contenders this season, so the run to championship weekend should be fun. Here is what we are watching for in Week One:
After getting a tease this past weekend, the prep football season is really here.
Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter hasn't won three Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships by taking short cuts. When his team is down, Shorter finds a way to lift it up. When his players are up, Shorter reminds them nothing has been accomplished and that they are capable of much more.
When asked about his team's offensive game plan for this season, West Point High School junior Marcus Murphy thought about the question, smiled broadly, and said, "We might just be 50-50 this year. Let me emphasize might." Times are different for the West Point football program. The Green Wave began practice Monday, and will enter the season as one of the favorites to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State title.
Teams are now gathering for photo shoots.
Well, it is that time of year.
As we look toward the end of July, it is time to think about back to school sales and the return of the prep football season. Once again, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools feel the need to start the football season with jamboree games on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Hopefully, we will soon skip the summer and start the season in late June. That being said, players have been hitting the weight room hard and it is time for coaches to put their practice plans together for their two-a-day workouts.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Plenty of big region matchups set for Friday LOCAL COLUMNS