Late on the evening of Sept. 30, the Mississippi State football team's defense slithered off the field, after allowing 80 points and more than 900 yards in trips to Georgia and Auburn.
The tide had been building. Members of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) had been waiting to see when -- or if -- someone would knock the East Mississippi Community College football team from the top perch.
With our first official burst of fall weather ongoing, that means the prep football season is beginning to wind down.
At the lowest of times, it was a statement of the unfortunate fact; in others, it was reason for optimism for the future. In either case, every time Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said it -- and he said it often -- it was true.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season. That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE With 7 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game Saturday afternoon, Aeris Williams took a handoff from Nick Fitzgerald, ran right, and disappeared without fear or hesitation into a ton of writhing mass before plunging into the end zone for a 6-yard score, the final touchdown in the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU.
Simply stunning. East Mississippi Community College quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. was gracious in accepting the interview. He said all the correct things, like he always does. Still, one could tell he wasn't sure what had just happened.
If ESPN was in charge of this weekend's area high school football slate, the hype would already be in overdrive.
A year ago, West Point High School football team had a chance to have the best running back tandem in the state with juniors Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert.
Football coaches are known to harp on the little things, even when they don't define them. That was the case for Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen Saturday night after a 49-10 loss to then-No. 13 Auburn. He said more than once that MSU failed to do "the little things you need to win on the road," but other than penalties he didn't name any of those things.
Nearly everything has worked out like Vic Schaefer thought it would. When he was hired to replace Sharon Fanning-Otis as Mississippi State's women's basketball coach in March 2012, Schaefer talked about building a program. He discussed the initial "sense" he and his wife, Holly, had that there was a hunger on campus and in the state to create a title contender in a sport that hadn't attracted much attention or been consistently competitive in the Southeastern Conference.
Well friends, we are here. Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play begins Friday for Class 6A football teams. We will know in the next seven weeks if Columbus will make consecutive playoff appearances and if Starkville will return to the postseason after a one-year absence.
This is beginning to look familiar, isn't it? The Mississippi State football team flipped the script again against LSU and suddenly a team nobody thought very much of seems to have no limitations.
The Columbus High School football team will play host to Vicksburg in a big game Friday night. It won't be a win-or-go-home scenario like in the playoffs. It isn't a region game, either, so the result likely won't impact either team's bid to make the playoffs.
The on-again, off-again rivalry will be on again Friday night when the Columbus High School football team takes on Starkville at 7 p.m. Friday. The teams have had a hard time finding a spot for each other on their schedules when they're not playing a region game. However, common sense has prevailed and the teams will renew a rivalry that saw Starkville win 35-13 in 2013 and 43-0 in 2014. Those games were played as rivals in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2.
The quest for a repeat state championship is a fascinating challenge. Whether the school is a traditional power or a newcomer to championship honors, it seems like each one takes a different path when trying to win a second-straight state championship.
It would be premature to say the Mississippi State football team will have a dominant defense this season based on its performance Saturday in a season-opening 49-0 victory against Charleston Southern, a Football Championship Subdivision team that was playing out of its league.
Seconds after Noxubee County knocked off Columbus 34-9 Friday night in Macon, Noxubee County head coach Tyrone Shorter uttered the phrase the rest of Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A doesn't want to hear.
The East Mississippi Community College football team's season opener against Jones County Junior College on Thursday night will kick off arguably the program's biggest season.
Typically, the first week of the regular season is not full of a lot of quality matchups.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Bulldogs clinch SEC Championship COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Defense hitting stride for Schaefer's Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU softball team beats Drake in Freezer finale COLLEGE SPORTS