Even though the calendar still says September, players and coaches at West Point High School have the extra step this week.
STARKVILLE When Devon Bell's 51-yard field goal attempt sailed far right of the goal post, LSU had a measure of revenge and Mississippi State had a stinging 21-19 loss that might change the nature of how the Bulldogs play football this season. There were times, particularly in the first half, that the thought of MSU having a chance to win the game with a field goal seemed laughable.
The prep football season is rapidly approach region or district play.
Columbus High School head football coach Randal Montgomery knew there were would be growing pains as he tried to rebuild the Falcons program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is aware of his community's expectations for the program. After all, Chambless, his staff, and his former teams are a big reason for the expectations. "It really doesn't matter who we line up against on a Friday night, folks expect us to win," Chambless said. "Players want to be a part of this program because of the past success. There is an expectation. There is an excitement. We understand that. That is why it is a privilege to coach here and play here, to back that tradition."
The New Hope Jamboree again proved a huge success Friday and Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. One can't read too much into the results on the field. Only one half of varsity ball was played. A lot of coaches experimented with new players in new positions. When the games count for real, you will see different mind-sets and philosophies from just about everyone. However, with any type of physical activity, some observations can be made.
Eric Spann felt pretty good Saturday afternoon. The Aberdeen High School first-year head football coach had just experienced a series of emotions in his debut with the Bulldogs. Aberdeen played well offensively, even though a couple of turnovers stopped critical drives. On defense, Aberdeen excelled with a pair of goal-line stands in the final quarter with the game on the line. In the end, it was still a tie.
When the lights go on Friday night at Davis Wade Stadium, the 2015 prep football season will be upon us.
Numbers and morale are up for the New Hope High School football program. After a controversial coaching change following the 2013 season, Kris Pickle accepted the challenge of restoring order in Trojan Country. With New Hope on an unprecedented run of baseball success and basketball on the up tick, it would be natural for New Hope football to fade to the background.
Area high school football teams began practice Monday.
Now that we are really close to the turning the calendar to August, the prep football season can come into full focus.
Patience. Of all the life lessons sports teaches, rarely does patience make the list. Football fans want to see high-scoring, "no huddle" offenses. Basketball fans want to see "up-tempo", 3-point oriented offensive attacks. Baseball and softball might do a better job teaching patience, but it is still a lesson not often highlighted at those venues. Most student-athletes learn patience on the recruiting trail. Many players verbally commit to a school and may not sign with that school for a year or two. Many players schedule dozens of unofficial visits in addition to the visits that fall under NCAA guidelines
We are a little more than four weeks away from the start of prep football season. Many area schools will play preseason games Aug. 14 or 15 to prepare them for the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools season openers the following weekend. As we count down the days, here are more questions to ponder as those first heat timeouts of the year draw near.
The countdown is on.
Prep football players are beginning to spend a few extra hours in the weight room.
With the countdown to the start of prep football practice now inside a month, it is time to turn serious about our discussions of the upcoming season.
For a longtime player in the National Basketball Association, it might seem a little odd that three of Travis Outlaw's favorite days of the year take place at the Starkville Sportsplex. Outlaw will again serve as host for the The Elite "Travis Outlaw" Basic Skills and Fundamentals Basketball Camp on Tuesday through Thursday at the Outlaw Center at the Sportsplex. The camp is open to all age groups and will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $75 per person.
On the ride home from the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional, one had to think long and hard for the right words to sum up the Mississippi State softball team's season. The Bulldogs finished 36-21 after going 1-2 in the regional. Playing as the No. 3 seed, MSU beat No. 4 seed Weber State and dropped two hard-fought games to No. 2 seed Baylor.
LAFAYETTE, La. The Mississippi State softball team found itself at the crossroads Saturday afternoon of another difficult NCAA tournament regional assignment. Playing in the Lafayette Regional, MSU lost to Baylor 8-4 on Friday night to open the four-team, double-elimination event. In the softball world, losing the first game of a regional makes advancing to the super regional next to impossible.
Let's go to the mailbag and answer some recent questions.
1. Ole Miss will be ready for Memphis COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Hill, Gholar fuel Falcons' flight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Alabama's running game continues to roll COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy excited about big win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. EMCC offense having fun COLLEGE SPORTS