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EMCC benefiting from hard work to bring bowl to state

Posted 12/4/2014 in Local Columns

One has to wonder if Parker Dykes will watch Mississippi Bowl VII at 2 p.m. Sunday. That's when No. 1 East Mississippi Community College (11-0) will play No. 2 Iowa Western College (11-0) at Biloxi High School for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.

Ole Miss, not MSU, shows resiliency in Egg Bowl battle

Posted 11/30/2014 in Local Columns

If there had been a trademark of the 2014 Mississippi State football team entering Saturday's Battle for the Golden Egg, it would have been the team's resiliency.

Walters Column: Noxubee County, Starkville on similar championship paths

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

Back in the long steamy nights of August, a promising football season started for both Starkville High School and Noxubee County High School.

Terrill leads Starkville Academy back to state title game

Posted 11/19/2014 in Local Columns

Jeff Terrill is having a good time. After some minor health issues last season, Terrill is back in the full swing of things. He will lead Starkville Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game Saturday against Oak Forest (La.) Academy.

Fans will have to wait to see how far No. 1 MSU falls

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. There is but one question that will be on the minds of Mississippi State fans today. MSU, No. 1 in the polls and No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ratings, fell to Alabama 25-20 on Saturday. What MSU fans want to know is how far that fall will be.


First test should help make Starkville stronger

Posted 11/5/2014 in Local Columns

Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell had to like almost all aspects of his team's Class 6A, Region 2 matchup Friday night against Warren Central. Mitchell is leading a team considered by many to be the state's best, regardless of classification. A longtime Mississippi coaching veteran, Mitchell was a winner at each school before taking over for Bill Lee at Starkville High. In 2012, Mitchell led Starkville to the Class 5A state championship.


MSU survives after getting pushed to final play

Posted 11/2/2014 in Local Columns

Even before the season began, the seven Southeastern Conference Western Division coaches talked about the incredible balance in the best division in the nation's best conference. Week in and week out, you hear it from winning coaches and losing coaches. So what is the difference between the team at the top of the SEC West and the team at the bottom?

Playoff picture clearing up for area Mississippi teams

Posted 10/22/2014 in Local Columns

With two or three weeks remaining in the regular season for each Mississippi High School Activities Association football team, we really have hit the stretch run.

Much rejoicing as Bulldog continue to prove they are worthy of ranking

Posted 10/12/2014 in Local Columns

In the beginning (of the season), Dan Mullen created the playbook. And the schedule was void of wins and there was no preseason ranking for the Bulldogs.


Walters Column: No drama in MACJC North Division race

Posted 10/7/2014 in Local Columns

The state is buzzing with talk about Ole Miss and Mississippi State football.


Prescott for Heisman? ... Seriously

Posted 10/5/2014 in Local Columns

Beginning soon after his "oh, my" performance last year in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and continuing through the first four games of this season, Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott wore the label of "dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate." But after he helped No. 12 MSU dismantle No. 6 Texas A&M with cold efficiency, Prescott earned a different title. Prescott for Heisman? Seriously?

EMCC will honor Hall of Fame inductees

Posted 10/3/2014 in Local Columns

Tom Goode always demanded excellence. Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.

Walters Column: Starkville High, Starkville Academy, MSU off to fantastic starts

Posted 9/30/2014 in Local Columns

The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.

Walters Column: Region play brings several exciting matchups

Posted 9/23/2014 in Local Columns

The stakes are raised this weekend as region play begins in the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks for Classes 5A and 6A.

Walters column: Hamilton blends young with old for 3-1 start

Posted 9/16/2014 in Local Columns

When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.

Walters column: Senior Williams relishes leadership role with youthful Bulldogs

Posted 9/9/2014 in Local Columns

Aberdeen High School senior Josh Williams feels like a proud father most Friday nights.

Local 2-0 teams will try to keep rolling

Posted 9/3/2014 in Local Columns

While we are only two weeks into the prep football season, it is never too early to take stock. Several teams have turned some heads and made good first impressions.

Mismatch reveals only a little about MSU

Posted 8/31/2014 in Local Columns

Often, the final score of a game isn't an indicator of how competitive the game really was.

Plenty of positives in first taste of prep football

Posted 8/19/2014 in Local Columns

With prep football season two days away, things are about to turn serious. This past weekend, most teams participated in some type of scrimmage -- a last-second dress rehearsal before regular-season games are played Thursday and Friday.

Falcons, Trojans learning to believe in change

Posted 8/18/2014 in Local Columns

A lot of the things Randal Montgomery says when he talks about football make sense. Montgomery believes the best players -- regardless of class -- have to be on the football field. The former Hazlehurst football coach also wants his players to aspire to be the best, which is why he intends to set the bar as high as possible and push everyone to reach that goal.


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