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.
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?
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.
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.
The state is buzzing with talk about Ole Miss and Mississippi State football.
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?
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.
The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.
The stakes are raised this weekend as region play begins in the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks for Classes 5A and 6A.
When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.
Aberdeen High School senior Josh Williams feels like a proud father most Friday nights.
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.
Often, the final score of a game isn't an indicator of how competitive the game really was.
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.
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.
The arms race that is college athletics achieved a degree of separation Thursday.
One quick observation at practice shows you why Columbus Christian Academy football coach Greg Watkins thinks his club will be significantly better in 2014.
Friday night, it was not business as usual for the "Old Announcer."
Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.
Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer. Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked ... "Will EMCC be THAT good again?" For the past three offseasons, that question has been met with the same response "Heck, why not?"
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