The time is now for Jay Jay Swanigan.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School football coach Charles Moody has been eagerly anticipating seeing Jaterrius Steele and Jeremy McMullen in the same backfield.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has a coaching career which spans four decades.
Barrett Donahoe's magic number is 28. Odds are the success of the Heritage Academy football team this season will be predicated on Donahoe's good fortune to keep 28 players healthy and contributing to the Patriots' efforts into November.
When things click, sometimes there is no explanation. Allie Allsup and Harli Sesser realized the Heritage Academy volleyball team wasn't quite itself in season-opening losses to Caledonia and Starkville. The Lady Patriots defeated both schools last year, so the losses to open the 2014 season were puzzling and caused them to wonder what was going wrong.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Michael Godley quickly points to his favorite play of his team's 51-19 football victory against Noxubee County in Friday night's season opener.
Conditioning. Execution. Heart. That's what Victory Christian football coach Chris Hamm said made the difference Friday night in his team's 35-20 victory against Hebron Christian in the eight-man season opener for both squads.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team typically doesn't shed tears in August. Whether it has been under the leadership of M.C. Miller or Tyrone Shorter, the Tigers have developed a reputation for being one of the state's top programs thanks to an aggressive and physical defense.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has talked about getting the confidence back for his team. After appearing in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game in 2011, the Volunteers have been looking for that consistent confident level to return to that level.
WEST POINT -- Dason Thomas wanted the ball. During a timeout prior to a crucial fourth down in the third quarter against Grenada, West Point High School's quarterback let his coaches know it.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- It didn't dominate the game plan, but "grit" was the Lamar County High School football team's biggest weapon Friday.
SHANNON -- The Aberdeen High School football team snapped a five-game season-opening losing streak and gained a measure of revenge in the process with a 42-19 victory against Shannon on a hot, muggy Friday evening.
After not making the playoffs last season, the West Lowndes High School football team opened the 2014 season on a mission to make sure the same thing doesn't happen this year.
STARKVILLE -- Most of the preseason hype around the Starkville High football team has involved a transfer quarterback and a talented group of wide receivers.
POTTS CAMP -- The Hamilton High School football team opened its season Friday night with a 43-27 victory against Potts Camp in Mississippi High School Activities Association action.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School fourth-year football coach Charles Moody believes this is his best defense. Friday's result helped back that assessment.
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STARKVILLE -- Matt Fuller rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and Brady Davis was 11 of 18 for 183 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Starkville High School football team to a 51-19 victory against Noxubee County in the season opener for both teams.
CALEDONIA -- Brandon Henry found a time-saving way Thursday night to take care of his snack and dinner needs. All the Caledonia High School senior running back had to do was score touchdowns.
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