MACON -- Tyrone Shorter didn't want to be in this position again. A year ago, Shorter could rely on an experienced group of players that was primed to play at the next level. With talented leaders like Jeffery Simmons, Qendarrion Barnett, Timorrius Conner, Deveon Ball, Bobby May and Ladaveon Smith, Shorter had confidence the Noxubee County football team could erase a 2-4 start and defend its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title.
WEST POINT -- Offense was the name of the game Friday night, as the Winona Christian football team defeated Oak Hill Academy 49-42 in a Mississippi Association of Independent (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 game.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Anderson wasn't going to lose to rival Starkville Academy again. The cost didn't matter. Anderson, a senior, was determined to change the script and end the Volunteers' two-game winning streak in the series.
For every step forward, the New Hope High School football team took a step back in its 42-13 loss to Clarksdale on Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. The list of miscues and missed opportunities was lengthy: two scoreless possessions that reached the Clarksdale 10-yard line, 13 penalties for 115 yards, and six turnovers.
WEST POINT -- In the current era of wide open, high-scoring spread offenses, the battle between the West Point and Oxford high school football teams turned out to be a throwback to a bygone era where, more times than not, a good defense beat a good offense. That was the case Friday night at Hamblin Stadium, as West Point's smothering defense limited Oxford to 116 yards en route to a 22-8 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School football team wrapped up the non-region part of its schedule Friday night with a 49-6 victory against Tishomingo County on Homecoming.
SOUTHAVEN -- Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar and senior wide receiver Michael McCloud have run hundreds of passing routes together. On some late summer evenings, the close friends worked long hours in the grueling sun looking for that perfect throw and perfect catch. Many of those routes and throws were harder to complete than the ones they attempted Friday night.
ALICEVILLE -- A big first half carried the Aliceville High School football team to a 52-12 non-region victory against Pickens County in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) football action Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Jaquez Akins scored two touchdowns off the bench, and the Starkville High School defense didn't allow a point Friday night in a 30-6 victory against Callaway in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Kris Pickle is eager to start sorting things out. Tyrone Shorter feels the same sense of urgency, but he has another week before games really start to count. At 7 tonight, Pickle's New Hope High School football team will play host to Clarksdale in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. In Macon, Shorter's Noxubee County High Tigers will play host to Class 3A rival Kemper County in their final non-district match.
STARKVILLE -- When Natrone Brooks heard Starkville High School football defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley was leaving, he didn't know what to think. Oakley was hired as the new Senatobia High football coach in April just as spring practice was about the start. The announcement left Starkville coach Ricky Woods needing to call an old friend. He reached out to Chuck Friend, a former Starkville High football coach, to fill the vacancy. Friend showed up and immediately earned the respect of the defense.
With no field house to call home, West Point football players are having to do without the traditional countdown clock hanging on a side wall. However, if a clock existed, it might have been set to this game even before the season started. At 7 tonight, that time finally will arrive and give West Point a chance to end three years of misery to rival Oxford when the teams meet in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
STARKVILLE -- Rivalry games typically don't need any added drama to make them more appealing. That might be the case for the Heritage Academy-Starkville Academy matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener at J.E. Logan Field. But the Patriots' high-powered offense and the Volunteers' typically stingy defense adds a little spice to a rivalry that has seen the teams split the last 10 meetings.
STARKVILLE -- There was no question in Chase Nicholson's mind that the Starkville Academy football team was going to respond. The only thing Nicholson didn't know was how Starkville Academy planned to bounce back following a 40-0 loss to Lamar School on Sept. 9.
In baseball, hitters are "seeing the ball well" when they're in a groove. In basketball, shooters are "in the zone" when that feeling comes over them that they can't miss. The Heritage Academy offensive linemen showed Friday night that even big boys up front in the trenches can get into a rhythm that makes an entire group feel like it can't do anything wrong. Judging by the numbers, the Patriots came pretty close to realizing that goal.
CALEDONIA -- It's not the shoes.
CALEDONIA - "Decades of Domination - It's Our Tradition" was the message posted on visiting New Hope's run-through banner here Friday evening.
WEST POINT - West Point was gracious enough to let Noxubee County perform the opening act Friday night.
WEST POINT - Forty-seven unanswered points, three turnovers and 11 penalties committed.
Jumping to a quick lead in the first quarter, the Heritage Academy Patriots scored quick and often throughout the game to maintain the lead and beat the visiting Pisgah Dragons 56-49.
1. Starkville beats Callaway; Kemper County edges Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS