MACON -- It's one thing to step forward when you have a week to prepare knowing you'll be without your starting quarterback. It's an entirely different proposition to lose a starting running back a day before a game and have to scrap your game plan, especially against an athletic and experienced defense. But champions emerge when their teammates need them.
CALEDONIA -- An opportunistic defense and a relentless ground attack proved to be the winning combination at Homecoming here Friday as the Caledonia High School football team tossed a 24-0 shutout at the East Webster Wolverines.
A week ago, the West Lowndes High School football team barely gained positive yards against Shannon through nearly four quarters. Nothing could stop the Panthers on Friday night. Sparked by a four-touchdown performance by senior running back Antonio Wilson, West Lowndes opened Class 1A-Region 3 play with a 42-22 victory.
The Victory Christian Academy football team didn't have an answer for Freddy Goodgame on Friday night. Goodgame ran for five touchdowns, threw two touchdowns, a returned a kick for another score to lead Tabernacle Christian (Ala.) to a 58-28 victory in a Christian Football Association game in Columbus.
MADDEN -- The Starkville Academy football team rolled up 396 rushing yards Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win against Leake Academy. The Volunteers (4-0) got a season-high 185 rushing yards on 19 carries from fullback Ryan Mann, who led all scorers with four touchdowns.
This is the time for the Columbus High School football team to continue its season of new beginnings. Coming off an overtime victory against two-time defending Class 5A champion West Point, Columbus will see how it fares in the role as "favorite" at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to New Hope.
Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler wants to see something different. He and the Patriots already have felt the emotion from a huge victory and expected it to carry over to the next week only to see the energy evaporate at gametime.
With his squad healthy again, Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner looks forward to the Volunteers' season-ending push. The Volunteers played their next-to-last non-region match Thursday and earned a 12-0 victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
MABEN -- Adam Lowrey and the West Oktibbeha County High School football can wonder what if as they watch the tape of their 36-16 loss to Eupora on Thursday night.
The Sulligent High School football team notched its first victory for coach Scott Marchant last week when it beat Hatton in a Class 2A, Region 8 game.
Ray Weeks knows close isn't going to cut it. But in week three against an opponent in a higher classification, the Hamilton High School football coach can live with a hard-fought 34-20 loss to Class 3A Kossuth.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple isn't going to have many lives left if the Central Academy football team continues its high-wire act. Three weeks into the 2011 season and the Vikings have showed impeccable timing and an ability to wiggle their way out of dire situations to earn victories.
The murderer's row scheduling for the Starkville and West Point high school football teams won't let up anytime soon. If possible, the Starkville-West Point rivalry will ratchet up the strength of schedule for both squads when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in West Point.
The Hebron Christian football team enjoyed its first victory in eight-man football competition last week. Now, the Eagles will go for two in a row.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball team found its offensive rhythm Wednesday afternoon. The Volunteers had eight hits and parlayed a seven-run third inning into an 11-0 non-region victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Academy Softball Complex.
There was no need for alarm if you saw the stadium lights on Sunday night at the West Oktibbeha County High School football stadium. Despite last week's open date, the Timberwolves were putting in some extra effort to get ready for Thursday night's non-region tussle against highly touted Eupora. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Maben.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team is going to have to go to plan B. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said Tuesday that junior quarterback Deangelo Ballard will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his leg Friday in a 45-29 victory against New Hope.
Damian Baker has scored numerous touchdowns in his career. However, none of the scores was bigger than his final one Friday night. Baker's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Columbus High School football team past West Point 35-27 in a game at Columbus' Falcon Field.
WEIR -- A two-point pass play from Codie McKee to Brett Flora with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining lifted the East Webster High School football team to a 15-14 win against Weir on Friday night.
Damian Baker's 10-yard touchdown run lifted the Columbus High School football team to a 35-27 overtime victory against West Point in a non-region prep thriller Friday night at Falcon Field.
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