MACON -- The distractions are dizzying. From the banner that hangs on the wall in the weight room celebrating the 2008 state championship team to the memory of a disappointing loss to Amory in the 2011 North State playoffs to the No. 1 ranking in the state's latest Class 4A rankings, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has plenty ammunition to keep his team focused.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior running back Aeris Williams understands the importance of playing football for the Green Wave.
For Columbus High School, it was a bad 28 seconds. The Falcons' defense play brilliant football Friday night but two big plays in the final 28 seconds of the first half told the story in a 17-7 loss to Southaven in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 matchup at Falcon Field.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team answered a lot of questions Friday night. One thing the coaches debated was whether the Yellow Jackets could handle a physically demanding football team on the road. After piling up 415 yards, including 317 on the ground, Starkville proved it is capable in a 23-6 victory against Provine in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team celebrated Senior Night on Friday with a 29-0 victory against Kosciusko in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 game.
SENATOBIA -- Close. Barrett Donahoe has used that word several times this season to highlight how far he feels the Heritage Academy football program is from competing for championships.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School kicker Josh Kugel is probably too young to realize it, but he has a lot in common with Gerry Thomas and Dan Mowrey.
HERNANDO -- The West Point High School football has found a return to normalcy in Class 5A, Region 1. The Green Wave rushed for 245 yards and moved to 2-0 in region play Friday night with a 49-14 victory at Hernando.
MABEN - The West Oktibbeha County High School football team doesn't get smacked in the mouth much, but when it does, it's usually the offense that helps the team overcome adversity. On Friday, it was senior defensive linemen Michael Graise and Johnny Chambers who led the charge in a 46-24 win against Sebastopol High.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- While the Pickens County and Aliceville high school football teams raced up and down the field Friday night, the Tornadoes' defense made the big plays when needed most. The Tornadoes forced three turnovers and remained undefeated with a 35-14 victory against the Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium.
SENATOBIA -- The Magnolia Heights football team stopped Parker Dunaway on a conversion run with 2 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game Friday to preserve a 14-13 victory against Heritage Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 victory.
The Columbus High School football team will have a chance to test its character tonight. At 4-1 and 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 1, Columbus has the same record it had at this point in the season in 2011. A year ago, Columbus trailed Southaven 14-7 early in the fourth quarter before mistakes cost it and turned a close game into a 35-7 defeat.
STARKVILLE -- A couple of weeks ago, Starkville High School senior linebacker David Fair walked into his Jamie Mitchell's office for what was thought to be a season-ending meeting.
Macy Walters knows how far the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball program has come. Walters was with the team last season when it only won a handful of games. She was back on the diamond in July to prepare for another season and was curious to see how the team would do given the field wasn't packed with players.
ABERDEEN -- In 1992, Lynn Moore resigned as Aberdeen High School's head football coach to take over at Louisville High.
West Point High School returned to its football comfort zone this week with a return to play inside Class 5A, Region 1.
West Oktibbeha County High School is setting its sights on a legitimate run at the Class 1A, Region 3 football championship this season.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't buy the notion of "good losses." But the Heritage Academy football coach came as close as any coach could to experiencing one of them Friday night in a 41-35 loss to Jackson Academy.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is still striving for consistency at the plate. It's the kind of top-to-bottom production that will keep New Hope coach Tabitha Beard from yelling "Don't reach" to her hitters and will prevent her from putting her hands on her head to mask her frustration.
MACON -- Desire, discipline, and dedication. Those are the things Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter is looking for from his players as the program enters the second part of its 2012 season. So far, the Tigers have put those three things to use.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Brownlee has career-best night for Green Wave HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS