REFORM, Ala. -- When the season began, Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knew Marion County would be the measuring stick for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A ranks this season. Plott was dead on with that prediction.
JACKSON -- Power of persuasion has a special meaning to David Fair Jr. It's not surprising considering how much Fair Jr. loves the game of football. After suffering his third knee injury and facing the possibility of having to give up the something that is such a big part of his life, Fair Jr. turned on the charm.
JACKSON -- Someone always is watching. Darrell Robinson knew his teammates were counting on him. His senior season was still months away, but Robinson wasn't going to waste any time. He knew backfield mate Ladarrell Hunt was on his way to Itawamba Community College, so he was going to have to shoulder an even bigger role in 2012 for the Noxubee County High School football team.
JACKSON -- Jamie Mitchell believes adversity can be a positive. That's a philosophy the Starkville High School football coach has had to espouse over and over and over again this season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley knows the importance of team chemistry. As one of 23 seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team, Bradley has dreamed of playing an integral role in the Tigers' march to a state championship.
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell knew the ball was in the right place late in Friday night's North State Class 5A championship game.
MACON -- Darrell Robinson needed a moment of reflection. He didn't yell at himself or shake his head in frustration. He just paused on two knees and stared. To his right, Javoris Glenn lifted himself from the turf after recovering a fumble by Robinson.
MACON -- Dylan Bradley was still going more than 20 minutes after his shift ended. Instead of trying to track down Louisville High School quarterback Wyatt Roberts or to corral a Wildcat, Bradley was content to move a little slower and pose for a few more pictures. Bradley could take his time because he had another reward for his and his teammates' labor -- a Class 4A North State trophy -- in his right hand.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles took the snap and saw just enough of an opening. Myles scampered 3 yards to put an exclamation note on one of the most dramatic sporting contests played between Starkville and Golden Triangle rival West Point. Final score in overtime: Starkville 29, West Point 28.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles saw just enough room. Myles' two-point conversion run lifted the Yellow Jackets to a 29-28 overtime victory against West Point in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship game.
STARKVILLE -- When Tez Lane was a youngster, he dreamed about wearing the West Point High School football uniform.
REFORM, Ala. -- Sometimes, Jermarcus Brown feels like he's running on a chessboard because wherever he is on the field, there's an offensive lineman in position to check a defender.
SWEET WATER, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team's magical run came to an end in the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Rematch. Very few words strike fear in as many hearts of coaches in all kinds of sports than the word rematch.
MACON -- The "A-Train" will be focused tonight on setting a final trip to Jackson. To realize that goal, senior Antonio Ryland intends to lead another dominating defensive effort at 7 tonight when the Noxubee County High School football team plays host to Louisville in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State title game.
MACON -- DeAngelo Ballard knows he has changed. Two years ago, Ballard would have surveyed the coverage, not found a receiver, and tried to force a pass to a receiver.
STARKVILLE -- Thanksgiving Day typically brings family members and friends together for fellowship. These meetings usually end with good will being wished and an understanding that somewhere down the line everyone will see each other again.
LOUISVILLE -- When Tyler Peterson watches Louisville High School junior quarterback Wyatt Roberts trigger the Wildcats' potent passing offense, it brings back pleasant memories.
Can you keep up? That's the question opponents face when they take on the Pickens County High School football team and its up-tempo offense.
VERNON, Ala. - The Lamar County High School football team will carry a heavy heart into its playoff game Friday. At the height of its season, following two playoff victories, offensive and defensive line coach Don Thornton, 65, passed away Saturday. After retiring and serving as a city councilman in Vernon, Thornton spent five years as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Bulldogs linemen become some of the best in the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A ranks. He'd coached at other schools throughout the state, too.
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