Belief is one way to make up a 42-point deficit in one season. But believing will take you only so far, which is why Daniel Merchant has made strengthening the bodies of his Oak Hill Academy football players just as much a priority as he has his attempts to build the players' confidence.
OXFORD -- More than once, Oxford High School quarterback Jack Abraham has been told he doesn't look, think, or act like a 10th-grader. On Friday night, he proved that observation correct by leading his team to a 30-20 victory against West Point at Bobby Holcomb Field.
REFORM, Ala. -- On a night aerial attacks were on full display, the Pickens County High School football team's defensive backs had their own agenda Friday night. It took a few minutes to get adjusted to the tall and speed Aliceville High receiving corps. But once they did, the Tornadoes were on a mission.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team had been pointing to a shutout for quite some time. The Volunteers finally accomplished that feat Friday night.
The Columbus High School football team had its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener against rival Starkville right where it wanted Friday night.
ABERDEEN -- Whether you played for or coached under him, there was always a belief instilled in every Bobby Hall-led squad that no matter how far behind, his team would somehow find a way to win.
Football is a game of matchups. How do your team's strengths and weaknesses match up with your opponent's strengths and weaknesses? How does your offensive line match up against the defensive line? How do your linebackers match up with your opponent's running backs?
CLARKSDALE -- The New Hope High School football team took a step backward in its growth process Friday night. New Hope saw a modest two-game win streak snapped in a 56-21 loss to Clarksdale in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
On paper, the matchup of two Class 1A, Region 3 teams with 1-3 records looked to contain the ingredients for a competitive matchup. Sometimes the records are deceiving. West Lowndes used a big game from running back Eric Harris and quarterback Justin Stephenson and scored early and often en route to a 41-2 victory against Ethel.
VERNON, Ala. -- The showdown is here. The Lamar County High School football team tuned up for its huge Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 matchup against Aliceville this week by beating Berry 42-22 Friday night at George Bell Stadium.
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The Columbus High School football team had its Class 6A, Region 2 opener against Starkville High right where it wanted Friday night. Unfortunately, the Falcons had to play the second half.
STARKVILLE -- Odd. This was the common word used to describe two schools in the Golden Triangle not being on each other's football schedule.
The Oak Hill Academy football team never will be accused of playing a soft schedule.
MILLPORT, Ala. - The South Lamar High School football team snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 42-19 win over the Lynn Bears last weekend. The teams went almost 700 days between victories so when they hit the practice field on Monday, there was a different attitude.
STEENS -- Greg Watkins hopes he will get a refocused team with a return to district play.
WEST POINT - Two weeks ago, West Point quarterback Josh Ewing looked around and thought to himself he was all his team had left behind center. And it was a comforting feeling.
You'll have to forgive Barrett Donahoe if he isn't completely convinced that his Heritage Academy football is back on track.
Each season, one week of college football games emerges as a pivotal Saturday where championships could be won or lost. National television hypes up that week's matchups and folks eagerly anticipate the day's play to see who is left standing in the championship race.
1. Columbus ready for annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU records highest GPA in fall semester COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU officially announces hiring of Hudspeth COLLEGE SPORTS