JACKSON -- After more than 23 years, Jamie Mitchell finally has a gold ball trophy.
JACKSON -- Gabe Myles capped his Starkville High School career in fine fashion Saturday night.
JACKSON -- Darrell Robinson has been the workhorse for the Noxubee County High School football team all season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley crouched on the 48-yard line and took a moment to reflect.
JACKSON -- Business as usual. That's the mind-set of the Noxubee County High School football team as it prepares to face Greene County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School football program can't think of a better way to end its time in Class 5A than by winning a new state championship trophy to put in its new fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team will finally be able to share sympathy with an opponent this weekend. When MSU travels to the Dunkin Doughnuts Center to take on Providence College at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the SEC-Big East Challenge, one of the first things it likely will notice is the number of players on the Friars bench.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the final seconds ticked off in last season's third-round playoff loss to Sweet Water, the Pickens County High School players vowed to return.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell heard from people he trusted why he shouldn't take the job as head football coach at Starkville High School.
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.
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