PELAHATCHIE -- A little trickeration and some guts. The mixture isn't a secret concoction Barrett Donahoe has cooked up in the dark passages of the Heritage Academy field house.
For the West Point High School football team, Friday's game against New Hope was the last regular-season game on the schedule before the playoffs start next week. Even though the Green Wave already had secured first place in Class 5A, Region 1, coach Chris Chambless didn't take the game lightly. Neither did his players.
GRENADA -- Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford breathed a deep sigh of relief and then smiled like a proud father.
SENATOBIA -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he'll lose sleep for weeks after one call: The choice to kick the ball to Fernando Van Hook.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to the Starkville High School football team's defense to seal a crucial win. After all, defense has been the team's calling card this season.
ABERDEEN -- The fourth-seeded Winona High School football team did what only one other team has managed to do this season against Aberdeen High: It scored more than 40 points against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the top-seeded Bulldogs did what they have done three times this year: They dropped 52 points or more on an opponent.
When the West Lowndes High School football team learned a playoff spot was on the line in its regular-season finale, there was a change in the team's mood.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy football team celebrated its return to the Alabama Independent School Association football playoffs with a 34-21 opening-round Class A victory against Lakeside Academy.
A victory is all Tony Stanford has on his mind. If the Columbus High School football team (6-4, 3-3 Class 6A, Region 1) can go on the road at 7 tonight and beat Grenada (4-6, 2-4), Stanford won't have to worry about tiebreakers and point differentials.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell answered the question was answered before the week started: The Starkville High School football team will play its starters at 7 tonight in the regular-season finale against Neshoba Central.
If the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs were a party, Oak Hill Academy coach Daniel Merchant would have sent in his reservation in a matter of seconds.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team posted a 39-3 win against South Pontotoc here last Friday to run the table in Class 3A, Region 2.
In the Alabama High School Activities Association, this is simply tune-up week.
The Heritage Academy football team is eight quarters away from winning a state title. Let that thought sink in for a moment.
MACON -- The motivations have swirled around the Noxubee County High School football team all season. Now it's time for the talk to end and for the Tigers to deliver.
The West Oktibbeha County High School football team planned on playing a meaningful Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 game Friday night at Pelahatchie High. The Timberwolves expected to have at least one more game after that one next week in the Class 1A playoffs.
For the Starkville Academy football team, the second season couldn't have come at a better time. Starkville Academy (5-6) will open Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff action at 7 p.m. Friday with a road trip to Senatobia for a game against Magnolia Heights Academy (7-3).
STARKVILLE -- Forget about the bull's-eye. The 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball won't allow the expectations of others to serve as motivation for another championship run.
Cody Bolton only thought he knew what challenge he faced.
GREENWOOD -- The names haven't changed. The uniforms remain the same, as do the coaches. But the transformation that has occurred in the past three weeks has allowed a Heritage Academy football team teetering on the edge of an early end to the season to become a playoff team.
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