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.
Gary Harris wasn't sure how his players were going to respond. Following a loss to Washington School in its opening game of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA North State tournament, the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball coach challenged his players by telling them they were so close to getting to the overall state tournament. All Heritage Academy needed to do was find a way to regroup and defeat Jackson Academy and win one more game.
Things keep getting better for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team.
Kendrick Conner didn't have time to be scared.
WEST POINT -- Freddie Reed and Ed Brown wanted to make a statement. After 24 minutes, the West Point High School football team's defense was less than satisfied with its effort Friday night against Lake Cormorant.
TUPELO -- Columbus High School junior quarterback Trace Lee likes to spread the ball around to as many receivers as possible. However, senior wide receiver Dalon Moore has an advantage on most plays.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell quickly felt sorry for his opponent standing on the opposite sideline Friday night. The Yellow Jackets third-year coach realized early on Lanier High was going to be overmatched in every phase of the game, so he did the best he could to lessen the blow in a 48-0 victory at Newell Field.
Sometimes in a tight ballgame a coach will dig deep into the playbook and pull out some trick plays. That's what Saltillo High School football coach Pat Byrd did Friday night against New Hope. With the game tied at the start of the fourth quarter, the Tigers converted a pair of trick plays for touchdowns to turn a close game into a 42-22 victory.
JACKSON -- Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe believes his team is finally turning the corner.
STARKVILLE -- Against the top team in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, the Starkville Academy football team had to play a flawless game.
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