ABERDEEN -- A taste can leave anyone hungry for more. That's the situation Desmond "Dez" Jones found himself in last year when starting quarterback Aaron Andrews went down with a injury in the Aberdeen High School football team's season opener against Columbus.
Starkville Academy sophomore Payton Allen is the perfect example of a soccer player who can adapt to any position on the field
In 2009, West Point High School quarterback Justin Cox didn't have to worry about carrying the team.
West Point head football coach Chris Chambless knew his Green Wave had been in a battle Friday night.
The New Hope High School football team discovered how quickly a game can turn when turnovers create a shift in momentum.
For the Sulligent (Ala.) Blue Devils, the second-half surge happened for homestanding Lineville on Friday night. The Aggies scored 27 unanswered points to open the second half for a 43-23 third-round victory in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Class 2A playoffs.
Belmont arrived in Aberdeen for Friday's Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with a perfect 12-0 mark, a record crafted on the Cardinals' mastery of three phases of the game -- scoring defense, rushing and their ability to play mistake-free football.
ast Webster High School's football team entered Friday's third-round playoff game trying to escape the demons of its last trip to Calhoun City.
For a brief moment, Noxubee County's third-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoff game Friday night against Shannon reminded head coach Tyrone Shorter of the previous week. Just like against Center Hill, Noxubee fumbled the opening kickoff.
RIDGELAND -- The Ridgeland High School football team scored 20 unanswered points, including two touchdowns following turnovers, in the second half Friday night en route to a 34-27 victory against New Hope in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs at Titan Field.
Seniors have played a key role in the evolution of the New Hope football program. Coach Michael Bradley speaks fondly of the seniors on his first two teams in 2006 and '07 who helped the transform the program from a one-win doormat to a playoff contender.
Chemistry is a key for every head coach. As important as it is to have players who buy into a vision or a philosophy, it is just as crucial to have assistant coaches who complement the person in charge and help set the direction for the program.
WEST POINT -- Football coaches often find the smallest details to motivate their kids. When they reach championship status, those programs tend not to need much help re-focusing or getting pumped for a new matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Korakot Simsiriwong has loved the game of golf ever since she could remember. Growing up in Thailand, her father played the game and was a great fan, so it was only natural that Simsiriwong had a set of clubs as soon as she was able to swing.
ABERDEEN -- The mystery has been solved. Years ago, Brandon Smith's eyes earned him a special nickname from an uncle. Somehow, though, that nickname -- "Buck" -- turned into "Bucket," which is how the Aberdeen High School football coaches and players call out to Smith.
MABEN -- The next step in two teams' paths to a possible championship game will renew one of the state's brewing rivalries. Former Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A district rivals East Webster and Calhoun City have made a flawless transition to the 2A ranks since reclassification in 2009.
MABEN -- When Jimmy Carden arrived at East Webster High School, he had to transform an underdeveloped football program. His first order was building a new weight room. Next, Carden had to instill confidence in the Wolverines that they could not only be competitive and challenge for state titles.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's season-opening soccer match Wednesday was a tale of two frustrating halves. Starkville Academy survived an early onslaught by Pillow Academy and appeared to be resigned to goalkeeper Davis Pigg bailing them out for countless field errors.
Every team is special to a coach, but some teams can be more special. For Ronnie Hubbert, this year's Sulligent High School football team has earned that distinction more than once. The Blue Devils carry a 10-2 record into their Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A third-round playoff game tonight against Lineville (9-3).
The orderly state of affairs comes naturally to Tyrone Shorter. If you needed any proof, you need only look at the success of the Noxubee County High School football program this season.
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