COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Nothing is given to you. Landon Ellis summed it up best as he stood with the runner-up trophy in his hands and talked about what had just transpired. After three years of eye-popping scoring totals and margins of victory, the Victory Christian football team finally faced an opponent it couldn't overcome.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team's aggressive defensive play and punishing running game fueled a 37-0 win against Lexington's J.J. McClain on Friday in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A first-round playoff game.
ABERDEEN -- Entering the playoffs with a 5-6 record and a fourth-place division finish is always a challenge. But having to play the state's fourth-ranked Class 3A team at its place in the first round more times than not will result in a season-ending loss.
FRENCH CAMP -- When his team got the ball trailing by four points with a little more than four minutes left in its game against French Camp on Friday night, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey had no doubt his team would score. But French Camp linebacker Josh Williams had other ideas, as he intercepted a Von Smith pass near midfield to halt West Oktibbeha's comeback attempt and hand the Panthers a 30-26 win.
MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team took its first step toward a state championship Friday night in a 35-20 win against Bruce. The Wolverines (12-0) continued their dominance on the ground, rushing for 327 yards on 41 carries in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoff opener.
LOUISVILLE -- Wyatt Roberts completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards to lead the Louisville High School football team past Amanda Elzy 32-8 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.
The Sulligent and Pickens County high school football teams advanced to the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs Friday night. Sulligent defeated West End of Walnut Grove, Ala., 34-18 in the Class 2A playoffs, while Pickens County ended Loachapoka's season in Class 1A with a 26-7 victory.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Josh McCoy caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Maison McCullough with 3 minutes, 1 second remaining in the fourth quarter Friday night to lift the Tuscaloosa Christian football team to a 24-20 victory against Victory Christian in the Christian Football Association championship.
The Victory Christian football team still has a shred of uncertainty as it enters its game at 7 tonight against Tuscaloosa Christian for the Christian Football Association championship.
How does Starkville High's boys basketball team go about duplicating last season's state title run? It doesn't.
Billy Thomas knew more than two years ago the Immanuel Christian football program was in good hands. The longtime football and basketball coach wanted to ensure the football program's continued growth as an 11-man team, so he opted to step aside so the school could bring in Shawn Gates as new football coach and Daniel Merchant as an assistant coach.
Defensive players rarely get the shine cast on those who score touchdowns. And that's fine by East Webster High School football players.
STARKVILLE -- For all the improvement Starkville High School's football team has experienced this season, the Yellow Jackets find themselves in a familiar playoff bind entering the final week of the regular season.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had a plan. With an experienced group returning on the offensive line and with a group of running backs with a ton of potential, Shorter hoped he could help change the identity of the Noxubee County High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams says her Lady Jackets will use an equal-opportunity approach to who scores, rebounds, and earns minutes this season.
The Hamilton High School football team has put its pieces together at the right time of the season. Now the Lions have to hope they can raise their level of play another notch.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- With the distractions and obstacles Sulligent High School has had to overcome this season, Blue Devils interim football coach Ronnie Hubbert has talked a lot about last year to get his squad fired up for Friday night's playoff game.
Landon Ellis knew he needed to make a change. But Ellis has no idea what he was about to ask of his body -- or his tastebuds. The sacrifice included hours of weight training and conditioning and plenty of eating appetizing things like chicken and steak and things like protein shakes that tasted a little better than liquid chalk.
The Caledonia High School cross country roster reads more like an injured reserve list. Whether it is on the boys or the girls side, coach James Reed's laundry list of ailments, bumps, and bruises has erased any of the depth the veteran coach counted on at the beginning of the season.
The Victory Christian football team hasn't had many things go against it in the past three seasons en route to consecutive Christian Football Association titles and 29 victories in a row. Landon Ellis and Tyler Jones led the charge Friday night to ensure the Eagles overcame some unaccustomed adversity and preserved another run at perfection.
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