The second season is finally here for the Starkville Academy football team. Starkville Academy will end a six-year absence from the postseason at 7 tonight when it plays host to Clarksdale Lee Academy in a first-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Win and you're the champion. It's a simple formula for the Starkville High School football team as its prepares for its game at 7 tonight against Neshoba Central that will decide the Class 5A, Region 2 title.
While the West Point High School football team's string of two straight Class 5A region championships is in jeopardy, second place is still important to the Green Wave. West Point can salt away at least second place with a victory at 7 tonight against New Hope in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at West Point's McCallister Field.
It may be early November, but veteran Starkville High School cross country coach Caroline Woomer is hoping to unwrap a few presents at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Cross Country meet Saturday at Choctaw Trails in Clinton.
The Noxubee County High School football team had to fight the urge to look ahead to its game against Spain Park (Ala.). The Tigers and all of Noxubee County had to resist the temptation of thinking about their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" regionally televised game against Louisville.
Sometimes it's not about how big your weapons are, but how many you have. The Hamilton High School football team has an arsenal of offensive weapons loaded and ready to go at 7 tonight when it plays host to Hollandale Simmons in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoffs.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team received the lift it needed last week. Now coach Chris Duncan hopes his Bulldogs are ready to shine in a time of the year that they have come to own.
The West Oktibbeha County and Pelahatchie high school football teams will look to usher out the regular season on a positive note when they meet at 7 tonight in a Class 1A, Region 3 game in Maben. The region's playoff teams already have been decided. Nanih Waiya (8-2, 7-0 region) and Noxapater (7-3, 7-0) will play for first place tonight in Louisville. West Oktibbeha and Pelahatchie are two games behind those teams, and will play tonight for third and fourth in the region.
MarkAnne Hobart didn't win any gold medals at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State swim meet Saturday, but that didn't keep a smile from creeping across her face.
It is fun to be home again for the Aliceville High School football team. Playing a home postseason game for the first time in five seasons, Aliceville will play host to Washington County at 7 p.m. Friday in an opening-round game of the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A playoffs.
ABERDEEN -- The cradle action looks natural to Channing Ward. The Aberdeen High School senior defensive lineman sits on the couch in Chris Duncan's office and practices his grip. He clutches the football to chest and he lowers it to his waist as the conversation about him continues. It's almost as if Ward is picturing a run he will make in the coming weeks to lead the Aberdeen High football team back to Jackson and a shot at the Class 3A state title.
Rachel Hollivay doesn't have the date highlighted on her calendar. The Heritage Academy girls basketball standout also hasn't raided the local sporting goods stores for T-shirts, baseball caps, or other paraphernalia to make sure she's ready for next month.
Before the school year began, there was some question as to whether Columbus High School would have a swim team. But Chris Chain stepped up to coach the team on a volunteer basis. His decision has allowed the Falcons to qualify two swimmers for the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Meet today at Delta State University's Aquatics Center in Cleveland.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team sent a message to close the season. One week after losing 14-12 to Louisville in the C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" regionally televised game, the Noxubee County trounced Class 4A, Region 4 rival Caledonia 36-7 Friday night.
MACON -- There was life to the magic. All season, the Central Academy football team found ways to win games. Four times by two points and two more by eight points, the Vikings snatched victory from defeat by the slimmest margins.
Senior Night at Trojan Field didn't turn out the way many of the seniors on the New Hope High School football team had planned. A season of setbacks and heartbreaks caught up with New Hope on Friday night as the Center Hill earned a 23-12 victory.
Friday night's weather was perfect for a playoff game. Unfortunately, the evening marked the 2011 finale for the Victory Christian football team. In its fourth playoff appearance in as many years, Victory Christian lost to North River Christian 28-16 Friday night in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.
OXFORD -- Senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins knew his time was coming to make big plays for the Green Wave. A year of learning on the run and adapting from a full-time defensive player to an offensive threat showed up at the most advantageous time Friday night for the West Point High School football team.
HAMILTON -- Dakota Brasher passed for 51 yards and threw one touchdown, and K.J. Woods rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night to help the Ackerman High School football team beat Hamilton 41-35 in double overtime in a Class 2A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- The Immanuel Christian football team walked onto Raider Field with the thunder and sparkle of fireworks. It seemed the celebration of an Oak Hill Academy win for Senior Night had already begun.
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