Ray Weeks is counting on two hours of hard work to erase a decade of bad memories tonight. That's when Weeks hopes his Hamilton High School football team will be able to secure a home playoff game with a victory at East Webster.
Sometimes it's about survival. Entering the season with a freshman quarterback and five sophomore starters on offense, Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan felt his Bulldogs would have a chance to play for a league championship if they could just make it to the Class 3A, Region 2 portion of their schedule.
The show must go on for the Aliceville High School football team. Aliceville will play with heavy hearts at 7 tonight when it takes on Northside at Memorial Stadium in a Class 3A, Region 4 game.
CLINTON -- The "main event" will kick off at 7 tonight with a bang. Instead of downplaying the importance of their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" matchup, Louisville and Noxubee County head coaches M.C. Miller and Tyrone Shorter admit what everyone has been thinking for nearly the past year: It is a big game.
When it comes to Class 5A, Region 1 football, West Point High School knows how to be real defensive. Not only has West Point won back-to-back Class 5A state championships, it also has won all 18 region games it has played in Class 5A since reclassification moved the school up from Class 4A in the fall of 2009.
CLINTON -- Legend isn't a word that is used casually. It carries a history with it that evokes exceptional moments and years spent toiling to build something memorable. It also earns anyone lucky enough to earn that distinction special favors, like rides to news conferences to talk about football. At first glance Monday, it might have been unusual to see Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter and Louisville High coach M.C. Miller riding in the same car to a gathering at the Mississippi High School Activities Association office to discuss their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Macon.
The stakes are always high when West Oktibbeha County and East Oktibbeha County high schools clash in athletics. The annual battle for bragging rights and the Superintendent's Cup at 7 p.m. Friday in Maben will have added playoff significance in the Class 1A, Region 3 race.
CLINTON -- Maybe now people in Noxubee County will believe Deloria Stewart. If not, the Noxubee County High School athletic director might have to sprinkle some pixie dust through Macon, Brooksville, and Shuqualak to convince them their small town is about to be invaded.
Anthony Sharp wasn't convinced. After all, Bryer Bolton scored a touchdown so he had to be OK. Right?
JACKSON -- Mackenzie Harvey couldn't escape the butterflies. As an eighth-grader, she had imagined what it would be like to start for the New Hope High School varsity slow-pitch softball team in a state title series, but she didn't realize it would feel like this when she finally earned her chance. She also didn't know her nerves would make even the simplest things -- like catching an underhanded toss from pitcher Anna McCrary -- so difficult. But Harvey and the rest of the Lady Trojans showed Saturday they were up for the challenge and then some.
JACKSON -- Anna McCrary and Kasey Stanfield operate well in stealth mode. It didn't matter they were lugging a blue cooler filled with ice that rustled as they tried to crouch down and avoid being seen by their coach.
The New Hope High School football team's defense spent much of Friday night on the field, and the offense struggled to get in a groove. That combination spelled doom for New Hope in a 15-12 loss to Lake Cormorant in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team will take the final step today. Thirteen times previously, the Lady Trojans have celebrated that last step with a championship. At 11 a.m. today, New Hope (23-7) will take on Picayune in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A best-of-three state title series for a chance to win the 14th state championship, and fifth in a row, in program history. The past two championships have come in Class 5A.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team recovered four Canton fumbles, and running back Preston Baker scored two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 45-8 win Friday night. The blowout win keeps the Jackets (6-2, 4-0) undefeated in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 standings and clinches a playoff berth.
At 6-foot-3, Michael Graise is an imposing sight at defensive end. Graise is even more dominating on the basketball court. His leaping ability gives him the ups to touch the top of the box on the backboard. Fortunately, Graise knows when to jump for the sky and when to hold a little something back.
LOUISVILLE -- The Louisville High School football team scored on its first play from scrimmage The Caledonia Confederates committed a turnover on their first play. It was that kind of night as the Wildcats were dominant in a 42-0 shutout Friday night. Louisville built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior tailback Tez Lane readily admits his team struggled through the first four weeks of the prep football season. Lane also readily admits those struggles are in the past.
LOUISVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team's tune-up for East Rankin couldn't have went smoother. Starkville Academy rushed for 378 yards and cruised to a 55-12 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.
The Starkville Academy football team secured its first football playoff berth in six seasons last week with a victory. The Volunteers don't plan to stop and celebrate now. Starkville Academy (7-1) will play its final non-division game of the season at 7 p.m. when it travels to Louisville to take on Winston Academy.
MACON -- Brandon Johnson's list is finally dwindling to nothing. As the certified athletic trainer who works with the Noxubee County High School football team, Johnson has been busy with myriad injuries that have kept the Tigers from being at full strength for nearly the entire season.
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