HAMILTON -- If Hamilton High School football coach Ray Weeks and his opportunistic band of Lions wanted to make a statement here Friday against Eupora, they accomplished their goal and then some.
Championships. That word immediately comes to Tony Stanford's mind when asked about the South Panola High School football team. The Tigers, who entered the season as the state's top-ranked team in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 preseason poll, have won a state record nine championships in football. Their run of success has earned the school the nickname the "University of South Panola."
It's natural for Michael Bradley to enjoy history. As an American government and economics teacher at New Hope High School, Bradley gives his students valuable lessons on how they can learn from history. Bradley does the same with the players on the New Hope High football team.
STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the Class 5A, Region 2 championship game in the first weekend of October. The winner of the game at 7 tonight between the Starkville and Ridgeland high school football teams will have the control of first place in the region.
Brad Butler hopes the roller coaster is on a permanent upward trajectory. One week after scoring a season-high points in a victory against Magnolia Heights, Butler said the Heritage Academy football team had one of its best weeks of practices of the season in preparation for its game at 7 tonight against Oak Hill Academy (0-7).
The road doesn't get any easier for Anthony King and the West Lowndes High School football team. Already saddled with back-to-back shutouts in region play, King and the Panthers go on the road at 7 tonight to face Pelahatchie in a Class 1A, Region game.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team is one week closer to its goal. No, we're not referring to the Oct. 20 "Y'all vs. Us" matchup against Louisville.
The West Point High School football team's first goal this season is to finish region play with an undefeated record. The Green Wave is one quarter of the way closer to that goal. West Point will look for its third straight win in Class 5A, Region 1 action at 7 tonight when it travels to Clarksdale for another region game.
CALEDONIA -- It's time for an attitude adjustment. Through three weeks, the Caledonia High School football team averaged more than 35 points a game in getting off to a 2-1 start. A shutout of East Webster the next week lifted Caledonia to 3-1, but shutout losses to New Hope and to Ackerman followed. The losing streak grew to three last week after a 20-6 loss to Leake Central in the Class 4A, Region 4 opener.
Greg Watkins hopes Homecoming can provide a little momentum. One week after a heartbreaking loss to Carroll Academy, Immanuel Christian (1-5) will play host to Potts Camp (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday looking to get back on track for a pivotal three-game stretch to end the regular season.
A pair of undefeated records and first place in Class 1A, Region 4 of the Alabama High School Activities Association will be on the line Friday night when the Pickens County High School football team travels to Maplesville. Each team enters the seventh weekend of the regular season 6-0 and 4-0 in region play.
HAMILTON -- The numbers tell one story. At 6-1, the Hamilton High School football team is one win away from its most victories in a season since it won seven games in 2005. At 1-0 in Class 2A, Region 2, the Lions are one step closer to getting back to the postseason. But even though Hamilton has a win against Class 4A Houston and nearly defeated Class 2A Kossuth, some wonder if the Lions are for real.
MACON -- All of the gray and indigestion has led to this point. Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple has watched as the Vikings have wiggled themselves in and out of jams and found ways to win four of their seven games by two points.
As the weeks have passed and the victories have mounted, the stakes have risen for the East Oktibbeha County High School football team. First place in Class 1A, Region 3 and a three-game win streak will be on the line at 7 p.m. Friday when East Oktibbeha travels to Noxapater.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins and Morgan Smith are making sure the future is now for the Caledonia High School volleyball team. One season after losing a core group of seniors, Caledonia took its first step to advancing to the state tournament Tuesday by sweeping Aberdeen 3-0 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 playoffs. Set scores were 25-10, 25-16, 25-18.
WEST POINT -- If DeQuinten Spraggins keeps playing at this level, he will have enough Reese's peanut butter cups to last him the rest of the year. Given Spraggins had to go to the dentist Monday to get a tooth pulled, that might not be the best course of action.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team is right where it wants to be. Buoyed by an approach that has eschewed individual accolades in favor of team effort, Caledonia (16-7) will play host to Aberdeen at 6 tonight in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1 tournament. The winner of that match will play the winner of the Lewisburg-St. Andrew's match on Saturday at a time and place to be announced. The winner of that match will advance to the state tournamen
SOUTHAVEN -- Three second-half turnovers hurt the cause as the Columbus High School football team dropped a 35-7 decision to Southaven in a Class 6A, Region 1 game Friday night.
The roller coaster is back on the rise. Judging by the way the Heritage Academy football team executed Friday night in a 56-21 victory against Magnolia Heights, there is no telling how high or how fast the Patriots will be able to go.
It took Brady Davis two and a half quarters to figure it out. But once New Hope's high school freshman quarterback did, the Trojans couldn't be stopped.
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