One win can work wonders. A week ago, the Caledonia High School football team was mired in a losing streak that spanned two coaches and dated to 2008. This week, the community, school, and Confederates are buzzing about the team's chance to do something that hasn't happened since 2005: reaching the playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Five games remain on the Starkville High School football team's schedule, but it isn't too early to talk about the playoffs. After winning consecutive Class 6A, Region 1 wins and taking four of their last five games, the Yellow Jackets are treating tonight's road game against Horn Lake as a must win.
Maturation is a key component of championship formulas. As the years change, coaches hope younger players notice the habits and tendencies of the older ones and come to make them their own.
Here is this week's prep football schedule, including the listings for radio stations in the area:
STEENS -- Something is brewing on the football field at Immanuel Christian. Fueled by a new-found "tough" mind-set and confidence, Immanuel Christian defeated Houlka 14-13 last week for the first 11-man victory in school history.
STARKVILLE -- In its best form, Starkville Academy's soccer team had its worst performance when it least expected it. Unbeaten in six straight matches, the Lady Volunteers entered their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff opener against Presbyterian Christian on Tuesday feeling they were ready for the weight of a postseason match.
Finally. That was the sentiment shared by everyone in attendance Monday for the dedication of land that will soon be home to a new indoor facility for the Columbus High School baseball and softball programs.
On paper, Antonio Wilson is just another name on a page. At 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, the West Lowndes High School junior running back would be considered small by all standards. But size tells only part of the story for a running back.
STARKVILLE -- Ideally, soccer coaches want to enter the postseason in top form. Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner believes his team's 2-2 draw against Jackson Academy last week was a sign the Lady Volunteers are primed for a playoff run. Starkville Academy (9-6-1) hopes to ride the momentum of a six-game unbeaten stretch at 4 p.m. today when it plays host to Presbyterian Christian at the Starkville Sportsplex in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff opener.
Monday marked the end of the line for two local fast-pitch softball programs, but the coaches couldn't have been prouder of the how their teams fared. Oak Hill Academy lost to Bowling Green, La., 4-2 in a losers' bracket game Monday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA State Tournament, while Hebron Christian defeated Franklin Academy (La.) 15-7 and lost to Sylva Bay Academy 8-1.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's softball season ended Saturday with a 10-6 loss to Oak Forest (La.). The loss left the Lady Volunteers (21-14) one game short of advancing to the final four of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoffs.
Teams have to be willing to do anything and everything at playoff time.
The New Hope and West Point high school football teams were neck-and-neck heading into halftime of a pivotal Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 matchup Friday night.
Jamie Mitchell knew it would take four to five weeks for the Starkville High School football team's offense to hit its stride.
Take the first quarter away Friday night and the Columbus High School football team might have been in position to get back into the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 race.
The only thing on Antonio Wilson's mind was do something to help his team get the lead. A 92-yard kickoff return in the third quarter nearly did the trick.
The Noxubee County High School football team did what was necessary on both sides of the ball Friday night, rolling up 21 points and holding Kosciusko scoreless in a 21-0 Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 victory.
How does a team mired in a 25-game losing streak that averages less than a yard per rush, finishes with less than 100 total yards, and completes as many passes to the opposition as it does to itself end that streak?
Coming off its first win of the season last week, the Starkville Academy football team hoped to ride that momentum into Friday night's home matchup against the Washington School Generals.
Pickens Academy coach John Gartman gave his Pirates a stern talk at halftime Friday night.
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