SCOOBA -- William Jones was a happy man Thursday night. The fifth-year East Mississippi Community College associate head coach and defensive coordinator has a burning desire for shutouts. Jones got his wish Thursday in No. 4 EMCC's 56-0 victory against Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC North Division game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
For West Point High School, the task ahead is clear.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't care about recent history. The primary concern for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach is helping his players develop the right mind-set to compete every week. When that happens, Donahoe believes Heritage Academy has everything in place to be a perennial playoff contender in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
The Starkville Academy football team's resurgence on offense will be tested at 7 p.m. Friday when it puts its two-game win streak on the line against undefeated Jackson Prep in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville. Elsewhere in the area Friday night, West Oktibbeha County High School will travel to Weir and East Oktibbeha County High will travel to West Lowndes for a pair of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchups. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had an idea about his team. But even after coaching many of the seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team since they were in seventh grade, Shorter liked that his Tigers answered the call Friday night against one of their biggest rivals.
MABEN -- When West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Adam Lowrey asked senior Tiberias Lampkin to take a more active leadership role for the Timberwolves, he did not hesitate before answering.
WEST POINT -- Noxubee County High School senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley laid collapsed on the playing surface of McCallister Field.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior quarterback Tez Lane and coach Chris Chambless shared a long postgame embrace on the 40-yard line of McCallister Field.
CALEDONIA -- Of the nine players who had carries for the New Hope High School football team Friday night, Q Newby and Austin Oswalt are by far the best to speak for that group. While Ryan Lee, Bryson Ellis, or Brandon Spann may have better speed, Newby and Oswalt epitomize the kind of physical football coach Michael Bradley feels his team needs to play to be successful. Newby and Oswalt best used their prototypical fullback physiques Friday night on an 18-play touchdown drive that helped New Hope beat Caledonia 35-0 Friday night.
The list of words to describe Columbus High School quarterback Trace Lee grew Friday night. The 6-foot-1 junior already had been called an intelligent leader and an accurate passer prior to his team's game Friday against Louisville High. His effort in a 21-13 victory allowed him to add resilient and gutsy to his list of adjectives.
It's Miller time at Heritage Academy. Senior running back Miller Puckett rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Heritage Academy football team to a 35-14 victory against Clarksdale Lee Academy.
STARKVILLE -- After a crushing loss to an archrival and a blown lead in a loss the following week, the Starkville Academy football team needed to regroup. So, like any other team, the Volunteers called a players' only meeting.
CRAWFORD -- East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks has been searching for consistency. As the Titans strive for that level of performance, Brooks hopes to see more games like Friday night.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Jeremy McMullen had two of his four touchdown runs in the first half Friday night to lead the Aliceville High School football team to a 42-14 victory against Sulligent.
WEST POINT - One big offensive play and one big defensive play decided Friday night's Noxubee County-West Point football game. The unbeaten Tigers made both of those plays.
CALEDONIA -- The streak continues. The New Hope High School football team rushed for a season-high 243 yards Friday night to beat Caledonia 35-0.
Rivalry games always are big. Caledonia High School football coach Ricky Kendrick doesn't mind acknowledging that his team's game at 7:30 tonight against New Hope High fits that description.
ABERDEEN -- For the second time this season, the Aberdeen High School football team will face a member of The Jackson-Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen squad.
The lights will be turned on at West Point High School's Hamblin Stadium for the first time this season Friday night.
After hitting the proverbial reset button on the football season, Starkville Academy looks forward to building something positive from here.
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