RIDGELAND -- Friday night was a game Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is convinced his players would've found a way to lose last season. The 2011 Yellow Jackets are a different breed.
WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy football team still hasn't played the perfect game. The Patriots came mighty close Friday night at Raider Field. Heritage Academy rushed for 403 yards and scored on seven of its first eight possessions to ruin Homecoming for Oak Hill Academy in a 49-0 non-district victory.
NOXAPATER -- An inability to slow down homestanding Noxapater's high-powered offense in the first half put the East Oktibbeha County High School football team in a hole it couldn't climb out of Friday night in a 41-18 loss in a battle of the undefeated in Class 1A, Region 3.
STEENS -- The Potts Camp High School football team made Immanuel Christian's Homecoming game one to forget Friday night with a 35-0 victory. Potts Camp (5-3), a Class 2A Mississippi High School Activities Association member, stymied Immanuel Christian (1-6), holding the Rams to 109 yards.
How do you measure 250 percent? Coaches in every sport can often be heard encouraging their players to give 100 percent -- even 110 -- to produce the desired result.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith wasn't sure she could do it. Elisha Collins wasn't convinced someone could step into the role.
Kaitlin Bradley has shown this season she is a lot more than "muscles." The New Hope High School sophomore earned that nickname earlier this season after she slugged two home runs in a game against Saltillo.
STARKVILLE -- Wheeler Richardson was worried. Entering her senior season, she realized a lot of the faces she saw on the Starkville High School volleyball team weren't experienced. She recognized classmates Grace Drumheller and Margaret Allison and knew what they could do, but as for the others, well ... let's just say Richardson wasn't sold.
NETTLETON -- The Aberdeen High School football team won its second game in a row Friday night, beating Nettleton 42-7 in a Class 3A, Region 2 game. Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan was pleased with the way his squad played and thinks this win might get them on a roll.
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.