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.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team picked up where it left off Friday night against another Class 5A, Region 2 school from Jackson. In front of a large Homecoming crowd, Starkville rolled to a 38-7 victory against the Provine High Rams.
STARKVILLE -- Homecoming welcomed the Starkville Academy football team nicely with a 34-26 win against the Copiah Academy Colonels.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team was very good Friday night when it maintained possession of the football. West Point pounded out 463 yards of offense and overcame a bizarre string of four turnovers to defeat Hernando 33-22 in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at McCallister Field.
ABERDEEN -- In what had to be a nightmare scenario, Mantachie's Mustangs -- the smallest Class 3A team in the state -- had the unenviable task of making its 3A debut against the homestanding Aberdeen Bulldogs.
SOUTHAVEN -- Chris Wright ran for more than 100 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns Friday night to help the Southaven High School football team pull away for a 35-7 victory against Columbus in a Class 6A, Region 1 game.
The strategy was simple. Still, it earned Rudy Pope a lot of flak. But when you're going up against someone as unstoppable as Philadelphia High School standout running back Marcus Dupree, it doesn't hurt to try any method to try to gain an advantage.
Why not two? That's the mind-set Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford hopes his players will take at 7:30 tonight when they take on Southaven in a Class 6A, Region 1 game.
Anna McCrary never imagined being the center of attention. After all, she has spent nearly all of her softball career as an outfielder and has grown quite comfortable impacting the game from right field. But 2011 has been a transition year for McCrary.
The time is now. The confidence and momentum the Heritage Academy football team gained from a season-opening come-from-behind victory against Lamar and an overtime win against Lowndes County neighbor Caledonia have vanished. If the Patriots aren't careful, their playoff hopes might disappear, too.
CALEDONIA -- Losing back-to-back games by shutout would normally be cause for concern But Ricky Kendrick doesn't get easily alarmed.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell already knew he wasn't going to get much to evaluate watching the tape of his team's victory against Lanier last week. The one thing he noticed in the second half was the play of a sophomore his team will need later in the year to bolster its depth if it wants to be a contender in Class 5A, Region 2.
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