CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman doesn't mince words when he looks back at 2011. "Last season was a disappointing year for us. We finished 3-7," Gartman said. "We had a very difficult schedule. That was part of it, and we also had a team."
The Oak Hill Academy football team snapped a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season Friday night in a season-opening 13-6 win at Newton County Academy. Now, the Raiders want to start a winning streak.
ABERDEEN -- Two Columbus High School punt returns and a lackluster effort on the offensive front that led to seven turnovers and a blocked punt played key roles in the Aberdeen High School football team's season-opening 21-0 loss last week.
After the opening week of the prep football season, one thing is clear.
STARKVILLE -- While steadily improving, Heritage Academy had been looking for that break-out game in fast-pitch softball.
New Hope High School won its slow-pitch softball game Tuesday night on a walk-off walk. Four straight hits and a walk led to two runs and a 6-5 victory for the Lady Trojans against Grenada.
One moment you're standing with your hands on your hips watching ... wondering if the ball is ever going to come your way.
MACON -- For the third time in the past two years, the Noxubee County High School football team will represent the state of Mississippi in a showcase event.
MACON -- Don't let the glare fool you. Whether it's from the left, the right, or the middle, Dylan Bradley will be watching. He may take a conventional three-point stance. He may stand up on the end and try to fool you into thinking he is going to take a play off.
Ricky Kendrick always has been honest with his Caledonia High School football players. Three years ago, Kendrick told the Confederates it would take time to build a program when he took over a program that went winless in 2009.
In a 33-6 season-opening victory, the West Lowndes High School football team dominated the Montgomery County Hornets by playing what coach Anthony King described as "an almost perfect game" defensively.
BATESVILLE -- West Point High School senior defensive back Johnathan Patterson likes to make plays. Patterson makes big plays and makes small plays. His attention to detail is one of the reasons why West Point's defense should place it in position to contend for this season's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
STARKVILLE -- The opening of game of the 2012 season showcased a new era of Noxubee County High School football.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team knew the deck would be stacked against it Friday night.
Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe is an intense person. If the Patriots weren't already under that impression, they will be Monday in the film room and on the practice field.
Rock-solid defenses offset inconsistent offenses Friday night, but the Columbus High School football team's special teams made the difference in a 21-0 victory against Aberdeen in the season opener for both teams.
Juan Cedano has ups. Typically that's not something you say about someone who played on the offensive line as a junior.
MABEN -- For all the experience the West Oktibbeha High School football team had returning this season, one wouldn't think coach Adam Lowrey would worry about his skill positions.
DECATUR -- The Oak Hill Academy football team said it believed in Daniel Merchant in the summer. The Raiders said they believed in Merchant in the preseason. On Friday, Oak Hill Academy made believers out of Newton County Academy.
Columbus High opened the 2012 prep football season with an impressive 21-0 shutout of Aberdeen High School Friday night at Falcon Field.
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