STARKVILLE -- This is the point in the season where the Starkville High School football team will know little to nothing about its opponents. Since the Mississippi High School Athletic Association reclassified schools for the 2011-12 school year and dropped Starkville from Class 6A to 5A, coach Jamie Mitchell knew his program would learn about its new region as it went through the 2011 campaign.
A second season couldn't have come at a better time for the West Point High School football team. The two-time defending Class 5A state champions haven't had a typical start to the 2011 season. Checking in at 1-3, West Point will begin a string of seven straight Class 5A, Region 1 games at 7:30 tonight when it travels to Lake Cormorant.
An off week came at an opportune time for the West Lowndes High School football team. Now the Panthers are primed to take care of their next piece to business.
Chris Hamm knows the feeling. Hamm has had plenty of players who could change a game with one touch of the ball in his time as coach of the Victory Christian football team.
Brad Butler knows the Heritage Academy football team has left itself very little room for error. Last week, Butler didn't want to call his team's matchup against Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District I rival Lee Academy a must win, but he knew a victory would make things easier for the Patriots.
Michael Bradley hopes one drive will help bring his team into focus. Last week, the Trojans executed what Bradley called "probably the best drive of the season" with about four minutes remaining to seal a 28-0 victory against Caledonia.
Ricky Kendrick knew his team was in for a challenge. Even though the New Hope High School football team lost to Noxubee County and Columbus, Kendrick knew his improved Caledonia Confederates still faced a tall order if they were going to knock off their Lowndes County rival.
Tyrone Shorter doesn't want to talk about letdowns. As far as the Noxubee County High School football is concerned he is ready for his Tigers to hit their stride and to set a course for Jackson, the site of the Mississippi High School Activities Association state title games.
There is sweet and then there is sweet. Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple knows any win against archrival Kemper Academy is a good one. But coming off two big losses to Kemper Academy last season, including one in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Eight-Man title game, Sciple and the Vikings were looking for any piece of satisfaction they could get to keep their season rolling.
The Pickens County High School football team will put its unbeaten record on the line Friday night when it plays host to Aliceville at G.S. Spruill Stadium in Reform.
The road to the playoffs will go through Tupelo. That's the sentiment Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford has shared with his players ever since they started preparations for the 2011 season.
STARKVILLE -- The message from Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando is consistent: His players have work to do. Entering the fourth week of the season, tailbacks Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins lead the Bulldogs in receptions. "Let's get this straight, everybody needs to continue to work," Mirando said. "We got a lot of work to do, but that's everywhere. If we're satisfied with whatever we've done the first three weeks then we need to get our heads checked."
The East Oktibbeha County High School football team will try to wipe out several years of misery when it plays host to West Lowndes at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a critical Class 1A, Region 3 showdown.
CRAWFORD -- When East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks felt his team need a lift, he asked senior Kortland Petty to carry the load.
ETHEL -- The East Oktibbeha County High School football team rushed for 327 yards Friday night and blew past homestanding Ethel 46-14 in a Class 1A, Region 3 game. With the victory, the Titans improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in region play.
It wasn't pretty, but the New Hope High School football team will take its 28-0 win against Caledonia High School. In its annual Lowndes County rivalry match against Caledonia on Friday, New Hope had more than 10 penalties and struggled to move the ball consistently for the second straight game.
LOUISVILLE -- The Louisville High School football team extended its win streak to four games Friday night with a dominating defensive performance in a a 22-10 non-region victory against Columbus at Hinze Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improved to 4-1, while the Columbus fell to 3-1.
MACON -- The week before one of the biggest rival games on his team's schedule, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter decided to try somebody new at quarterback.
STEENS -- The Canton Academy football team used more than 250 yards rushing and a timely turnover Friday night to earn a 25-14 victory against Immanuel Christian.
ABERDEEN -- Long-time friends who played together at Delta State and then coached together following graduation, Aberdeen High School's Chris Duncan and West Bolivar's Henry Johnson would have been happy to settle for a 22-22 tie in regulation.
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