Ronnie Sciple is curious. Two weeks ago, he thought his Central Academy football team was ready for the challenge to face Kemper Academy.
A few noticeable faces were missing from Starkville High School's state title game rematch against Meridian on Tuesday night.
Antonio Wilson didn't want to move. As the ruckus grew louder around him, Wilson shook his head twice and refused to move from his spot at the free-throw line.
The numbers don't lie. Whether it has been through the air or on the ground, the Noxubee County High School football team has had one of the best offenses in the state the past four years.
CALEDONIA -- The temptation is always there for Jessica Comer. Like all elite cross country runners, she can hear footsteps. But she resists the urge.
STARKVILLE -- Symmetry is a perfect word to describe Friday night's season-ending showdown between the Columbus and Starkville high school football teams. The Golden Triangle rivals mirrored one another in myriad ways in an offensive shootout that seemed scripted at times. But the Falcons' defense directed the final scene, stopping the Yellow Jackets 1 yard short of tying the game on the last play from scrimmage to preserve a 34-32 victory.
CLINTON -- Caledonia High School's Jessica Comer covered the Choctaw Trails 4-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds Saturday to win the Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A state cross country title.
The New Hope High School football team took care of its business Friday night with a 31-14 victory against Indianola Gentry in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field. The win by New Hope coupled with West Point High's 21-14 victory at Hernando helped the Trojans secure the No. 2 seed in the region.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Nothing is given to you. Landon Ellis summed it up best as he stood with the runner-up trophy in his hands and talked about what had just transpired. After three years of eye-popping scoring totals and margins of victory, the Victory Christian football team finally faced an opponent it couldn't overcome.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team's aggressive defensive play and punishing running game fueled a 37-0 win against Lexington's J.J. McClain on Friday in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A first-round playoff game.
ABERDEEN -- Entering the playoffs with a 5-6 record and a fourth-place division finish is always a challenge. But having to play the state's fourth-ranked Class 3A team at its place in the first round more times than not will result in a season-ending loss.
FRENCH CAMP -- When his team got the ball trailing by four points with a little more than four minutes left in its game against French Camp on Friday night, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey had no doubt his team would score. But French Camp linebacker Josh Williams had other ideas, as he intercepted a Von Smith pass near midfield to halt West Oktibbeha's comeback attempt and hand the Panthers a 30-26 win.
MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team took its first step toward a state championship Friday night in a 35-20 win against Bruce. The Wolverines (12-0) continued their dominance on the ground, rushing for 327 yards on 41 carries in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoff opener.
LOUISVILLE -- Wyatt Roberts completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards to lead the Louisville High School football team past Amanda Elzy 32-8 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.
The Sulligent and Pickens County high school football teams advanced to the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs Friday night. Sulligent defeated West End of Walnut Grove, Ala., 34-18 in the Class 2A playoffs, while Pickens County ended Loachapoka's season in Class 1A with a 26-7 victory.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Josh McCoy caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Maison McCullough with 3 minutes, 1 second remaining in the fourth quarter Friday night to lift the Tuscaloosa Christian football team to a 24-20 victory against Victory Christian in the Christian Football Association championship.
The Victory Christian football team still has a shred of uncertainty as it enters its game at 7 tonight against Tuscaloosa Christian for the Christian Football Association championship.
How does Starkville High's boys basketball team go about duplicating last season's state title run? It doesn't.
Billy Thomas knew more than two years ago the Immanuel Christian football program was in good hands. The longtime football and basketball coach wanted to ensure the football program's continued growth as an 11-man team, so he opted to step aside so the school could bring in Shawn Gates as new football coach and Daniel Merchant as an assistant coach.
Defensive players rarely get the shine cast on those who score touchdowns. And that's fine by East Webster High School football players.
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