The remaining schedule became even more important for the Pickens Academy football team Friday night after it lost to Edgewood 21-6 in a Class 2A, Region 1 game.
The West Point High School football team opened regional play Friday night with a 34-8 victory against Indianola Gentry in a Class 5A, Region 1 matchup.
The Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team's magical run continued Saturday. But coach Cass Tapley and the Lady Eagles had to work through an "Oh no" moment to record one of the biggest victories in the program's history.
Terrance Dentry doesn't need much. Thanks to a breakout performance by the senior running back and a hungry effort by its defense, the New Hope High School football team regained some momentum at a critical time of the season. Dentry rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, and New Hope used a blitzing and opportunistic defense to beat Oxford 38-27 in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams. Dentry scored on runs of 38 and 53 yards before capping the scoring with a 1-yard run in the final minute to help New Hope improve to 3-2.
The Columbus High School football team left the football field littered with missed opportunities Friday night in a 21-14 loss to Tupelo in the Class 6A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
The stretch run to the playoffs begins in earnest tonight. For Class 6A Columbus High School and for Class 5A New Hope and West Point, that journey will take them through two of the state's toughest regions.
Jessica Dickens has believed in her team from the start of the season. The first-year Starkville Academy head fast-pitch softball coach said in the preseason and in the beginning and the middle of the regular season that the Lady Volunteers had the potential to be one of the state's best teams if they stayed focused on offense, defense, and in the circle.
East Oktibbeha High School's football team didn't envision being 0-5 at this point in the season.
For Starkville High's football team, particularly its offense, it was necessary a receiver step up to the challenge of leading a young and depleted receiver group. Against West Point, the Yellow Jackets (2-2) found the answer in senior Shaquille Hill, who scored the game-winner on a diving, 23-yard score. He had four catches for 66 yards in Starkville's 21-20 win.
Certain responsibilities at the varsity level rarely fall on the shoulders of an eighth-grader, but Starkville Academy's Anna McKell has handled her role well in her first season as a full-time starter.
Brad Butler has prepared the Heritage Academy football team. Now it is up to the Patriots to take on the adversity they have faced in the first half of the 2010 season head on.
West Alabama high school football teams will take a breather from regional play Friday night, but their opponents won't be strangers.
Good habits are passed down in successful programs. Whether it is on offense or on defense, players pick up tendencies and techniques from upperclassmen and learn to set a championship tempo.
Kasey Stanfield knows good things don't usually happen when hitters reach for pitches. But sometimes power can help a batter make up for swinging at a pitcher's pitch.
LOUISVILLE -- Big plays nearly proved to be too much for the Louisville High School football team to overcome. But the Wildcats used a key turnover in the fourth quarter and a strong running game to regain their focus and beat Columbus 36-28 Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- The New Hope High School football team rode a balanced offensive attack Friday night to a 40-0 win against Caledonia. New Hope quarterback Zak Thrasher completed 10 of 12 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, and the Trojans rushed for 237 yards to bounce back from their home loss to Columbus.
Myres Virden rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Madison-Ridgeland Academy football team to a 34-6 victory against Heritage Academy on what turned out to be a somber evening. News that 17-year-old Heritage Academy student Spencer Perkins, who shot himself earlier in the week in a hunting accident in Noxubee County, died Friday night in Jackson, spread throughout the field and left many in the Patriots' family shaken.
WEST POINT -- If the flags were legitimate, the Noxubee County football team had some of the best players on the West Point High team Friday night. In a 28-13 loss to the defending Class 5A state champions, Noxubee County was penalized 18 times for 111 yards. First-year head coach Tyrone Shorter stopped short of blaming the referees afterward and conceded his team needs to mature.
PHEBA -- You don't often see quarterbacks receiving punts or kicks. But Oak Hill Academy football coach Leroy Gregg doesn't have the same luxuries as most coaches in the state of Mississippi. But Gregg also doesn't have a player who is as versatile as Jeb Stevens.
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