Zak Thrasher threw three touchdown passes Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 46-22 victory against Jackson Callaway in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs.
Some players are blessed with the speed of a gazelle or the size of a behemoth. Others get by on guile or will power. If you know football, you know what category 5-foot-7, 210-pound defensive lineman Dalton Hodges belongs in.
MABEN -- Shamia Robinson made history Thursday. The 5-foot-8 senior basketball player became the first female to earn a scholarship to a Division I school when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Mississippi State. Robinson averaged 18.8 points, 9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 blocked shots, and 1.9 steals per game last season. She also had scholarship offers from Georgia, the University of Mississippi, Southern Miss, and others.
JACKSON -- Curiosity turned to wonder and then slipped into belief. There was no way one team that suffered a 54-point loss two weeks earlier could turn around and beat that same team on the state's biggest stage in the rematch. Right?
MABEN -- After the East Webster High School football team beat rival Eupora on Oct. 1, Xavier Moye had an MRI for a nagging leg injury he suffered in the season opener. He had no idea he had been playing on a broken left leg.
Pickens County High School football coach Scott Marchant knows what his Tornadoes will have to do tonight. After studying films and making every practice count before their Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A second-round playoff game, Marchant and the Tornadoes will board buses and ride about three hours before taking on unbeaten Maplesville (11-0), which shut out eight teams during the regular season.
The fire was dying. After years of playing competitively, Caleb Westmoreland found the game of golf didn't excite him the same way. For some reason, all of the practice and attention to detail wasn't resulting in the kind of progress he felt he should have been making.
HAMILTON -- The tie said it all. Anyone who knows Chase Reeves understands his love for the University of Mississippi. Ever since he was 7 years old and attended his first baseball game in Oxford, Reeves has dreamed of donning the Rebels' pinstripes and playing in the outfield or pitching in front of a packed stadium.
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.
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