WEST POINT -- The adjustment took only two weeks. To be honest, Bo Sanford imagined it was going to take longer. After all, Sanford was transferring schools and had to get used to a new set of rules and a different way of doing things in the classroom. He also had to adjust to a new coach, a new group of teammates, and a new set of expectations on the football field.
The two-quarterback system might be controversial on some college campuses, but it works just fine at Hamilton High School. Starting quarterback Zarratt Sims and passing-down quarterback Austin Welch accounted for 274 of Hamilton's 344 yards of offense Friday night to help the Class 2A Lions defeat the Class 4A Caledonia Confederates 14-0.
liceville High School remembered being shut out 13-0 last season at county rival Pickens County. The Yellow Jackets avenged the loss in a big way Friday night, chewing up 356 rushing yards en route to a 38-14 win at Memorial Field.
Leading by 18 points in the third quarter, no one at J.E. Logan Field could have envisioned the ending of the Starkville Academy football team's 31-29 Homecoming win against Winston Academy.
The Heritage Academy family has faced plenty of adversity the past two weeks on and off the field. Presbyterian Christian added to the football team's troubles Friday night, blanking Heritage Academy 42-0.
In a contest marred by 24 penalties and eight turnovers, the Noxubee County High School football team's defense accounted for two touchdowns, one safety, and set up another score Friday night in a 28-7 victory against Memphis Sheffield.
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.
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