Friday night's weather was perfect for a playoff game. Unfortunately, the evening marked the 2011 finale for the Victory Christian football team. In its fourth playoff appearance in as many years, Victory Christian lost to North River Christian 28-16 Friday night in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.
OXFORD -- Senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins knew his time was coming to make big plays for the Green Wave. A year of learning on the run and adapting from a full-time defensive player to an offensive threat showed up at the most advantageous time Friday night for the West Point High School football team.
HAMILTON -- Dakota Brasher passed for 51 yards and threw one touchdown, and K.J. Woods rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night to help the Ackerman High School football team beat Hamilton 41-35 in double overtime in a Class 2A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- The Immanuel Christian football team walked onto Raider Field with the thunder and sparkle of fireworks. It seemed the celebration of an Oak Hill Academy win for Senior Night had already begun.
OLIVE BRANCH -- It's down to a one-game season for the Columbus High School football team. Columbus fell into fourth place in Class 6A, Region 1 after a 43-14 loss to Olive Branch at Pool Field.
Pillow Academy wanted to spoil Senior Night for the Heritage Academy football team. It appeared the Mustangs had enough horsepower in the first quarter Friday night at C.L. Mitchell Field. After galloping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening stanza, Heritage Academy grabbed the reins and corralled the visitors for the remainder of the game en route to a 32-14 victory to close the 2011 season.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell asked his players Friday night if they knew the last time the program was 8-2.
When the North State Class 1A high school football playoffs start in two weeks, West Oktibbeha County High will be on the guest list. However, don't tell the Timberwolves. "We clinched a playoff berth last week," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "However, we haven't talked to our boys yet about that. We have two really big regular-season games left and a lot to play for."
Damian Baker doesn't know any other way. Regardless of whether the Columbus High School football team is playing New Hope, Horn Lake, or South Panola, Baker is going to come at you at full speed and dare you to stop him.
Together the Eagles Achieve More. That variation on a popular sports adage reflects how the Victory Christian football team has been able to overcome the adversity it has faced this season.
STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.
Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.
CUMBERLAND - The Hamilton Lions secured home field advantage in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs in impressive fashion Friday night routing East Webster 52-7 on the road. The Lions improved to 9-1 on the year and remain unblemished in district play at 4-0.
YAZOO CITY -- The difference in past classification was evident Friday night. Starkville High School, a former Class 6A power that moved down one classification, dominated Yazoo City, a school that recently moved up to 5A football, in a 35-0 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team closed its regular-season home schedule in cool fall fashion with a championship Friday night. Ryan Mann rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Starkville Academy pile up 280 rushing yards in an 18-7 victory against East Rankin Academy that helped it secure the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA District 2, Division II championship.
Quarterback Anthony Sharp knew Victory Christian had time before it began its final drive. Turns out, Sharp was right -- just barely.
MABEN -- For all the attention Von Smith and the high-scoring West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense gets each week, coach Adam Lowrey knew there'd come a time when the defense would have to carry the team. On Friday, the Timberwolves defense recorded three turnovers and four sacks and held the East Oktibbeha Titans to under 100 yards of offense in a 40-14 win, their fourth straight against their county rival.
CALEDONIA -- A five-game losing streak came to an end Friday night when the Caledonia High School football team downed Kosciusko 28-10 on Senior Night.
MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter felt it coming all night. Spurred on by an attacking defense that brought pressure for the final 24 minutes, Shorter was confident his offense was going to explode.
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