STARKVILLE -- As junior defensive end Juan Cedano began to grab the football and rumble 95 yards for a touchdown, every New Hope High School football fan was trying to figure who that was winning the game for their team. After the fumble recovery and touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the contest, the Trojans earned a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The template is set, and David Fair doesn't care if it means he has to be everywhere to execute it. On Saturday, Fair showed he and his teammates on the Starkville High School defense are up to the challenge.
STARKVILLE -- The difference in the huddles was noticeable. On one side, a coach told his players they are a "four-quarter team" and encouraged the silent bunch to keep its head up. Down the left sideline, a giddy group of Wildcats couldn't contain themselves as they celebrated.
STARKVILLE -- Josh Williams hasn't taken a lot of snaps with the Aberdeen High School varsity football team. But Williams doesn't need to spend a lot off time under center to know size when he sees -- and feels -- it.
It's finally here, and it just so happens it will be played on an even bigger stage. Six area teams will participate today in the second annual New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
It isn't Tabitha Beard's style to sugar coat things, so she isn't going to start this season. Beard grew up in a New Hope High School softball program that prided itself on winning championships. As coach, she has continued that tradition, leading the Lady Trojans' slow-pitch team to its fourth state title in a row (second in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A), and 13th overall, last season.
RIDGELAND -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team went 3-1 and tied for third in the two-day Set It Off Challenge that wrapped up Saturday.
Bryan Loague has faced Hamilton High School enough times in softball to know about the program's tradition. That's why Loague didn't waste any time once he learned slow-pitch assistant coach and fast-pitch coach Jason Cobb was stepping down to take another job outside of the school.
If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.
MACON -- Scott Parenteau's job is to keep the momentum rolling. Word already is out that the Noxubee County High School football team will play host to Louisville High as part of season three of Cellular South's "Y'all vs. Us" prep football series.
There's bad and then there's really bad. From Madison Clark's perspective, the Heritage Academy girls soccer team had left bad behind in its first games at the Lee University Soccer Camp and was trying to avoid having multiple uses of really associated with its play. Then something changed.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins was concerned. On paper, Collins knew the Caledonia High School volleyball team lost key pieces from the 2010 team that advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Division I State Tournament.
PHEBA -- Making adjustments sounds simple. But it's easy to lose sight of the little things when the adrenaline is flowing and the pitcher is rushing the ball to the plate. Three times Katlyn Petty tried to get a hit against Chloe Tapley. Three times she struck out. Her fourh at-bat was different in a big way.
STEENS -- Football is football. It sounds simple, but that's how Greg Watkins has approached his transition from Hebron Christian to Immanuel Christian.
STEENS -- The bar has been raised. A loss in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division II tournament gave the Immanuel Christian girls soccer team a taste of the postseason in 2010.
Opposing quarterbacks beware. Blake Sharp is a changed man, and he is about to drop some knowledge on you.
WEST POINT -- Mamie Allen didn't look different. But when you factored in temperatures near 100 degrees with a weekend off following a season-opening victory, something appeared not right with the junior right-hander.
The summer is Chloe Tapley's time. Ever since she can remember, the time after one school year and the period before the beginning of another season has been one to relax, to recharge, and to improve.
Michael Bradley wants to make sure you highlight Aug. 13 on your calendar. The New Hope High School football coach and five other local coaches will come together at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium on that Saturday to provide one final appetizer before the start of the Mississippi High School Activities Association regular season.
If a 10-team jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium is an ideal way to kick off the 2011 prep football season, there's no better way to open the regular season than with two state champions. At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, South Panola High School will travel to Clay County to take on West Point High.
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