REFORM, Ala. ó Pickens County High School football coach Scott Marchant knew it would be important for his team to score early on a sloppy surface at G.S. Spruill Field. The Tornadoes did just that, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions Friday night to beat county rival Aliceville 13-0.
WEST POINT ó Memrie Corley didnít waver. Clinging to a one-run lead, the Carroll Academy sophomore pitcher had just allowed a double to Maegen Ellis in the top of the sixth inning. She then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ellis to move to third base with only one out. The jam was right where Corley wanted to be.
The Central Academy fast-pitch softball team has accomplished one of its goals. Now itís time for the Lady Vikings to take the next step. Fresh off an undefeated district run, Central Academy will travel Saturday to Cleveland to play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North Half A tournament at Bayou Academy. Hebron Christian, which earned the No. 2 seed out of District 3A, will join Central Academy (17-4) at the tournament, which kicks off with games at 10:30 a.m.
CALEDONIA ó David Boykin is a positive person who loves football. One of the things he enjoys most about coaching is the camaraderie members of a staff develop breaking down film, working at practice, or developing new schemes and strategies. While there are formations and plays sketched out on the dry erase board to his left, Boykin often finds himself alone in the coaches office in the Caledonia High School field house.
STARKVILLE ó†It still could be a couple of weeks or more before wide receiver Chuck Tillery returns from a broken leg to help Starkville High School football tamís offense. Until then, the Yellow Jackets will enter the Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 schedule without him. Starkville High coach Bill Lee said players like Dennis Thompson, Justin Rogers, Perez Young, and Martavius Foster will have to emerge for tonightís home game against Desoto Central (7). Despite an 0-4 start, Lee still sees hope as division play begins.†
The time to be disappointed at Noxubee County High School has ended. A week ago, West Point defeated Noxubee County 20-12 to end the Tigersí 18-game winning streak. The rain-soaked loss featured an inconsistent performance by the offense that left coach M.C. Miller open to changes for his teamís game against Memphis (Tenn.) Sheffield.
Sometimes the results donít show on the scoreboard. Brad Butler and the Heritage Academy football team felt that way last week after a 28-10 loss to Madison Ridgeland Academy. Heritage Academy held MRA to negative yards in the first quarter and had several scoring chances on short fields, but it couldnít convert. The loss left Butler and his players wondering what could have been.
Itís time for the Columbus High School football team to prove their coach right. Bubba Davis has said repeatedly through the first five weeks of the season that the Falcons are improving and that it is a matter of time before they put things together. No time could be better than at 7:30 tonight when Columbus kicks off its Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 schedule against Tupelo. Columbus (1-3) has lost three in a row since a season-opening home victory against Aberdeen.
Michael Bradley canít wait for Friday night. Through the offseason and the preseason, Bradley developed more and more confidence that the New Hope High School football team could have a special season in 2009.
STARKVILLE ó The softball field at Starkville Academy has been a second home for Lyndsey Haynes. Ever since she arrived at the school as a seventh-grader, Haynes has been a fixture in the circle.
Bragging rights always are at a premium when Pickens County and Aliceville high schools football teams meet. The rivalry will feature an added dimension at 7 p.m. Friday in Reform, Ala., when Pickens County and Aliceville enter the game with 4-0 records.
Terrance Dentry is trying to find himself. The New Hope High School junior running back isnít experiencing an identity crisis. Instead, he is attempting to return to the form that helped him rush for more than 1,000 yards and nearly score 20 touchdowns.
Roy Hazzle is synonymous with Aberdeen High School. He graduated from the school in 1971 and returned there six years later to work as a teacher. Hazzle has impacted the lives of thousands of teenagers in his more than 30 years at Aberdeen High.
PHEBA ó Cass Tapley was at a loss for words a month ago. The Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team had just lost to Heritage Academy 8-1 in a lackluster effort that left Tapley wondering if his players would realize their potential.
On most Friday night football games between county rivals New Hope and Caledonia high schools, the stadium exudes excitement and features packed bleachers, the aroma of charcoal grills permeating the air, bands playing fight songs, and cheerleaders keeping the spirit and enthusiasm alive. The 2009 version of this contest was anything but normal.
Louisville High School quarterback Chris Wraggs said his teamís game Friday night against Columbus was exciting because it was sloppy. Wraggs meant the playing field, as rain delayed the start of the game an hour due to the rain, and continued through the first half. The field wasnít the only aspect of the game that was sloppy.
MADISON ó Itís called ďThe Blind Side.Ē The book has been made into a soon-to-be-released movie about former University of Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher. The left tackle position is one of the highest paid in the NFL because he protects the quarterbackís blind side. On Friday night late in the third quarter, Heritage Academy senior quarterback Will Swedenburg had the Patriots on the move trailing Madison-Ridgeland Academy 21-3.
MACON ó Michael Carr couldnít look up. With teammate Curtis Virges pensively looking on by his side, standing guard to prevent anyone from entering their space, Carr stared at the turf at Shannon High School. Around him, members of the West Point High School football team tried to digest a 27-20 loss in their season opener Aug. 21.
It is a football game that no West Lowndes player will soon forget. The Panthers wonít forget their 20-0 victory against Wheeler on Friday night not because there were so many storylines. Rain forced the schoolís homecoming festivities to be moved into the gym. Then, a two-hour rain delay forced West Lowndes and Wheeler to wait it out and to wonder if they would play.
OKOLONA ó Despite a 24-0 lead, Aberdeen High School football team offensive coordinator Kris Pickle had a spirited meeting with his offense late in the third quarter Friday night. Unhappy with his offensive line in particular after three unproductive offensive possessions in the quarter, Pickle didnít mince words with his charges.
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