It was full of highs and lows. It was long and it was ugly. It was only the third quarter. Madison-Ridgeland Academy scored 17 unanswered points in those 12 minutes and capitalized on four turnovers to beat Heritage Academy 33-10 in a battle of the Patriots on Friday night in Columbus.
ABERDEEN -- The Noxubee County High School football team entered its matchup against Aberdeen averaging 354.6 yards a game. Even though the Bulldogs held the Tigers to 245 yards and nine first downs, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's quip, "Statistics are for losers" was the case here Friday night.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the Pickens County High School football team's game against South Lamar began Friday night, Tornadoes coach Patrick Plott had his headset dialed in to the coaching box upstairs and his offensive game plan laminated and dangling from around his neck by a lanyard. By the time the second half started, the headset was gone and the playsheet was only as an accessory.
STEENS -- After waiting three weeks for its first victory of the prep football season, Immanuel Christian School was willing to wait three and a half hours Friday night.
MABEN - The Caledonia High School football team didn't win a championship Friday night. The Confederates didn't even win a district game that would enhance their playoff positioning.
Greg Sykes kicked a 24-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the game Friday night to lift the Columbus High School football team to a 9-6 victory against New Hope at Trojan Field.
Michael Bradley hopes his team has a short memory. Coming off one of the worst losses in his seven years as a head coach at New Hope High School, Bradley and the Trojans will return to action at 7:30 tonight to play host to Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- There's no quarterback controversy at Starkville High School. In the minds of Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell and his assistant coaches, a starting quarterback doesn't lose his job because of injury.
Execution. One word describes such a complicated process that is an essential ingredient to success on Friday nights.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's victory against Amory on Friday in the 24th A-Team game was still the main topic of conversation in and around town this week, even as Aberdeen prepares to face Class 4A power Noxubee County High at 7:30 tonight.
Starkville Academy soccer coach Robert Garnder likes the progression of his Lady Volunteers.
The rivalry is back.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Shaefer picked up an extremely popular verbal commitment over the weekend as the new women's basketball head coach tries to establish his recruiting reputation at Mississippi State University.
MACON -- DeAngelo Ballard listened and watched.
The Caledonia High School volleyball team couldn't help but get caught up in another night of firsts for its cross-county rival New Hope High.
After a pair of early season warmups, the West Oktibbeha County High School football team will get its biggest challenge of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it travels to Eupora to face the Eupora High Eagles.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School senior running back Darrell Robinson set the tone for his team on Friday night's opening kickoff.
CALEDONIA -- Ben Marchbanks doesn't mind that his offensive line isn't the biggest in the area. Onterrio Lowery knows there are other teams in the state of Mississippi that have deeper and more talented backfields. Cole Bruce understands some teams can boast they have a stronger and faster group of skill position players.
MACON -- Thoroughbred horses are advised not to run on wet tracks. Noxubee County High School running back Darrell Robinson has no such concerns.
Still reeling from a last-second loss to South Panola High School in their season opener two weeks ago, the West Point High football team came out sluggish Friday night against Columbus.
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