OXFORD ó A balanced offensive attack led by junior quarterback Zak Thrasher and a defensive unit that delivered big stops when necessary Friday night propelled the New Hope High School football team to a 21-11 victory against Oxford in its Class 5A, Region 1 opener at the University of Mississippiís Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Presbyterian Christian quarterback David Roberts likes to throw the football. But Roberts knew Friday night that the field conditions at Heritage Academyís C.L. Mitchell Field in Columbus would make that difficult. Roberts completed only 4 of 10 attempts, but he made up for it with his legs, rushing 13 times for 69 yards to help the Bobcats earn a 20-7 victory on the Patriotsí homecoming.
The Columbus High School football team came out to win Friday night. But after several fourth-quarter drives fizzled against Tupelo, frustrations started to build on the field. These frustrations boiled over to the locker room after a 10-6 loss, as several players went back in tears vowing to make a change to better represent the city of Columbus.
HAMILTON ó Latedrick Troupe knew he had to make something happen. Problem was, he didnít have the football and he was running away from his end zone. To make matters worse, the Hamilton High School running back was tracking back on a wet field and being chased by a handful of Caledonia High players eager to make a game-changing play.
STARKVILLE ó The Starkville High School football team used a stingy effort from its defense Friday night to beat DeSoto Central 9-3 for its first victory of the season. Starkville (1-4, 1-0 Class 6A, Region 1, District 2) allowed less than 100 yards total and 1 yard rushing to win the district opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Field.
WEST POINT ó The West Point High School football team received a bit of a scare from Gentry on Friday night in West Point before putting the brakes on surging Rams 39-20.
ABERDEEN ó The Houston High School football team made a game of it for the first five minutes here Friday in a non-division matchup. But the rest of the night proved to be a long one for the Hilltoppers, as Aberdeen scored 73 unanswered points and rolled to a 73-7 victory at Lester Miley Stadium.
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.
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