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.
WEST POINT ó The Oak Hill Academy football team finally found someone it could push around, and it just happened to be the other private school in Clay County. After rain forced Oak Hill Academy to hold its homecoming ceremonies in its gym, the Raiders defeated Hebron Christian 14-0 Friday night in sopping conditions.
The defending Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state champions have survived every test this season against teamss that are in higher classifications. The Noxubee County High School football team will get another chance to extend that streak at 7:30 tonight against Class 5A West Point High School. The Tigers (4-0) have swept Class 6A schools Starkville, Columbus, Jackson Murrah, and Greenville-Weston.
Coming off big wins last week, the Immanuel Christian and Victory Christian football teams will try to keep their momentum going tonight. Immanuel (1-3) will play host to Winona Christian, while Victory Christian (4-0) will play host to Victory Baptist. Both games will start at 7 p.m. Immanuel coach Shawn Gates, who earned his first career victory as a head coach last week, said everybody on the team, including the coaches, has been doing their part to try to help the team continue its winning ways.
Bobby Berry and Brad Butler had nights they would like to forget last Friday. The Philadelphia High School football team broke out to a 48-0 halftime lead en route to a 48-16 victory against West Lowndes, while the Lamar School used its passing attack to torch Heritage Academy 49-12. Both coaches will try to get their programs back on track tonight. The West Lowndes Panthers (3-1) will play host to Wheeler at 7:30, while the Heritage Academy Patriots travels to Madison Ridgeland Academy (7).
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