Ray Weeks knows close isn't going to cut it. But in week three against an opponent in a higher classification, the Hamilton High School football coach can live with a hard-fought 34-20 loss to Class 3A Kossuth.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple isn't going to have many lives left if the Central Academy football team continues its high-wire act. Three weeks into the 2011 season and the Vikings have showed impeccable timing and an ability to wiggle their way out of dire situations to earn victories.
The murderer's row scheduling for the Starkville and West Point high school football teams won't let up anytime soon. If possible, the Starkville-West Point rivalry will ratchet up the strength of schedule for both squads when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in West Point.
The Hebron Christian football team enjoyed its first victory in eight-man football competition last week. Now, the Eagles will go for two in a row.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball team found its offensive rhythm Wednesday afternoon. The Volunteers had eight hits and parlayed a seven-run third inning into an 11-0 non-region victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Academy Softball Complex.
There was no need for alarm if you saw the stadium lights on Sunday night at the West Oktibbeha County High School football stadium. Despite last week's open date, the Timberwolves were putting in some extra effort to get ready for Thursday night's non-region tussle against highly touted Eupora. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Maben.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team is going to have to go to plan B. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said Tuesday that junior quarterback Deangelo Ballard will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his leg Friday in a 45-29 victory against New Hope.
Damian Baker has scored numerous touchdowns in his career. However, none of the scores was bigger than his final one Friday night. Baker's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Columbus High School football team past West Point 35-27 in a game at Columbus' Falcon Field.
WEIR -- A two-point pass play from Codie McKee to Brett Flora with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining lifted the East Webster High School football team to a 15-14 win against Weir on Friday night.
Damian Baker's 10-yard touchdown run lifted the Columbus High School football team to a 35-27 overtime victory against West Point in a non-region prep thriller Friday night at Falcon Field.
Poet John Donne must have been able to see into the future when he wrote, "No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; ... And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee ...." On Friday, the "Bell" tolled for the Heritage Academy football team.
Terrence Barron and the Noxubee County High School football team listened all week as coach Tyrone Shorter preached about finishing.
STARKVILLE -- For the second week in a row, the Starkville High School football team found a way to make the plays when it needed it the most. After narrowly defeating Madison Central a week ago, Starkville once again rose to the occasion to down Tupelo 10-7 on Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Dominating defensive performances seem to be a recurring theme for the Starkville Academy football team. After snapping a 20-game winless streak and going on to win three games last season, the Volunteers have reached that mark in only the third week of the season. Starkville Academy attained the mark thanks to a 22-0 victory against Magnolia Heights on Friday night.
For the second straight week, the step up in competition proved too much for the West Lowndes High School football team. West Lowndes managed only 86 yards of offense and four first downs Friday night in a 50-14 loss to Class 4A Shannon
CRAWFORD -- Penalties were the only things that could slow the visiting Class 4A North Pontotoc High School football team on Friday night at Class 1A East Oktibbeha County High School.
AMORY -- In a game defined by missed opportunities by both teams, the Aberdeen High School football team came up with a fourth-quarter comeback and a late defensive stand to escape with a 14-7 victory at Amory in the annual 'A' game matchup.
Bryer Bolton was 6 of 10 for 141 yards Friday night to lead the Victory Christian football team to a 37-12 victory against New Life Christian Academy.
Chris Hamm would have loved last week to have built some momentum.
CALEDONIA -- It just makes sense. Ricky Kendrick and Brad Butler don't see any reason why their teams should travel several hours or drive hundreds of miles when there is a capable opponent right in their backyard.
1. Noxubee County isn't looking past Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Leadership will be key for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Playoff fates will be on line in Week 10 LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Bulldogs want to build on defensive effort vs. Cougars COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Seniors Richardson, Chapel poised to play key roles COLLEGE SPORTS