With the preliminaries now out of the way, the Alabama High School Athletic Association football playoffs heat up Friday night with second-round play.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows there are plenty of similarities between Anna Lea Little and Maggie Proffitt.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter knew his team needed a win before the Thanksgiving break.
STARKVILLE -- It's not a coincidence that Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles plays his best football in the postseason. In the two Class 5A playoff openers at Yellowjackets Stadium Myles has started in the past two seasons, he is 20-for-26 for 382 yards and seven touchdowns. In both games, Myles has resurrected whatever good feeling his offense needs. This year, he hopes to lead the Yellow Jackets to another trip to Jackson for the state championship game.
MACON -- The numbers have been flying around Tyrone Shorter since Friday. Shorter's Noxubee County High School football team defeated two-time defending Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state champion Lafayette County 14-0 on Friday night in Macon.
CLINTON -- Hudson Bean smiled.
CLINTON -- Taylor Fields and the Heritage Academy football team have been chasing championships since the fourth grade.
WEST POINT -- Friday night's 38-0 victory over Canton (5-7) was not only the eighth straight win for the West Point Green Wave (10-2), it also places Coach Chris Chambless' team one step closer to becoming the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champions, a place they haven't been since 2010. After a slow start in the first half scoring only 14 points, the Green Wave showed signs of life in the second half, scoring 24 additional unanswered points. It was the second straight week the team has scored 38 points.
STARKVILLE -- During much of the 2012 season, the passing offense of the Starkville High football team has been hit or miss.
MACON -- Painful memories are the ones hardest to shake off.
MADISON -- For Columbus High School, reality dealt a harsh blow Friday night.
CLINTON -- The Heritage Academy football team accomplished the goal it had in mind all season: It gave coach Barrett Donahoe a Gatorade moment he will always remember.
Matt Butts didn't expect it. But credit the East Rankin Academy football team for speaking honestly minutes after Heritage Academy rallied for a 21-17 victory to eliminate his team from the playoffs.
Tony Stanford has worked for and with a lot of the best football coaches in the state of Mississippi. Working with coaches like Bobby Hall, Chuck Friend, Bubba Davis, and Mike Justice, just to name a few, has helped Stanford appreciate how far the Columbus High School football program has come in five seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Tell Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell his good friend Pat Byrd has revitalized a program at Saltillo High and he'll happily say you're underselling his efforts.
After winning back-to-back state championships, the West Point High School football team saw its season end abruptly in the second round of the playoffs last season. West Point will look to make amends for that defeat at 7 tonight when it plays host to Canton in a first-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at McCallister Field.
ABERDEEN -- Eight weeks and counting. That's how long it has been since the Aberdeen High School football team came up on the short end of the score. The Bulldogs will look to make it nine at 7 tonight when it plays host to J.J. McClain in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs.
When the Lamar County High School football team returned to the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A playoff last season, coach Ken Adams knew the work was beginning.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith admits he hopes to do less coaching this season with a veteran ballclub taking the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter knew his young basketball team would have to learn on the fly this season.
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