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.
DeVonta Koger still considers himself a basketball player.
Quan Latham just wanted back on the field.
In August, Barrett Donahoe talked about changing a mind-set.
MACON -- The focus is there.
There's nothing like getting scoring on offense and defense to provide a spark. Eric Harris and Jevontrae Williams were only too happy to deliver that lift Friday for the West Lowndes High School football team.
PELAHATCHIE -- A little trickeration and some guts. The mixture isn't a secret concoction Barrett Donahoe has cooked up in the dark passages of the Heritage Academy field house.
For the West Point High School football team, Friday's game against New Hope was the last regular-season game on the schedule before the playoffs start next week. Even though the Green Wave already had secured first place in Class 5A, Region 1, coach Chris Chambless didn't take the game lightly. Neither did his players.
GRENADA -- Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford breathed a deep sigh of relief and then smiled like a proud father.
SENATOBIA -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he'll lose sleep for weeks after one call: The choice to kick the ball to Fernando Van Hook.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to the Starkville High School football team's defense to seal a crucial win. After all, defense has been the team's calling card this season.
ABERDEEN -- The fourth-seeded Winona High School football team did what only one other team has managed to do this season against Aberdeen High: It scored more than 40 points against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the top-seeded Bulldogs did what they have done three times this year: They dropped 52 points or more on an opponent.
When the West Lowndes High School football team learned a playoff spot was on the line in its regular-season finale, there was a change in the team's mood.
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