JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell quickly felt sorry for his opponent standing on the opposite sideline Friday night. The Yellow Jackets third-year coach realized early on Lanier High was going to be overmatched in every phase of the game, so he did the best he could to lessen the blow in a 48-0 victory at Newell Field.
Sometimes in a tight ballgame a coach will dig deep into the playbook and pull out some trick plays. That's what Saltillo High School football coach Pat Byrd did Friday night against New Hope. With the game tied at the start of the fourth quarter, the Tigers converted a pair of trick plays for touchdowns to turn a close game into a 42-22 victory.
JACKSON -- Heritage Academy football coach Barrett Donahoe believes his team is finally turning the corner.
STARKVILLE -- Against the top team in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, the Starkville Academy football team had to play a flawless game.
WEST POINT -- On a night when things just didn't seem to want to go right, the West Point High School football team turned to a well-known staple.
While no one at West Lowndes High School's Tiger Field was holding a piece of white fencing embossed with a capital 'D', defense was the key Friday night in the Panthers' 14-0 victory against the East Oktibbeha Titans.
ABERDEEN -- Like most football coaches, Aberdeen's Mark Bray expects to win every game on his schedule.
MACON -- For the Noxubee County High School football team, there is no such thing as time off.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County and Sulligent high school football teams mixed a little more offense into their Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 matchup Friday night. Still, the result was to the Bulldogs' liking.
TUPELO - Columbus High School opened region play on a strong note with a 14-0 victory over Tupelo in prep football action Friday night.
WEST POINT -- Aeris Williams is suited to play West Point High School football.
It's time to get down to business. That's the sentiment for nearly all of the Lowndes County public school football teams as they prepare for their games tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Just days after the death of his mother, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell will be on the sidelines for his team's region opener at 7:30 tonight at Lanier High. Mitchell's mother, Rose, died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer, and Mitchell has been away from his team to be with his family in Pontotoc.
Two more wins. At the beginning of the season, all Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball coach Gary Harris knew for certain was that two was the number of victories his team had in 2011.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team, fresh from a much-needed 45-28 win against Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A defending state champion West Bolivar, has a chance to do something tonight at Lester Miley Stadium that no other Bulldog squad has done: beat Louisville.
SCOOBA -- William Jones was a happy man Thursday night. The fifth-year East Mississippi Community College associate head coach and defensive coordinator has a burning desire for shutouts. Jones got his wish Thursday in No. 4 EMCC's 56-0 victory against Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC North Division game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
For West Point High School, the task ahead is clear.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't care about recent history. The primary concern for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach is helping his players develop the right mind-set to compete every week. When that happens, Donahoe believes Heritage Academy has everything in place to be a perennial playoff contender in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
The Starkville Academy football team's resurgence on offense will be tested at 7 p.m. Friday when it puts its two-game win streak on the line against undefeated Jackson Prep in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville. Elsewhere in the area Friday night, West Oktibbeha County High School will travel to Weir and East Oktibbeha County High will travel to West Lowndes for a pair of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchups. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had an idea about his team. But even after coaching many of the seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team since they were in seventh grade, Shorter liked that his Tigers answered the call Friday night against one of their biggest rivals.
1. New Hope beats Leake Central to win Region 4-4A title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. No. 2 MSU women play for outright SEC championship COLLEGE SPORTS
3. New Hope's James signs with Itawamba C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU Notebook: Schaefer back to normal for No. 2 Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus basketball squads win pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS