CALEDONIA — The West Lowndes High School football team capitalized on three first-half turnovers to build a big halftime lead en route to a 34-9 victory Friday night.
STARKVILLE — It was not the prototypical game for the defending state champion Meridian Wildcats, but they’ll take a victory anytime they can get one. Despite 11 penalties and four turnovers, the Wildcats did enough to defeat the Starkville Yellow Jackets 27-10 on Friday night.
When the lights went up Friday, Landon Ellis never expected he would double his personal touchdown record. But Ellis did just that as he scored six touchdowns to lead the Victory Christian football team to a 69-16 victory against New Life Academy.
WEST POINT — Any thoughts the Oak Hill Academy football team might have had about exploiting the one team they beat last year disappeared in the first 10 minutes of Friday night. The Indianola Academy Colonels used a blocked punt by Dalton Deloach in the Raiders’ end zone as a spark and went on to a 28-6 victory.
PHEBA — The homestanding Hebron Christian Eagles picked up their first win of the season Friday night with a 35-30 victory against the West Memphis Black Knights.
QUITMAN — All eyes were on Markese Triplett on Friday night. Many believed the Louisville High School senior wide receiver would be the playmaker to watch against Quitman High. Perhaps a couple of those eyes should have been watching speedy Quitman junior wideout Dyar Ealie.
Volleyball is a lot more than a recreational sport to Lauren Love and Shay Ashford. But it takes time to change the culture at schools that don’t have the tradition in sports like volleyball, which is still relatively new in the state of Mississippi. That challenge doesn’t faze Lauren Love or Shay Ashford. The first-year coaches both have played sports in college and now are focused on bringing their love for volleyball to Starkville and Columbus high schools.
Meridian High School coach Larry Weems believes he could use the services of quarterback Tyler Russell and wide receiver Chris Smith in Starkville tonight. Although that’s not possible, that’s how much respect Weems has for the Yellow Jackets. Russell and Smith, two Mississippi State freshmen, told Weems they would be available if needed at 7:30 tonight when Meridian plays Starkville. MSU plays host to Jackson State on Saturday.
Rivalry games always are intense. But as much as Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler is looking forward to tonight’s matchup (7) against Starkville Academy, he is more excited that the game will be the Class AAA, District 1 opener for both teams. To Butler, that fact is crucial for the Patriots (2-0), who will try to build on the momentum they earned last week in a come-from-behind 13-12 victory at Winston County.
Coaches can prepare for spread offenses or dart-quick running backs. They also can devise schemes to frustrate even the strongest pass rush. But New Hope High School football coach Michael Bradley discovered another opponent this week that is even tougher: Sickness. The Trojans (1-0) had 24 players miss practice at some point this week as they prepared to take on Amory (0-2) at 7:30 tonight. The flu bug that is affecting the state played a role in more than 100 students being absent Thursday from New Hope High.
David Boykin admits his football team doesn’t have anything to gain tonight. If the Class 4A Caledonia High School Confederates beat the Class 2A West Lowndes Panthers, no one will raise an eyebrow because it is what is expected. But if the Panthers travel to Caledonia and earn the victory, people will be surprised. Boykin hopes his players will be ready to prevent that from happening.
WEST POINT — Michael Carr doesn’t need a DVD player. He doesn’t need a remote control for a VCR. The West Point High School senior has all the pictures and replays he needs in his head. They’re one he would like to forget. Carr has had two weeks to relive the memory of Shannon’s 27-20 season-opening victory against West Point.
The colors he was wearing were different, but it was impossible not to recognize the face. So as Bubba Davis climbed the bleachers on the home side of West Point High School’s Hamblin Stadium, he stopped to greet multiple well-wishers. Davis smiled as he talked to the fans who were there on that May evening to watch the spring game between Louisville and West Point.
Beware the sneak attack. The Central Academy fast-pitch softball team can’t pinpoint its origin. The Lady Vikings never know when it’s going to come. But when the sneak attack arrives, hits are sure to follow. On Tuesday, scorekeeper/assistant coach Pam Dawkins provided the fuse and Corey Dawkins, Kellie Hailey, and Blake Rigdon helped light the fire that sparked the Lady Vikings’ sneak attack.
ABERDEEN — Jamerson Love knew something needed to be done. The Aberdeen High School football team’s dream of a perfect season ended in week one at Columbus, but Love knew the season wasn’t over. Still, the senior running back realized the Bulldogs needed someone to provide a spark to help get the team rolling again.
STEENS — Immanuel Christian football coach Shawn Gates said he noticed some positives in Friday night’s 36-22 loss to the Central Academy Vikings. The biggest positive, Gates said, is sophomore running back Michael Tate. “There was a lot of courage out of Michael Tate,” he said. “When he was hurt he stepped it up and went back in.” Tate, who scored one touchdown, was instrumental in setting up all three of the Rams’ scores.
MABEN — Timakis Bell had 66 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Demetrius Obriant added 16 yards with two touchdowns Friday night to help the East Webster High School football team defeat West Oktibbeha 40-0. East Webster’s defense sparked the victory. The Wolverines had four interceptions — two by Miguel Graham and one each by Obriant, and Ryan Johnson. Brennan Sparks and Obriant also helped East Webster recover two fumbles to give it excellent field position.
GREENWOOD –– The Oak Hill Academy Raiders rallied in the second half, but lost to Pillow Academy 48-21 on Friday night. Oak Hill Academy outscored Pillow Academy 21-7 in the second half after trailing 41-0 at halftime. Quarterback Davis Clayton got the Raiders (0-2) on the scoreboard in the third quarter when he scored on a 10-yard run. Jake Orman scored twice for the Raiders in the final quarter on runs of 12 and 15 yards.
REFORM, Ala. –– The Pickens County Tornadoes made a winner of Scott Marchant in his debut as head coach Friday night by doubling up Greensboro 48-24. The victory helped Pickens County atone for a 26-21 loss to Greensboro in its season opener last season. “It’s thrilling,” Marchant said of his getting his first win as a head coach. “It’s good to get that first one out of the way. I feel blessed. We’ve got a lot of good kids, a lot of good football players, and a great football staff helping me. I’m glad I could be a part of it.”
ABERDEEN — Valentine’s Day is still months away, but Ray Brooks’ defense left Lester Miley Stadium with ‘Love’ on their minds. Aberdeen senior running back Jamerson Love accumulated 316 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns Friday night in the Bulldogs’ 52-14 blowout. “I knew the team was depending on me, so I just put them on my back,” Love said. “I just try to practice hard and play hard. That’s the best game I have ever had since I’ve played at Aberdeen High School.” Love, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, picked up 238 yards on 16 carries and four touchdowns. He caught a pair of passes for 78 yards and another score.