Greg Carter wanted to see his Starkville Yellow Jackets take a step forward in developing their offensive game against rival Columbus High.
Turnovers and missed opportunities typically spell the difference in games as evenly matched as these, and that's how the story played out at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Forest capitalized on two lost fumbles by Aberdeen in the first half, turning one into a touchdown, and then delivered a key defensive stand in the fourth quarter to preserve a 10-8 victory in the Class 3A championship.
Neither lengthy bus rides, injuries, nor weighty expectations prevented the West Point High School football team from making its appointed rounds this season. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Green Wave hope to complete the journey to the ultimate prize: A state championship.
It's all about respect for the Aberdeen High School football team. Last year, many in the state thought the Bulldogs were good enough to get to Jackson to play for a state title.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association reclassification for football and basketball in 2011-13 has left area teams largely in place -- with two major exceptions. Starkville High School will move from Class 6A, Region 1 to Class 5A, Region 2 and West Lowndes will move from Class 2A, Region 2 to Class 1A, Region 3.
For every explosive run from midfield, there has to be someone to cover the empty spaces. One lane left open or one man left unmarked could turn into a defensive nightmare and a goal for the opposition. To play fluid, attacking soccer, a team must have a strong midfield.
Yvette Hairston wants the Columbus High School girls' basketball team to be mentioned in the same breath with the state's best.
The basketball teams of Columbus High School and Starkville High will face each other for the first of their two final games as district opponents tonight at The Beehive.
JACKSON -- Losing a 20-point halftime lead can destroy a season. Justin Cox helped make sure that didn't happen to the West Point High School football team. Flying high with a 20-0 lead against rival Starkville High, the Green Wave hurt themselves with mistakes and eventually suffered a 21-20 home loss.
JACKSON -- Fred Ward knew he had to intervene. He watched last week as Channing Ward stalked off the field and then got into a heated exchange with Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan during their game against Winona in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State championship.
Listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds, Stance Henderson isn't one of the biggest players in Clinton this week preparing for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star game. But All-Stars are more than just statistics and numbers on a page.
PHEBA -- Numbers say a lot about Chloe Tapley. Five no-hitters, three one-hitters, 293 strikeouts. Those eye-popping achievements were part of a dominating season that helped Tapley and the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team finish as third in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A tournament.
South Lamar High School boys and girls basketball coach Tony Seals got a surprise earlier this year when the Alabama High School Athletics Association realigned the state's athletic boundaries. Seals' teams picked up a new district opponent when Pickens County dropped from Class 2A into Class 1A, South Lamar's classification.
As Victory Hodges and the Aberdeen High School football team had more success with each game, he discovered the spring in his step had a little less bounce.
There is always something you can improve on. The West Point High School football coaches drive that point home to their players every day.
WEST POINT -- Some players fit a system perfectly. Every since Lakenderic Thomas can remember, he has been a bruising running back who prefers to run through defenders than to run around them. Nowhere in the state is that quality cherished more than at West Point High School.
Watching film of Ridgeland High School's undefeated football team, West Point defensive end Tommy Keys was looking forward to a tough Class 5A North State final Friday night.
Chris Duncan transformed from gambler to politician to fire starter in a two-minute span Friday night.
The Noxubee County High School football team is going to have to wait until 2011 to make another run at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship. The Lafayette County Commodores shut out Noxubee County 20-0 on Friday night in the MHSAA North State title game to end the Tigers' season at 13-2.
High School Football Summaries
1. Former Bulldog Renfroe hopes to stick with Padres LOCAL SPORTS
2. Donahoe leaving Heritage Aca. for top job at Marshall Aca. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU shooting for first regional at new home LOCAL COLUMNS
4. No. 11 MSU women face big test at No. 15 Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Alabama holds on to beat No. 15 Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS