Here is a look at the prep football action Friday night in the state of Mississippi:
MERIDIAN -- Brandon Bell's fade pass to Cade Lott in the end zone with eight seconds remaining was the first part. The second part was Bell's conversion run behind Tyler Knight out of a jumbo set that allowed the Heritage Academy to complete an improbable comeback in a 37-36 victory
A little communication goes a long way. Robert Gardner only wishes it hadn't taken a disappointing loss to Presbyterian Christian to affect that kind of change.
STARKVILLE -- One of the better, low-scoring defensive struggles of 2010 took place when the Noxubee County High School football team defeated Starkville 14-7 in the regular-season opener for both squads. Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell and Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter believe that type of encore is possible when the teams kick off the 2011 season at 7:30 tonight in Macon.
Now that the word is out, the Columbus High School football team will have to be even better. Columbus delivered a mild surprise Saturday, breaking out to a 21-0 lead en route to a 27-12 victory against Noxubee County in the second annual Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
CALEDONIA -- Pitching and defense don't discriminate. Although the combination typically may be associated more often with fast-pitch softball, the Hamilton High School slow-pitch team showed Thursday how far that timely tandem can take a team.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman isn't going to change the identity of the Pickens Academy football team because one player graduated.
MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team may play the most emotionally charged home opener in school history at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to Vardaman.
WEST POINT -- The bleachers are ready. The grass has been sprayed and cut. The bleachers are on campus and set to be arranged. The field will be painted Friday.
VERNON, Ala. -- Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams takes a unique approach when sizing up his 2011 Bulldogs. Adams feels his squad's main strength and weaknesses may go hand in hand.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Each week, National Football League head coaches have to file an injury report that lists their players' injuries for that week's game. Fortunately, South Lamar High School football coach Josh Harper doesn't have that job.
With the odds reaching their longest Tuesday night, the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team dug down and found a way. Columbus scored three runs in the home half of the seventh inning to rally for a stunning 14-13 victory against New Hope at Lady Falcons Field.
Liz Fields and Liz Byrne never could have imagined their construction project would go like this. As volleyball veterans who played the sport in college, Fields and Byrne brought enthusiasm and a love for the game to their initial practices with Heritage Academy's first-year volleyball program.
With her team struggling offensively and defensively, Hebron Christian junior pitcher Chloe Tapley took matters into her hands. Tapley struck out seven and allowed five hits to help Hebron Christian hold off Heritage Academy 4-2 in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fast-pitch softball game Tuesday at Harper-Hutchins Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School volleyball team made its new home feel like its old home Monday night. Playing for the first time at the Starkville SportsPlex, Starkville put an exclamation point on its 2011 home opener, rolling past Heritage Academy 25-21, 25-12, 25-10 on Monday night. The match was the first for the Heritage Academy volleyball program.
Kasey Stanfield isn't going to let a power surge go to her head. The third baseman also doesn't feel any added pressure to deliver the long ball hitting in the cleanup spot in the batting order.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Scott Marchant looks good in blue. After spending the past nine years wearing the cardinal, black, and white of Pickens County High School, Marchant now patrols the sidelines at Sulligent High wearing royal blue.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe this is the season Columbus High School becomes part of the playoff conversation in Class 6A football. Columbus sent a message quickly to the Class 4A North Half finalists Noxubee County with a 27-12 victory Saturday in the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- As junior defensive end Juan Cedano began to grab the football and rumble 95 yards for a touchdown, every New Hope High School football fan was trying to figure who that was winning the game for their team. After the fumble recovery and touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the contest, the Trojans earned a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The template is set, and David Fair doesn't care if it means he has to be everywhere to execute it. On Saturday, Fair showed he and his teammates on the Starkville High School defense are up to the challenge.
1. Starkville, Columbus boys win in Clinton HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Howland: MSU will treat Kentucky like any other game COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 4 MSU beats Ole Miss for record 19-0 start COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Insell, Ole Miss make progress but want more COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Bell developing as force HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS