MADDEN -- The Starkville Academy football team rolled up 396 rushing yards Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win against Leake Academy. The Volunteers (4-0) got a season-high 185 rushing yards on 19 carries from fullback Ryan Mann, who led all scorers with four touchdowns.
This is the time for the Columbus High School football team to continue its season of new beginnings. Coming off an overtime victory against two-time defending Class 5A champion West Point, Columbus will see how it fares in the role as "favorite" at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to New Hope.
Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler wants to see something different. He and the Patriots already have felt the emotion from a huge victory and expected it to carry over to the next week only to see the energy evaporate at gametime.
With his squad healthy again, Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner looks forward to the Volunteers' season-ending push. The Volunteers played their next-to-last non-region match Thursday and earned a 12-0 victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
MABEN -- Adam Lowrey and the West Oktibbeha County High School football can wonder what if as they watch the tape of their 36-16 loss to Eupora on Thursday night.
The Sulligent High School football team notched its first victory for coach Scott Marchant last week when it beat Hatton in a Class 2A, Region 8 game.
Ray Weeks knows close isn't going to cut it. But in week three against an opponent in a higher classification, the Hamilton High School football coach can live with a hard-fought 34-20 loss to Class 3A Kossuth.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple isn't going to have many lives left if the Central Academy football team continues its high-wire act. Three weeks into the 2011 season and the Vikings have showed impeccable timing and an ability to wiggle their way out of dire situations to earn victories.
The murderer's row scheduling for the Starkville and West Point high school football teams won't let up anytime soon. If possible, the Starkville-West Point rivalry will ratchet up the strength of schedule for both squads when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in West Point.
The Hebron Christian football team enjoyed its first victory in eight-man football competition last week. Now, the Eagles will go for two in a row.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball team found its offensive rhythm Wednesday afternoon. The Volunteers had eight hits and parlayed a seven-run third inning into an 11-0 non-region victory against archrival Heritage Academy at the Starkville Academy Softball Complex.
There was no need for alarm if you saw the stadium lights on Sunday night at the West Oktibbeha County High School football stadium. Despite last week's open date, the Timberwolves were putting in some extra effort to get ready for Thursday night's non-region tussle against highly touted Eupora. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Maben.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team is going to have to go to plan B. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said Tuesday that junior quarterback Deangelo Ballard will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his leg Friday in a 45-29 victory against New Hope.
Damian Baker has scored numerous touchdowns in his career. However, none of the scores was bigger than his final one Friday night. Baker's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Columbus High School football team past West Point 35-27 in a game at Columbus' Falcon Field.
WEIR -- A two-point pass play from Codie McKee to Brett Flora with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining lifted the East Webster High School football team to a 15-14 win against Weir on Friday night.
Damian Baker's 10-yard touchdown run lifted the Columbus High School football team to a 35-27 overtime victory against West Point in a non-region prep thriller Friday night at Falcon Field.
Poet John Donne must have been able to see into the future when he wrote, "No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; ... And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee ...." On Friday, the "Bell" tolled for the Heritage Academy football team.
Terrence Barron and the Noxubee County High School football team listened all week as coach Tyrone Shorter preached about finishing.
STARKVILLE -- For the second week in a row, the Starkville High School football team found a way to make the plays when it needed it the most. After narrowly defeating Madison Central a week ago, Starkville once again rose to the occasion to down Tupelo 10-7 on Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Dominating defensive performances seem to be a recurring theme for the Starkville Academy football team. After snapping a 20-game winless streak and going on to win three games last season, the Volunteers have reached that mark in only the third week of the season. Starkville Academy attained the mark thanks to a 22-0 victory against Magnolia Heights on Friday night.
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