STARKVILLE -- The message from Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando is consistent: His players have work to do. Entering the fourth week of the season, tailbacks Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins lead the Bulldogs in receptions. "Let's get this straight, everybody needs to continue to work," Mirando said. "We got a lot of work to do, but that's everywhere. If we're satisfied with whatever we've done the first three weeks then we need to get our heads checked."
The East Oktibbeha County High School football team will try to wipe out several years of misery when it plays host to West Lowndes at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a critical Class 1A, Region 3 showdown.
CRAWFORD -- When East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks felt his team need a lift, he asked senior Kortland Petty to carry the load.
ETHEL -- The East Oktibbeha County High School football team rushed for 327 yards Friday night and blew past homestanding Ethel 46-14 in a Class 1A, Region 3 game. With the victory, the Titans improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in region play.
It wasn't pretty, but the New Hope High School football team will take its 28-0 win against Caledonia High School. In its annual Lowndes County rivalry match against Caledonia on Friday, New Hope had more than 10 penalties and struggled to move the ball consistently for the second straight game.
LOUISVILLE -- The Louisville High School football team extended its win streak to four games Friday night with a dominating defensive performance in a a 22-10 non-region victory against Columbus at Hinze Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improved to 4-1, while the Columbus fell to 3-1.
MACON -- The week before one of the biggest rival games on his team's schedule, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter decided to try somebody new at quarterback.
STEENS -- The Canton Academy football team used more than 250 yards rushing and a timely turnover Friday night to earn a 25-14 victory against Immanuel Christian.
ABERDEEN -- Long-time friends who played together at Delta State and then coached together following graduation, Aberdeen High School's Chris Duncan and West Bolivar's Henry Johnson would have been happy to settle for a 22-22 tie in regulation.
JACKSON -- The Starkville Academy football team's hot streak continued Friday with a 42-8 win against Hillcrest Christian School. Ryan Mann ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight game, posting 139 yards on 19 carries. The senior fullback scored three touchdowns that helped the Volunteers build a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.
Lauren Holifield can't help it. Like most hitters, Holifield's eyes get wide as a Cheshire cat's when she gets a pitch she can jack.
CALEDONIA -- The third chapter of the Lowndes County high school football rivalry series kicks off at 7:30 tonight when Caledonia visits New Hope. Caledonia coach Ricky Kendrick hopes the latest installment plays out a lot like the first chapter (a victory against West Lowndes) and not like the second one (a double-overtime loss to Heritage Academy).
The unbeaten Columbus High School football team will put its season-opening three-game win streak on the line at 7:30 tonight when it takes on Louisville at Hinze Stadium. Local broadcasts will be available WMSV-FM (91.1) with Anthony Craven and WLSM-FM (107.1) with Bart Gregory.
Chris Chambless believes. The West Point High School football coach believed in his team after a season-opening loss to South Panola. That confidence didn't waver after an overtime loss at Columbus the following week.
ABERDEEN -- Staying positive is the only way Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan knows. While some around the state and in Aberdeen might be scratching their heads wondering how a team many pegged as the Class 3A state champion before the season started can be 2-2.
The next three days will play a part in the future of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Today through Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will play host to Heritage Academy senior Rachel Hollivay, Hattiesburg High School senior Tiaria Griffin, and two other players. Hollivay and Griffin are ranked No. 12 and No. 93, respectively, in the Class of 2012 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Report. ESPN's HoopGurlz has Hollivay ranked No. 8 nationally and Griffin No. 46 at her position, shooting guard.
The Starkville Academy football team passed all of its tests in the first part of the 2011 regular season. At 7 p.m. Friday, the stakes will get much higher when unbeaten Starkville Academy begins Class AAA, District 2 play at Hillcrest Christian in Jackson.
The Oak Hill Academy football team continues to produce the hard work necessary to become winners. Now, the Raiders will try to break into the win column.
The Lamar County High School football team will travel Friday night to Red Bay (Ala.) for a showdown between the last two unbeatens in the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A, Region 8. Each squad enters the contest at 3-0 and 2-0 in region play.
The message is simple: It's time to be consistent. While it's never easy to come off a loss, coach Brad Butler feels the timing is ideal for the Heritage Academy football team to hit its stride. Not only will the Patriots have the motivation to get back on the winning track, he feels the team also will be geared up for the start of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 play at 7 p.m. Friday when it takes on Lee Academy.
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