REFORM, Ala. -- The picture on the floor of coach Patrick Plott's office serves as a challenge. Last season in his return to the sidelines as coach of the Pickens County High School boys basketball team, Plott led the Tornadoes to a third consecutive state title. The picture shows Plott holding the championship trophy surrounded by celebrating members of his team.
They are the often overlooked unsung heroes of football, but for the Caledonia High School Confederates (2-0), its offensive line was one of its best weapons in a 66-12 mauling of the West Lowndes High School Panthers (1-1). The hard work of the line allowed the Confederates to put up 393 yards in total offense, 48 of the yards coming from passing.
STEENS - For every positive step they took, there was a self-inflicted mistake to halt the progress.
MADISON -- Jake Schwartz could sympathize with Starkville quarterback Caleb Wilson making his first career high school from behind center.
The smile on David Foster's face says old school.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy stayed within striking distance of Heritage Academy the entire game Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Heritage Academy senior football player Taylor Fields remembers not too fondly his junior year game against arch-rival Starkville Academy.
SHANNON -- Far too often, quarterbacks either get too much credit for a win or an unfair amount of criticism following a loss.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Lewis and Joel Pratt helped the Pickens Academy football team start the season in rousing fashion Friday night.
WEST POINT -- In its season opener, Oak Hill Academy made believers of themselves. Friday night, they made believers of football fans outside of Winston County.
The bruising nature of Austin Foster combined with the play up front of Joey Ard, Troy Arnold, and Jacob Ware and the elusive running of Will-Corben Rogers and Taylor Coggins helped Hebron Christian cruise to a 48-20 victory against Victory Christian in an eight-man game at Coleman Robertson Field in Columbus.
The process has just started for Barrett Donahoe. The initial steps for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach and his assistant coaches have involved tearing things down to build a foundation.
A lot has changed in the past year for the West Lowndes High School football team. More than 13 months ago, Anthony King returned to his alma mater to take over for Bobby Berry as the school's football coach. As excited as King was to wear the navy and gold that he did as a player at Motley High, he realized that the approval of his hiring in July left him little time to prepare his players and the program for the 2011 season.
It looks so simple. Four bounces, a short toss, an angled arm, and an explosion. When everything is working right, Natalie Hardy's serves can be a challenge to receive.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell had to think the news would have to only get better after his team's 29-8 loss to Noxubee County last week. It got worse -- a lot worse.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman doesn't mince words when he looks back at 2011. "Last season was a disappointing year for us. We finished 3-7," Gartman said. "We had a very difficult schedule. That was part of it, and we also had a team."
The Oak Hill Academy football team snapped a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season Friday night in a season-opening 13-6 win at Newton County Academy. Now, the Raiders want to start a winning streak.
ABERDEEN -- Two Columbus High School punt returns and a lackluster effort on the offensive front that led to seven turnovers and a blocked punt played key roles in the Aberdeen High School football team's season-opening 21-0 loss last week.
After the opening week of the prep football season, one thing is clear.
STARKVILLE -- While steadily improving, Heritage Academy had been looking for that break-out game in fast-pitch softball.
3. Victory Christian's Williams stays local to play basketball at MUW HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS