While the calendar has slowly rolled to September, tonight's high school football schedule finds several area teams from Alabama gearing up for region contests.
MACON -- The 2011 season is only two weeks old, but Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple already has enough gray hair. Sciple doesn't want any more, so he hopes the Vikings can shake their penchant for late-game heroics at 7 tonight when they take on Delta Academy.
Pardon the players and coaches at Columbus and West Point high schools if they feel like the 2011 season is going in slow motion. Each team had an atypical open date last week in the second week of the season. They will get back to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Falcon Field in Columbus.
MACON -- A week off wasn't long enough for the New Hope High School football team. Despite having an open week following a 17-12 victory against Louisville in its season opener Aug. 19, New Hope still will be battered and bruised at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Noxubee County in its home opener.
Starkville High School football players returned to work Monday with a little extra pep in their step. Starkville won its home opener Friday night with a thrilling 16-14 victory against Class 6A Madison Central. It will try to make it two in a row at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it takes on Tupelo at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
The paring has been done. The phone calls, texts, and posts to her Facebook page have slowed to a reasonable rate. Now all Rachel Hollivay has to do is pick a college.
Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill appreciates the excitement that suddenly surrounds his football team. Buoyed by a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy last week, Starkville Academy (2-0) will try to match last season's win total at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Magnolia Heights at J.E. Logan Field.
The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team appeared poised for a victory Tuesday night. Central Academy had other ideas.
REFORM, Ala. -- De'Marko Hall didn't have an illusions of grandeur Friday night. But the Pickens County High School standout believed he could find a way to help the Tornadoes upset preseason No. 2 American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., despite being at less than 100 percent and missing a preseason scrimmage because of a left shoulder injury.
BRANDON -- The Starkville High School swimming team opened its season Saturday with several strong finishes at the Brandon Relays. Due to a computer scoring glitch, no official team finishes were available. However, Starkville coach Angela Hobart believes her squad was in a position to finish second in the boys and girls competition.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Noxubee County High School football team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Saturday night in a 24-20 loss to Spain Park (Ala.). "We simply made too many mistakes," Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said. "We had three turnovers -- all in the second half. Three times, we drive inside the 20-yard-line and can't score. Against a good team, you have to take advantage of your chances and not make mistakes."
Drew Pellum showed Friday night that the Starkville Academy football team is more than just a fullback and dive-driven team. The junior quarterback rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns to lead Starkville Academy to a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.
CALEDONIA -- Onterrio Lowery kneeled on the home turf following the Caledonia High School football team's 29-15 victory against West Lowndes on Friday night. With his No. 20 jersey pulled over his shoulder pads at his side, he made an imaginary dash between the numbers and said, "Put a dash right here and it makes us 2 and 0."
STARKVILLE -- Friday was a difficult day for Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell. But the night got a little better with a home-opening victory against a powerhouse Class 6A program. After visiting all day with his mother, who is suffering with cancer in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital, Mitchell drove back to Starkville to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 16-14 victory.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team needed one big offensive play Friday night. Freshman tailback Alex Wheeler provided it. Wheeler's 1-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 40 seconds left in regulation helped Lamar County knock off arch-rival South Lamar 6-0 before a standing-room-only crowd at George Bell Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team was humbled in its Week 1 loss to Columbus. Shannon High caught the wrath Friday night. Aberdeen held Shannon to 45 yards of offense, forced four fumbles and scored a touchdown in a 22-14 win.
MACON -- The Central Academy football team capitalized on a key turnover and scored on a broken play to take the lead and hold on for a 24-22 victory against Calhoun Academy on Friday night in its home opener.
MABEN -- The West Oktibbeha County High School football team scored 42 points in the first half en route to a 50-30 victory against Montgomery County on Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy football programs are working their way back to 2005.
CALEDONIA -- Dare to stop the Confederates. Ricky Kendrick doesn't hide the fact that his Caledonia High School football team is going to run the football. To Kendrick, it comes down to simple math: Get 3.3 yards per carry and hold on to the football and the Confederates will be able to dictate the tempo of the game.
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