STARKVILLE — Starkville High School senior basketball player Rashad Perkins can get back to business. After signing a national letter of intent Friday to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, Perkins is ready to concentrate on the rest of his high school season. “It feels good to get it out of the way,” Perkins said. “It takes a lot of pressure off of me because I don’t have to worry about people asking me where I’m going. I can focus on what I need to be doing.”
TUPELO — Matthew Esquivel scored four goals in three games this weekend to help the Columbus High School boys soccer team win two of three games in the Tupelo Tournament. Esquivel scored both goals in a 2-1 victory against Saltillo on Friday, scored the only goal in a 6-1 loss to Corinth on Saturday and scored scored a goal in a 3-0 victory against Center Hill on Saturday. Sevascian Vasquez led Columbus (3-2-1) with two goals against Center Hill.
STARKVILLE — Offensive lineman Jarrod Atterberry likes the future of Starkville High School football. That doesn’t mean he’s ready for this season to end. Atterberry believes the Yellow Jackets have momentum going into the Class 6A playoffs after defeating Columbus High 29-28 this past Friday.
Ever since the start of practice in August, the Green Wave have been focused on winning a state title. The championship would be the program’s first since 2005, and it would give seniors like Xavier Hogan and Jeremy Cannon a chance to leave a permanent mark — not one left in magic marker — on the program. Hogan, Cannon, and the rest of the Green Wave will begin that journey at 7 tonight when they play host to Canton (4-7) in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoffs.
ABERDEEN — A 100-plus yard effort last week wasn’t what Victor Hodges expected. It’s not that the Aberdeen High School junior is hard on himself, it’s just that he knows an “OK” effort isn’t going to help get the job done at playoff time. “I could have had two touchdowns, but I tripped on one,” Hodges said. Hodges will try to help Aberdeen (10-2) push its winning streak to 10 at 7 tonight when it plays at Ripley (6-5) in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State playoffs.
Ahmad Williams might not want to admit it, but his journey from a football novice to starter on the New Hope High School football team makes for a good story. Williams, though, isn’t one to boast about his accomplishments, and he is currently writing a book about a battle in a fantasy world, so it will be a while before he takes the time to tell his story in his words.
MACON — Patrick Patterson and Vincent Sanders have attracted a lot of attention the past two seasons. A lot of publicity about the Noxubee County High School football team has accompanied the attention the standout wide receivers have generated.
The wait was worth it for the Victory Christian football team. In a season that even on its final day nothing seemed to go according to plan, the Eagles took care of business like they thought they would.
A year ago, the Tanner High School football team knocked the Lamar County Bulldogs out of the state playoffs. Lamar County will get a chance to avenge that setback Friday when it meets Tanner in a playoff rematch.
Daryl Jones likes basketball. As a coach at Callaway High School in Jackson, Jones is in a perfect spot. Last year, Callaway beat Forest Hill for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state title. The Chargers then went on to beat Hinds AHS for the MHSAA/EnviroTurf Grand Slam Championship. The title added the Jackson area’s reputation as the hotbed for basketball talent. Jones’ job is to duplicate that success — as the school’s football coach.
MABEN -- Coach Jimmy Carden has had the privilege of coaching several O’Briants at East Webster High School, but said Demetrius might be the toughest. Carden said all of them have brought something extra to the table while playing for the Wolverines, but Demetrius, a junior running back, doesn’t let his size (5-foot-11, 150 pounds) bother him. “He’s not a big guy, but has a lot of heart,” Carden said. “He’s pretty much fearless and doesn’t mind sticking his nose in there and getting after it.”
West Lowndes High School boys basketball coach Herman Peters saw a determined look in the eyes of his players on Tuesday. Peters knew it would be a tall task for Class 2A West Lowndes to knock off Class 6A Columbus on its court, but in this matchup size didn’t matter. Peters said the Panthers may not have much height, but they have plenty of heart and that led to a 58-51 victory.
Jameika Hoskins liked the view from the bench Tuesday night. Opponents of the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team shouldn’t be comforted, though, because Hoskins doesn’t figure to spend much time there this season. The senior forward had a seat on the sidelines because she was recovering from flu-like symptoms and first-year coach Latorrence Bivens wanted to give her time to recover. The Lady Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat without Hoskins and starters Michelle Stewart and Dayana McGee thanks to the play of Janee Hodges and Regina Barker
CALEDONIA — It’s only one game, but Brandon Webber showed Monday night he just might have what it takes to challenge Taylor Chisolm’s scoring record. Webber kicked off the 2009-10 season in style by scoring three goals to lead the Caledonia High School boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory against New Hope in the season opener for both teams.
VERNON, Ala. — The playoffs are a chance to shine. Lamar County’s Marcquis Plant was the latest Bulldog to have his night in the spotlight, and it came at the right time.
There’s something magical about the fourth quarter for Jaquez Johnson and Chuck Tillery when the Starkville High School football team plays Columbus. A year ago, Johnson connected with Tillery for two touchdown passes to help the Yellow Jackets score 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a come-from-behind victory. On Friday, there was more riding on the outcome, which made the fourth-quarter heroics even sweeter.
VERNON, Ala. — Undefeated Lamar County High School had posted back-to-back shutouts entering its game against Red Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs. Coach Ken Adams said he wasn’t worried about getting a third shutout in a row Friday night as long as Lamar County won. Adams didn’t have much to worry about as the Bulldogs rolled to a 42-0 victory.
REFORM, Ala. — Top-seeded Pickens County needed to re-establish itself in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs coming off its first loss of the season to rival Gordo in its regular-season finale. The Tornadoes did just that, lighting up the scoreboard for 43 first-half points in a 57-24 victory against Keith..
MACON — It wasn’t the prettiest game in the history of the Noxubee County High School football program, but coach M.C. Miller will take it. The Tigers surrendered their second-most points in a game this season, had more 100 yards in penalties, and committed three turnovers, but mustered enough offense to defeat New Albany 36-17 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North Half State playoffs.
WEST POINT — After routing its fourth opponent in a row, the West Point High School football team is ready for its first challenge of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoffs. “We just want to take care of business each week, regardless what the competition is,” West Point coach Chris Chambless said West Point completed a 7-0 district march Friday night with a 37-7 victory against Hernando.
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