Jameel Johnson didn't have any illusions of grandeur entering his junior season. With the graduation of key skill players like Johnny Beamon, Terrence Dentry, and Franklin Richardson Jr., Johnson figured he would be in position to see more time at running back this season. But Johnson wasn't sure just how much of an impact he would be able to make on an offense that on paper looked to feature seniors like Darius Petty and Lawrence Brown.
STEENS -- Krisi Boren planned to take a picture with her team Monday afternoon regardless of the outcome of its match against Immanuel Christian. The final result made that picture an ideal way to finish the season.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team's district championship vanished Monday afternoon. However, the Lady Volunteers made sure they didn't go down without a fight.
The Columbus High School football team can take a deep breath. "When a game like that is over? Deep breath for sure," Columbus coach Tony Stanford said. Columbus found a way Friday night and edged Tupelo 24-23 on Friday night to improve to 4-1 and 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 1.
The Jackson Academy football team proved why Friday it is the top-ranked private school squad in the state, according to The Clarion-Ledger and The Associated Press.
STARKVILLE -- After four weeks of facing some of the state's best teams, the Starkville High School football team received a break Friday night when it opened Class 5A, Region 2 play against Lanier. Eight minutes into the game, Starkville had scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 53-13 victory.
SALTILLO -- Jameel Johnson rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 34-19 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game. Trae Collins also returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to help New Hope win its second game in a row and improve to 3-2 and 1-0 in the region.
The second season begins today. The Hebron Christian and Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball teams will represent the area in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North and South State tournaments at Bayou Academy and Jackson Prep, respectively.
CRAWFORD -- It was a strange, sometimes perplexing football game Friday night between bitter rivals West Lowndes High School and East Oktibbeha County High School.
CALEDONIA -- The friendly confines of Caledonia High School's home field proved to be anything but friendly Friday night, as the visiting Ackerman Indians pitched a 14-0 shutout to end the Confederates' three-game home winning streak.
REFORM, Ala. -- Patrick Plott has stood on the sidelines as head coach at Aliceville and Pickens County high schools and understands the county rivalry between the programs. Plott had his Pickens County Tornadoes prepared Friday night as they kept their unblemished record intact, dispatching Aliceville 40-6.
LOUISVILLE -- After his team's post-game prayer, Louisville High School senior defensive lineman Anthony Davis asked his teammates to help him find his helmet.
STARKVILLE -- This is the point in the season where the Starkville High School football team will know little to nothing about its opponents. Since the Mississippi High School Athletic Association reclassified schools for the 2011-12 school year and dropped Starkville from Class 6A to 5A, coach Jamie Mitchell knew his program would learn about its new region as it went through the 2011 campaign.
A second season couldn't have come at a better time for the West Point High School football team. The two-time defending Class 5A state champions haven't had a typical start to the 2011 season. Checking in at 1-3, West Point will begin a string of seven straight Class 5A, Region 1 games at 7:30 tonight when it travels to Lake Cormorant.
An off week came at an opportune time for the West Lowndes High School football team. Now the Panthers are primed to take care of their next piece to business.
Chris Hamm knows the feeling. Hamm has had plenty of players who could change a game with one touch of the ball in his time as coach of the Victory Christian football team.
Brad Butler knows the Heritage Academy football team has left itself very little room for error. Last week, Butler didn't want to call his team's matchup against Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District I rival Lee Academy a must win, but he knew a victory would make things easier for the Patriots.
Michael Bradley hopes one drive will help bring his team into focus. Last week, the Trojans executed what Bradley called "probably the best drive of the season" with about four minutes remaining to seal a 28-0 victory against Caledonia.
Ricky Kendrick knew his team was in for a challenge. Even though the New Hope High School football team lost to Noxubee County and Columbus, Kendrick knew his improved Caledonia Confederates still faced a tall order if they were going to knock off their Lowndes County rival.
Tyrone Shorter doesn't want to talk about letdowns. As far as the Noxubee County High School football is concerned he is ready for his Tigers to hit their stride and to set a course for Jackson, the site of the Mississippi High School Activities Association state title games.
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