STARKVILLE — Justin Rogers never knows where he might line up. Whether at defensive back on defense, or at wide receiver, running back or quarterback on offense, the Starkville High School senior is ready to contribute. With a roster of only 58 players, Rogers knows he has to go the extra mile for the Yellow Jackets.
HAMILTON — The Eupora High School football team put the Lions of Hamilton down Thursday night with a dominating 44-10 victory in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 matchup. Eagles’ perfect record of 7-0 and 2-0 in division remains in tact, for now. The victory helped Eupora coach Junior Graham, whose team improved to 7-0 and 2-0 in the district, solidify its hold on first place in the district with games remaining against West Lowndes and J.Z. George.
Brandi Brantley knows she doesn’t hit the middle of the softball every at-bat. But the junior first baseman/pitcher has come a long way since last season when she only played defense on the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team’s run to another state title. This year, Brantley has hit her way into the lineup — as cleanup hitter — and hopes to help the Lady Trojans add a 12th state crown to their resume.
CALEDONIA — Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks came to the school three years ago and got attached to a group of sophomores. When the Lady Confederates saw their season come to an end Thursday night in the second round of the Mississippi High School Association Class I State tournament, Brooks had a right to be a little emotional. Brooks hated to see the careers of seniors Shaina Cruse, Kori Hankins, Stephanie Hopper, Whitney Pounders, Sunnie Rushing, and Kara Von Kanel end in a 3-1 loss to Lafayette, but Brooks was proud they went out after a run deep into the playoffs.
Senior leadership is particularly valuable when you’re not sure if your team is going to have a coach. That’s the situation seniors Erin Williams, Caitlin Osterman, Kathryn Scarbrough, Sarah Simpson, Heather Wells, and newcomer Nicky Croft faced in August as they faced the start of another season. The seniors did their best to keep everyone working and focused on the start of the season until Dale Latham was chosen as a volunteer coach to replace David Johnson.
Tonight or Friday doesn’t matter to Columbus High School football coach Bubba Davis. Either way, the Falcons were going to have to be ready to play state power South Panola, so why not take care of it one day earlier. “My feeling is that we will play them right now,” Davis said Wednesday morning.
It’s all about the attitude for the Caledonia High School volleyball team. Defending a 30-foot section of court with six players doesn’t sound like a difficult proposition. But if the players don’t know the details that go into playing each position it’s likely they won’t be able to work as a unit.
Bowl season doesn’t begin for another two months. But the past four weeks have lasted just as long for Chris Hamm and his Victory Christian football team.
Scott Marchant has the Pickens County High School football team in contention for a region championship in his first season as head coach. Pickens County can take a step toward winning the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A, Region 4 championship Friday night when it plays host to American Christian Academy.
ABERDEEN –– In a perfect world, the third time is always the charm. Too, in a perfect world, a resounding 25-10 first-set triumph on your home court should be enough to kick-start your team to a straight-set win. And again, in a perfect world, a 2-1 set advantage and holding serve with a 24-22 lead in the fourth and what should be the deciding set should be a good indication your team had a better than even chance of advancing to the Class I North Half finals.
Streaks are part of Northeast Mississippi’s football history. But before South Panola High School football team claimed the honor of holding the state’s longest winning streak, that honor belonged to coach Jimmie Moore’s Hamilton Lions. Moore’s Lions, who accomplished the unbelievable feat of going through the 1977 season without allowing a point, went on two years later to start a winning streak that stretched to 51 games until Oct. 7, 1983, when coach Rudy Pope’s New Hope High Trojans ended the run with a 35-14 victory in Columbus.
Due to expected bad weather in the area, the Columbus High School football team’s game against South Panola has been moved to 7 p.m. Thursday at Falcon Field.
REFORM, Ala. — Scott Marchant has a dilemma. The Pickens County High School football coach has a talented quarterback to direct his team’s high-powered passing offense. The former defensive coordinator also has an athlete versatile enough to play a hybrid safety-linebacker position. Problem is, that player is Deion Curry.
Their jerseys are old school. The big, bold green numbers 30 and 66 on white jerseys stare down opponents. It’s simple and clean, even without the players’ names on the back of the jerseys. On Friday night, Jamal Petty and Vontarrius Dora made a statement wearing those numbers.
It took about half a quarter for the Magnolia Heights football team to find the rhythm it last displayed in a 3-0 start to the season. After that, the Chiefs marched all over the Heritage Academy Patriots 45-14 to snap a three-game losing streak.
HAMILTON — The West Lowndes High School football team stopped a late surge by Hamilton Friday night en route to a 26-20 victory in its Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 opener. The Panthers (5-1) also snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak.
AMORY — Forest Williams used something Friday night he didn’t know he had. When the Amory High School sophomore quarterback broke through the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, he outran the Caledonia High School defense on his way to a 55-yard touchdown.
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