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Hebron Christian needs win to enhance playoff chances

Posted 10/16/2009 in High School Sports

Greg Watkins isn’t going to hide the truth from his players. Instead, the Hebron Christian football coach has been upfront with the Eagles and told them they have to beat Immanuel Christian at 7:30 tonight in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools A District 3 game if they want to make the playoffs. The Eagles’ job still wouldn’t be done if they accomplish that goal. Hebron Christian (2-5, 0-1) then would have to beat Winona Christian, which is 2-0 in the district, to force a possible three-way tie atop the district with Central Holmes.

 

 

New Hope, Hamilton will play for North Half State titles

Posted 10/15/2009 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team has picked the right time of the season to break out the big bats. Now the Lady Trojans have to find a way to keep it going for two more series.

 

 

Lamar County will try to set up showdown for region title

Posted 10/15/2009 in High School Sports

The Lamar County Bulldogs can do their part at 7 p.m. Friday to set up a showdown for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A, Region 7 championship when they play host to the Oakman Wildcats.

 

 

Heritage Academy will try again to snap skid

Posted 10/15/2009 in High School Sports

The season isn’t over for the Heritage Academy football team. A five-game losing streak has erased a lot of the optimism from the Patriots’ 3-0 start, but coach Brad Butler doesn’t want his players to pack up the gear just yet.

 

 

Louisville football team establishing its identity on defense

Posted 10/14/2009 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE — Even before the season kicked off, Louisville High School head football coach Brad Peterson said his team was looking for its identity, especially on defense. Now, nine weeks into the season, the 6-2 Wildcats may finally be finding themselves. “We knew we were gong to have a young defense,” Peterson said. “We only had three true starters coming back and a lot of those guys back there are so young.”

 

 

Starkville's Johnson putting pieces together

Posted 10/13/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Jaquez Johnson knew the Starkville High School football team’s first four games this season were going to be a challenge. Johnson never imagined, though, that he and the Yellow Jackets would be as frustrated as they were after losses to Noxubee County, Louisville, Meridian, and West Point.

 

 

Overconfidence not a problem for Noxubee County football team

Posted 10/13/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — Overconfidence never has been a problem for the Noxubee County High School football team. Instead of talking about what they’re going to do, the Tigers rely on a swarming defense that is lightning quick and an offense that can strike from anywhere at anytime to produce results. The return of senior wide receiver/quarterback Vincent Sanders from a broken jaw last week figures to give the Tigers the missing piece that could help them defend their Class 4A state title.

 

 

Defense shines again for Noxubee County

Posted 10/13/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — The Noxubee County High School football team used its speed on defense Saturday night to post another shutout. Noxubee County registered its third consecutive shutout, and sixth of the season, in a 30-0 victory against Amory in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 game.

 

 

Pickens County gets by without Jones

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. — No one wanted Dominique Jones to go down. But a hush came over G.S. Spruill Stadium when the Pickens County High School senior running back/wide receiver went down with a hip pointer in the second quarter against American Christian Academy.

 

 

Houston hands Caledonia another shutout loss

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — The building process continues for Buz Boyer. The good thing about playing in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 is Boyer, the Houston High School football coach, can test his Hilltoppers against some of the state’s premier programs.

 

 

Hamilton softball slugs way to North Half State final

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — The Lady Lions love the long ball. Buoyed by an eight-home run evening, the Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team defeated East Union 15-8 and 14-5 in a best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North Half State playoff series.

 

 

New Hope's McCrary moving on after losing her father

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

It starts with a special mark in the dirt. Anna McCrary’s bat touches the earth and draws the sign of a cross. She then touches the center of it to remind herself of her bond with God. She also remembers her father.

 

 

Walters' interceptions help New Hope hold on

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

LAKE CORMORANT — Raymond Walters intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help the New Hope High School football team hold off Lake Cormorant 32-21 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1, District 2 game on Saturday.

 

 

J.Z. George beats West Lowndes in final minute

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

The West Lowndes High School football team lost to J.Z. George 14-8 in the final 25 seconds of a rescheduled game Saturday night.

 

 

Starkville High's Perkins commits to So. Miss

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Rashad Perkins has worked on every part of his game in the offseason to become a better basketball player for Starkville High School. He hopes those improvements also will help him at the next level. On Thursday, Perkins gave a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

 

Jackson Academy blanks Heritage Academy

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

Payne Kellum rushed for 102 yards and Michael Martin rushed for three touchdowns Friday to lead the Jackson Academy football team to a 33-0 victory against Heritage Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1 game.

 

 

Aberdeen misses tornado, beats Water Valley

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

WATER VALLEY — Not even a tornado could stop the Aberdeen High School football team. After driving through thunderstorms and just missing a tornado on the ride to Water Valley, the Bulldogs stormed past the Blue Devils 42-13 Friday night at Bobby Clark Field for their fifth consecutive victory and second consecutive Class 3A, Region 2 road win.

 

 

Starkville beats Horn Lake to go to 3-0 in district

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Despite wet and slippery field conditions, the Starkville High School football team found confidence in its passing game Friday. After trailing 6-3 in the first quarter, Starkville scored 31 unanswered points en route to a 34-6 victory against Horn Lake in a Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 game.

 

 

Starkville Academy shows fight against MRA

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Kyle Henson had to make a decision at halftime. Trailing 34-0 to Madison-Ridgeland Academy at the intermission, the Starkville Academy junior quarterback and his teammates had to find a source of motivation.

 

 

Columbus football team dismantled in loss to South Panola

Posted 10/9/2009 in High School Sports

It didn’t take the Nick Parker-led South Panola High School football team long to convince Columbus Falcons why it remains one of the most high-profile programs in the Magnolia State. The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 rankings and fresh off a 34-6 dismantling of then-No. 4 Olive Branch last Friday, scored early and often against the Falcons en route to a 53-7 win here Thursday evening.

 

 

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