There is always something you can improve on. The West Point High School football coaches drive that point home to their players every day.
WEST POINT -- Some players fit a system perfectly. Every since Lakenderic Thomas can remember, he has been a bruising running back who prefers to run through defenders than to run around them. Nowhere in the state is that quality cherished more than at West Point High School.
Watching film of Ridgeland High School's undefeated football team, West Point defensive end Tommy Keys was looking forward to a tough Class 5A North State final Friday night.
Chris Duncan transformed from gambler to politician to fire starter in a two-minute span Friday night.
The Noxubee County High School football team is going to have to wait until 2011 to make another run at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship. The Lafayette County Commodores shut out Noxubee County 20-0 on Friday night in the MHSAA North State title game to end the Tigers' season at 13-2.
High School Football Summaries
WEST POINT -- Don't think the West Point High School football team has had its share of adversity this season? Coach Chris Chambless will politely remind you how much the Green Wave (12-1) had to replace from last year's Class 5A state title squad.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter issued the challenge in the spring: The Noxubee County High School football team was going to run the football.
ABERDEEN -- A taste can leave anyone hungry for more. That's the situation Desmond "Dez" Jones found himself in last year when starting quarterback Aaron Andrews went down with a injury in the Aberdeen High School football team's season opener against Columbus.
Starkville Academy sophomore Payton Allen is the perfect example of a soccer player who can adapt to any position on the field
In 2009, West Point High School quarterback Justin Cox didn't have to worry about carrying the team.
West Point head football coach Chris Chambless knew his Green Wave had been in a battle Friday night.
The New Hope High School football team discovered how quickly a game can turn when turnovers create a shift in momentum.
For the Sulligent (Ala.) Blue Devils, the second-half surge happened for homestanding Lineville on Friday night. The Aggies scored 27 unanswered points to open the second half for a 43-23 third-round victory in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Class 2A playoffs.
Belmont arrived in Aberdeen for Friday's Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with a perfect 12-0 mark, a record crafted on the Cardinals' mastery of three phases of the game -- scoring defense, rushing and their ability to play mistake-free football.
ast Webster High School's football team entered Friday's third-round playoff game trying to escape the demons of its last trip to Calhoun City.
For a brief moment, Noxubee County's third-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoff game Friday night against Shannon reminded head coach Tyrone Shorter of the previous week. Just like against Center Hill, Noxubee fumbled the opening kickoff.
RIDGELAND -- The Ridgeland High School football team scored 20 unanswered points, including two touchdowns following turnovers, in the second half Friday night en route to a 34-27 victory against New Hope in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs at Titan Field.
Seniors have played a key role in the evolution of the New Hope football program. Coach Michael Bradley speaks fondly of the seniors on his first two teams in 2006 and '07 who helped the transform the program from a one-win doormat to a playoff contender.
Chemistry is a key for every head coach. As important as it is to have players who buy into a vision or a philosophy, it is just as crucial to have assistant coaches who complement the person in charge and help set the direction for the program.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS