CARTHAGE -- The New Hope High School football team qualified for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A playoffs Friday night with a 27-6 victory against Leake Central. New Hope (5-4, 1-2 region) will step outside of region play Friday to face Jackson Prep at home before finishing the regular season with a region home game against Noxubee County.
Noah Methvin walked toward the Heritage Academy sideline and shook his head. The Starkville Academy quarterback could have screamed in frustration. Methvin could have put his head down. Instead, the senior told himself he needed to do better after short-hopping a throw to Brady Richardson on second down, regrouped, and headed back to the huddle.
STARKVILLE -- Defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson isn't hard to pick out on the Starkville High School football team's sideline. More times than not, Thompson is the one flying through the air pumping his fist and creeping onto the field more than officials would like him to. Thompson wasn't the only one who had that energy Friday night.
STEENS -- The Columbus Christian Academy football team's defense did everything it could to keep the squad in the game against Lee Academy (Ark.) on Friday night. Unfortunately, all of the Rams' defensive players also play offense, so it was a matter of time before fatigue became an issue against the bigger team.
SOUTHAVEN -- Columbus High School senior defensive back Devon King knew patience would be critical when playing with so many young teammates this season. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the time for patience is running out.
REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team took over first place in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A, Region 5 race with a 41-28 victory against South Lamar on Friday night.
WEST POINT -- A first down is when a team moves the football 10 yards in as many as four attempts. The West Point High football team didn't allow one for three-plus quarters and gave the Conquistadors very little say in the matter Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Nicknames are a part of nearly every team. Whether it's the players of the coaches that come up with them, the playful names often stick and become another part of someone's given name.
If Dontae Gray isn't careful, he is going to come up with a new statistic to chart on Friday nights. In addition to quarterback hurries, pass breakups, and third-down conversions, high school football coaches routinely keep track of pancake blocks. The eye-catching maneuvers usually are reserved for offensive linemen, who often receive limited glory for their work in the trenches.
WEST POINT -- Re-focusing is something the West Point High School football team is used to doing. This week, West Point and Oak Hill Academy will need to raise their intensity levels to meet similar challenges.
This one has been circled on the calendar since February. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy football teams have recognized the importance of Friday, Oct. 13, for a long time. But neither squad has allowed the potential ramifications of that date to distract it from its business, which is why both teams enter their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game at 7 p.m. Friday at C.L. Mitchell Field with a chance to win a district title.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones' quick scouting report on Cameron Gardner was simple: The tools are there, but the statistics aren't. The Starkville High School football coach was certain that would change.
When Columbus High School senior Jordan Randle left New Hope High and joined his new team during the summer, he was ready for the challenges of learning new teammates, new coaches, and new plays. Randle never envisioned learning a new position.
Nate Parker admits he wasn't used to getting as hit as much as he did in the Columbus Christian Academy football team's first five games.
STARKVILLE -- The newest Mississippi State football t-shirt craze is originating from inside its locker room.
Eric Thornton doesn't anticipate his Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team to be fazed by the prospects of facing five-time state champion Neshoba Central at 5 p.m. today in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class III State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Sybil Roberson is used to attracting attention. Roberson's speed and technical ability usually mean she sees multiple defenders trying to mark her or slow her down when she is attacking the goal. The Starkville Academy girls soccer team learned Monday defending Roberson is quite a challenge.
Kosciusko High School's football team tried to give away a much-needed district win Friday at New Hope.
GREENVILLE -- Two incompletions and a 30-yard pass allowed on Greenville's first offensive play of the game were the catalyst for the quick 8-0 deficit Starkville High School gave itself on the road at Greenville.
MACON -- Kyziah Pruitt didn't mind the extra duty Friday night.
1. Howland excited to have Nebraska coming to Starkville COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter smiling again as Tigers try to clinch district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy focused on bounce-back effort HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Oak Hill Academy will go on road to try to win district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS