MERIDIAN -- Barrett Donahoe uses the words "maximum effort" to describe what he expects from the Heritage Academy football team every day.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High defensive starters had to sit around all week and listen to the talent of Grenada's defense. That talk was all the motivation the Yellow Jackets needed to prove they could win a low-scoring affair and advance out of the first round of the Mississippi Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
PEARL -- In one corner of the playing surface of Ray Rogers Stadium, West Point High School junior quarterback Josh Ewing was being consoled by friends and family. About 20 yards away, senior running back Aeris Williams was with another group that was trying to help him feel better.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has witnessed some outstanding defensive performances during his tenure in Macon, but the pounding his defense issued to Ripley High on Friday night is easily at the top of the list.
MOUND BAYOU -- Friday night worked out quite nicely for the Hamilton High School football team.
REFORM, Ala. -- Weapons are everywhere for the Pickens County High School football team. The Tornadoes only needed one of them Friday night.
STARKVILLE ¬- The Starkville High School football team used a workhorse tailback and an opportunistic defense Friday night to earn its seventh playoff win in its last eight postseason games.
The Heritage Academy football team has survived a murderer's row end of the regular season to play another day. The Noxubee County High School football team hopes a murderer's row non-conference schedule has primed it to play all the way into December.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless believes his squad is close to becoming a complete team. Now would be an excellent time for the Green Wave to come together.
STARKVILLE -- "When the grass turns brown, that's when we want to still be around."
REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knows how well his Tornadoes have played this season.
Hebron Christian School waited three years for a night like Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Schafer knows what makes his twin sister, Blair, tick.
Will Golsan and Taylor Stafford were born to have the moment they experienced Wednesday afternoon when they signed National Letters of Intent with Ole Miss and Mississippi State in a ceremony in the school library.
The stare typically is one Sammy Smith reserves for officials. The Columbus High School boys basketball coach will plant his hands on his hips and tilt his head as a "You've got to be kidding me" look spreads across his face.
STARKVILLE -- With three starters lost from last season's state championship squad, Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt knew there would be a major re-tooling of the lineup.
STARKVILLE -- The light bulb has come on for Starkville High School defensive lineman Maleke Bell.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team demolished Indianola Gentry 45-6 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
VERNON, Ala. -- One down, four to go. The Lamar County High School football team opened the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A playoffs on a strong note Friday night with a 32-21 victory against Samson at George Bell Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill had been waiting for his team to play a complete game. While it is too late to make the playoffs, the Volunteers delivered that stellar effort in the regular-season finale, a 24-0 victory against Pillow Academy on Senior Night in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1 game at J.E. Logan Field.
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