Chris Chambless already has a laundry list of things to do.
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven wants every member of the Oak Hill Academy football team to be confident.
STARKVILLE -- The pictures and plaques on the left and right walls of the Starkville Academy field house take you through the years and the successes of the football program.
Le'Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, and Todd Gurley make up a formidable group.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones wanted to make Monday an easy day. Yes, it was Labor Day, and the team was practicing at 8 a.m. to give the players the rest of the holiday off, but that wasn't the reason he wanted to have an easy day.
There are no guarantees for the Columbus High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- There's no way to determine who had higher expectations for Starkville High School running back Dreke Clark: his coach, Chris Jones, or himself.
ABERDEEN -- Although it was probably the furthest thing from his mind at the time, Amory High School football coach Allen Glenn gave his old coach Bobby Hall as good of a retirement present as possible Friday as his Panthers ended their nine-game losing streak in the annual A-Team game with a 34-26 upset victory against unbeaten Aberdeen.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones retreated to the athletic building behind Yellow Jacket Stadium's south end zone at halftime facing a one-point deficit.
STARKVILLE -- The West Point High School football team felt something Friday it hadn't experienced in more than two years.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team is accustomed to facing adversity. A year ago, the Volunteers committed a turnover on the opening kickoff of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) AAA State championship game last November. The fumble set up Indianola Academy for the game's first score and gave it all of the momentum.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter is passionate when giving a post-game speech. There are talking points from the game, reminders about going to church, and encouraging words about staying safe and away from trouble.
STEENS -- The Columbus Christian Academy football team is battered, frustrated, and looking for signs it is improving -- and closer to winning games.
WEST POINT -- You could sense the determination every time Ethan Bryan pumped his legs. The Oak Hill Academy senior running stood a Tunica Academy tackler up inside the 5-yard line and kept driving for the goal line. His push for the Raiders' first score of the evening ended 1 yard short of pay dirt.
WAYNESBORO -- The Heritage Academy football team earned back-to-back road wins Friday with a 35-7 victory against Wayne Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) matchup.
Patience is everything. It can be natural for a coach to see a player's inexperience and think a rigid plan or limited options is the best way to go. Chase Nicholson prefers a different approach. It comes from years of dealing with quarterbacks and building a trust that leads to a coach and a player eventually thinking the same thing.
Last season, the biggest storyline of the prep football season centered on whether Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A state champion Pearl or Class 5A state champion West Point had the better team.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gillespie has been hearing it for years, both on the good side and the bad side. He knows there is plenty of bragging going on around the Starkville-West Point rivalry, and it's been that way for decades.
STARKVILLE -- Hang out around Chase Nicholson and you're bound to hear a few impersonations.
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