West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox remembers the nightmare of his team trying to guard Starkville High School guard Tyson Carter during a summer league game. Cox said his young team hung tight through three quarters until Carter took the contest over. In his team's home opener Thursday night, Carter did the destruction much earlier.
When the season began, football players at West Point High School felt like the team was ready to return to the upper echelon in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A play. West Point (10-2) will have a chance to prove it has realized that goal at 7 tonight when it plays at Grenada (10-2) in the second round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
MACON -- Like many of his peers, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter doesn't enjoy playing teams twice in one season.
STARKVILLE -- Will Coleman could have gone and played immediately at a handful of other schools.
New Hope High School senior Carlos Brooks likes the "positive vibes" coming from his basketball team.
MACON -- Jeffery Simmons lingered at midfield a little longer than usual.
Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill knows how far the Falcons traveled this season. He also knows a state championship is within the team's grasp. Columbus saw its 2015 season end with a 56-42 loss to Clinton in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs Friday night. Hill did his part with 24 rushes for 382 yards and five touchdowns. For his efforts, Hill is The Dispatch Prep Player of the Week.
MACON -- Four-man fade likely will go down as one of the biggest plays in Noxubee County High School football history. It shouldn't be surprising that Kymbotric Mason and Timorrius Conner were involved in the play, or that it was a pass completion between a junior wide receiver and senior quarter back that sealed Noxubee County's 20-13 victory against Lafayette County. After all, this is Noxubee County, a program that has earned a reputation for having an explosive passing attack.
STARKVILLE -- Avery Brown believes it's all about how much heart you have. The Starkville High School senior running back saw Olive Branch cut his team's lead to 15 with 3 minutes, 54 seconds remaining Friday night. After a failed onside kick, the Yellow Jackets took over around midfield. On the ensuing play, Brown showed how much heart he had, dashing the Conquistadors' hopes for a comeback with a 52-yard touchdown. "I just had to do what I had to do to put the game away," Brown said.
The West Lowndes High School football team scored in a lot of different ways Friday night in a 30-6 victory against Ray Brooks in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A playoffs. The victory helped West Lowndes (9-4) equal the most victories in a season since 1995, when coach Felix Wicks led the team to a 9-1 finish. The win also set up a trip to Hollandale next week to face the Simmons Blue Devils (9-0).
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team's passing game is like an earthquake -- opponents never know when it's coming. More than 80 percent of the time, West Point will pound the inside with dives and stretch the perimeter with sweeps, even on passing downs. Then, out of nowhere, the Green Wave will get a chunk play in the passing game.
ABERDEEN -- In a play on an Aaron Levenstein original quote, former major league baseball player Toby Harrah once said, "Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything." The second-round Class 3A Mississippi High School Activities Association playoff game between the Aberdeen High School and Water Valley High football teams is a case in point, as the Blue Devils held the Bulldogs' offense to a season-low 184 yards, including only 106 through the air, and 65 on one play.
TALLULAH, La. -- The Hebron Christian football team saw its prep football season come to a close Friday night with a 56-22 loss to Tallulah Academy (La.) in the second round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Eight-Man playoffs. Hebron Christian finishes the season 8-4.
The Columbus High School football team experienced every feeling Friday night in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A first-round playoff game. The Falcons then felt the one they feared the worst: Finality.
Taras Woodson and Lavante Porter have been waiting for this moment. As the only two seniors who have been on the West Lowndes High School football team for the last four years, a home playoff game has remained an elusive reward for all of the Panthers' hard work. That will change at 7 tonight when West Lowndes (8-4) plays host to Ray Brooks in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Class 1A playoffs.
Junior Demarrio Edwards has watched the West Point High School football team's offense grow up before his eyes. "The numbers we are putting up right now are scary," said Edwards, who plays quarterback, wide receiver, and anything else that might pop up. "To think we are doing all of this with mainly two sophomores is incredible. It has been fun to be along for the ride." Edwards is referencing sophomore quarterback Marcus Murphy and sophomore running back Chris Calvert. Each have cleared the 1,000-yard rushing mark.
WEST POINT -- Heath Ford and Caleb Robertson were two of the fortunate sons on the Oak Hill Academy football team this season.
STARKVILLE -- There was slight reluctance when Tyson Carter was handed a cowbell by a family member.
The blue word on the pink band on Jartavius Dobbs' right wrist captured the sentiment of the morning.
STARKVILLE -- Rontavis Clark is a confident person.