Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar stood on about the 2-yard line at Falcon Field and looked across the way, hoping to speak to a friend from West Point. A grueling, physical, emotionally draining game had just taken place. For the second time in three weeks, Columbus had exhausted all options and come up short, falling 17-13 to West Point before a capacity crowd Friday night.
Even though it was rhetorical question, West Point High School senior wide receiver Demarrio Edwards still didn't have an answer. "I don't know what we would do without our defense," Edwards said. "We wouldn't have a chance. I love those guys to death. They make us who we are. If you saw them play tonight, we owe them everything." On a night in which more than 400 yards were allowed, great normally isn't the label applied to a defense. However, "great," "super," and "incredible" were among the words used to describe the defense after West Point edged Columbus 17-13 before a packed house Friday night at Falcon Field.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team moved to 2-0 in Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 58-16 home victory against Marion on Friday night. Aliceville built a 50-0 lead after one quarter. DeMontez Hinton set an AHSAA record by rushing for six two-point conversions in the win. Hinton also had a 22-yard touchdown run.
STARKVILLE -- Despite a strong start from its defense, the Starkville Academy football team couldn't keep the momentum going Friday night. Knowing it had a smaller margin for error against a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAAA opponent, Class AAA Starkville Academy surrendered three big touchdown plays and committed six turnovers in a 40-0 loss to Lamar School.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery hasn't been critical of his offensive line. Instead, the veteran coach has used praise and motivation to help an inexperienced group mold into a cohesive unit. After two tough starts to the season, things turned for the better last week when Columbus rushed for 350 yards in a 49-21 victory against New Hope.
Sean Harrison always believed the Heritage Academy football team had plenty of pieces to put defenses back on their heels. A loss to Lamar School in Week 2 forced Harrison to re-examine his play-calling and ultimately convinced him the best way to utilize his assets was to mix them up and move them around to create multiple looks and formations. The decision enabled the Patriots to go back to the spring when Harrison first arrived from Wayne Academy and the team worked on a spread attack. The move paid off last week, as Heritage Academy broke out to a 28-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 48-13 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The win helped erase the memory of a 26-6 loss to Lamar School and gave the team a sense of confidence entering its matchup at 7 tonight against Lee Academy.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter doesn't have to rant and rave to let you know he isn't happy.
STEENS -- Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak still are getting used to having the term "All-American" associated with their names.
STARKVILLE -- Noah Methvin and Dalton Dempsey work well together. The relationship between a quarterback and a running back might not be as essential as the relationship between a quarterback and his offensive line, but they must work well together. Through three games, Methvin and Dempsey are clicking for the Starkville Academy football team.
ORRVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team defeated Keith 48-8 Friday night to win its Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 opener. Jamar Richardson had two rushing touchdowns to lead Aliceville, which led 28-0 at halftime. Richardson paced the defensive effort with 10 tackles and an interception.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery has waited patiently for an inexperienced offensive line to come together. That unit might have finally jelled Friday night at Trojan Field, as Columbus rushed for 365 yards and collected a season-high 506 yards of total offense in a 49-21 victory against Lowndes County rival New Hope.
McADAMS -- The West Lowndes High School football team made the most of its final non-region tuneup, rolling to a 52-0 victory against McAdams on Friday night. Senior Marcus Farmer led a balance offensive attack with 224 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Farmer score twice on the ground and caught a touchdown pass from Lemerrius Fair.
WEST POINT -- Scoring on the first play from scrimmage, the Heritage Academy football team's duo of Tyler Anderson and Dontae Gray was unstoppable Friday night en route to a 48-13 victory against Oak Hill Academy. Anderson connected with Gray on three touchdown passes, while Anderson rushed for a score and Gray rushed for two. Anderson and Gray used their speed to get behind defensive backs and to bust through the middle on almost every play they touched the football in the first half.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team is 0-3 to start the season, but it is a hopeful 0-3. Following a 33-0 home loss to Monroe County neighbor Hatley on Friday night, Hamilton coach Josh Baty delivered a fiery post-game speech, not filled with fire and brimstone, rather a passionate call to correct the mistakes that have kept the Lions out of the win column.
STARKVILLE -- Rodrigues Clark wasn't happy with his play in the first half. The Starkville High School football running back wasn't involved much in the offense, but when he was, he wasn't very productive. The Yellow Jackets didn't need him, but Clark decided to be more productive in the second half.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson doesn't want his Starkville Academy football team to be satisfied. Nicholson could care less about the score. The second-year head coach prefers to focus on what his players need to do to get better every play, every game, and every week.
MACON -- Jakerrius Oliver would love to be a workhorse. But you're bound to get more than one player willing to shoulder a bigger load when you have an offensive line with the size and experience of the Noxubee County High School football team. With four of its five offensive linemen listed at 6-foot-3 or taller and weighing at least 250 pounds, Noxubee County has the girth and athleticism to make the most of the talents of Oliver and a deep and versatile backfield.
CALEDONIA -- Logan Suggs entered the summer hoping there would be a destination at the end of a busy road. Like many local standouts, Suggs entered the summer between his junior and senior year at Caledonia High School with a goal to secure an opportunity to play at the next level. And like more and more local players, the pitcher/infielder wanted to play in games outside the Golden Triangle to raise his profile and to increase the likelihood he could attract the attention of college coaches.
STARKVILLE -- Nobody was going to catch Rodrigues Clark. The Starkville High School football running back broke off a 50-yard run for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to propel No. 3 Starkville to a 28-6 victory against No. 4 West Point in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) game Friday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
STEENS -- Nate Parker had plenty of time to think about the possibilities. After watching senior quarterback Dawson Shaw suffer a knee injury in the season opener against Heritage Academy, the Columbus Christian Academy junior had a feeling his role was going to change. Parker's worst fears were confirmed a few days later when he learned that Shaw, one of the team's vocal and on-field leaders, had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
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