SCOOBA -- Former Aberdeen High School standout Sammie Burroughs is not worried about the role he plays with the East Mississippi Community College football team.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker isn't sure if jack of all trades is an accurate way to categorize Chance Britt. As one of four senior leaders on the 2015 Pickens Academy football team, Thacker counts on Britt to play a variety of roles and to work with classmates Landon Hattaway, Ryan Harcrow, and Daniel Powell to set the tone for a young squad. But Thacker is sure of one thing when it comes to Britt: You can't question the 5-foot-8, 165-pounder's heart or work ethic.
Kris Pickle admits young teams have the most trouble figuring out how to put things behind them and keep playing. If you're a member of the New Hope High School football team, multiply that sentiment three times and you get a sense of how the players felt after losing to Louisville, Aberdeen, and Columbus to open the season.
COLDWATER -- Two losses and early-season injuries were not enough to derail the West Lowndes High School football team.
FULTON -- Halloween is more than a month away, but it was trick-or-treat night here Friday evening as the Itawamba Agricultural High School football team used a fake punt, a catch-and-lateral, and a quarterback throwback pass to stay in the game and then used a miraculous, last-minute Hail Mary to earn a 43-36 victory against Aberdeen.
MACON -- The West Point High School football team is having fun on defense again.
MACON -- Coming off of two-straight losses to tough competition, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter and the Tigers (2-3) looked to avoid the program's first three-game losing streak since 2006.
With less than a minute until half time of the New Hope-Caledonia football game Friday, Kris Pickle called a seemingly uneventful timeout.
The challenge was simple for the Caledonia High football team: beat man coverage in the passing game to loosen up the box for running back Zion Ford.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was just waiting for the first quarter to end Friday night.
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MACON -- The West Point High School football team did no favors for a struggling Noxubee County offense Friday night. With Jeffrey Drake, William Ivy, Nick Melton, and Terrence Cherry leading the way, the Green Wave defense dominated for a second-straight week to take a 21-6 victory.
CALEDONIA -- This is where Andy Crotwell hopes the Caledonia High School football team would be entering the fifth week of the season.
A slow start and five turnovers aren't essential ingredients to a successful evening.
STARKVILLE - Every time Colt Chrestman walks off the football field, he's tired.
MACON -- The talk isn't going to bother Tyrone Shorter. In 18 years as a coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter has heard plenty of whispers, comments, and shouts from fans the stands about the play of the Tigers. That's to be expected when a program becomes as successful as Noxubee County and wins three state championships in seven seasons and develops a reputation as one of the state of Mississippi's powers. Shorter believed the 2015 squad had the experience and returning leadership to be handle the expectations the program faced this season after winning a state title in 2014. In the preseason, Noxubee County was open about its goal to make history and become the school's first football team to win back-to-back state titles.
As we rapidly head to the end of September and the end of non-region play in the prep football ranks, the region races are starting to take shape. The Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A schools are in region play. Classes 5A and 6A begin next week. Classes 2A, 3A, and 4A will start in October. The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools members also are counting down to the games that determine which teams advance to the playoffs. With one-third of the regular season complete, let's preview the big matchup in each region.
Lee Davis knows the players who helped the Columbus High School baseball program have the best run in its history. Davis also has coached and has worked in the area long enough to know what it takes to be successful at Columbus High. That's part of the reason the veteran coach wanted to take on the challenge of becoming Columbus High's new baseball coach. On Monday, the Columbus Municipal School Board approved Davis to be the program's new coach. Davis replaces Jeffrey Bryan Dean, who was approved as coach in June.
WEST POINT -- "Devastated." That's how Drew Riley said the Oak Hill Academy football team felt two weeks ago after starting quarterback Ken Dill had to leave the game against Heritage Academy with an injury. In addition to losing to the Patriots 10-0, the Raiders learned shortly after the setback that Dill could be lost for the season with a foot injury. They also had to deal with an assortment of other bumps and bruises, including Riley, who used ice to tend to an aching side as he listened to coach Chris Craven's post-game talk.
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