Columbus celebrated Homecoming with a 43-20 win over Louisville in prep football action Friday night.
WEST POINT -- Justin Cox has a Friday night ritual before he takes the field for the Mississippi State football team every week. Around 10 p.m. each Friday, the former West Point High School standout sends a text message or calls one of West Point's current standouts, linebacker Kadarius Forside.
STARKVILLE -- High school football coaches wrestle each season with how to deal with an open date. Coaches must decide which days to practice, how long to practice, and whether to focus more on upcoming opponents or their teams. For Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell, the open date posed even more mystery.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch presents the second in a two-part series focusing on teachers and coaches. The first part provided background about the working conditions for teachers and coaches in the state of Mississippi. Part two examines the thoughts of four coaches with varying levels of experience, charts their career paths, and provides their thoughts about how the work they do has changed.
Don't count Kris Pickle among those who have been surprised by the New Hope High School football team's 3-0 start. The former Aberdeen High assistant and Morton High head coach knew it would take time for his players to adjust to a new system. But he also realized there was plenty of potential on hand to help New Hope regroup from a run of three consecutive losing seasons.
Randal Montgomery sees the progress.
Barrett Donahoe likes where his team stands nearly halfway through a marathon of a regular season. The Heritage Academy football coach would like to have another victory or two, but he feels the Patriots (2-2) have positioned themselves to accomplish all of their goals.
MACON -- There have been times when the Noxubee County High School football team's defense has been a force to start the season. A look back to the state title season in 2008 and to the 2009 campaign shows the Tigers recorded a shutout in the season opener each year en route to posting seven and 10 shutouts for the whole year.
PHEBA -- Prior to the start of the 2014 football season, Hebron Christian School coach David Foster approached starting quarterback Channing Tapley and told him what signal callers everywhere love to hear.
MACON -- Noxubee County has built a state championship tradition based on its defense.
MACON -- While Aberdeen dropped a 29-0 decision to Noxubee County in prep football action Friday night, the Bulldogs did not go down without a fight.
There were plenty of moments Friday night when it looked like Greg Watkins' Columbus Christian Academy (2-2) squad had taken one punch too many against New Site (3-1). The visiting Royals from Booneville had two 'size' advantages that looked like they would be too much to overcome.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. - Of all the expectations surrounding the Alabama High School Activities Association showdown between Lamar County and Aliceville, a defensive struggle had to be low on the list.
After defeating the defending national champion Evangel Christian a week ago, many wondered how Victory Christian Academy would come out and respond Friday night against Tabernacle High School.
JACKSON - Heritage Academy battled hard, before falling 35-13 to Jackson Academy in its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2, Division I opener Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- It was over in five plays.
JACKSON -- "You're in slow motion. You have to play faster."
On the heels of back-to-back losses to the state's top two teams, West Point High's football team entered Friday night's meeting with Columbus High in search of a little confidence.
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