LAKE CORMORANT -- Nearly five miles away from the banks of the Mississippi River, West Point High football team's Chris Calvert's running was akin to the river's current - powerful and fast.
WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy will live through this.
Horn Lake High School junior running back Tyler Grim is used to stepping up when his team is a man down.
LOUISVILLE -- The dream matchup is now set. Heritage Academy will play host to Starkville Academy Friday night with the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 title hanging in the balance.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson senses something is hanging over the Starkville Academy football team. As much as he tries to ignore it, Nicholson admits it is too big to dismiss. But Starkville Academy's game against archrival Heritage Academy on Friday, Oct. 13, won't have the same significance if his team doesn't take care of its business at 7 tonight when it goes on the road to take on Canton Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game.
WEST POINT -- Chris Chambless has been a part of his fair share of blowouts through the years. A year ago, the West Point High School football team won 10 games by three touchdowns or more en route to a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title.
WEST POINT -- Shared enthusiasm and spirit has the Oak Hill Academy in position to create special memories.
MACON -- Eight will be the magic number for Tyrone Shorter on Friday night. The Noxubee County High School football coach will be able to live with 10, as long as the penalties committed by his team aren't one of lack of concentration or focus.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones was still settling in as Starkville High School's football coach when it came time to attend the Mississippi State football camp.
The conversation -- if you want to call it that -- didn't last long. Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison remembers his "talk" with his junior going something like this: "Lex, I need you to do more to help the team this season." Harrison's recalls Rogers saying "yes sir" and not quibbling about where he was going to play, how many minutes he was going to get, or if the new work would take away from his duties as the team's kicker and punter.
STARKVILLE -- It was the perfect Homecoming night for the Starkville Academy football team. After a rough start, Starkville Academy relied on its defense to lead the way to a 32-10 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) non-district game at J.E. Logan Field.
REFORM, Ala. -- It was all about the defense Friday night, as the Pickens County High School football team defeated Aliceville 6-0 in an Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) non-district matchup.
WEST POINT -- For the record, Jaden Craven doesn't look fat. Unlike other "hogs" who play in the trenches up front, Craven's jersey fits well and covers his stomach. His pants complete a uniform that suits the fireplug of a guard, who is listed at 5-foot-9, 220 pounds, very well.
Ethan Howell didn't know what to expect Monday as he traveled to the Alabama Christian Athletic Association State Golf Championship. Howell, a junior at Victory Christian Academy in Columbus, had plenty of time to think on the three-plus hour drive, although he didn't have much to go on. He had never played the course at Quail Creek Resort in Hartselle, Alabama, and he never had walked a round of 18 holes.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones insists success on offense is based more on the players, not the plays. For much of Jones' first season as head football coach at Starkville High School, the Yellow Jackets have executed at a high level and relied on a productive running game. That plan changed in a hurry Friday night.
There's a fine line between confidence and stubbornness. Leake Academy quarterback Will Lawson Harkins crossed that line not once, but four times against Heritage Academy junior defensive back Lex Rogers, who intercepted four passes and spearheaded a defense that forced six turnovers in a 37-6 win Friday.
LOUISVILLE -- The New Hope High School football team dropped a 48-7 decision to Louisville in its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 opener Friday night at Hinze Stadium.
TUPELO -- The Columbus High School football team's original plan wasn't available Friday night. Turns out, the Falcons couldn't execute the backup plan, either.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team broke its post-game huddle with two words: "state champs." Anyone watching West Point's game against Center Hill on Friday would have a hard time believing the Green Wave aren't the favorite to win another Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title.
WEST POINT -- Marcus Murphy knows he runs the ball well.
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3. Fitzgerald comes out throwing in victory COLLEGE SPORTS
4. West Point continues dominance, blanks Grenada HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Lamar County wins to set up showdown against Sulligent HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS