OLIVE BRANCH -- New Hope senior quarterback Thomas Stevens threw for six touchdowns as the Trojans knocked off Center Hill 55-27 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 football game Friday night.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School clinched a berth in the Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs with a dominating 44-6 win over Hatch Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- "There is no going back." Caledonia football coach Andy Crotwell couldn't have said it better when asked if his team's game against Houston at 7 tonight was any different than the first five this season.
"Good football teams find a way to bounce back and get back on track, and that's what we're going to do. We have a good football team. It showed in the first two ballgames. The last two games we just kind of fell apart, but there is no quit in this team." -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter talking about his team on Sept. 15, 2015, as it entered Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 play with a 2-4 record.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery has talked about the process of helping his team learn how to win games. As Montgomery has put his stamp on the program, the Falcons have become one of the most competitive teams in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A play.
STARKVILLE -- Connor Reinike and Jakoby Jones didn't know what to expect when they joined the Starkville High School football team last season. Reinike had transferred from Starkville Academy and Jones was getting used to life away from East Oktibbeha County High School. Jones became a Yellow Jacket after the Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District consolidated in the fall of 2015.
Having played with fellow senior Kylin Hill for virtually all of his football career, Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar knows when he is on the verge of seeing something special. A Mississippi State commitment, Hill has turned in many special performances on the way to being considered one of the state's best running backs.
One game doesn't make a district season. That's why Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison allowed his players to enjoy their victory against Starkville Academy last week for a few days before he asked his players to re-focus for their next game. Playing against another team from Lowndes County should help the Patriots get back to work.
Mickey Allen finally can exhale. Thanks to some timely assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority (CLRA), Allen and Heritage Academy were able to pull off the 12-team, two-day Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North Class AAA tournament. The event started Saturday with 18 games at the Redbird A, B, and C fields at Propst Park and wrapped up Monday at Heritage Academy. Leake Academy beat Bayou Academy 10-0 to win the championship. Those two schools and North Delta Academy and Kirk Academy were the last four teams standing, so they will advance to the Overall Class AAA State tournament, which will be this weekend at Shiloh Park in Brandon.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter didn't want to be in this position again. A year ago, Shorter could rely on an experienced group of players that was primed to play at the next level. With talented leaders like Jeffery Simmons, Qendarrion Barnett, Timorrius Conner, Deveon Ball, Bobby May and Ladaveon Smith, Shorter had confidence the Noxubee County football team could erase a 2-4 start and defend its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title.
WEST POINT -- Offense was the name of the game Friday night, as the Winona Christian football team defeated Oak Hill Academy 49-42 in a Mississippi Association of Independent (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 game.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Anderson wasn't going to lose to rival Starkville Academy again. The cost didn't matter. Anderson, a senior, was determined to change the script and end the Volunteers' two-game winning streak in the series.
For every step forward, the New Hope High School football team took a step back in its 42-13 loss to Clarksdale on Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. The list of miscues and missed opportunities was lengthy: two scoreless possessions that reached the Clarksdale 10-yard line, 13 penalties for 115 yards, and six turnovers.
WEST POINT -- In the current era of wide open, high-scoring spread offenses, the battle between the West Point and Oxford high school football teams turned out to be a throwback to a bygone era where, more times than not, a good defense beat a good offense. That was the case Friday night at Hamblin Stadium, as West Point's smothering defense limited Oxford to 116 yards en route to a 22-8 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School football team wrapped up the non-region part of its schedule Friday night with a 49-6 victory against Tishomingo County on Homecoming.
SOUTHAVEN -- Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar and senior wide receiver Michael McCloud have run hundreds of passing routes together. On some late summer evenings, the close friends worked long hours in the grueling sun looking for that perfect throw and perfect catch. Many of those routes and throws were harder to complete than the ones they attempted Friday night.
ALICEVILLE -- A big first half carried the Aliceville High School football team to a 52-12 non-region victory against Pickens County in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) football action Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Jaquez Akins scored two touchdowns off the bench, and the Starkville High School defense didn't allow a point Friday night in a 30-6 victory against Callaway in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Kris Pickle is eager to start sorting things out. Tyrone Shorter feels the same sense of urgency, but he has another week before games really start to count. At 7 tonight, Pickle's New Hope High School football team will play host to Clarksdale in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. In Macon, Shorter's Noxubee County High Tigers will play host to Class 3A rival Kemper County in their final non-district match.
STARKVILLE -- When Natrone Brooks heard Starkville High School football defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley was leaving, he didn't know what to think. Oakley was hired as the new Senatobia High football coach in April just as spring practice was about the start. The announcement left Starkville coach Ricky Woods needing to call an old friend. He reached out to Chuck Friend, a former Starkville High football coach, to fill the vacancy. Friend showed up and immediately earned the respect of the defense.
1. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
2. West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus grabs key road win at Olive Branch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope gets lift with home win over Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS