Kris Pickle hoped the roots would take hold quickly. Like all new coaches moving to a new school, Pickle thought a fresh start could work wonders with the New Hope High School football team. The former Aberdeen High assistant coach and head coach at Morton High knew New Hope had talent, but he also knew the program hadn't had a lot of success under two coaches in the past three seasons.
Pickens Academy football coach Josh Thacker knew he had some very valuable players to replace this season.
The gauntlet is down to six.
Arm strength. Poise. Vision.
MACON -- Cupcakes create consistency.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team unleashed its defense on Pickens County on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets forced three turnovers and rode a big offensive night from Jeremy McMullen en route to a 36-6 victory.
WEST POINT -- It's difficult to tell if someone is in better condition. Short of having them run gassers or do bear crawls, coaches have to trust their players are giving their best effort in practice so they are in the best physical shape to play in games.
WEST POINT -- What started out as a nightmare turned into the game of Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham's life. Abraham, a junior, passed for a season-best 391 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to help Oxford rally for a 43-22 victory against West Point at McAllister Field.
STEENS -- One interception can zap the life from a team that already is behind. Four will eliminate all hope.
Heritage Academy-Oak Hill Academy Breakout
MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew he had a tough opponent in the 3A Charleston Tigers on Friday night, despite the lower classification. What he didn't expect was for his offense, which entered the game averaging 32.9 points, to score seven points in the first three quarters.
ETHEL -- The West Lowndes High School football team snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night with a 40-8 victory against Ethel in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 game.
Oxford-West Point Breakouts
The New Hope High School football team built on perfection in impressive fashion Friday night. Junior running back Brenton Spann rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Stone Sisson threw for two more scores to lead New Hope to a 33-17 victory against Clarksdale in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
LOUISVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill encouraged his team to be a fast-starting unit this season. Terrill felt like his team needed to be better at scoring early in games. The confidence and momentum earned from early scores can be huge.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior running back Avery Brown got the word Monday afternoon. With senior starters Jacquez Horsley (hamstring) and Matt Fuller (bruised tailbone) slowed or out due to injury, Brown received notice his first start with the top-ranked Yellow Jackets would come Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener has against Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School first-year football coach Randal Montgomery knew his team would face a tough challenge Friday night against top-ranked Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Junior running back Avery Brown felt some nervousness before making his first start with the Starkville High School football team on Friday night in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 opener against Columbus High.
Friday's Alabama Prep Football Scores
1. Ole Miss gearing up for improved LSU COLLEGE SPORTS
2. No. 1 MSU begins preparations for Kentucky COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Alabama shines with looser mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Ole Miss will rely on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU's Alwal hopes new habits will pay dividends COLLEGE SPORTS