TUPELO --New Hope High School had to work hard to get a pair of basketball games into the victory column Tuesday night. However, the Lady Trojans and Trojans did just that.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith has assembled a team with lots of size and length.
Anthony Sharp hasn't had much time to think about the final football game of his prep career.
STARKVILLE - Despite rolling into Saturday's showdown against No. 4 Alabama as the top-ranked team in the country, No. 1 Mississippi State suddenly finds itself in a familiar position.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Seventy. In Eight-Man football, that's not such a big number. But when your archrival puts that number up against you in rallying from a 29-point deficit for a victory, that can lead to frustrating times.
RIPLEY -- Following the Caledonia High School football team's 48-14 loss to Ripley in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs on Friday night, coach Andy Crotwell talked briefly about the loss. Then he spoke at length about Caledonia's season and, more importantly, the senior class that helped the Confederates reach the postseason for the first time in nine seasons.
Caledonia-Ripley Breakout Items
ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School football coach Mark Bray and third-year North Panola coach Derek King expected a close game when their teams met Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs. That's the way things started, as Aberdeen nursed a 20-16 lead at halftime. But Aberdeen scored 26 unanswered points in the second half and the defense held the Cougars to -2 yards rushing, 6 yards passing, and one first down (on a penalty) en route to a 46-16 win.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team looked sluggish early in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoff game against Senatobia. The Warriors had just returned a kickoff to the Tigers' 17-yard line, which forced a frustrated Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter to yell a simple message from the sideline. "They better not score!" Shorter warned his players as they took a knee during an injury timeout.
GREENWOOD -- The Starkville Academy football team wrapped up its regular season Friday night with a 31-0 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1, Division II game.
A wake-up call is what the New Hope School football team received Friday night in a 32-29 loss to Class 5A, Region 1 rival Saltillo in the regular-season finale for both teams. New Hope (9-2, 5-2 region), which clinched the No. 2 seed in the region last week with a victory at West Point, was plagued by penalties and turnovers all night and trailed all game. Still, the Trojans' Brenton Spann scored on a 3-yard run to cut the Tigers' lead to 32-29 with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining.
Starkville-Clinton Breakout Items
CLINTON -- Starkville High School senior quarterback Brady Davis and Clinton High School sophomore quarterback Cam Akers staged one heck of a battle Friday night. In the end, Davis had the good fortune of having Raphael Leonard, A.J. Brown, and Matt Fuller in his huddle.
VALLEY HEAD, Ala. -- The South Lamar High School football team celebrated its return to the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs in grand fashion Friday night. Playing in a postseason game for the first time since 2008, South Lamar went on the road and upset region champion Valley Head 39-13 in an opening-round game of the Class 1A playoffs.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- The Victory Christian Academy football team won its fourth Christian Football Association title in rousing fashion Friday night. Sparked by a six-touchdown performance by senior Anthony Sharp, top-seeded Victory Christian defeated third-seeded Tuscaloosa Christian 44-8 at Warrior Field.
STARKVILLE - While Starkville High School has maintained perfection through its first 10 games of the football season, the Yellow Jackets still have no hardware to show for that success.
MACON -- Approach. Focus. The little things.
One more win.
CALEDONIA -- Brandon Henry knows how far the Caledonia High School football program has traveled in the past two seasons.
WEST POINT - Chris Chambless has no time to feel sorry for his football team.
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