STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell has talked all year about the depth of the state's top-ranked team. That depth was on display Friday night as several youngsters got lots of playing time. Starkville won its third-straight Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 game by shutout in a 38-0 victory against Greenville at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team's most valuable player Friday night in a 56-21 victory against Center Hill didn't play a down.
CRAWFORD -- At first glance, a game between winless Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 teams might not mean much.
LOUISVILLE -- The West Lowndes High School football team put together its best offensive half of the season Friday night. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to get the Panthers into the win column.
New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle said his team came out "flat" and "uninspired" Friday night in the first half of its game against Lake Cormorant. But despite the slow start, New Hope used timely plays late in the game to earn a 27-12 victory and improve to 7-0 and 3-0 in Class 5A, Region 1.
The Columbus and Northwest Rankin high school football teams reached the crossroads together in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 play Friday night. After dropping two region games to start the season, each team knew a victory was critical for legitimate playoff hopes to remain alive.
STARKVILLE -- While no coach is ready to lose a game, Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill was ready to see how his team responded Friday night.
The Columbus High School football team did several things well in its Class 6A, Region 2 game against Northwest Rankin on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Falcons, hanging on to the football wasn't one of them.
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It might not be the time for absolutes, but the Columbus High School football team needs to start winning games in Class 6A, Region 2 if it is going to advance to the playoffs.
WEST POINT -- The loss was still fresh. Even before West Point High's football players left the field after a 43-22 loss to Oxford two weeks ago in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener for both teams, coach Chris Chambless already was plotting his team's rebound.
As the wins begin to mount, so does the pressure for top-ranked Starkville High School. Starkville is looking for perfection, something rare in the world of sports. The Yellow Jackets (6-0) appear on a cruise control for a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 championship.
Don't look ahead. You can hear the caution in Kris Pickle's voice. It's natural for Pickle to be cautiously optimistic about how his New Hope High School football team has started the season. New Hope improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in Class 5A, Region 1 last Friday with a 53-35 victory against Center Hill. The victory helped push New Hope to No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 5A rankings. The win also extended the Trojans' best start to a season in at least 20 years.
STEENS -- Greg Watkins feels like he is in a similar position. A year ago, his Columbus Christian Academy football team was poised to win its first district championship in 11-man football. All it had to do was beat Deer Creek Academy at home. Unfortunately, Columbus Christian couldn't realize its goal in a 28-26 loss that featured five lead changes and two ties.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter likes the direction the Noxubee County High School football team is going.
The marathon has become a little more crowded at the front of the pack.
CALEDONIA -- Coaches typically don't "warn" players about the challenges they will face if they change positions.
Anthony King was happy Friday night that his West Lowndes High School football team could celebrate a shutout as part of the school's Homecoming. But King also knows the Panthers need to keep winning if they want to make the playoffs. West Lowndes took another step loser to realizing that goal with a 56-0 victory against West Oktibbeha in a Class 1A, Region 3 matchup.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team won a shootout Friday night to remain alive in the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 race.
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