Friday's Alabama Prep Football Scores
Friday's Mississippi Prep Football Scores
Michael Dawkins knew in the preseason he was going to face a challenge in his first season as head football coach at Central Academy. But Dawkins never imagined he would spend as much time being so much more than a football coach. After starting the season with 12 players on the roster, injuries to the Vikings' two fastest players made things a little tougher on the team in its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Eight-Man matchups. Later in the season, Central Academy had to forfeit a game to Calhoun Academy because two of its players had a family member with a medical emergency.
PHEBA -- Landon Hill and Channing Tapley have known each other and been playing sports for so long together that they have become like brothers. At Hebron Christian, that's not really that unique considering Hill and Tapley have eight other "brothers" who have been playing football with them ever since they can remember.
WEST POINT -- You get the sense the Oak Hill Academy football team is going to be fine tonight without reinforcements. After all, first-year head coach Chris Craven and the Raiders have found ways to re-invent themselves every week through a series of injuries that has forced the team to play one game -- its first game -- with its original starting lineup. That's why it shouldn't be anything new at 7 tonight when No. 10 seed Oak Hill Academy (7-3) travels to Flora to face No. 7 seed Tri-County Academy (8-2) in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A-AA playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Ricky Woods would love to be undefeated right now. But a season-opening loss to Noxubee County has fueled what his team has done since then. Starkville will put its eight-game winning streak on the line at 7 tonight when it faces Warren Central in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 game.
Coaches always hope their teams peak at the right time.
MACON -- It's not easy to stump Tyrone Shorter.
Payday finally came Friday for the New Hope High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson looks at his running back group, he smiles.
While rewriting the football program's history books, the Columbus Falcons still want more.
Columbus High School junior Kylin Hill understands his place on the recruiting landscape in the state of Mississippi.
Coaches always take pride in seeing their players deliver when it counts the most. The Heritage Academy football team showed Friday night in an ultimate win-or-go-home moment it didn't want to see its season end.
HAMILTON -- Don't underestimate the importance of accessorizing. After all, if you look good, you feel good, so don't give Lemerrius Fair a hard time if he appears to have every accoutrement for his football ensemble. The junior quarterback has a white sleeve on his left arm and wristbands of the same color in just the right spots. Tucked behind his back, a white towel complements the white sleeve, even if it doesn't go with the pink towels many of his teammates chose to wear Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Holloway has never taken a summer off. The Mississippi State junior running back has worked on his game the last three summers to prepare for the season. In the first two summers, he mainly focused on the running back position, but this summer he decided to focus on his pass catching. It paid off Saturday in MSU's 42-16 victory against Kentucky at Davis Wade Stadium.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team has attacked practice with a different attitude the last four weeks. The change came following a 22-point loss at Oxford on Sept. 28. West Point coach Chris Chambless said he felt good about his team's preparation prior to the game, but he said his team was shell-shocked in the loss to the Class 5A, Region 1 rival. After the loss, he wanted his team to avoid the "midseason blues," so practices were intensified. That work paid off Friday night with a 50-0 victory against Saltillo at Hamblin Stadium in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team scored early and often Friday night in a 55-0 victory against Caledonia 55-0 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 Homecoming matchup. The Tigers (6-4, 4-0 region) rushed for 231 yards and threw for 129 yards to clinch the top spot in the region and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Noxubee County's defense also delivered a dominating effort that held the Confederates (4-5, 0-4) to negative yardage, including -43 rushing yards. Most of the negative yardage came in the form of two bad snaps on punts, including one that resulted in a safety on Caledonia's first drive.
Tied at 7 early in the second quarter, the Columbus High School football team needed a spark against Olive Branch. The Falcons had capitalized on an early interception to take the lead, but a string of penalties that wiped out a 60-yard kickoff return. That was only the start of their trouble. The penalties cost Columbus two first downs before it went three-and-out on a drive and was fortunate to recover one of its fumbles.
ECRU -- Zay Cullens nearly did it all Friday night. The North Pontotoc High School junior running back ran for 150 yards, caught four passes for 58 yards, threw a 79-yard touchdown pass, had a 19-yard punt return, and picked up 11 more yards on a kickoff return -- all while playing a prominent role on the defense -- in a pivotal Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 game against Aberdeen. With first place on the line in the region, Cullens accounted for 317 all-purpose yards, but he came up a foot short of a first down with less than a minute to play, which allowed Aberdeen to hold on for a 33-28 win.
MADDEN -- Few things have come easy for the Heritage Academy football team this season. So it stood to reason the Patriots would have to make the playoffs the hard way. Heritage Academy did just that Friday night, securing a berth in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff berth with a 25-13 win at Leake Academy.
1. Columbus boys beat Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS