Columbus High School sophomore Devarkas Ramsey made his team's biggest play Friday night.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team's defense strives for perfection each week.
On Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field, No. 1 EMCC had to settle for a one-sided victory against a rival.
EMCC allowed 611 yards of offense but made plays when it mattered in a 48-24 victory against Itawamba C.C. in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division play at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- Under fourth-year head coach Sean Cannon, the Itawamba Community College football team has taken a boxing mentality into its annual matchup against rival East Mississippi C.C.
Well friends, we are here.
Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play begins Friday for Class 6A football teams.
We will know in the next seven weeks if Columbus will make consecutive playoff appearances and if Starkville will return to the postseason after a one-year absence.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw is passionate about his teammates.
During a fourth-quarter heat timeout, the Columbus High School band played loudly.
Senior Jordan Randle stood at the 40-yard line and danced passionately. He implored his teammates to share a step with him.
For the first time this season, the Columbus High football team was feeling good.
BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.
BOONEVILLE -- The three national championship football teams at East Mississippi Community College had the knack for beating an opponent in a number of ways.
On Thursday, No. 2 EMCC looked like one of those throwback teams in a 59-0 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. at Tiger Stadium.
The Columbus High School football team will play host to Vicksburg in a big game Friday night.
It won't be a win-or-go-home scenario like in the playoffs. It isn't a region game, either, so the result likely won't impact either team's bid to make the playoffs.
The No. 2 East Mississippi Community College football team will be back in its comfort zone when it plays 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northeast Mississippi C.C. in its Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division opener.
EMCC will bring a 24-game division winning streak into the game. Its last loss came in 2012 in the regular-season finale at Itawamba C.C.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team held more than a four-touchdown lead when Columbus had back-to-back tackles for loss to get a defensive stop Friday night.
MERIDIAN -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter wanted to take back his team's penalties Saturday night.
Senior linebacker Terry Joiner wanted to take back a handful of big plays late in the first half.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Cameron Gardner was in uniform for his team's game against Columbus on Friday night.
Gardner had two touchdowns catches in his team's 44-7 victory at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
But Gardner feels Starkville won the game much earlier than when the final horn sounded.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College graduate assistant Rodriguez Moore has high praise for sophomore running back Tyrell Price.
"He is going to be better than me, maybe even a lot better," said Moore, with a wry smile.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Timorrius Conner was ready to have his number called.
The former Noxubee County High School standout played the second half of No. 2 EMCC's 49-10 victory against Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. on Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
The on-again, off-again rivalry will be on again Friday night when the Columbus High School football team takes on Starkville at 7 p.m. Friday.
The teams have had a hard time finding a spot for each other on their schedules when they're not playing a region game.
However, common sense has prevailed and the teams will renew a rivalry that saw Starkville win 35-13 in 2013 and 43-0 in 2014. Those games were played as rivals in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2.
The quest for a repeat state championship is a fascinating challenge.
Whether the school is a traditional power or a newcomer to championship honors, it seems like each one takes a different path when trying to win a second-straight state championship.
SCOOBA -- On some nights, the standout running back for the East Mississippi Community College football team is along for the ride.
EMCC prefers to throw the ball all over the field. The Lions have built a national-championship pedigree with standout quarterbacks and a bevy of talented receivers in a hurry-up offensive scheme.
WEST POINT -- When West Point High School senior linebacker Rasson Carr was asked how long he had been waiting to beat Starkville, the answer came quickly.
SCOOBA -- While Lindsey Scott Jr.'s opening act at East Mississippi Community College was a far cry from what the final act will look like, it was enough to leave the fans wanting more.
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