WEST POINT -- The preparation doesn't change for the West Point High School football program.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones was adamant his Starkville High School football team would learn from its 28-3 loss to West Point and come back better from it.
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven isn't getting comfortable. The Oak Hill Academy football team's third-year head coach knows a team's fortunes can change with one injury, so he doesn't plan to let his players get overconfident despite two strong outings to open Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 1 play.
STARKVILLE -- The hallway is a who's who of Starkville Academy football. Of all the pictures that dot the walls leading to the team's locker room, Chase Nicholson has a perfect view of the best one. The Starkville Academy coach merely has to sit at his desk and look straight ahead through his doorway to see a bunch of Volunteers charging forward in anticipation of another game.
STARKVILLE -- Elgton Jenkins provided a brief distraction from the real focal point of the Mississippi State offensive line. When Jenkins' first start at center began with a few lower-than-desired snaps, suddenly all of the attention on new starters Darryl Williams (left guard) and right tackle Stewart Reese (right tackle) vanished. With two more games in the books, Williams and Reese aren't under such scrutiny anymore.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham's defense gives two basic jobs to defenders on the line of scrimmage. Defensive tackles are asked to, as Grantham likes to say," build the wall," which means preventing offensive linemen from moving downfield to block linebackers. Anyone outside of them is asked to set the edge and to combat blocks to squeeze runs to the inside and take away secondary gaps for inside runs.
STARKVILLE -- Comfort and style never weighed into the decision for Blake Mitchell. Convenience was the driving factor for the walk-on lineman with the Mississippi State football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.
Carter Putt doesn't need ice when his arm is feeling good. As a pitcher with the Heritage Academy baseball team, Putt said he didn't use ice for his shoulder or his elbow following his outings. Putt followed a similar approach Friday after a career night in his fifth start as the varsity quarterback of the school's football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Tucker Day hype was more than just a creation of recruiting rankings and the musings of Mississippi State fans. Kicker Jace Christmann saw Day, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, impress in his first collegiate practices. Day's performance left the rest of MSU's kickers with one choice.
ATHENS, Ga. -- They share a nickname and a league. The Mississippi State and the Georgia football teams share little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between MSU and Georgia.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he could be ready for the team's game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 30.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California football team has followed a consistent formula in getting off to a 3-0 start under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Golden Bears have managed to overcome shaky starts with dominant second halves with help from a vastly improved defense.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons proved the Mississippi State football team's defense's point with a tackle in the second quarter. On the first play after then-No. 12 LSU pummeled MSU with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in which it didn't attempt a pass, Marquiss Spencer took on an edge block and Simmons shed the LSU center, pursued across the formation and tackled running back Derrius Guice for a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wasn't going to hold any punches. The Mississippi State football coach entered his team's game against No. 12 LSU on Saturday night with one goal: run the football. To do that, Mullen was going to use everything in his playbook. It all worked.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team running for nearly 6 yards per carry Saturday night in a 37-7 victory against No. 12 LSU did plenty to set up its passing attack, but coach Dan Mullen was doing more, too. "What we're trying to do is get them back and forth," Mullen said, "get them into nickel and out of base defenses to create mismatches."
This is beginning to look familiar, isn't it? The Mississippi State football team flipped the script again against LSU and suddenly a team nobody thought very much of seems to have no limitations.
MARION. Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team moved to 2-0 in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 14-6 win at Marion on Friday night.
1. Mitchell joins MSU's 'scooter gang' COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Green has presence on outside of Grantham's defense COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Upshaw, No. 1 EMCC set to face ICC COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU offensive line will face another challenge at Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS