As we prepare to roll the calendar to November, it appears we will have several story lines from the coverage area we will continue to follow.
A year ago, Mississippi State quarterback was on everybody's short list for the Heisman Trophy as the Bulldogs rolled to a 9-0 start and the No. 1 national ranking. This year, Prescott's name is seldom, if ever, mentioned in the Heisman conversation. Early losses to LSU and Texas A&M quickly put the Bulldogs -- and Prescott -- out of most spotlight.
Through seven games, the 2015 Mississippi State football team has yet to acquire a slogan, motto or catchphrase, as far as I know.
As we close in on Halloween, each of the region and district races are coming a little more into focus. Quickly, we are separating the pretenders from the contenders.
What do you see when you drive past the Columbus Soccer Complex? Do you see an opportunity, or do you wonder why the city and county spent so much time and energy -- and all of that money -- for something only a fraction of the area residents can enjoy? Your answer to those questions will be important to how this next piece of news is received: Tom Velek has resigned as director of coaching for soccer in Columbus and as director of competitive soccer for Columbus United, the competitive soccer club of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority.
For fans of the Columbus-Starkville high school football rivalry, you might be in luck this year after all.
As we officially hit the halfway point of the prep football season, it is safe to say this season will be remembered for years to come.
Even though the calendar still says September, players and coaches at West Point High School have the extra step this week.
STARKVILLE When Devon Bell's 51-yard field goal attempt sailed far right of the goal post, LSU had a measure of revenge and Mississippi State had a stinging 21-19 loss that might change the nature of how the Bulldogs play football this season. There were times, particularly in the first half, that the thought of MSU having a chance to win the game with a field goal seemed laughable.
The prep football season is rapidly approach region or district play.
Columbus High School head football coach Randal Montgomery knew there were would be growing pains as he tried to rebuild the Falcons program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is aware of his community's expectations for the program. After all, Chambless, his staff, and his former teams are a big reason for the expectations. "It really doesn't matter who we line up against on a Friday night, folks expect us to win," Chambless said. "Players want to be a part of this program because of the past success. There is an expectation. There is an excitement. We understand that. That is why it is a privilege to coach here and play here, to back that tradition."
The New Hope Jamboree again proved a huge success Friday and Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. One can't read too much into the results on the field. Only one half of varsity ball was played. A lot of coaches experimented with new players in new positions. When the games count for real, you will see different mind-sets and philosophies from just about everyone. However, with any type of physical activity, some observations can be made.
Eric Spann felt pretty good Saturday afternoon. The Aberdeen High School first-year head football coach had just experienced a series of emotions in his debut with the Bulldogs. Aberdeen played well offensively, even though a couple of turnovers stopped critical drives. On defense, Aberdeen excelled with a pair of goal-line stands in the final quarter with the game on the line. In the end, it was still a tie.
When the lights go on Friday night at Davis Wade Stadium, the 2015 prep football season will be upon us.
Numbers and morale are up for the New Hope High School football program. After a controversial coaching change following the 2013 season, Kris Pickle accepted the challenge of restoring order in Trojan Country. With New Hope on an unprecedented run of baseball success and basketball on the up tick, it would be natural for New Hope football to fade to the background.
Area high school football teams began practice Monday.
Now that we are really close to the turning the calendar to August, the prep football season can come into full focus.
Patience. Of all the life lessons sports teaches, rarely does patience make the list. Football fans want to see high-scoring, "no huddle" offenses. Basketball fans want to see "up-tempo", 3-point oriented offensive attacks. Baseball and softball might do a better job teaching patience, but it is still a lesson not often highlighted at those venues. Most student-athletes learn patience on the recruiting trail. Many players verbally commit to a school and may not sign with that school for a year or two. Many players schedule dozens of unofficial visits in addition to the visits that fall under NCAA guidelines
We are a little more than four weeks away from the start of prep football season. Many area schools will play preseason games Aug. 14 or 15 to prepare them for the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools season openers the following weekend. As we count down the days, here are more questions to ponder as those first heat timeouts of the year draw near.
1. Stovall, Self help MSU close weekend with two wins COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope boys use defense to beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. West Point girls beat New Hope for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Ole Miss sweeps No. 6 East Carolina COLLEGE SPORTS