STARKVILLE -- Ben Guest put his hands on his hips and searched the ground for answers. To Guest's left, Keric Estep celebrated a 21-yard touchdown pass from Will Lawson Harkins that gave the Leake Academy football team an early lead.
Columbus High School senior running back Patrick Jackson had just played his final game at Falcon Field. He and other teammates stood at midfield and shared a few laughs with players from Oxford. Jackson was then asked to sum up his three years of varsity football at the stadium. He called the experience "bittersweet." That description held true Friday night.
WEST POINT -- Jamel Banks broke into a large smile when he learned the West Point High School football team's defensive numbers against Grenada on Friday night. The defensive lineman, who had four tackles and two sacks, still couldn't believe the video game-esque statistics.
MACON -- Jabrayon Leflore cut to his right. The Leake Central High School running back didn't have the football. He was simply carrying out his fake. It didn't matter. A Noxubee County defensive lineman still hit him behind the line of scrimmage. Three other Tigers were tackling the quarterback for a safety.
Make a stop. The challenge sounded simple enough for the New Hope High School football team, especially after clawing back from a 21-0 deficit to within three points of Jackson Prep on Friday night.
AMORY -- The Caledonia and Amory high school football teams entered their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 game Friday night winless in division play, but with different goals in mind.
CANTON -- The Heritage Academy football team closed the regular season with a 28-14 victory against Canton Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game Friday night.
SHEFFIELD, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team wrapped up a first-round playoff game at home with a 30-14 victory against Sheffield on Friday night in a Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 8 game.
MACON -- It's great to see Tyrone Shorter smile again. Region play has a way of generating good spirits for the Noxubee County High School football coach.
It's time to bounce back. Sean Harrison was ready to do that 20 minutes after the Starkville Academy football team rallied to beta his Heritage Academy squad 17-14 on Friday night at C.L. Mitchell Field. The victory put Starkville Academy in a position where it can clinch the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 title tonight with a victory against Leake Academy in Starkville.
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven is old school. If football coaches still watched game film or used videotapes to watch highlights of games, Craven likely would wear out the rewind switch on the projector or the back button on his remote. These days, Craven usually spends his spare time parked in front of a computer with his fingers peppering the back space button and the mouse to review games that have been posted to Hudl, a program that allows coaches to review and analyze games.
There is a time when Columbus High School defensive end Josh Gray gets excited. When Gray sees a clear path to the quarterback and feels a tackle for loss in his sights, his motor runs at a higher level.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson won't be in a hurry today. The Starkville Academy football coach will begin his Thursday like every other day. He'll drink plenty of coffee and sweet tea to start the day. Nicholson will have lunch with some of the other coaches at the school and then he will prepare for another practice that will include a lot of the same things the Volunteers do every week.
CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks has to think for a few seconds. Now in her 11th season as coach of the Caledonia High School volleyball team, Brooks needs a moment to reflect back on her first season as coach at the school. Brooks said earlier this year she had "some of the best times of my life" when she played volleyball at the Mississippi University for Women from 1996-2000, so she understands the role coaches can play in creating lifelong memories and opportunities for their student-athletes.
WEST POINT -- Chris Calvert isn't into bragging rights. That doesn't mean the West Point High School senior running back doesn't enjoy a little friendly competition with backfield mates and classmates Marcus Murphy and Nate Montgomery.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team has plenty of go-to players. Coach Chris Jones doesn't hesitate to call on any of those playmakers on offense. On the other side of the football, Starkville defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson has one player he looks to when he needs a play to be made. In those cases, Thompson looks to middle linebacker Jacob Williams and says "stop the bleeding."
CALEDONIA -- It's OK. Go ahead. If members of the Caledonia High School volleyball team can say they're short and their overall height leaves a little be desired, what's stopping you from joining in and calling the Lady Confederates short, too?
Variety is Kenny Collier's specialty.
Believe the hype. Anthony Carlyle is accustomed to the noise that accompanies events like Purple Madness, the season-opening spectacle for the Columbus High School basketball teams.
Kyree Fields hoped Friday was the night. After limping off the field after making a catch against Caledonia on Sept. 22, Fields did everything he could in the next two weeks to rehabilitate his sprained left ankle. Still, he wasn't sure if he would be at 100 percent last week against Leake Central.
2. No. 7 EMCC rebounds by crushing Coahoma C.C. COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Lamar County wins to set up showdown against Sulligent HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Fitzgerald comes out throwing in victory COLLEGE SPORTS
5. West Point continues dominance, blanks Grenada HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS