MACON -- You can hear the frustration in Tyrone Shorter's voice. Shorter has seen nearly everything in his 20 years with the Noxubee County High School football program. He has seen injuries ravage his team early in the season only to have the Tigers emerge in the second half to win a state championship. Shorter also has seen plenty of offensive wizardry and defense dominance in his time as assistant coach/defensive coordinator and now as head coach.
Kris Pickle envisions a time in the not too distant future that his New Hope High School football team will be 100 percent healthy. While the Trojans slowly move forward to get all of their starters back in the lineup, other players are emerging to create depth Pickle believes will help the team make a push to the postseason.
ABERDEEN -- New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle, who played at Hatley High and was an assistant coach at Aberdeen High from 2007-09, had his second-consecutive successful Monroe County homecoming Friday night as New Hope posted a 46-22 victory against Aberdeen at Lester Miley Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
HAMILTON -- Toby Young made a beeline for the fence. The Hamilton High School senior had just worked his way through the post-game handshake line and didn't want to waste another second, so he sprinted toward his team's sideline. When he spotted the poles with the blue flags, Young picked the one he wanted and set out on another sprint.
STARKVILLE -- Four weeks ago to the day Friday, Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones stood on the field at Noxubee County after a 40-point win. Jones had just watched his defense hold its first opponent to barely a yard per carry, but he said the younger players in key roles were only going to get better.
CALEDONIA -- On Friday, for the second time this season, the Caledonia High School football team entered halftime trailing by one score and moving the ball well on the ground. And much like its Week 2 loss to Aberdeen, mistakes and big plays in the second half stymied Caledonia's hopes for a rally and first win.
GREENWOOD -- Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison kept waiting for the big stop. Judd Murphy finally obliged. Murphy intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter that served as a springboard for Heritage Academy's come-from-behind 42-38 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) game Friday night.
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.
MACON -- Ryan Melton's 84-yard touchdown run was indicative of the West Point High School football team's win Friday night. Wild. Unorthodox. Some might even say it was uncharacteristic.
The learning opportunities continue for the Heritage Academy football team.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson believes the Starkville Academy football team might have made history last week. The Volunteers didn't set a school record for points or have a player set a single-game mark for most yards or tackles. That didn't diminish the significance of a 34-24 victory against East Webster in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS)-Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) matchup.
Tyrone Shorter sees the improvement. It might sound like coach speak, but the Noxubee County High School coach feels his team played better Saturday in a 35-20 loss to Meridian than it did a week before in a 21-18 victory against Shannon.
WEST POINT -- Nate Montgomery and Rasson Carr first felt the bull's eye in middle school. As part of West Point's eighth-grade team that won the Big 6 title, neither player remembered if the weight of that bull's eye carried any extra pressure or responsibility. But Montgomery and Carr remember wanting to win another championship in the ninth grade, which they did, to set the stage for their move to the varsity team.
STARKVILLE -- Natrone Brooks didn't need a position change to attract attention from college coaches. Brooks' junior season as a cornerback was good enough to draw an offer from Memphis, which he committed to in June. Brooks' decision meant Chris Jones had some selling to do.
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