Jake Crosson wanted to find the right place to continue to grow his golf game. Already one of the top high-school age players in the state of Mississippi, Crosson immediately liked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston when he visited the campus in September.
OXFORD --It was fitting that, on a fourth-and-1 in what could have been the game-winning drive, Starkville High School handed it off to Dreke Clark. To that point, he had taken Starkville 172 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, so giving him carry No. 29 to keep the game alive made sense.
For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.
OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Rashad Eades has a future as a counselor.
OXFORD -- Keymarcus Jackson couldn't wait for the ball to come down.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's 6-0 start to its men's basketball season has been missing a few things. It's missed a date with a team hailing from a conference with more than one team in last season's NCAA Tournament; it lacks a team ranked in the top 120 nationally according to Ken Pomeroy's advanced college basketball metrics.
Roger Short is more than an official.
STARKVILLE -- Among Southeastern Conference head football coaches, a salary of $2.6 million would've ranked next to last in the 2017, beating only Missouri's Barry Odom (while excluding that of the conference's lone interim, Matt Luke). It would've ranked less than far less successful programs including Illinois, Purdue and Virginia.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's football practices are usually textbook examples of light-hearted yet structured productivity.
WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is ready.
WEST POINT -- One of the downsides of having senior-laden teams is players sometimes don't get numbers that typically go with their positions.
Four players and one coach from the Golden Triangle are in Jackson this week to wrap up the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) football season.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter remembers the conversation well. Earlier this season, after the death of offensive coordinator James Patterson hit the Noxubee County community and the high school football team hard, wide receiver Kyziah Pruitt came into Shorter's office in the field house. The Tigers were still dealing with the loss of Patterson as well as the departure of three other coaches, including longtime offensive line coach Michael Ashford.
STARKVILLE -- For once, getting to the quarterback didn't work out all that well for Jaylan Ware. Going against Greenville in Week 8, the Starkville High School nose tackle busted through the line and reached for the quarterback with his right hand. But Ware suffered a broken ring finger when his hand smashed into the quarterback's facemask. The injury ended his evening with a season-low three tackles.
MACON -- Teddy Young smiles when asked to relate a story about James Patterson. It seems fitting Young would react that way about his former coach at Noxubee County High School. Young later worked with Patterson as an assistant coach for the football team before Patterson died March 18.
WEST POINT -- The numbers tell the story for Marcus Murphy. Whether it is 4,560 or 1,630, the senior quarterback/running back has been a part of a dominating season for the West Point High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- The final six weeks of the regular season were out of character for Garin Boniol. In that stretch, Starkville High School's sophomore kicker missed four of five field goal attempts and two extra points. Starkville coach Chris Jones asked Boniol what was wrong and received an answer he didn't believe.
Columbus High School senior Casey Smith had a feeling it might be his night when he hit his first 3-pointer. When his second 3-pointer hit the iron, bounced in the air, hit the iron again, bounced high one more time, bounced off the glass, and then rolled for a few seconds before finding home, he knew for sure.
2. MSU men back in win column after beating UT Martin COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville girls continue winning ways with Joe Horne victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus girls open Joe Horne Classic with victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women aim for 11-0 start today against Maine COLLEGE SPORTS