Lemerrius Fair has been looking forward to Friday night for a long time. The West Lowndes High School senior running back/quarterback is going to celebrate his team's game against Smithville by breaking out a little more pink to add to his uniform.
CLINTON -- Columbus High School defensive lineman Tahj Sykes has one thing to say about making the list. "It's a blessing to make it, but I hate Alabama," said Sykes, who has committed to play football at Southern Mississippi. "We are going to keep the trophy in Mississippi."
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy's girls' soccer team wants to be known as having a brick wall of a defense.
STARKVILLE -- Familiarity isn't always visible. Sydney Passons might use a darting look to the left to Hannah Cuevas to encourage her to pass the ball in that direction. Shelton Spivey could use her body language or a subtle nod of the head to convey to Bonner Hughes that she is going to make a run toward goal and she wants her teammate to send her the ball.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter didn't have time to mince words. Faced with a second-straight 2-4 start to the season, the Noxubee County High School football coach realized the Tigers needed bigger contributions from some of their senior leaders, so he challenged some of them to answer the call. Running back Javarcus Walker was one of the seniors Shorter talked to and encouraged to raise his level of play to help get the team back on track.
STEENS -- Kimarri Whitfield knew.
KOSCIUSKO -- Noxubee County dominated at the line of scrimmage to overcome a slow start and post a 30-0 win over Kosciusko in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 opener for both teams Friday night.
STARKVILLE - With just under a minute left in the first half of the Starkville Academy-French Camp Friday, the Panthers were marching the field and prepared to close SA's once 21-point lead to just one score.
FLOWOOD -- Completely dominate.
Down by two possessions on homecoming at C. L. Mitchell Field, Tyler Anderson stepped in at quarterback late in the third quarter and led the Heritage Academy Patriots to a 30-26 comeback win over the West Lowndes Panthers.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia football coach Andy Crotwell wants to see his team overcome adversity in a game.
After losing its first two home games in heart-breaking fashion, the Columbus High School football team went in the other direction Friday night.
OLIVE BRANCH -- New Hope senior quarterback Thomas Stevens threw for six touchdowns as the Trojans knocked off Center Hill 55-27 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 football game Friday night.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School clinched a berth in the Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs with a dominating 44-6 win over Hatch Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- "There is no going back." Caledonia football coach Andy Crotwell couldn't have said it better when asked if his team's game against Houston at 7 tonight was any different than the first five this season.
"Good football teams find a way to bounce back and get back on track, and that's what we're going to do. We have a good football team. It showed in the first two ballgames. The last two games we just kind of fell apart, but there is no quit in this team." -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter talking about his team on Sept. 15, 2015, as it entered Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 play with a 2-4 record.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery has talked about the process of helping his team learn how to win games. As Montgomery has put his stamp on the program, the Falcons have become one of the most competitive teams in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A play.
STARKVILLE -- Connor Reinike and Jakoby Jones didn't know what to expect when they joined the Starkville High School football team last season. Reinike had transferred from Starkville Academy and Jones was getting used to life away from East Oktibbeha County High School. Jones became a Yellow Jacket after the Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District consolidated in the fall of 2015.
Having played with fellow senior Kylin Hill for virtually all of his football career, Columbus High School senior quarterback C.J. Gholar knows when he is on the verge of seeing something special. A Mississippi State commitment, Hill has turned in many special performances on the way to being considered one of the state's best running backs.
One game doesn't make a district season. That's why Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison allowed his players to enjoy their victory against Starkville Academy last week for a few days before he asked his players to re-focus for their next game. Playing against another team from Lowndes County should help the Patriots get back to work.
1. Seniors Richardson, Chapel poised to play key roles COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Noxubee County isn't looking past Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Leadership will be key for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Caledonia volleyball team loses to Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Playoff fates will be on line in Week 10 LOCAL COLUMNS