Brandon Speck


I am the Daily Journal's high school sports editor. I try to avoid press boxes that play country music.

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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn has been stubborn as a mule through the first three weeks of the playoffs. The Bearcats defense refuses to do anything opposing offenses have wanted to do. “I’ve got a lot of pride in our defense, I think one of the best in the state right now,” […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal There used to be no other option on Tuesday and Friday night in Wheeler. In their sacred wooden gym, the Wheeler Eagles were basketball royalty. First-year Eagles coach Mitch Howell is trying to turn the clock back to those days. “I’m trying to sell them on that, the tradition, the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn’s season was less than a quarter from over. Marquavious Patterson clearly didn’t want that to happen. Baldwyn’s senior fullback took a snap and physically carried Calhoun City tacklers half of the 12 yards he ran to the Wildcats’ 43-yard line. It produced the go-ahead score in Baldwyn’s […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn intentionally gave its lead away to get a bigger one. The decision paid off as the Bearcats beat two-time North champ Calhoun City 30-16 Friday at Latimer Park to advance to the Class 2A semifinals. Baldwyn (12-2) will host East Webster next Friday. “We know it’s going […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal He won’t pretend like he’s happy with the way the season ended – a 35-7 playoff loss at Kosciusko. He’s not. But coach Darryl Carter also won’t hide the fact that Shannon took a step toward relevancy in 2015. The Red Raiders won six games, the most for the program […]

TONIGHT’S PLAYOFF GAMES CLASS 1A Shaw (8-4) at Smithville (12-1) THE PLAYERS Shaw: QB Jermarquis Stimmage has rushed for 457 yards, 11 TDs on 58 carries. … QB Travelle Ware has rushed for 422 yards, 5 TDs on 81 carries. … DL Kuston Montgomery has 3 sacks. Smithville: QB Blake Comer has thrown for 1,062 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Baldwyn’s Jimmy Tyes is a mountain of a man. Calhoun City’s Brieton Sykes is a bruising runner ready to bowl through any man. Their teams take on their qualities, one of which will have to give in tonight’s Class 2A quarterfinal at Baldwyn’s Latimer Park. Tyes is a 6-foot-1, 340-pound […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal NEW SITE – Mooreville caught fire at the end of the 2014 season, riding a hot streak to the Class 3A state tournament in Jackson – its first trip to state since 1996. “A little more pressure coming into this year I guess since we had that run,” Mooreville coach […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal When the season is over – whenever that may be – Denver McQuary will probably sit back and relish where his name is. Last Friday, Houston’s senior safety intercepted Rosa Fort three times. That gave him 32 career interceptions, breaking the Mississippi record held by four players, including the late […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The largest basketball event in Mississippi is one week away. The Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic is Nov. 27-28 at Corinth High. In its third year, the Classic is already making waves as one of the best tournaments in the country, arguably the best two-day tournament. There will be 17 games in […]