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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Some may look at Kossuth’s schedule and write the Aggies out of the Class 3A hunt. But while others look down on three straight wins against McNairy Central, New Site and Nettleton, coach Brian Kelly sees something different. “What I’ve seen is how our defense has gotten better,” Kelly said. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Division play opens all over the state next week. While Class 3A Aberdeen and 4A Corinth expect to compete for their respective divisions, the two get together at Corinth for the area’s most appealing non-division game on Friday. Both are coming off high-scoring wins. Aberdeen posted 57 points at home […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Aberdeen came unleashed in the third quarter Friday night at Lester Miley Stadium, scoring four of its eight touchdowns in a 57-29 victory against Itawamba AHS. Once tied at 22, Aberdeen (3-2) pinned Itawamba AHS (1-4) on a punt late in the first half, recovered a fumble on […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Falkner was in this same spot last season, 1-2 entering a matchup with Hamilton. The Eagles won. There’s a new coach at Falkner, but the Eagles are in the same position as Quess Hood’s team opens division play. Hamilton (3-1), the Journal’s No. 3 small school, opened Division 1-1A play […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Another star-filled basketball tournament has been announced for the upcoming season, adding to the Lighthouse and yet-to-be released Hotbed. Hickory Flat is hosting the Farm Bureau Shootout on Jan. 2-3. Southwest Christian went 27-5 last season and has 2017 power forward Ibrahim Ali. Ali is a 6-foot-8 terror at the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo couldn’t stop Baldwyn on its opening drive. And it took a hold to stop Saltillo’s Diamante Pounds from scoring a 65-yard touchdown. But then lighting stopped everything Friday at Willis Wright Stadium, the stadium cleared for safety before postponement around 8:30 p.m., an hour’s delay. Play will […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Saltillo is no longer your mother’s mediocre Tigers. Less than a week after falling a play short of a win, but gaining plenty of respect at 6A contender Tupelo, Saltillo gets another test tonight. The Tigers host 4-0 Baldwyn, with the kickoff at 7. “They’ve learned how to work and […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Chad Cook’s last memory on the Calhoun City football field is a good one. In his last game at his alma mater, the Wildcats beat rival Bruce in the Skuna River Rivalry. Friday, he returns in a different role – the enemy. “I don’t think I’ve walked on that field […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Bruce coach James Ray is ready to move on. Ray will not face a fine caused by his ejection from Friday’s game at Water Valley. The Mississippi High School Activities Association on Monday overturned the ruling made on the field. “I’m glad it’s behind us. It’s unfortunate that it occurred […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Brandon Townsend didn’t get to play football last season. It’s no coincidence that with him back, Houston looks more like the playoff team from 2012 than the one-win team from 2013. “You can’t replace a player of his caliber. He’s a huge asset to this team,” Houston coach William Cook […]