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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Second didn’t sit well with South Panola. The Tigers took down top-ranked Starkville 36-26 Friday night in Starkville in the Class 6A North finals, securing another chance at a state championship – next Friday against defending champ Oak Grove, right here in Starkville. “We should be celebrating right […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The last time Starkville lost a football game: Nov. 22, 2013. Against South Panola in the state quarterfinals. Since then, Starkville has won 13 in a row heading into today’s 7 p.m. state semifinals rematch at home with the Tigers, also 13-0. How do the Jackets avenge their last loss […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Oxford knows all too well the damage a running game came do. Undefeated and tied at 35 in last December’s Class 5A state championship game, Picayune running back Kardarius Cross ran for a 75-yard touchdown with 2 minutes, 8 seconds remaining to hand the Chargers a 42-35 loss. “That game’s […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Six-time Georgia AAAAA state champion Miller Grove will play in three national basketball tournaments this season, two of them the elite ‘Iolani Classic in Hawaii and Chick-Fil-A Classic in Atlanta. The third one begins today, the second annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic. And it’s very quickly becoming an elite event. Miller […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Saltillo had a belly full of wins by ThanksgivingDay – 7-0 and ranked No. 8 by the Journal before hosting Coldwater in Saturday’s second day of the Saltillo Thanksgiving Classic. The Tigers are one of 17 teams playing 14 games at Saltillo High School today and Saturday. “We’re playing pretty […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Lance Pogue knows all about what an elite football team looks like. All his South Panola Tigers – winners of eight of the last 11 Class 5A and 6A championships – typically have to do is look in a mirror. Friday night, they can look across the line and see […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Calhoun City returns four starters, but the big return the Wildcats hope for is a return to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. The big goal: a state title. “The one thing we haven’t gotten in a while is a ring,” Calhoun City coach Daren Coffey said. “Each year, we […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal There are mighty big names playing basketball at Corinth High this weekend. For $10 a day at Friday and Saturday’s second annual Lighthouse Classic, there are 14 games, top teams from five states and eight of the top 139 players in America according to Future150. Not to mention, there are […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal If Pearl, South Panola and Starkville have one lifeline to use, a call to West Point coach Chris Chambless would be an easy choice. But they’d need more than 30 seconds for Chambless to give them a good scouting report on Friday’s opponents in the North Class 5A and 6A […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The Egg Bowl will have its crowd. Hardcore hoops fans have their event. And it’s the biggest event to assemble in North Mississippi, if not all of Mississippi. The two-day, second annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic, named one of the country’s must-watch tournaments by MaxPreps, tips on Friday at Corinth High […]