Gene Phelps

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When I started covering high school and college sports 37 years ago, my laptop was a portable typewriter. We didn't tweet back in those days, either. We yelled instead.

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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo backed up its No. 3 ranking in the state Friday with a convincing 31-0 victory against Hernando in its Division 1-6A opener. Just about everybody played a role for the undefeated (5-0) Golden Wave. The defense held Hernando, which came in averaging 40-plus points per game, to […]

FEATURED GAMES All kickoffs at 7 p.m. Hernando (4-0) at Tupelo (4-0) Hernando: QB Robert Wilcke has passed for 349 yards, 5 TDs, rushed for 105 yards, 3 TDs. … RB Karleke Oliver has rushed for 209 yards, 4 TDs. … WR Od Wooten has 7 receptions, 213 yards, 4 TDs. … LB Jonathan Burt […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Defense was thrown out the window Thursday night at Itawamba’s Eaton Field. East Mississippi, ranked No. 11 in the nation by the NJCAA, won an offensive fireworks show with a 44-42 MACJC victory against No. 15 ICC. The North Division rivals combined for 1,407 yards total offense – […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal A year ago this week, Kossuth running back Jaley Adams ran into the state record book with his 543-yard rushing effort against rival Corinth. Adams, a senior this season, also scored eight touchdowns that night, which was one shy of the state record. “That was a special night for Jaley, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Stephon McGlaun’s fourth play as a high school quarterback will not make his highlight reel. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Tupelo Golden Wave sophomore reacted slow to a snap that went over his head on his first play in the season’s second game against Corinth. He recovered the ball for […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal NETTLETON – Nettleton’s game plan in slow-pitch softball has changed. The Lady Tigers now prefer the base hit to the long ball. Except, when the home run pays huge dividends like it did in Tuesday’s Division 4-3A opener against rival Mooreville. Nettleton defeated the visiting Lady Troopers 18-8 in 41⁄2 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Calhoun City’s defense took center stage in last week’s 18-14 win against Velma Jackson. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 by the Journal in its small-school rankings, held the previously unbeaten Falcons out of the end zone on three red zone advances in the first half. In the second half, Calhoun […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal OXFORD – Saturday’s wild 48-43 win against Ole Miss took its toll on No. 1-ranked Alabama, but not on the Crimson Tide’s 64-year-old head coach, Nick Saban. Well, maybe just a little. “There was only one thing I was hoping for in here. That was a seat,” a surprisingly jovial […]

HOW THEY FARED (Rankings updated each Monday) LARGE SCHOOLS 1. Starkville 6A (3-1): Lost 20-10 to Meridian. Friday: Hosts Callaway. 2. Tupelo 6A (4-0): Open date. Friday: Hosts Hernando. 3. West Point 5A (3-1): Beat Noxubee County 47-6. Friday: Hosts Oxford. 4. Pontotoc 4A (5-0): Beat North Pontotoc 38-0. Friday: At Ripley. 5. Houston 4A […]

FEATURED GAMES All kickoffs at 7 p.m. Pontotoc (4-0) at North Pontotoc (3-1) Pontotoc: QB Jacob Carter has thrown for 1,054 yards and 8 TDs and rushed for 2 more. … WR Jerrick Ray and Austin Morphis have combined for 5 TDs and 556 yards and 35 receptions. … Leading rusher Gabe Harmon has 7 […]