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Tupelo's Demarcus Rogers gets a short breather before the defense heads back onto the field in the second quarter against Lafayette on Friday.

New-look defense stands tall for Golden Wave in opener

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal OXFORD – Tupelo’s defense, the star in last season’s run to the Class 6A state championship game, came...


AREA GAMES Thursday East Union 21, Houlka 12 Friday Aberdeen 42, Shannon 19 Amory 23, Independence 7 Alcorn Central 42, Biggersville 8 Baldwyn 28, Nettleton 25 Booneville 21, Walnut 14 Calhoun Aca. 33, Humphreys Aca. 0 Calhoun City 30, Coffeeville 20 Corinth 42, Kossuth 0 East Webster 64, Vardaman 14 Falkner 57, Middleton (Tenn.) 0 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Weather – extremely hot weather – is likely to be a factor tonight when high school football kicks off in Northeast Mississippi. “They’re talking about it being 96 (degrees) Friday,” said Itawamba AHS coach Toby Collums, whose team hosts Ripley at 7 p.m. in Fulton. “Conditioning will definitely play a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Shannon is about sick of being raided. The Red Raiders are ready to go back to kicking booty. From injuries to off-the-field issues, nothing went right last season as Shannon went 4-7. Yeah, the Red Raiders made the playoffs, but who doesn’t in the current MHSAA format? Some bad luck […]

Saltillo's Diamante Pounds had 49 yards and a touchdown rushing against North Pontotoc. (Petre Thomas)

FEATURED GAMES Aberdeen (7-6) at Shannon (4-7) THE PLAYERS Aberdeen: Senior QB Josh Williams has as much experience as any QB in Mississippi, a fourth-year starter … Junior Donta Carter was the second-leading rusher, behind Williams. … BJ Williams and Tramonte Prather try and fill the big shoes of former safety Sammie Burroughs. Shannon: Keawvis […]


Each Monday, we’ll update our Daily Journal high school football rankings. The preseason rankings appeared Sunday. CLASS 6A/5A 1. Tupelo (6A): at Lafayette Tupelo’s defense is good, but gets a break not facing injured Lafayette RB Tyrell Price. 2. Oxford (5A): at Jackson Prep Chargers are ranked No. 13 by MaxPreps Mediums Schools Poll. Prep […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal OKOLONA – In wacky fashion, East Union kicked off North Mississippi’s football season with a win … somehow. The Urchins gave Houlka its chances, but secured a 21-12 win on a 10-yard Cage West touchdown run to open the fourth quarter. East Union led 14-6 with 24 seconds left in […]

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – Smithville stayed undefeated in its young slow-pitch softball season, shutting out rival Hatley 8-0 on Thursday night, backed by Breanna Edgeworth’s five RBIs. The Lady Noles, who fell short of last year’s Class 1A state championship, have scored a combined 47 runs in their first four games. “We’ve […]


Thursday East Union vs. Houlka (at Okolona) Friday Aberdeen at Shannon Amory at Independence Baldwyn at Nettleton Benton County at H.W. Byers Biggersville at Alcorn Central Bruce at North Pontotoc Coffeeville at Calhoun City East Oktibbeha at Okolona East Webster at Vardaman Ethel at Mantachie Grenada Kirk at Marshall Academy Grenada at West Point Hamilton […]

East Union (8-4) at Houlka (3-8) The Players East Union: 2013 WR Lane Plunk is scheduled to be the Urchins’ starting QB. … He’ll have a big target in 6-foot-4 Cody Taylor at wide receiver. … Senior LB Triston Lady is the lone returning starter on defense. Houlka: Senior QB Tyreque Reed is the team’s […]