TONIGHT’S STATE SEMIFINAL GAMES CLASS 1A Simmons (10-0) at Smithville (13-1) THE PLAYERS Simmons: The Blue Devils’ stats were not available. Their MaxPreps page stats were updated only through the second game of the season. Smithville: QB Blake Comer has thrown for 1,101 yards, 12 TD, 6 INTs on 61-of-124 passing. … Dee Moore has […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Johnny Hill’s in no hurry to retire from coaching, even though the maximum his coaching tenure in Oxford can last is two games. Of course, if Hill’s Chargers lose Friday night to West Point in the MHSAA Class 5A state semifinals, he hangs up his whistle a week early. “To […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal A.J. Brown was held to one catch last week in Starkville’s state quarterfinals win against Clinton. Starkville still won 45-27. The Yellow Jackets have plenty of playmakers – Avery Brown had 250 yards on 33 carries against the Arrows. A.J. Brown is still unarguably the best. “It’s according to how […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Football’s state semifinals and the Egg Bowl are sharing the stage with basketball this weekend at Corinth High School. Seventeen nationally ranked players and some of the area’s and state’s top talent will play 17 games Friday and Saturday in the third annual Lighthouse Classic. Madison County, Ala., SG Josh […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Simmons’ box score doesn’t intimidate Smithville. Instead, the 75 points Friday’s Class 1A state semifinal opponent Simmons scored last week serves as a welcomed challenge. “No doubt about it. The kids look at the score and it kind of motivates them a little bit,” Smithville coach Chad Collums said. “It’s […]

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 David Wheeler Special to the Journal NEW ALBANY – As compared to some, the season has barely begun for the Itawamba AHS Lady Indians. They flashed some mid-season stingy defense Tuesday, handling New Albany 61-35 in a matchup of area Class 4A squads. “Just glad to be playing, this is only our fourth game,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal ABERDEEN – If wide receiver Jerrick Orr is considered Aberdeen’s offensive sparkplug, then quarterback Tramonte Prather has to be tagged the piston. Prather, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, has cranked out 3,018 yards in total offense – 2,336 passing, 682 rushing – and accounted for 39 touchdowns in his first varsity […]

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 […]