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Calhoun City defenders, including Jesse Nabors, right, converge on Bruce ball carrier Jamal Brown in an Oct. 3 game. The Skuna River rivals get a 2A playoff rematch on Friday night.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Calhoun City has bowled over opponents this season, scoring in bunches – 42.4 points per game. That’s about 33 points more than the Wildcats’ defense needed, on average. The offensive numbers get the headlines, deservedly. Calhoun City (12-0), the state’s top Class 2A team, has rushed for 319.2 yards per […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Of the five football playoff games that remain featuring Journal-area teams, three are rematches, including Kemper County at Aberdeen in a Class 3A quarterfinal. “You just try to correct the things you didn’t do well the first time. Of course, both coaches are going to be doing that,” Aberdeen coach […]

Daily Journal Starkville’s ground game – and high-mileage passing attack – suffered a huge blow in Friday’s opening-round 6A playoffs win, 30-0, against Tupelo. Tailbacks Jacquez Horsley (knee) and Matt Fuller (undisclosed) were sidelined during the game with injuries. “(Rushing) is the heartbeat of what we do,” Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said. “So much of […]

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Sean McDonnall, an assistant principal at Starkville High School, reads the lighting instructions to his new propane heater Friday night just before kickoff.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Tupelo’s quest to return to the state championship game ended Friday night. The Golden Wave, a 6A state finalist last season, lost 30-0 to the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Starkville, in the opening round. The Yellow Jackets (12-0) advanced to the second round and will host Southaven, a […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal LOUISVILLE – The Louisville Wildcats are the defending Class 3A champions, and while graduation losses might have appeared to quell any chance of defending that title, the Mooreville Troopers are believers. Louisville went through its paces Friday in the second round of the 3A bracket like a playoff […]

By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel GREENWOOD – For the third year in a row, the Ripley Tigers got off to a slow start and fell behind in their second round playoff game. And for the third year in a row, they never recovered. Friday night, Ripley turned the ball over on five of their first […]

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Aberdeen running back Donte Carter starts to look up field after catching a short screen pass in the second quarter on Friday.

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal ECRU – Aberdeen’s offense didn’t let freezing temperatures slow it down against North Pontotoc on Friday night. The Bulldogs put up a season-high in points in their 66-30 win in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs to advance to host Kemper County next week. “Offensively, I think we […]

By Scotty Nichols Itawamba County Times FULTON – When good fortune and good execution meet misfortune and lack of execution, the results can be lopsided. The Kosciusko Whippets rode their stellar ground game and benefited from several Itawamba AHS miscues, en route to a 30-13 victory in a 4A playoff game on Friday night. “We […]

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Baldwyn running back Laquintez Upshaw runs past East Webster's Dawson Keller. Upshaw went down with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, delivering a blow to the Bearcats on both sides of the ball.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn couldn’t get East Webster off the field Friday at Latimer Park. East Webster ended Baldwyn’s hopes of taking the field again. In a battle of Journal-ranked small schools, No. 3 East Webster beat No. 2 Baldwyn 34-7 in a second-round 2A playoff game. “We just capitalized through […]