By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Jett Johnson spent his previous three football seasons avoiding the hit. This year, Tupelo’s sophomore inside linebacker, is the man applying those rib-crunching body shots. “It’s been hard from a physical standpoint … going from not being hit to hitting every play,” said the former quarterback. “It’s a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Smithville is emerging from crowded Division 1-1A, thanks in large part to a two-headed attack not indigenous to Monroe County’s Seminoles. Senior quarterback Blake Comer has run-first Smithville throwing opponents off the plan – by throwing the football. “Last year, people were stacking the box on us and we came […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Calhoun City had three losses entering Friday’s matchup at No. 1 small school East Webster. But when Aberdeen and Houston are two of your losses, it adds up to wins – the first one in Division 4-2A a big one with Friday’s 28-7 road win. “When you play good teams […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – It might have appeared to be a blustery day, but not for the high school runners at the Tupelo Invitational cross country meet. A bit of a chill usually equals fast times for runners. Those fast times came quickly on Saturday at Ballard Park, with Tupelo’s […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Private schools that participate in the state’s public association won a small battle on Thursday. The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s legislative council voted 18-17 against a measure that would force the 10 private schools in the association to play up in class after applying an enrollment multiplier. “It’s a […]

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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal MABEN – Calhoun City still reigns. Feeling counted out by some, the two-time North champion Wildcats dethroned any suspicion their reign was over Friday night, beating the state’s top-ranked 2A team, East Webster, 28-7. “It’s a special win because it’s really hard to win at East Webster,” said Calhoun City […]

By Scotty Nichols Itawamba Times AMORY – The Itawamba AHS Indians traveled to Amory as the favored team Friday night, but the Panthers had different plans. They played with relentless effort to win the Division 1-4A opener 28-21 in two overtimes. “We were picked to finish fourth in this division, and they were picked to […]

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Columbus running back Kylin Hill, who rushed for 201 yards against Tupelo on Friday, gets around the corner and helps drive the Falcons down the field.

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave football team got served an unhealthy dose of Kylin Hill on Friday. Not the prescription for success in Division 1-6A. Hill easily topped the century mark rushing, and the ball control of the Columbus Falcons offense toppled Tupelo 33-9, handing the Wave […]

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By Jay Tidwell Special to the Journal ECRU – Zay Cullens is running for the pride of his team and his hometown. The junior logged 305 yards on 24 carries with five touchdowns to lead North Pontotoc in a 62-26 win against Nettleton on Friday in the teams’ Division 4-3A opener. He opened the night […]