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Aberdeen running back Donte Carter has 13 touchdowns and 938 yards on the ground. He is one of nine Bulldog players with a rushing touchdown.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal It was a simple strategy, but only simple if you have the players Aberdeen has. When North Pontotoc pulled in a safety, Aberdeen passed. When that safety dropped back into coverage, Aberdeen ran. With that approach, the Bulldogs posted 66 points in last week’s second-round win at Ecru in the […]

Tupelo's Lauren Kate Carter is one of three key juniors returning to the Lady Wave. (File photo)

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo Lady Wave soccer coach Hannah Kimbrough was surprised, and thrilled, when Katie Taylor asked for a tryout. Taylor, who is expected to sign a national letter with Arkansas, had planned to skip her senior season of high school soccer. “She had to try out … she made the team,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s Cris Roberts, the state high school record holder in the 100-yard butterfly, signed an NCAA national letter of intent Tuesday to swim for Western Kentucky University. Roberts won the butterfly earlier this month in the MHSAA State Swim Championships at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. Her record time was 56.26 […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal SHANNON – Tupelo versus Shannon – one of the better basketball rivalries going in this corner of the state. That rivalry felt a little hollow Tuesday. No drama. The Golden Wave took a lot of the questions out of their contest with the Red Raiders in the third […]

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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 […]