Brandon Speck


I am the Daily Journal's high school sports editor. I try to avoid press boxes that play country music.

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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal CORINTH – Cam Smith isn’t all the way back from offseason surgery to repair his knee-cap. Not at 100 percent, Okolona’s sophomore guard gave Biggersville plenty of problems in a 79-61 win to open Friday’s Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic at Corinth High. Smith hit five 3-pointers, scored 17 points and was […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Baldwyn players were pretending to be East Webster quarterback Jack Wilson during Tuesday’s post-lunch practice. Their teammates then tried to tackle the faux Wilson. “He’s a very crafty fellow. He has a lot of moves,” Baldwyn DE Tice Bowdry said. “He’s hard to get to the ground.” Wilson’s Wolverines and […]

The half of you who will regret going to the Egg Bowl should set your DVR, shut off all of your social devices and watch it later. Heck, the half of you who will be thrilled with the outcome should do the same. All of you should save your insults and lashing out at your […]

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 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 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 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn’s season was less than a quarter from over. Marquavious Patterson clearly didn’t want that to happen. Baldwyn’s senior fullback took a snap and physically carried Calhoun City tacklers half of the 12 yards he ran to the Wildcats’ 43-yard line. It produced the go-ahead score in Baldwyn’s […]