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 OKOLONA – Either Houston coach William Cook was underselling it, or his offense hit a quick growth spurt. The Hilltoppers had been living on defense in a perfect start. With Thursday’s 52-6 Battle of the Creek win at No. 5 small school Okolona, the offense (26 points in two games) […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL He may be a new head coach, but Jake Hill is taking the liberty of adjusting an overused coaching phrase. Coaches say teams’ biggest improvements are from Week 1 to Week 2. Hill, New Albany’s first-year coach, is hoping for a one-week extension. “Our effort was there (in last week’s […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL Perceive Thrasher any way you want. The Rebels are running right past the perceptions. “Right now, we’re not everybody’s homecoming,” fourth-year Thrasher coach Lamart Harvey said. That hasn’t always been the case. Teams in recent years have lined up the Rebels for homecoming Fridays, a night typically reserved for opponents […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL Okolona went 2-7 last season. Houston went 5-7. Both would like to move on from that – and each seems to have done so. Both are 2-0 heading into tonight’s Battle of the Creek rivalry, but Okolona coach Jack Clark does want his No. 5 small school Chieftains to remember […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL With Amory linebacker James Allen Bennett barreling at him, Clayton Knight avoided him, took off between three of Bennett’s teammates, broke left through two more Panthers untouched and passed another diving at him before he was finally brought down 30 yards later. “He’s ad libbing,” Saltillo coach Pat Byrd said. […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL After an 11-win season in 2012, Houston has been in rebuild mode. The Toppers won one game in 2013, then five last season. Friday, they won one big one, 9-6 over the Journal’s No. 1 small school, back-to-back North 2A champ Calhoun City. “It’s a big win in the season, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Jarkel Joiner is keenly aware of what his upcoming junior basketball season means to his future. “All my years are important, but this junior year is my most important,” Joiner said, “college coaches coming in and out. I’ve just got to work hard, keep God first and just […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – C.J. Brim drained one, then two, then three, all from 3-point range in last Saturday’s AAU Tournament at Tupelo High. “He can shoot the basketball,” North Mississippi Kings coach Garrett Hereford said. “And he’s got a good sense of it. He’s been playing so long, he’s got a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A.J. Brown doesn’t want to talk much recruiting with the season going on, but he is making it pretty difficult for reporters. The four-star receiver hauled in a career-high 16 catches and a massive 176 yards Friday on ESPNU as No. 4 large school Starkville beat No. 1 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Oxford, the Journal’s No. 1-ranked Large School, is playing today on national television. The 8 p.m. kickoff at No. 4 Starkville is on ESPNU and should be the last game in the state to go final, so all eyes will be on the Little Egg Bowl. Chargers coach Johnny Hill […]