Gene Phelps


When I started covering high school and college sports 37 years ago, my laptop was a portable typewriter. We didn't tweet back in those days, either. We yelled instead.

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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Pearl coach John Perry watched the video and was enamored by the talents of Clinton’s Cam Akers. “He is the best football player these two eyes have seen,” said Perry, whose team plays Akers-powered Clinton tonight at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium for the MHSAA Class 6A state […]

CLASS 6A Clinton (13-1) vs. Pearl (11-3) Kickoff: Today, 7 p.m. Clinton: ATH Cam Akers has thrown for 2,900 yards and 29 TDs and rushed for 1,888 yards and 29 TDs. … RB Darrius Maberry has rushed for 1,162 yards and 17 TDs. … WR Jordan Patton has 453 receiving yards and 7 TDs. Pearl: […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal West Point learned how to play under the Friday Knight Lights this season. Senior quarterback Clayton Knight, a transfer from Saltillo, gave the historically run-oriented Green Wave an added dimension offensively with his passing ability. “The addition of Clayton helped us open up our offense,” West Point coach Chris Chambless […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLINTON – Perry Liles remembers the excitement generated when his Calhoun City Wildcats played for a state championship at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium in 2014. “It’s more fun and enjoyable for the players to play in a college stadium,” Liles said. “We really enjoyed playing on campus at Mississippi […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CORINTH – Okolona had Ashland shootist DeAnthony Tipler right where it wanted him Saturday – on the bench. The Blue Devils’ talented guard still scored 30 points against a box-and-1 scheme, but it wasn’t enough as the Class 2A contending Chieftains defeated defending 1A state champions Ashland 87-81 in the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal WEST POINT – Slumbering giant West Point finally answered its wake-up call Friday. Too bad for visiting Lake Cormorant. The Green Wave erupted for three touchdowns in a 5-minute span late in the third and early in the fourth quarter to break a tie and roll to a 40-7 victory […]

TONIGHT’S GAMES (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.) CLASS 6A Madison Central (10-3-1) at Clinton (12-1) Madison Central: QB Jack Walker has completed 174 of 292 passes for 2,009 yards, 16 TDs. He’s rushed for 412 yards, 9 TDs. … RB Gabe Short has rushed for 1,019 yards, 9 TDs. … WR Braden Boykin has 56 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Pine Grove got an earful from its coach, Katie Bates, at halftime of Tuesday’s New Albany Thanksgiving Tournament game against Amory. The Lady Panthers, who scored just two points in the second quarter, responded with a huge second half to beat Amory 49-34 and improved to 7-1 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal OXFORD – The public address announcer prematurely started to call a 3-pointer for New Site’s Chloe Hammock during Monday’s game against Class 5A Ridgeland. Obviously, he got caught up in the Lady Royals’ perimeter success. Hammock missed, but she did connect on four of the Lady Royals’ 12 3-pointers in […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Twelve wins will never be forgotten, but one loss is all anyone remembered Friday night. No. 1-ranked Tupelo, the first team in the program’s history to start 12-0, lost to No. 5 Madison Central 38-17 in the rain Friday in the MHSAA Class 6A state football quarterfinals at […]