Akers, Arrows claim 6A state crown

STARKVILLE (AP) – Cam Akers ran for five touchdowns and threw for two more to lead Clinton past Pearl 49-35 and win the Mississippi...

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 Blake Morgan Daily Journal Calhoun City’s players broke down the huddle last Friday night after a 47-20 victory over Baldwyn in the 2A state semifinals. Jojo Gray took a step back and let out a howl; he couldn’t contain the excitement and this wasn’t a time for restraint. Gray had just helped propel his […]


By David Wheeler Daily Journal CORINTH – The graduation of six key players from the 2016 Class 4A state championship team is a tough loss to overcome. Yet on Saturday night in the third quarter, here were the inexperienced Corinth Warriors standing toe-to-toe with highly regarded Velma Jackson. Then recent Mississippi State signee Nick Weatherspoon […]

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 […]

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Lafayette's Randy Anderson breaks through the Pontotoc defense in the first quarter.

By John Davis Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Even when the Lafayette Commodores were 0-2 to start the 2016 season, they never stopped believing that a trip to Mississippi State to play in the MHSAA Class 4A state title game was possible. Written off for dead by everyone outside their locker room, the Commodores never backed […]

By Jon Wise Pontotoc Progress OXFORD – Two seasons ago, the Pontotoc Warriors won three games. Friday night, the Warriors finished the 2016 season with a record of 13-2, after being stopped on fourth-and-goal on the Lafayette 5-yard line with 50 second in a 21-14 loss to the Commodores (12-2). “It hurts when you get […]

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Calhoun City's Atarius Moore begins to celebrate after blocking a Baldwyn punt, which set up another Wildcat touchdown in the second quarter of their North title game on Friday.

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal CALHOUN CITY – After the first play of the game was erased on a holding call, Calhoun City’s Jojo Gray dropped back and found Tyrese Quinn on a fly route down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown throw. The Wildcats scored quickly and continued the dominating performance from there, […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal CALHOUN CITY – When Michael Gray woke up Friday morning, his Baldwyn Bearcats football team had the same goal as 23 other schools in Mississippi – win and reach the state championships. That goal for Baldwyn was crushed in the first half Friday in a 47-20 loss to the Calhoun […]

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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 […]