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Starkville Academy is in the middle of a strong slate of home contests.
On Thursday, the Volunteers played the second of those games with one of the stateâ€™s best teams in Jackson Academy coming to town.
While the game was close for the majority of the contest, the Raiders pulled away just slightly in the final moments to claim a 52-45 victory in boys action.
Jeff Terrill spent 35 years with the word coach in front of his name.Â
Now the time has come for a career move, but as he prepares to hang up his Starkville Academy headset to accept a position with Mississippi's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the legacy he leaves behind is far more than that of a football Xâ€™s and Oâ€™s man.
It has been a pleasure of mine over the last four years to get to know coach Jeff Terrill.
Although we haven't sat down and had many lengthy conversations, I have been around him enough to know there are not very many men better than him.
Terrill has enjoyed success as Starkville Academy football coach and led the Volunteers to a pair of Class AAA, Division II State championship appearances.
The foundation was laid early in the season for Mississippi State's trip to the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Orange Bowl committee member Shawn Crews attended the Bulldogs' game against Texas A&M on Oct. 4. MSU was fresh off a victory over LSU in Baton Rouge, La., that leapfrogged it into the top 15.
The Bulldogs won that day 48-31.
A week after the regular season ended, Mississippi State is still receiving recognition.
Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen was selected as the Athlon Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. It is the third award that the sixth-year head coach has won this year.Â
He was the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year and the AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year.
Mississippi State basketball coach Vic Schaefer thought early that he had a Top 25 team this season.
When three of his senior starters weren't available at the beginning due to injury, he wasn't sure the Bulldogs would be 8-0 at this point.
Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant are working their way back into the lineup, but Savannah Carter is still out.
State basketball tournaments bring multiple games over consecutive days for participating teams. Choctaw County High School is looking to get in some early season experience in that format this week as they host the Choctaw County Tournament.
â€śIn the end, you have to play back-to-back games in the postseason so this just gets you ready,â€ť Chargers coach Gary Beals said.
Davis Wade Stadium was the site of victory and celebration for six different Mississippi high school football teams this past weekend.
It was even bigger for three separate players.
The Mississippi State football stadium saw three future Bulldogs compete for Mississippi High School Activities Association State championships this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and they showed out.Â
The honors keep rolling in for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
A day after the Associated Press released its All-Southeastern Conference teams, the SEC coaches announced theirs.
Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive lineman Preston Smith and linebacker Benardrick McKinney made the first team, while offensive lineman Ben Beckwith and running back Josh Robinson made the second team.
Things are much different now at Mississippi State than they were three years ago when women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer last spoke to the Starkville Kiwanis Club.
On Tuesday, Schaefer talked about what it's like for the football and women's basketball programs to be ranked at the same time, which was not the case in 2012. Football was ranked in 2012, but not women's hoops.