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October 21st, 2012
Thatâ€™s exactly how football coach Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs saw themselves entering the season after seven weeks of football.
â€śI canâ€™t speak for the Alabama side of things,â€ť Mullen said during his Sunday teleconference. â€śOur guys wanted to be in this position to play in this game and they expected coming into this season that this is where we would be.â€ť
Tyler Russell and Chris Smith were a part of a Meridian High School football team that achieved a 14-1 record and a Class 5A State championship.
Now the pair is enjoying another successful run as members of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The 15th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start and put away from the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on homecoming night at Davis Wade Stadium.
The 45-3 victory enabled the Bulldogs to remain perfect at 7-0 for the season. Â
It took the Mississippi State Bulldogs a little while to get going on offense Saturday night.
Once MSU starting clicking, it looked more like the 15th-ranked team (Associated Press poll) in the country and poured it on the visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
There were a few bumps along the way before the Bulldogs came away with a 45-3 homecoming victory at Davis Wade Stadium.
The interceptions just keep coming for Mississippi State defensive back and former East Webster High School player Johnthan Banks.
When Banks picked off Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore in the third quarter of Saturday night's 45-3 MSU victory, it was a history-making moment for the Maben native.
The Starkville High cross country teams hosted area teams for the Starkville High School Invitational Saturday with the Yellowjackets taking first in both the girls 4K and boys 5K races.
The Starkville Yellowjackets remain perfect in Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 play as the defense pitched yet another shutout in the 46-0 win over Yazoo City on Friday night.
The Jackets now own a 20-quarter streak of not allowing a touchdown. The streak spans all five division contests this season and it is a streak the Yellowjackets take great pride in.Â
PELAHATCHIE â€“ The Starkville Academy Volunteers saw East Rankin Academy execute an 80-yard drive in the closing moment of Friday's game and the homestanding Patriots won a 34-29 decision in Class AAA-District 2 action.
CRAWFORD â€“ The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves were able to take their win streak to six and remained undefeated in Class A, Region 3 with a 34-6 victory Friday night over cross-county rival East Oktibbeha.
CRAWFORD â€“ Many fans who watch the West Oktibbeha football team, might say the offense is fun to watch.
The defense isn't too bad itself.
West Oktibbeha fought its way to a 34-8 win over rival East Oktibbeha Friday night, led by the defense.
"I was pleased with the boys effort," West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey said. "It was a lot of fun to watch it."