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August 29th, 2013
Tonight's football menu at Starkville High School comes with a little bit of egg.
The clash between the Starkville Yellowjackets and the Oxford Chargers has been given the title of Little Egg Bowl and there will be a trophy awarded to the winner.
Jeff Terrill doesn't like to put more emphasis on any particular game on the schedule, but today's game may be the exception.
The Starkville Academy head coach leads his Volunteers against the East Rankin Academy Patriots at Volunteer Stadium at 7 p.m.
The Volunteers (0-1) are coming off a loss to Lamar School and the Patriots (0-1) are coming off a loss to Central Hinds Academy at home.
There won't be mirrors on each sideline in Eupora tonight.
When the Eupora Eagles and French Camp Panthers look across the field, it might appear that way.
The two teams that played for state championships last season have some similarities.
Jenny Hazelwood starts her fifth season at Mississippi State today with a very young team.
There are several questions that will have to be answered, and the former Bulldog volleyball player will be using this weekend as a test for her young team.
Kayla Mosley decided to shake things up Thursday afternoon with her the lineup.
The Starkville Academy head coach moved Karlie Lockhart to catcher and put Maridee Higginbotham in the circle in her stead.
Although the change wasn't immediately seen in a 12-2 five-inning loss to the Lady Vikings of Central Academy, it will help in the long run.
It will be baptism by fire for the Mississippi State secondary come Saturday.
The Bulldogs open the season against one of the better offenses in the country in No. 13 (Associated Press) Oklahoma State in Houston, Texas.
MSU lost several members of it's secondary from last year's squad including cornerbacks Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay.
Most high school football programs don't shy away from scheduling tough non-division action early in the season.
Oxford is one of those places.
The first four games for the Chargers are against Jackson Prep, Starkville, East Side and Lafayette.
It's the hope of Oxford head coach Johnny Hill that schedule will toughen up his squad.
East Rankin Academy coach Matt Butts used one word to describe last Friday's 27-14 loss to Central Hinds Academy.
"Terrible," Butts said. "(It was) absolutely, positively terrible. We turned the football over three times and the defense did not play well at all. We just played terrible."
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens could certainly find a reason to be distracted if he wanted to be.
When the Lions travel to Pearl River Community College tonight to open the season, Stephens will be returning to a place where he was a two-year letterman on the offensive line (1987-88).
One of the biggest questions coming into the season for Mississippi State, was what were the wide receivers going to look like?
With just days before the Bulldogs kick off the season against the No. 13 (Associated Press) Oklahoma State Cowboys in Houston, Tex., one receiver feels very confident in himself, the receivers and the entire offense.