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September 21st, 2012
COLUMBUS â€“ For the East Oktibbeha Titans, the road to the playoffs just got a lot harder.
The Titans fell to Class A, Region 3, District 4 rival West Lowndes 14-0 Friday night at Panther Field.
The Titans are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the district, while the Panthers improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in district play.
There's one particular number that makes Starkville High School defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley uncomfortable going into the Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 schedule.
The Yellowjackets have given up 25 points per game and that's too much in Oakley's mind.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill respects Jackson Prep and what its done.
The No. 2 ranked Patriots (5-0, 1-0) in the Associated Press Private School poll, come in fresh off a 9-0 win over Class 5A opponent Pearl last Thursday night. Patriot head coach Ricky Black got his 300th career win.
East Oktibbeha football coach Randy Brooks has been emphasizing the importance of tonight's game against West Lowndes to his team all week.
Not only will it be a game between neighboring schools, it also determines positioning in the Class A, Region 3, District 4 race.
Communication is a big key in most sports.
The Starkville High School volleyball team showed on Thursday night how crucial communication can be.
The Lady Yellowjackets beat the Ackerman Lady Indians 3-0 at the Beehive.
SHS (13-11, 3-0) got off to a good start winning the first set 25-14.
The Lady Jackets talked on every volley.
Coaches usually emphasize to their team that the next game is the biggest one on the schedule.
When it comes to college volleyball in this state, tonight is certainly one of those times.
Mississippi State makes the trip to Oxford to take on Ole Miss in the third Southeastern Conference match and it's big for more than just "the next one" reason.
It was fitting that the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers won in senior Mary Austin Barber's final home softball game.
It was fitting that Barber drove in three runs with a double in her final home at-bat for the Lady Vols.
It was fitting that Barber threw a bullet to first base to record the final out of the game for SA.
It doesn't surprise Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen when Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith, Cameron Lawrence, Darius Slay or Johnthan Banks make their presence felt on the field.
Mullen said those seniors have put in the work for the Bulldogs over the years and know how to lay it on the line when necessary.
The Jackson Prep Patriots are coming in on a roll and a little history.
Last week, the Patriots (5-0, 1-0) beat Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A opponent Pearl 9-0. Prep head coach Ricky Black got his 300th win.
The Patriots look to make it 301 for Black this week as they travel to Starkville Academy (3-2, 1-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Growing up, Von Smith had a love for the quarterback position.
As a senior at West Oktibbeha, he is playing the position and the game he loves.
"When I was young, I always wanted to be the guy that threw the ball," Smith said. "Coach (Adam) Lowrey has taught me how to read defenses. I can step out on the field and look at a defense and know what we can use."