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October 23rd, 2012
Hold onto your hats football fans. A wild weekend of football is coming up for this area.
While everyone is busy hyping Saturday's Southeastern Conference Western Division clash between No. 13 (The Associated Press poll) Mississippi State and No. 1 Alabama and rightfully so, there's some high school matchups on the schedule Friday that will serve as nice appetizers.
A year ago Malcolm Johnson ended his redshirt freshman season with a lot of confidence and year two looked to be a break season for him.
A pectoral injury on his right side sidelined him for the first five games of the season.
The Bulldogs entered the Tennessee game with a 5-0 record and Johnson was cleared to play.
Alabama week is one the Mississippi State Bulldogs have had circled for a long time.
MSU if it took care of business then a battle of unbeatens on Oct 27 was a distinct possibility.
Now, the Bulldogs are a perfect 7-0 as are the Crimson Tide. The winner of Saturday's matchup in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earns the top spot in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
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