Archive - Dec 27, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Ââ€“ There wasnâ€™t much time for the Mississippi State Bulldogs to celebrate Christmas.
A day after one of the biggest holidays in the country, the Bulldogs arrived at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Eliminating turnovers and playing solid defense helped the Starkville Yellowjackets defeat Parkview from Ark., 63-52.
â€śAll of them understood how good that team was,â€ť Starkville coach Greg Carter said. â€śThey are a highly ranked team, but at the same time, if we go in and take care of all the details we need to, we knew we could win.â€ť
It's not surprising that a group of Bulldogs are very comfortable playing at Humphrey Coliseum.
This is the third year that the Aberdeen Bulldogs have participated in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament and they benefitted from that on Thursday.
Coaches and players enter each season, no matter the sport, to get the most out of it.
For Princeton Jones of Starkville and Nathan Wright of French Camp, they were able to overcome adversity to experience success during the high school football season.
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French Campâ€™s journey to the state title was nothing short of impressive.
After starting out 0-4, the team dug deep and rallied their way to an 11-5 season which ultimately ended with the Panthers hoisting the Class A State championship trophy.
Looking back, head coach Nathan Wright said he â€śwouldnâ€™t want it any other way.â€ť
The Starkville Yellowjackets had an opening at quarterback going into the 2013 spring practice.
After starting signal caller Gabe Myles graduated and moved on to Mississippi State, then backup Caleb Wilson moved when his father got a coaching job at Georgia, it left the Jackets will a void at that position.