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August 25th, 2014
It's been nearly a quarter of a century since Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi have been on the same football field at the same time.
Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been an offensive coach over the years that commits to finding a mismatch against the defenses he goes up against.
One of the areas on offense where he believes an advantage can be gained is at tight end.
There are tight ends that are good blockers and others that can catch the football.
Three years ago Tyler Barnes and his family made the move from Louisiana to Mississippi.
Even as a new kid on the block, it did not take long for Barnes to find his niche on the Starkville High football team and it just so happened to involve a little blocking.
Dez Harris entered his senior year of high school ready to help lead his team to a championship.
Harris quarterbacked the McAdory (Ala.) Yellowjackets, but didn't play in his senior year. He suffered a knee injury during a preseason jamboree event, costing him his final year of high school football.Â
One head made all the difference Sunday.
After battling through almost three quarters of the match, Cincinnati's Katy Couperus, with assistance from Jae Atkinson, provided the header from a corner to give the Bearcats a 1-0 victory over Mississippi State University's women's soccer team.
The Starkville High School swim team may have a few questions when it opens the season today at St. Joseph in Natchez.
Relays will not be one of them.
SHS swimming coach Angela Hobart said relays will be a strong area for the squad, especially with the girls.
"We're looking to do really well in relays," Hobart said. "We have a lot a lot of seniors this year. We're very senior heavy."
Success can be defined in many different ways.Â
For some it is all about the fame, while others look at your wealth and still others look at how powerful you are. Then there are those who measure it in seeing a dream come true and having the people that matter surrounding you.Â
DeAndre Ward came to Mississippi State in 2013 without a scholarship.
The sophomore linebacker had no scholarship offers coming out of Wetumpka High School in Alabama. He decided to see if he could walk on at MSU and he made the squad. He played in two games as a true freshman.
The word â€śhotâ€ť could have definitely been used to describe the weather conditions at Starkville Academy on Friday night.
However, the Volunteers also had a hot performance against Lamar, downing the Class AAA champions 42-21 to start the season 1-0.
The Starkville Yellowjackets opened their 2014 season and broke in their new turf field Friday as they out-muscled Noxubee County in a 51-19 drubbing in high school football at Yellowjacket Stadium.