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October 26th, 2012
There weren't many who gave the Mississippi State Bulldogs much of a chance to defeat the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, led by legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, in 1980.
The mere presence of Bryant leaning upon the goalpost prior to games was enough to intimidate opponents, which was often the case during the incredible stretch Alabama enjoyed in those days.
JACKSON â€“ The Starkville Yellowjackets laid claim to the Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 championship for the second consecutive season.
With Friday night's 34-16 win over the Callaway Chargers, Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell was glad to say that his program had secured another title.
It wasn't exactly the way the Starkville Academy Volunteers wanted to close the regular season.
With the playoffs looming next week, Starkville Academy dropped a 31-14 senior-night battle with the Presbyterian Christian School Bobcats.
MABEN â€“ The Eupora Eagles were far from winning a district title at the end of the 2011 season.
Friday night that all changed.
The Eagles beat the homestanding East Webster Wolverines 37-7 to win the Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 championship.
MABEN â€“ West Oktibbeha was looking to keep their perfect Class A, Region 3 record intact when they lined up with Noxapater on Friday night.
On the other side of the football, defending Class A State Champion Noxapater was looking for the same thing and when all was done, the Tigers achieved the goal of perfection and left with a 57-6 victory.
Former Mississippi State linebacker Barrin Simpson knows a little bit about streaks.
He was a part of back-to-back State championship teams that finished 15-0 each at Starkville High School in 1994-95.
In 1999, Simpson and the Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-0 start before losing a 19-7 decision to the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers have faced some tough challenges throughout the season, but before they can begin postseason action, they have one more test in the form of Presbyterian Christian School tonight.
â€śPCS is one of the best teams in the state,â€ť Starkville Academy head coach Jeff Terrill said. â€śThey are No. 2 in their region, so they certainly bring a lot to the table.â€ť
The Starkville Yellowjackets are sensing something special is happening again this season.
That has caused a couple of players to go the extra mile and play through the pain of an injury.
Preston Baker has a sore ankle and David Fair had a bad knee, but those two Yellowjackets continue to contribute to the team despite their ailments.
The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves face the Noxapater Tigers, creating a showdown for the ages in Class A, Region 3.
â€śThis is a big game for us, simply because this is the next game on our schedule,â€ť West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said.
ACKERMAN â€“ The Ackerman Indians closed out the regular season in impressive fashion Thursday night.
In Class 2A, Region 2 action, the Indians enjoyed a 42-7 victory over the Hamilton Lions.