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JACKSON â€“ When Jamie Mitchell took over the Starkville High School football program three years ago, he was trying to build something special.
He saw the hard work pay off Saturday night.
The Yellowjackets (12-3) beat the Pascagoula Panthers (11-3) 28-11 for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State championship on the campus of Jackson State.
JACKSON â€“ Time after time, it has been said that defense wins championships.
Starkville High did its part to reinforce that adage on Saturday night as the Yellowjackets held the Pascagoula Panthers to 11 points in a 28-11 win and claimed the 5A State championship.
JACKSON â€“ Most high school football teams rely on the running game.
It was no different Saturday night in Starkville's 28-11 victory over Pascagoula in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State championship game.
The Yellowjackets picked up 222 of their 304 total yards on the ground.
Now the Starkville Yellowjackets can think about it.
At the beginning of the season, SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell downplayed a potential return to the Class 5A State championship game because of all the pressure that comes with it.
The Jackets decided to take things week by week and deal with each opponent as they appeared on the schedule.
JACKSON â€“ The Eupora Eagles may have lost a 35-0 decision to the Bassfield Yellow Jackets in the Class 2A State championship Friday, but Eupora coach Junior Graham had nothing but good things to say about his team.
His team may have come in second place, but when looking at Fridayâ€™s game and the entire season, he was proud of his guys and their efforts.
JACKSON â€“ Fridayâ€™s class A state championship game was nothing short of thrilling as for four quarters French Camp and Stringer went back and forth scoring with the Red Devils, ultimately coming out on top with a 20-17 victory.
Mississippi State and Providence have very similar basketball teams.
Both only have nine eligible players for today's SEC-Big East Challenge in Providence, R.I.
Tipoff at Dunkin' Donuts Center is set for 11 a.m. and can be seen on ESPNU.
WEST POINT â€“ The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets came out with a defensive mindset from the very beginning against the West Point Lady Green Wave Friday night.
Starkville put the clamps on West Point, especially in the second half, and left Clay County with a 66-37 victory.
Drew Pellum could get the benefit of one more block from Cole Phelps this afternoon.
The duo from Starkville Academy made the South All-Star team and participate in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Game in Clinton. Kickoff from Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College is set for 4 p.m.
EUPORA â€“ Twice before the Eupora Eagles have lined up for the State championship game and on both occasions, they came up short.
Today, the team is hoping the old adage â€śthird time is a charmâ€ť rings true.
The Eagles have prepared for the game and hopefully their first state championship win, but the team does know that the Bassfield Yellowjackets are going to be no easy foe.