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October 25th, 2012
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.
Dan Mullen stood in front of a room overflowing with reports in Birmingham, Ala. four years ago and told them his Mississippi State Bulldogs would compete for championships.
What else was a first-year head coach supposed to say?
Just about everyone in Starkville has the Mississippi State-Alabama football matchup on their minds this week.
Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins of the Bulldogs is no different.
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ Accountability.
That was first-year Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray's top priority when he arrived in Starkville.
"I want to establish a culture of accountability," Ray told reporters at the Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day Thursday. "That has probably been the biggest challenge so far."
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ The Mississippi State women's basketball team was picked to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.
With that in mind, there are probably going to be some tough moments in Vic Schaefer's first season as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs.
It won't be the first time Schaefer has overcome that type of adversity in the SEC.
Mississippi State and Alabama meet this Saturday in Tuscaloosa in a game that has implications on the Southeastern Conference Western Division and the national championship picture.
For the No. 13 (Associated Press) Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) to be successful establishing the ground game against the No. 1 Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) will be a big key.
It's been a building process since Dan Mullen became the head football coach at Mississippi State.
Quarterback Tyler Russell has helped in that construction.