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September 9th, 2012
Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald was looking for a tight and physical match going into Southeastern Conference play this week.
He got one Sunday night against in-state opponent Southern Mississippi.
It takes big plays during the course of a football game to pull off big victories in the Southeastern Conference.
On Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium, the Mississippi State Bulldogs made several such plays in defeating the Auburn Tigers 28-10. It was the first win in an SEC opener for the Bulldogs since a 17-0 decision over South Carolina in 1999.
What do Johnthan Banks, Cameron Lawrence, Chad Bumphis and Marcus Green all have in common?
They are all senior members of the Mississippi State football team that contributed positive plays to Saturday's 28-10 victory over the Auburn Tigers.
For any squad to have a successful season, senior leadership is key. It appears after two games that the Bulldogs are solid in that area.
When Johnthan Banks came to Mississippi State from Class 2A East Webster, it was unknown what type of player he was going to develop into.
In his senior year, it's pretty clear what type of player he is and what he brings to the MSU defense.
Banks intercepted two passes in State's 28-10 victory over Auburn Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers found their offense and played lock down defense, as it rolled to a blowout victory.
The Vols beat the Leake Academy Rebels 45-0 Friday night at JE Logan Field.
Starkville Academy, which evened its record at 2-2, was coming off two straight losses and although head coach Jeff Terrill didn't feel a sense of urgency, he was glad to get a victory.
High school football is built on rivalries and nowhere in Mississippi is there a better rivalry than Starkville-West Point.
On Friday night, the rivalry was renewed and for two and a half quarters the fans of both schools were treated to a game for the ages. However a single play led to the Yellowjacket demise, dropping a 47-22 decision to the Green Wave.
MABEN â€“The East Webster Wolverines could not overcome several miscues as they dropped their first game of the season to the Caledonia Confederates 27-10 Friday night.
The Wolverines are now 3-1 this season as the Confederates remained undefeated and improved to 4-0.
EUPORA â€“ In a game that looked like it was going to be an offensive explosion early, the Eupora defense stepped up and dictated the rest of the contest.
The Eupora Eagles (4-0) beat the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves (2-1) 41-10 Thursday night at Wafford Field.
The Starkville Yellowjackets need to bring another big container to the football field this week.
After bottling up the Tupelo Golden Wave 28-0, the Jackets have visions of doing the same thing defensively tonight against a rival of a different color as the West Point Green Wave invade Starkville. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Starkville Academy football team is not where it excepted to be three games into the season.
Tonight the Volunteers (1-2) take on the Leake Academy Rebels (2-1) at home. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.