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August 23rd, 2012
Rivalry games are something teams look forward to all year.
For the Starkville Academy Volunteers, they won't have to wait until the end of the season to play a rivalry game.
Starkville Academy plays host to Heritage Academy at 7 p.m., tonight.
The Volunteers are heavy favorites, but head coach Jeff Terrill is not letting that affect him or his team.
The last two seasons the Starkville Yellowjackets lost their season-opening football game to the Noxubee County Tigers.
In those same seasons, the Jackets bounced back the next week for victories.
The Eupora Eagles are playing their second Class A squad in the same number of weeks, but that doesn't mean the competition is lacking.
The Eagles play host to defending Class A State champion Noxapater at 7:30 p.m., tonight.
Eupora head coach Junior Graham is looking for his team to improve on last week and make plays that it didn't make.
Mississippi State announced the departure of receivers coach Angelo Mirando on Sunday and it only took four days for head coach Dan Mullen to find his man as a replacement.
That man is former University of Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster.
The Mississippi State football and volleyball programs have something in common this year.
Before the Bulldogs open with the Jackson State Tigers on the gridiron at Davis Wade Stadium on Sept. 1, the volleyball version steps onto the court at Newell-Grissom Building Friday night against the same school.
Madison Central Bobby Hall didn't hide in the preseason what he wanted to do offensively.
"We've got a quarterback that can throw the ball and we've got receivers that can catch it," Hall said. "We've got a lot of speed, so you'll definitely see us throwing the football."
That strategy almost worked for the Jaguars in the season-opener against defending Class 6A champion Olive Branch.
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers put an end to a four-game soccer losing streak and earned its first victory of the season by defeating the Washington School Generals Tuesday 6-0 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
The win came on SA head coach Robert Gardnerâ€™s birthday and puts their record at 1-4 for the season.
Starkville Academy's Mary Austin Barber's senior year on the diamond has been one filled with a lot of emotion and opportunities for her to lead and teach.
The Lady Volunteers fell 13-2 to Heritage Academy Tuesday afternoon at Lady Volunteer Field.
Barber started in the circle for the Lady Vols and saw a 7th grader play in her usual shortstop spot.
Gabe Jackson has been at Mississippi State for three years and has used that time wisely to develop his skills as an offensive lineman.
The junior hailing from Liberty comes into the season being selected for the Outland Trophy watch list and the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. He has also received All-Southeastern Conference second team from numerous sources.
Mississippi State is gearing up for the 2012 football season and with 13 days remaining before the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs announced the resignation of Angelo Mirando.
Mirando, who served as the MSU receivers coach last season, indicated personal reasons was the cause for his departure from the program.