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October 27th, 2012
There's an old adage in football, you must win the battle in the trenches in order to win the game.Â
On Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs found out just how true that saying is as the Crimson Tide dominated the line of scrimmage early setting the tone for the lopsided 38-7 Alabama victory.Â
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took their win streak on the road to Tuscaloosa feeling they were inching closer to the top of the nation's top conference.
Regardless of Saturday's 38-7 loss to the Crimson Tide, there are still some impressive notesthat will make MSU fans proud.Â
The Bulldogsâ€™ 7-1 start is the best start through eight games since 1999 (8-0).
Mississippi State fans believe in their undefeated and 12th-ranked Bulldogs.
Entering tonight's Southeastern Conference Western Division battle against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the support has been incredible.
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