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September 25th, 2012
Starkville High School sophomore running back Jaquez Horsley has found the secret to getting playing time and succeeding on the varsity level.
Actually, there's no trick to it when hard work is involved.
Horsley has put in the necessary work in practice and has emerged as the top rusher for the Yellowjackets through five games this season.
Entering the bye week, teams get a chance to get healthy and fine tune a few things it has not been able to work on during the normal grind of a game week.
While those things certainly fit the Mississippi State Bulldogs, they are also looking to regain their focus after a pair of lackluster performances against non-conference foes.
These are good times to be a former Starkville High School quarterback.
Jaquez Johnson is having an outstanding season so far with the East Mississippi Community College Lions, while Brad Henderson, a former signal caller with the Yellowjackets and Lions, has enjoyed some good moments at Northwestern State.
From the moment head basketball coach Rick Ray set foot on the Mississippi State campus, he knew he has his work cut out for him to rebuild a proud basketball program.
Void of veteran leadership, Ray began to cultivate Jalen Steele and Wendell Lewis into the cornerstones in which he would begin to build the program around.
There are a few college football teams across the nation that can claim to be undefeated at this point of the season.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are one of those.
After Saturday night's 30-10 victory over South Alabama, MSU stands 4-0 for the first time since 1999 and moved up in both polls on Sunday.
Not since 1999 have the Mississippi State Bulldogs opened the season a perfect 4-0, but on Saturday night, thatâ€™s exactly what Dan Mullenâ€™s team did with a 30-10 win over South Alabama.
After a slow start, the Bulldog offense got going in the second quarter thanks to a LaDarius Perkins 44-yard scoring run to break the ice and give State the early 7-0 lead.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs needed to get refocused and ready.
At least that's the way analyst from ESPN radio saw the situation on Saturday morning.
After MSU escaped Troy last week with a 30-24 victory, there were many across the country that were anxious to see whether its newly achieved No. 23 ranking in The Associated Press and USA Today polls was deserved.
Mississippi State senior defensive back Johnthan Banks inched one step closer to becoming the career interception leader at the school Saturday night.
The former East Webster High School player is within one pick of tying the all-time interception record of 16 held by Walt Harris.
JACKSON â€“ It turned out to be an easy Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 opener for the Starkville High School Yellowjackets.
After beginning the season with a 1-3 record against tough non-division competitive, Starkville went on the road to defeat the Jackson Lanier Bulldogs 48-0 on Friday night.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers may have been an underdog in Friday night's matchup with Jackson Prep.
Starkville Academyâ€™s head coach Jeff Terrill talked to his team before the game about how the Volunteers wanted to play the game.
â€śWe need to play our football,â€ť Terrill said. â€śWe need to play hard, fundamental football.â€ť