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November 8th, 2012
It is rare for a team to go to Death Valley and come out with a victory.
This week No. 22 (Associated Press) Mississippi Sate (6-2, 3-2) makes the trip to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 9 (Associated Press) LSU Tigers (7-2, 3-2) in Tiger Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
The Tigers are 36-2 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under head coach Les Miles.
Sometimes it's a good thing to take the advice of a brother.
Even though Hannah Buckner was struggling at times hitting her shot for the Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars, her brother and coach Luke encouraged her to keep shooting.
Hannah responded by hitting a basket just to the right of the goal to tie the game against Central Academy and sent it into overtime.
A great amount of pressure will fall on the shoulders on Jalen Steele this season.
The Mississippi State junior point guard seems to like the pressure.
"In high school and middle school, there has always been pressure," Steele said. "There has always been pressure to perform. The more pressure there is, the louder the crowd and it makes me come out more. I like it."
Martha Alwal was so impressive with her defense in her first season at center for the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs that she made the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team.
The 82 blocked shots for Alwal last season led the league and was the third-most in a single season for MSU. She enters her sophomore year already fifth on the school's all-time swat list.
The Starkville Cowboys 7-8 and 9-10 age groups may have won the Powerhouse Super Bowl.
For coach Rodney Johnson, it was more than just winning a championship last Sunday.
He was proud to see the growth of his teams during the course of the season.
To say expectations are high for Starkville High Schoolâ€™s boys and girls bowling teams would be an understatement.
The excitement coming from SHS coach Jim Philamlee is evident.
The games between Mississippi State and LSU have become more competitive since Dan Mullen took over as head coach of the Bulldogs.
The Saltillo Tigers have a quarterback that has put up impressive numbers both on the ground and through the air this season.
Andrew Soper has completed 82 of 183 pass attempts for 1,364 yards and 14 touchdowns with 196 carries for 973 yards rushing and 10 more scores.
In the past two games, Mississippi State's running game has not been where it needs to be.
The No. 22 (Associated Press) Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2) have rushed for a total of 145 yards in their past two outings. MSU rushed for 47 yards in a 38-7 loss to Alabama two weeks ago, and gained 98 yards on the ground in a 38-13 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday.
The Starkville Yellowjackets have put together a pretty impressive two-year run in Class 5A, Region 2, District 6.
It doesn't matter what the competition, anytime a team can sweep all seven of its division opponents for two seasons in a row, there's a reason to take note.