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September 11th, 2014
Mississippi State's home opener didn't go as planned.
The Bulldogs lost in straight sets (25-19, 25-18 and 25-14) to South Alabama at the Newell-Grissom Building Thursday night to open the Maroon Classic, the first of two MSU-hosted tournaments.
Through the first two games, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and his coaching staff have rotated several guys in and out on both sides of the football.
The biggest position has been quarterback.
The Bulldogs have used both starter Dak Prescott and backup Damian Williams in both first halves, and first quarters, of the two opening wins.
There will be an excitement in the air in Mobile, Ala., Saturday that has never been seen before.
The South Alabama Jaguars, just in their six year of football, host a Southeastern Conference team in Mississippi State, the first ever SEC team to make the trip there for a road game. It is by far the biggest game in the history of Jaguar football, and the biggest home game ever.
Blaine Clausell never thought he would get the opportunity to play football again in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.
That possibility came about when the Mississippi State Bulldogs got the South Alabama Jaguars on the schedule.
"To be the best, you have to beat the best."
That is the mind set of first-year Hillcrest Christian School coach Todd Montgomery as he heads into Friday's game against Starkville Academy.
There are ways an athletic football player like Princeton Jones can help a football team.
Hinds Community College in Raymond is giving Jones that opportunity.
After signing with East Mississippi Community College out of Starkville High School, Jones found his way a little farther west to begin his junior college career.
All season Starkville High School has prided itself on consistent volleyball play throughout the entire match.
The Lady Yellowjackets wavered slightly from that style on Tuesday night, but in the end, they managed to pull out the 3-1 victory over Heritage Academy.
The West Point Green Wave were held to three points by the Starkville Yellowjackets last Friday night.
That just doesn't happen.
SHS linebacker Alonzo Flowers had 15 tackles against West Point.
That just doesn't happen.
When it comes to playing defense, Flowers had one word to describe why the Jackets are having success in the first three games of the season.
Jeff Terrill issued a challenge to his defense after game one.
While managing to limit Lamarâ€™s rush game, Starkville Academy simultaneously allowed the team to accumulate 326 passing yards. For the head coach, that was unacceptable and the gauntlet was laid down.
There is some pretty good football going on in Starkville right now.
Along with the Mississippi State Bulldogs winning their first two games of the season, the Starkville Yellowjackets and Starkville Academy Volunteers are both 3-0.