East Mississippi head football coach Buddy Stephens says he isnâ€™t surprised with how his Lions have started the 2011 football season.
After all, theyâ€™re ranked No. 3 in the country, undefeated at 5-0 and have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.
Their opponents this week, Northeast Mississippi, were relatively quiet despite winning four in a row until they defeated then No. 10 Northwest on the road 34-28. One team will be undefeated no longer. Tigers head coach Ricky Smither says heâ€™s a little stunned with how his team has quickly turned some heads this season.
Just days after coming up short on their biggest fight of the season, Hebron quickly erased the 52-50 double overtime loss to Park Place and put their focus on the reigning 8-man football champions in Kemper Academy.
â€śI think itâ€™s a good it stings a little bit,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śThey know how it feels now and they donâ€™t want it to happen again.
Last week the Crusaders overcame a 22-6 half time deficit to send the game into overtime and eventually prevail after stopping Will Corben-Rogers diving effort on a two-point conversion.
Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year and as the season rolls along the teams donâ€™t get any easier.
Tonight, the Raiders get back into district action when they take on Leake Academy after a two game road trip that saw them get shutout 40-0 in both games.
Leake has had a decent season thus far, scattering two wins among four losses over a six game span. Those wins came against Immanuel and Kirk.
Head coach Benjie Merchant said all the teams theyâ€™ve played so far have improved across the board from last season, mostly with new additions.
School was out at Fifth Street Middle School, but there were a handful of students sitting in a classroom Wednesday afternoon learning another lesson.
They werenâ€™t in detention, but these girls, the West Point junior high cheerleaders, were meeting like they have been doing all semester and more importantly becoming better people in school and the community.
SCOOBA - Justin Cox is having a lot of fun playing college football.
The former West Point quarterback that guided the Green Wave to back-to-back Class 5A state titles in 2009 and 2010, has gotten off to a good start to his collegiate career in the secondary for East Mississippi Community College.
â€śItâ€™s pretty fun, making plays and all,â€ť he said. â€śI just canâ€™t wait to play again.â€ť