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Falkner's new head football coach wants dedication

By Brad Locke

FALKNER - A thin roster doesn't discourage Ty Priest. Falkner's first-year head football coach averaged 18 to 20 players during spring practices but hopes to have 25 by the fall. "There's not many of us," Priest said, "but the ones that are out there really want to work hard. You can see them getting after it."

Priest, 27, was recently promoted after Quess Hood left to be offensive coordinator at Potts Camp. As an assistant at Falkner for five years, Priest was defensive coordinator for four seasons and ran the offense last season.

Gone from the Eagles' 2018 offense are All-Area quarterback Lane Elliott, who graduated, and athlete T.J. Colom, who transferred to Walnut. Colom accounted for 1,536 yards and 16 touchdowns last year.After reaching the Class 1A playoffs five-straight years from 2011-15, Falkner has been left at home the last two seasons.

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Biloxi defensive back Elijah Sabbatini had a big sophomore year and is set to have an even bigger role as a junior. The offers are beginning to roll in.

BILOXI FOOTBALL

Southern Miss was first to offer this Biloxi football star and his stock is rising

By Patrick Magee

The 2018 campaign was Elijah Sabbatini's first full season with the Biloxi football varsity squad, but you wouldn't have known it if you watched him take the field as a sophomore.

His impact was immediate in a 42-7 win over St. Stanislaus in the season opener. He had eight tackles and a 40-yard interception return as a defensive back and a 37-yard kickoff return on special teams. Sabbatini's sophomore season finished with 88 total tackles, three blocked field goals, an interception and 330 all-purpose yards.

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Former SHS baseball player swinging bat well in minors

By Danny Smith

Former Starkville High School baseball player Milton Smith II was locked in at the plate during a recent game for the Batavia MuckDogs in Class A Rookie League. In six at-bats, Smith had five hits, scored three runs and drove in a run against the State College Spikes on Monday. It was one of the best offensive games for Smith during his minor league career.

"I've been feeling good at the plate and I've just tried to put together some good at-bats," Smith said. "I'm just trying to put a nice, good swing on it and not trying to do too much. That's really my mindset every game. I'm just trying to get on base any way possible."

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