The following is written by Sid Salter, a syndicated columnist and director of public affairs at Mississippi State University, and used with permission of the author.
By Sid Salter
While it is the phenomenal college football seasons enjoyed by Mississippi State and Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference, Delta State in the Gulf South Conference and the NCAA Division II Playoffs, and Alcorn State University in the Southwestern Athletic Conference that gets the lion’s share of state media attention, it is in the Mississippi High School Activities Association state football championships where I most enjoy watching the game.
Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville was the site of the 2014 MHSAA state football championships. The event moves to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ole Miss next season.
The move from Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson is one that has drawn broad debate, but it was great to see young people playing for championships in a modern stadium with all the electronic bells and whistles.
When the games are over, Mississippi high school football champions remain on the field spent, triumphant and victorious along with their teammates, coaches, managers and fans — for one day, the best of the best. And they carried with them the hopes and dreams of an entire community and the pride of all who knew them.
My first life as a weekly newspaper editor and publisher had a lot of highs and a lot of lows. But few highs were higher than Dec. 3-4, 1999.