Wade Tackett has seen the progress in four months.
But Tackett has been coaching long enough to know an 0-5 start to a season casts a gloomy shadow over the rosiest assessment of any coach.
CALEDONIA -- Michael Kelly loves the fight and the effort he has seen from his Caledonia High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- MaKayla Waldner knows there is plenty of more work to be done.
Chris McDonald could have sworn he was going to get tackled.
Brandon Moore thought so, too, as he watched his Victory Christian Academy teammate apparently run into a group of Tabernacle tacklers.
Jared Long bent at the waist to whisper into the ear hole of Moak Griffin, who was seated inches shy of the goal line.
Ezekiel Head has been playing on the offensive line "all his life."
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven knows how to play the numbers game.
The Oak Hill Academy football coach remembers a time when the Raiders played with 11 high schoolers and three middle schoolers just in case.
MACON -- Chaokang Brooks feels the time for the Noxubee County High School football team to hang its head is over.
With three games remaining for the start of region play, Brooks realizes the Tigers are running out of time to fix the ups and the downs that have plagued them through the first four games.
The reaction could prove to be more important than the lesson.
Sarah Curtis admits there were distractions the last time the Heritage Academy girls soccer team faced its archrival Starkville Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Stress is part of Kristen Malebranche's job.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team's defense is on a championship pace.
STARKVILLE -- Hope never has been an idle feeling for Monigo Karnley.
MACON -- Kyziah Pruitt broke the post-game huddle and walked back toward the center of the field.
Chris Chambless doesn't believe in wasting time.
MACON -- A "next-man-up mentality" isn't new in football circles.
Chris Chambless already has a laundry list of things to do.
WEST POINT -- Chris Craven wants every member of the Oak Hill Academy football team to be confident.
STARKVILLE -- The pictures and plaques on the left and right walls of the Starkville Academy field house take you through the years and the successes of the football program.
Le'Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, and Todd Gurley make up a formidable group.
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