Warriors looking for repeat success against Union
Choctaw Central head coach Troy Savell is hoping for a repeat of last season and walking away from Friday night’s matchup at Union with a win.
The Warriors are coming off a tough 41-8 loss to Leake Central and still in search of their first win. Union fought back and topped Nanih Waiya, 24-12, last week and is looking to start 2-0.
Last season, Choctaw beat Union 17-14 for to even their record at 1-1. A win on Friday night would have the exact same effect.
Savell said he is hoping his team will be able to be tougher this week as the Yellowjackets size up smaller than Leake last week. He also said the Warriors defense needs to make more tackles, while offensive line needs to make more blocks.
Union head coach Brad Breland said he feels like the team is settling in and ready for Game 2. He said they need to focus on the run — both their own and stopping their opponent.
“Basically, we have to get tougher,” Breland said. “You never know what's going to happen on Friday night.”
Last week, Laviel Wells rushed for 199 yards for the Yellowjackets. Breland said he'll be a key every week this season.
Kemper Aca. hopes to corral Calvary
Head coach Pete McCleskey and the Kemper Academy Rams will return home Friday in hopes of their first win of the season, as they host Calvary Christian.
Following a 42-26 loss to Sharkey Issaquena, McClesky said the Rams will have to block better than they did last week if they want to be able to beat the Cougars.
The offers a interesting twist, as the Cougars will add 300-pound KA transfer Fredd Dunn to their squad. Dunn, who began his high school career at Calvary, transferred to KA before returning back to Calvary prior to the season. The addition is key for the Cougars, who previously had only 12 players on their roster.
The Rams will have to find a way to stop Calvary's Smokey Washington. Last week against Veritas, the quarterback piled up 430 yards of total offense.
KA got the best of Calvary during the two teams jamboree on Aug. 16. However, McClesky said he expects Calvary head coach Kirby Newell and the Cougars to provide a battle Friday.
“I'm sure they have made some changes in the last two weeks,” McClesky said. “I expect them to show up and for it to be a good ballgame Friday night.”
Rockets try to shake off blow out in Week 1
After being blown out in their season opener at Newton County last week, 47-14, Neshoba Central head coach Chuck Friend said he hopes his team improved this week . On Friday, they'll host Kosciusko in the Rockets' home opener.
Not only have the Rockets worked hard in practice this week to help correct last week's mistakes, but Friend believes every game under the belt is added experience.
For the 2013 season, the Rockets have gone through the motions of one and half games including the preseason jamboree. Friend said last week's biggest weakness was turnovers, not just in the numbers, but how much the Cougars made them sting.
“We gave up enough big plays against Newton County for a season,” Friend said. “We've worked hard to try and prevent those things from happening again. Whether we got the job done or not, we'll see Friday night.”
Kosciusko is already 1-0 on the season and with the Rockets' youth it will be as challenging as ever, Friend said.
“They have a good team, a good quarterback, good receivers,” he said. “It'll be a tough ball game for us. We are going to have to be at the top of our ball game and be our best.”
Generals hope experience leads to Week 2 win
The Newton County Academy Generals could have the upper hand in Friday’s matchup up with Park Place by already having a game under their belts.
Park Place will be breaking in the 2013 at home, but with a new coach and a young team, which could be to the Generals benefit, Newton County Academy head coach Robert Roberts said.
Coming off a 34-6 win over Wayne Academy last week, Roberts said he liked what he saw and hopes the team puts forth the same effort on Friday.
As a team, the Generals rushed for 422 yards, averaging almost 10 yards a carry.
“I was impressed with them, except for the two turnovers,” Roberts said. “I think we are going to be alright.”
Limiting those turnovers, he said, will be key to a successful night.
This week, Roberts said the Generals want to mix it up and test the arm of their young quarterback Joe Little now that he has a game and extra week of practice to break him in. In his first week out, he completed three of seven throws but overall did a good job, Roberts said.
Bulldogs looking to build off of opening loss
Enterprise head coach Kelly Jimerson is hoping that an early pop in the mouth by Sumrall will help grow his young team as the Bulldogs host Richton Friday night.
Six turnovers played a crucial role in the Bulldog's Week 1 loss, as Sumrall scored four times off Enterprise giveaways.
“Our kids saw a lot of the mistakes that they made and how those mistakes really cost us the ballgame,” Jimmerson said. “You can tell it meant something to them. I'm going to be honest with you, it's hard to get on them when they realize what they did wrong. When a kid takes it to heart as much as they did, you have to smile a little bit because you know they aren't going to make the same mistake twice.”
While the Bulldogs racked up 259 yards on the ground last week, Enterprise only competed two of 10 passes for 38 yards in the air. Jimmerson said an improved passing performance will be key against Richton.
“We had opportunities for big plays last week,” Jimmerson said. “We had guys wide open down field, and we overthrew them. Hopefully we can fix that and capitalize on those opportunities.”
Tornadoes aim to build off big win in Week 1
Philadelphia showed why many have tabbed them as a 3A state title contender last week, taking down South Delta, 49-0.
This week, head coach Teddy Dyess and the Tornadoes will hope to continue their momentum as they return home to take on McClain Friday night.
“It's our first home game, so it is a big deal for us,” Dyess said. “They have some tremendous athletes in (Anthony Anderson) and (Andrakeious Johnson), and they can break loose on you. We will have to try and contain that.”
The Tornadoes appear up for the challenge, as Dyess said he was pleased with his team's defensive performance last week.
“It starts up front,” Dyess said. “Our defensive line really had a dominant night and stayed in their backfield all night. Anybody who knows anything about football knows that a good defense helps create a good offense, and that really helped us.”
Another key component to the Tornadoes success in a more balanced game on offense. Normally a power-running team, Philadelphia quarterback Romon Gray completed 8/14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns last week.
“We can throw the ball now when we want to and not just when we hve to,” Dyess said. “That is something we are going to continue doing this season.”
Wildcats look to double 2012’s win total
One week into the 2013 campaign, the Kemper County Wildcats have already matched all of last year’s wins — but they aren’t stopping there.
“It’s not a one game season, we can’t be satisfied with this past victory,” first year head coach Chris Jones said. “Still got 10 games … we want to try and win them all.”
Jones said despite a commanding 54-26 win over Heidelburg, he found holes in his team's offense while watching film. The Wildcats addressed those issues at practice as they prepped to head into Scott Central on Friday, looking for their second win.
The laundry list of tweaks will be key to stopping the Rebels’ running game, which will fall on the hands of defenders Javon Sanders, JaQuan Criag and LaCederick Odom. Jones singled out those three as having huge nights on defense last week and said they were the strong unit despite the offense putting 54 points on the board.
On the other side of the ball, Jones will again look at Otis Cross to match his out put, receiving for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Halfback Devonte Vickers also had a big night with one touchdown on 83 receiving yards. Quarterback Kelvin Bourrage was 15 for 26 with 173 passing yards for four touchdowns.
Tiger face tough 3A in pursuit of first win
In Week 1, Newton took on former division foe Southeast Lauderdale, but came away with a 30-13 loss in their home opener, despite finishing strong by scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.
This week, head coach Chris Gale said he hopes the Tigers can score early and stick to a game plan when they host Raleigh on Friday night.
“Our thing is to maintain, get something started and maintain it. Get something established and stick with it,” Gale said. “We have to do a better job of making adjustments.”
With the move down to Class 2A, Newton is playing all 3A schools in their non-division schedule, as they hope to get ready for what Gale said is a tougher region than they have had previously.
Getting that first win is something the Tigers are on the look out for.
However, Gale said they have their work cut out for them in the Lions, especially with them also coming into the matchup after a loss.
“They are scrappy and feisty,” he said. “They are a tough bunch … we got our work cut out for us.”