Meridian Star


September 26, 2013

Roundup: Trojans hope to rebound

MERIDIAN —     Northeast Lauderdale is fresh off a stinging 21-13 loss at Lamar School in Week 5. This week, the Trojans will host the Forest on Friday night.

    Both teams are coming in at 3-2, so one team will fall to even on the season.

    “We're ready to try to get things turned around after the loss to Lamar,” Curt Blackburn. “We need to get some positive things happening, get some confidence back, look for something good to happen.”

    The weather, like elsewhere, caused the Trojans to rely on the their run game as the ball was unthrowable. Blackburn said he liked what he saw in the rain and if things aren't going well tonight, could resort back.

    As for sizing up Forest, the Bearcat's physicality cause a few nerves.

    “I've been telling our kids all week, they're a big group of kids that are going to use their size to their advantage,” Blackburn said.

    The Trojans will have running back Stevie Sanders back from injury. He returned last week and saw game time, but Blackburn said he has made progress this week in getting closer to 100 percent.

    “That's a positive for us,” he said. “Even though we did get beat, we came out of it fairly healthy.”

Bulldogs  hungry for a win


    The Clarkdale Bulldogs are still looking for that first win after another blow out in Week 5 at the hands of Richton, 35-0.

    This week, they'll make the trek to Jackson to take on St. Andrews. Head coach Wes Roy said that if they can cut out most of last week's mistakes, they'll keep the game interesting.

    “We want to be a physical, running football team and there are times we show flashes of that,” he said. “We made more mistakes last week, in that game, than we did probably for all the other games combined. We had turnovers, we had bad snaps, false starts, offside penalties. It was a bad night.”

    Roy said they've been a chunk of this week stressing getting something going on offense and picking up some yardage. For that to happen, he needs some play makers like Austin Thomas to repeat last week's performance and Justin Goodwin to get hot again.

    Without a win this season or last, keep the team's heads up would sound like the hardest part, but Roy said the team has been responding well, despite four double-digit losses in the first five games.

    “We've had another good week of practice,” Roy said. “After we've had some tough games on Friday nights, I'm pretty proud of the way they are continuing to practice.”

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