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October 10, 2013

Area football previews: Generals looks ball control against Heidelberg

SCOOBA — Generals looks ball control against Heidelberg  

    The Newton County Academy Generals are sitting at an even 1-1 in district play, after shutting out Central Holmes Christian, 37-0, last week.

    Head coach Robert Roberts said the win was due in big part to reducing turnovers. Reducing might be an understatement as the Generals had committed over 20 in the six weeks Roberts estimated. Last week the Generals held on to the ball the entire game.

    “We didn't fumble the ball at all last week,” he said. “Fumbling the ball hurts ourselves.”

    Roberts wants to see that continue as the team has spent the week preparing for Heidelberg Academy (5-2, 1-1) for Homecoming. Additionally, it's a big district-rivalry game.

    Roberts said the keys to this week will quieting the Rebels offense with a strong offensive showing and continuing to hold onto the ball.

    “We played good defense last week and we got beat on several plays but still played good defense,” he said.

    Last week, the offense looked a little different and will continue to this week. Roberts slid quarterback Joseph Little back to last year's spot at wide receiver. Dustin Alsup and Seth McCormick split time taking snaps with success.

    Running back Jordan Jones stood out, playing his best game of the season scoring three touchdowns and catching three interceptions.

Panthers clawing for third-straight win

    The Quitman Panthers are finally living up to their preseason expectations putting together back-to-back victories including a 19-3 win over Northeast Jones last week to open district play.

    This week the Panthers will face another challenge when they take on Forrest County AHS in a rematch of the South State Semifinal game last season where Quitman won, 47-40, in three overtimes.

    While the Bulldogs have run for over 1,500 yards on the ground this season, senior quarterback Carter Hankins can be just as deadly in the air making creeping defenses pay with play-action passes.

    “They run it so much with all the different formations out of the Wing-T,”  Quitman head coach Steven Bynum said. “You kind of get lost and forget about the pass, and when they do slip around with the waggle and the boot pass, guys are caught up in the backfield.”

    Because the Bulldogs offer so many looks out of the Wing-T formation, Bynum even had his team practice Tuesday without a football to make sure his players were focussing only on there specific task on defense.

    “That was just to get the speed and motion of everything they do,” Bynum said. “We try to keep our guys focused on their keys this week and not worried about trying to find the football and all that mess.

    “If you get caught up in all that eye candy back there you will get in trouble.”

    

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