Meridian Star


October 10, 2013

Area football previews: Generals looks ball control against Heidelberg



Tornadoes continue to storm into district play     

    Philadelphia High School earned a crucial district win last week when it beat Forest, 34-27, on the road. More importantly for the Tornadoes the victory provided a four-quarter experience that could come in handy later in the season.

    “That was a huge victory for our team and our program,” Philadelphia head coach Teddy Dyess said. “We overcame a lot of adversity. We played them really hard even though we didn’t play really well. That’s a good thing. You don’t want to be playing your best ball now, you want to do that in the playoffs.”

    During last week’s game Philly racked up 219 yards and three touchdowns on the ground but struggled in the air completing only four-of-10 passes for 118 yards for a touchdown and two interceptions. Dyess said the team is working to improve its passing attack while also limiting turnovers this week as they hit the road for another district battle against Raleigh (3-4, 0-1). A win over the Lions would put Philadelphia (6-1, 1-0) in the driver seat for a District 5-3A championship as the Tornadoes return home to face struggling Choctaw Central next week.

    “That’s our goal,” Dyess said. “At the same time, we have to play one game at a time. We’ll have to go to Raleigh and beat a good team and take care of business there.”

Wildcats building momentum again

    Last week, Kemper County head coach Chris Jones was looking for his team to bounce back from a its first loss of the season.

    The offense put up over 400 yards of offense and 65 points against South Pontotoc, so it's safe to say the loss to Philadelphia was almost all forgotten.

    “It was good to see our kids respond the way they did,” Jones said. “We played some pretty good football.”

    A good showing definitely, but, again, Jones is looking for the team to keep on chugging and not be completely satisfied despite having already ensured a winning season at 6-1 (1-0) headed into Week 8.

    Jones said Aberdeen has the tradition of being a state championship team and even though the Bulldogs are off to a rough start (3-4, 1-0), being able to play on the road in district play is important.

    “We try to emphasize winning at home, so we did that last week. Now, we trying to go on the road and win,” Jones said. “Another thing we talk about is, if you want to be a good playoff team, you have to win on the road.”

    The Wildcat's lines will have the advantage come Friday night, Jones said, but both sides have athletes that'll be ready to compete.

    “Our depth on both sides of the ball should help us,” he said.

- Tony Tsoukalas & Sarah Moomaw

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