Southeast headed into uncharted territory in Week 9
It's Week 9 across the state and many teams are looking for to seal a playoff berth, Southeast Lauderdale included.
With a win over Choctaw Central the first week of district-play and a loss last week, one more win would put them in the hunt. But this week, they'll have to get through the district’s newest addition — Choctaw County.
The Chargers are the compound of Ackerman and Weir, which Southeast head coach Charles Black said he didn't know much about either counterpart piror to combining, but still had a suspicion of what the Tigers will be up against.
“When you take two small schools and put them together, you get a lot of football players,” he said.
Choctaw County is 7-1 and has broken the 35-point mark five times this season, including each of the last three weeks. Black said they have an athletic quarterback in Jamarcus Bradley that will cause the Tigers problems.
Last week, Southeast was shutout 39-0 by Forest.
Black said they were their own worst enemy with too many turnovers and a dropped touchdown pass. Holding onto the ball and getting tackles will be key with the athleticism on the Chargers, he said.
West ready for ultimate test in new division
This is West Lauderdale's first season in the North and Region 4-4A, but head coach Stan McCain knew that would mean getting through defending state champion Noxubee County well before the playoffs.
He said this week on the road will be a true test of what kind of team they are.
“I was hoping we'd get off to a fast start, [so] by the time we got to Noxubee County we'd have a little confidence going,” McCain said. “When you win a few ballgames at the end of the game … You feel like you can play with anybody.”
At 6-2 (2-0) and on a three-game win streak, the Knight have done just that and are packing some momentum because of it. But last week, they got off to a slow start which McCain said can't happen on Friday night.
“We feel like they can put their pants on just like we do,” McCain said.
The Knights have been out starting quarterback Tyler Turnage with a broke collarbone since the West Lauderdale game in non-district play. McCain doesn't expect him back unless there's a playoff run and even then, he isn't positive it's an option.
In the mean time, freshman Tyler Lantz and sophomore Larry Ross have been staring snaps. Ross was banged up last week, putting Lantz in the drivers seat. McCain liked what he saw, but said Friday's starter would be a Game Day decision.