Meridian Star


September 4, 2013

Area Football Previews 9/5

MERIDIAN — Cougars take on Kozy in homecoming showdown

    It's Homecoming in Decatur as the Newton County Cougars take on Kosciusko in Week 3.

    Both teams are coming in a 2-0, putting the season's first loss on the line.

    "It's gunna be a big night for us here," Newton County head coach Jackie Williamson said. "Kosciusko is a pretty good opponent for Homecoming. It just worked out that it had to them, we rather have found somebody else be because they pretty tough."

    Williamson said the Whippets are bringing in more size than they've seen this year, especially up front, so his team will be relying on its speed.

    "It's going to be a lot tougher game than we've been facing," he said. "I think this game is going to be a lot tighter ball game than we've played the last few weeks."

    In the first two weeks of the season, the Cougars have taken 30-plus point wins away on their home turf. For the same to happen, Williamson said they need to cut the turnovers from last week and have another big night from quarterback Jacob Edwards and receiver Trent Hundall. 

    "We can't come out against Kosci and have that kind of a night be been successful," he said. "We have to get back on track."


Surging Wildcats travel to talented French Camp

    The 2004 season was the last time Kemper County started 2-0. In Week 3, the Wildcats are traveling to French Camp Academy, the 2012 Class 1A runner up, with hopes of pushing their win streak to three games on Friday night.

    The Panthers are coming off two loss after their state title run, still looking for the first win of 2013. 

    "They won 11 games last year. They aren't use to losing, so I know it's a bad taste they have in their mouth right now," Kemper head coach Chris Jones said. "They wanna get a win, hopefully it'll come next week and not this week."

    The Wildcats used a big third quarter last week, putting up 16 points, to fight back and beat Scott Central, 24-8, on the road.

    Jones said his offense is still working on gelling, as we would expect with any team early in the season. He is placing his confidence in his defense and hoping to stop French Camp's quarterback, who he eyes as their best player.

    "At the end of the day, if we come out and do what we need to do and execute everything and eliminate the big mistakes, i think well be fine and come out on top because we had a good week in practice," Jones said.

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