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September 4, 2013

Area Football Previews 9/5

(Continued)

MERIDIAN —

 

Rams but heads with

Humphreys in Week 3

    Due to a late entry into MAIS 8-man Humphreys Academy was not included in the regular rotation during the 2012 season. Friday, Kemper Academy hopes it can do its part in delivering a not-so-happy welcoming, as the Rams travel to Belzoni in search of their second win.    

    KA head coach Pete McClesky said he is pretty sure of both Humphreys' offensive and defensive formations. Although, since he has yet to play the Rebels, he is unsure of what they bring to the table in terms of talent.

    “I know they have a pretty good running back and a good quarterback,” McClesky said. “They have speed, so we will have to defend the perimeters. They are going to run the wideouts out of the backfield and run sweeps and counters.   

    On defense, McClesky expects the Rebels to come at his team hard. The Rams have been working extensively on blocking in practice. The extra work could pay off if the line is able to open holes for Tyler Jowers and Jason Craig, who ran for a combined 280 yards last week against Calvary.

    “I think my kids will be ready,” McClesky said. “This is not a conference game for us, but we really want it in the win column.”

 

Choctaw to face Cherokee

in “Battle of Nations”

    There is high-school pride and then there is nation pride. Choctaw Central High School will be playing for both Friday night, as the Warriors host Cherokee High School (N.C.) in the “Battle of the Nations” game. The series, which pits the only two Native American high schools east of the Mississippi River against each other, is an annually a must-see matchup for both nations.

    “It will be a full house,” Choctaw Central head coach Troy Savell said. “They will bring a lot down with them, probably a couple of busses with loads of fans. We carry five or six busses when we go up there, and they always do the same. It'll be a big deal.”

    Savell said he expects his team to get up for the game, as they usually tend to save a little extra for the meeting each year. This year, he said the Warriors have a quality chance of coming away victorious due to a challenging first two games of the season.

    One big change for Choctaw will be on the offensive line, where Savell has replaced his starting lineup with junior varsity players. After seeing a lack of interest among his starting unit, Savell said the switch should bring energy to the line.

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