Meridian Star


November 14, 2013

Roundup: Southeast riding momentum into Round 2


MERIDIAN — ‘Jackets face 2A favorite

    The Union Yellowjackets chased away Puckett in the first round of playoffs with a 48-14. Round 2 might not be so easy, not just because it’ll be the battle of the Yellowjackets, but Bassfield is the No. 1 seed.

    Head coach Brad Breland knows it’s a touch match up but he isn’t ready to let their reputation and 11-1 record run them out of town before coin flip.

    “They’re real good,” he said. “Obviously, they are the No. 1 team in the state. They have a lot of good players, a lot of speed.”

    Breland is hoping the same offense shows up for they as they did last week, as the executed better in the win that most of the season, but that won’t be enough.

    “This week, we’ll have to fix all our mistakes and play hard, try to play better than we have all year,” he said.

    The size match up puts the home team on the smaller side, Breland said, but they make up that in their quickness.

    “We are going to control the line of scrimmage, hopefully control the ball, keep possession of the ball as much as we can,” he said. “I thought our line did better last week … they are going to have to play well if we’re going to have any success on offense.”

Quitman faces Dandy Dozen member

    Following a sloppy win over Raymond in Round 1 of the 4A state playoffs, the Quitman football team will have to fix its mistakes in a hurry as the Panthers host Purvis at 7 p.m. Friday night in Round 2.

    The Tornadoes will bring a potent offense into Quitman as they feature Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen member Markell Pack. The 6-2, 180-pound senior has already verbally committed to play at Florida State University next season. So far he as rushed for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns while also catching 35 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns. He has even completed 5-of-6 passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns out of the quarterback position.

    “He does everything for them,” Quitman head coach Steven Bynum said of Pack. “He'll play quarterback, he'll line up at tailback, receiver, slot. They throw him everywhere.”

    The Panthers can't just focus on Pack either as Purvis also has a play maker in quarterback Nathan Roseberry. The junior has been a threat on the ground compiling 1,457 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

    Despite the challenge, Bynum is confident in his team, especially with a home crowd behind them.

    “Any time we play at home I like our chances,” he said. “Our guys are a differen't breed at home in front of the home fans.”

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