Meridian Star


October 3, 2013

Area football previews: Cougars host 4A champs


Panthers’ new QB gets the W    

    After four tough losses to start the season, the Quitman Panthers finally have something to build on.

    Last week, the Panthers topped Bay Springs, 23-6, to earn their first win of 2013. This week, Quitman will open up district play when it hosts Northeast Jones at 7 p.m. Friday.

    “It's good to have one under our belt,” Quitman head coach Steven Bynum said. “We needed that to help morale a little bit.”

    Senior Toriano Howard took over at quarterback for the Panthers next week and shined in his debut, completing 15-of-20 passes for 317 yards and one touchdown.

    “He was on target, avoided pressure and threw a good football,” Bynum said. “We had 317 yards passes Friday night, which for us is highly unusual.

    “They loaded the box, and we were able to play pitch-and-catch a little bit. [Howard] gives us that element of passing the ball a little bit in the back field, and maybe folks will start thinning the box out a little bit.”

    Bynum said Howard will be the starting quarterback moving forward as former quarterback DeQuan Stanley will move to the H-Back position.

    “You might see us a little more in a two-back set,” Bynum said. “We will still get Stanley his touches which will take a load off Toriano Howard and Josh Davis.”

Bulldogs back in win column

    A Week 6 win was just what The Enterprise Bulldogs needed after a winless start to the 2013 season. Now, riding off a 38-22 win over Choctaw Central, the Bulldogs will head into district play as they host Union for Homecoming.

    “A win builds confidence,” Enterprise head coach Kelly Jimmerson said. “As coaches, it makes us feel better to get a win. But, we've got to stack more than one together. We have to win two, three in a row if we can, and that's the way momentum starts.”

    Jimmerson said the biggest difference between last week and the previous five games was the effort his team displayed throughout all four quarters. Despite homecoming distractions, Jimmerson said he hopes his team will come out with the same intensity Friday against Union.

    The Yellowjackets enter the game at 3-. However, Jimmerson said they are a much better team than their record indicates.

    “They are one of the top teams in my district in my mind,” he said. “If they get things together and stop turning the ball over, they are going to be a good football team. Sometimes a loss is not indicative of how your team really is.”

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