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October 10, 2013

Lauderdale County football previews: Calvary a new team for rematch with Veritas

MERIDIAN — Calvary a new team for rematch with Veritas

    After acquiring transfers Alijaoen Kennedy, Michael Bradley and Michael Sullivan, Calvary Christian football coach, Kirby Newell knew the Cougars would be better. Friday night he will find out just how much better his team is as Calvary plays host to Veritas Academy at 7 p.m.

    Veritas took down the Cougars 48-28 in Week 1.

    “We’ll see Friday night,” Newell said. “It is kind of a mystery to me too.”

     Newell said the key to the game will be stopping the Lions from getting to the outside. Calvary comes into the game as the bigger team, and Newell said he plans to take the ball right at Veritas to utilize his team’s size.

    The added bulk is not the only advantage Newell has received from the transfers, he also said the added players have allowed him to utilize his special teams.

    “Oh my gosh,” Newell said. “It opens everything up. We used to not be able to kickoff and we had to just pooch it. Now I got cover players. I turned Josh Roberts loose and I’ll be darned if we didn’t have three touchbacks.”

    Following a 70-21 over Friendship Academy a win Friday night would give Calvary back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

“If we do what I think we are capable of, I think we have the ability to make a nice run at the end of the season,” Newell said.

 

Southeast banged up to face Forest in Week 8

    The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers are 1-0 in district play after a blowout win in Week 7. This week, they are welcoming in the Forest Bearcats and hoping to continue climbing with another win on Friday night.

    “It's very upbeat,” Southeast head coach Charles Black said. “You know what a win can do for you. It wasn't hard to get them to practice this week. Like I told them, we're in a new season now. We're 1-0 and that's how we're approaching it.”

     Coming off the 42-6 win over Choctaw Central, the Tigers have a few bumps and bruises that'll play into this weeks game. Black, however, didn't disclose exactly how and hoped the team would make it unnoticeable.

    “It means a little more double duty for some of our kids,” Black said. “It kills our depth and we have to play some of these kids both way more and it could make a difference in the fourth quarter.”

    Over the last few games, Black said, the offensive line and skill players have really had an impact. This week, they'll be just as important to go toe-to-toe with an offense that took on mostly 4A teams, with success, in non-district play.

    The Bearcats took their first district lost last week against Philadelphia, 34-27, but were just the third team to find the end zone against the Tornadoes this season.

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