MERIDIAN — West at Choctaw
The Week 4 clash in Philadelphia will end someone's winning streak as the Choctaw Central Warriors host the West Lauderdale Knights and both are fresh off big wins.
The Knights are riding a wave of resorted confidence, stemming a few weeks old. Two weeks ago, a score with eight seconds left gave them their first win of the season. Last week, they routed Wesson 27-0.
“We feel like we have a little momentum, we hope to continue that,” head coach Stan McCain said. “Our guys have experienced a couple wins the last two weeks. We're feeling good about getting better.”
Last week, McCain said his defense stepped up and executed well, which allowed the offense to do its job. Jackson Little lead the defense with 13 tackles and three sacks.
The offense put up 300 rushing yards and 120 passing yards. Noah Nix ran for just under half of the Knights rushing total at 140 yards.
“Overall, it was a good game for us,” McCain said. “It's a concerted effort on everybody's part. Everybody does their job. It might be one guy one night and another guy the next. We do it by committee, which is what I like.”
Choctaw won the Battle of the Nations in Week 3, whomping North Carolina's Cherokee 56-28 in their home opener.
Clarkdale at Southeast
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers have had two rough weeks, both resulting in losses. After losing last weeks home opener to Northeast Lauderdale, 37-21, they are hoping this week's cross-county game will come out in the W column when they host Clarkdale in Week 4.
Head coach Charles Black said turnovers have cost them the last two games and need to correct those mistakes to have a shot at grabbing a win, no matter who the opponent it.
“It's going to have to be a team effort,” he said. “We are going to have to block better, have to quit turning the ball over.”
The Bulldogs have yet to see a win in 2013 and are quickly marching up to the two year mark since the last W.
Black said his team is aware of Clarkdale's struggles, but that hasn't changed their attitude or mentality in hopes of an easy break this week. This week, the focus has been on fundamentals and playing sound football.
“Believe it or not, but actually our tempo in practice as been better than it has all year,” Black said. “The kids have been really up. They just want to get back in the win column.”