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Hornets host annual Possum Bowl

The 2000 Possum Bowl will be held Friday night at William E.”Sambo” Smith Field where the Loyd Star Hornets entertain the BogueChitto Bobcats in the traditional shoot-out for the prestigioustrophy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

In other local games, Brookhaven hosts Humphreys County at KingField and West Lincoln is at Clarkdale. Enterprise has an open datethis week.

Area teams seeing action include Salem at Wesson, South Pike atLawrence County, North Pike at Wilkinson County and McComb atTerry. Franklin County has an open date.

The 1999 Possum Bowl was a blowout with Class 2A Loyd Starsmashing Class 1A Bogue Chitto 52-6. It was the final Possum Bowlfor retired Loyd Star head coach Roe Burns.

“I’ve been away from it for a while but I can tell that it’simportant to both schools,” said Loyd Star head coach Anthony Hart,referring to the Possum Bowl. “When the game starts, you have toput all of that to the side and just play football.”

Hart said Bogue Chitto has potential. “I’ve been impressed bythem. They have good linemen, a good quarterback and goodreceivers. They have the ability to be very good.

“They’ve had some bad luck,” said Hart. “We have a lot ofrespect for their team and what they’re going to bring in hereFriday night. I think it will be a very evenly matched ballgame.”

Daily Leader Defensive Player of the Week Cody Covington ledLoyd Star with 13 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in lastFriday’s 20-0 win over North Pike

Loyd Star senior quarterback Brad Britt, senior wingback ChaseColey and junior fullback Adam Speeg power the Hornet offense.

Bogue Chitto (1-3) lost 19-12 to Puckett last week at Puckett.The Bobcats are led by junior quarterback Jacob Leggett on offenseand junior linebacker John Wallace on defense.

Bobcat head coach Carl Cole is in Houston, Texas, this week withhis father who is receiving treatment for a heart problem.Assistant coach Donnie Stuart has been in charge of the Bobcatsthis week.

West Lincoln won its Thursday night battle, beating theSt. Andrew’s junior varsity 26-0. The win improved the Bears recordto 2-2 on the season as Adam Rushing returned an interception 89yards for a TD and Matt Dillon rushed 94 yards for a score, bothschool records. Kalis Fells ran 54 yards for anotherTD.

On defense, Alan Skates and Cody Hall led he Bears with11 and 10 tackles respectively.

Coaching West Lincoln’s third-year program is first-yearhead coach Don Holston

This Friday, the Bears will hit the road for a long tripto Clarkdale which is winless in three games.

Last year, West Lincoln defeated Clarkdale 19-16 for thefirst varsity win in the school’s history.

Wesson is coming off a 27-6 loss last Friday at thehands of the 3-1 Stringer Red Devils. The 2-2 Cobras, coached byRonald Greer, entertain the winless Class 1A Salem Wildcats forhomecoming at Stone Stadium on the Co-Lin campus thisFriday.

Salem (0-3) had an open date last week to prepare forWesson.

Last year, Wesson hammered Salem 41-14.

Lawrence County faces a tough Division 6-4A challengeFriday night when the Cougars host the South Pike Eagles atMonticello. The Cougars are 2-2 overall and are coached by DannyAdams.

Lawrence handed Bassfield a 39-20 beating last Friday.South Pike (2-2) whipped Amite County 40-8.

In last season’s game, Lawrence nailed South Pike21-7.