Bobcats practice for visit to unbeaten Puckett

Published 6:00 am Friday, November 23, 2001

BOGUE CHITTO – The Puckett Wolves and the Bogue Chitto Bobcatsare no strangers to each other. During the 1999 and 2000 footballcampaigns, they faced each other, with each team posting a win inthe 2-game series.

Bogue Chitto won at home 18-14 in 1999 while Puckett was a 19-12victor in 2000. This season, the Bobcats are the Region 4runners-up and the Wolves are the Region 3 champs.

Friday night at Puckett, the series renews with the Bobcats andthe Wolves battling it out in the second round of the Class 1Astate football playoffs. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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Bogue Chitto (11-1) eliminated Union 13-7 and Puckett (11-0)slipped past Enterprise 21-12 in last Friday night’s first roundgames.

“They are a real physical football team,” said Bogue Chito coachCole. “We’ve beaten them here and they beat us there. They areexceptionally well coached. They are fundamentally sound.Defensively they are quick to the football.”

In the win over Union, senior fullback Dominique Addison poweredBogue Chitto’s running game with 19 rushes for 107 yards and twotouchdowns. Denard Ferguson followed with 19 rushes for 47yards.

Bogue Chitto quarterback Jacob Leggett completed 4 of 8 passesfor 63 yards. Cody Wallace caught one pass for 28 yards followed byPaul Martin with one catch for 13 yards, Addison with one catch for16 and Michael Blackwell with one catch for six yards.

The Bobcat defense was sparked by middle linebacker John Wallacewith 12 tackles. Making 10 stops was Todd Davis.

We will run the football,” Cole stated. “Wehave a good power running game. We’ll throw in select places. Inthe second and third quarters, we’ve been able to take over thegame. l ask the offense and defense to do the things they have todo.

“They (Puckett) like to run a 4-4 defense,” added Cole. “Puckettis an old time, power football team. They are one of the mostphysical teams we have played over the past four years. We aregoing to have to be physical. We are going to have to play that wayfor four quarters.”

Cole said he appreciates the contributions this season made byhis assistant coaches. The coaches include defensive coordinatorDonnie Stewart, line coach Michael Guins and receiver/backs coachBenji McKlemurry.

“This is the first year to have three coaches help us out,” Colesaid. “We are able to do a lot of things in practice that wecouldn’t do with two coaches. We are glad to have McKlemurry andGuins.”

With Thursday being Thanksgiving, Bogue Chitto will be holdingpractice as most all teams in the playoffs. Cole and the Bobcatsare looking forward to it.

“We will have our usual Thursday walk through,” Colesaid of Thanksgiving Day. “We are looking forward to celebratingThanksgiving. We are blessed and thankful for the season. We arestill playing football. It’s like a small familyreunion.”

Senior lineman Ernie Johnston has no problem withpracticing on Thanksgiving. “We will do what it takes towin.”

Johnston’s teammates feel the same.

“I think of it as a blessing,” said senior center AceWallace. “It’s something we get to do that other teams haven’tdone.”

Leggett is positive about the holiday practice. “It’s agood feeling. We’re like a family. I don’t mind spending it withthem.”