Wesson, Loyd Star in road tests

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2003

The Loyd Star Hornets and the Wesson Cobras are involved in apair of big games with Lincoln County opponents Friday night. LoydStar travels to Enterprise to face the Yellow Jackets while Wessoninvades Perry Miller Field to face West Lincoln. Game time is 7:30p.m.

In other Lincoln County action, Brookhaven is home at King Fieldto entertain Vicksburg and Bogue Chitto is at Troy Smith Field tohost Region 4-1A nemesis Stringer.

Area football action includes Franklin County at Terry, LawrenceCounty at Mendenhall, Hazlehurst at Velma Jackson, Tylertown atNorth Pike, McComb at Warren Central, South Pike at Natchez andHinds AHS at Crystal Springs.

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Last Friday, Wesson defeated Enterprise 42-25 and West Lincolnfell to Loyd Star 58-0.

This is the first time Wesson and West Lincoln have played eachother in varsity football.

” West Lincoln is still in the process of learning Coach (Ron)Dupree’s scheme,” said Wesson head coach Ronald Greer. “It is goingtake them a little time. They seem to be sound fundamentally. Iknow they are better than what the score indicated last week. Weknow they are going to fight hard. I know they will be ready toplay.”

“We have to get better,” added Greer.

Wesson was led in the win over Enterprise on Brian Channell’s 14rushes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Nick Guntercompleted 1 of 3 passes, a 61-yard touchdown bomb to Brad Brister.Gunter also kicked 6 extra points.

Senior Herman Johnson powered the Cobra defense with 12 tacklesand 2 quarterback sacks. Sidney Thompson and Brister collected 11stops apiece.

“Wesson is pretty good,” said West Lincoln head coach RonDupree. ” They are a good solid, fundamental team. They are wellcoached. They have tradition too. Our kids are excited.

“We have the ability,” added Dupree. “We should have playedbetter than we did (last week).”

In the loss to Loyd Star, junior Dorian Dunn led the Bears with10 carries for 75 yards. Kyle James had 10 tackles to pace thedefense.

Loyd Star celebrated their season debut against West Lincolnlast Friday. Juron Collins rushed 5 times for 75 yards and atouchdown. Matthew Delaughter scored 3 touchdowns and finished thegame with 3 carries for 54 yards. Also scoring 3 TD’s was JoshTownsend.

Loyd Star head coach Sidney Wheatley expects a tough game withEnterprise. The Jackets nipped the Hornets 19-14 in last year’scontest.

“Enterprise always plays hard,” said Wheatley. “It’s one ofthose games we want to play well in. They execute well on offense.Terrell May looks extremely good. He’s a big kid that runs hard. Weare going to have to tackle well. It will be a big challenge to tryto slow them down on offense.

“It’s another county game,” added Wheatley. “It will beexciting.”

May scored 4 touchdowns and rushed 35 times for 271 yards in atough loss at Wesson last Friday.

“We are looking for a good game against them,” said Enterprisehead coach Scott Leggett. ” It should be a hard competitive game.We won 19-14 last year. They are running a double wing offense.They look good out of it.”

Bogue Chitto prepares for its first game home at Troy SmithField Friday. Stringer (0-1) was shut out 20-0 by Bay Springs lastThursday.

Quarterback Michael Blackwell passed for 2 touchdowns and scoredtwice in Bogue Chitto’s win over McAdams. Cory Washington rushed 10times for 48 yards.

On defense, the Bobcats got 4 tackles each from Washington,Antonio Barnes and Lyvanda Carmichael.

Last year, Bogue Chitto tamed Stringer 28-21.

Lawrence County (1-0) won its opener last Thursday with a 27-16win over Franklin County. Friday night, the Monticello-basedCougars hit the road for a visit to Mendenhall. Lawrence hasn’tplayed Mendenhall since 1999 when the Cougars won 49-25 en route toa 14-0 record and the 4A State Championship.

McComb (1-0) is coming off a big 14-12 win over Hattiesburg inits season opener. The Tigers, coached by Ted Milton, face thetough Warren Central Vikings at Vicksburg.

In last year’s game, Warren Central held off McComb for a 19-16victory.

South Pike (1-0) gave new head coach Randall Huffman his firstvictory with the Eagles. South Pike defeated the North Pike Jaguars27-0 last Friday.

Natchez (0-1) will host South Pike Friday. The Bulldogs fell toPort Gibson’s Blue Waves 14-12 in their opener.