Wesson, Enterprise coaches make debut

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2004

Two new head football coaches will send their teams into battleFriday night as the 2004 football season officially kicks offstatewide. Mac Bezet and his Enterprise Yellow Jackets willentertain Tommy Clopton’s Wesson Cobras at Harry Cole Field. Thegame kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

In local action, highly-ranked Brookhaven debuts at King Fieldagainst Hazlehurst and Bogue Chitto entertains McAdams. Tonight atPerry Miller Field, the West Lincoln Bears, coached by BrooksBurns, hosts Wade Henderson’s Loyd Star Hornets.

Area action includes Lawrence County at Franklin County, SouthPike at North Pike, McComb at Hattiesburg and Jefferson County atCrystal Springs.

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In last Friday’s jamboree at Bogue Chitto, Enterprise recorded a20-0 win over the Bobcats and clipped the West Lincoln Bears15-6.

Starting on offense for Enterprise are Corey Everett atquarterback, Alex Powell at tight end, Blake McKee at running back,Eric Clark at fullback, Terrell May at tailback, Trey Herrington atsplit end, Wayne Nations at tackle, Justin Vincent at center, ChrisFuller at guard, Antonio Sanders at tackle and Vincent Smith atguard.

Defensively for the Jackets, Powell starts at linebacker, BlakeMagee at cornerback, Clark at linebacker, Chris Moak at outsidelinebacker, Tate Ball and Herrington at cornerback, Wayne Nationsat defensive end, Justin Vincent at defensive tackle, Fuller atdefensive end, Sanders at defensive tackle and Smith at noseguard.

“We would like to get better than last week,” said Bezet. “Wewould like to win this week. We are going to have to play a lotbetter football than last week.”

May rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns forEnterprise in the jamboree.

“He (May) is going to have to step it up a notch,” statedBezet.

Bezet was happy with the wins but unhappy with the way the teamperformed.

“We were pleased to win but not the way we played,” added Bezet.”It was everybody’s first night out. We hope it was a learningexperience and we can eliminate the mistakes we made. We hope toimprove each week and get confidence in our ability and turn thisthing around. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

Clopton was at the jamboree last Friday and got a good look atall three Lincoln County teams.

“I thought they (Enterprise) were well prepared,” said Clopton.”They played with a lot of effort and enthusiasm. They are a wellcoached team.”

Clopton announced his starting lineups against Enterprise.Offensively, starting at quarterback is Micah Davis, fullback isAndy Highfill, tailback is Brian Channell, at wide receiver areCorey Puckett and Mack Jackson. The offensive line has at tight endis Sidney Thompson, at tackle are Phillip Freeman and Benton Bell,at guard are Ryan Causey and Marc Lilly and at center is JoshSanders.

Directing the Cobra defense at noseguard is Lilly. At tackle areFreeman and John Knight, at defensive end are Blake Brister andScott Mullins, at middle linebacker are Highfill and Thompson, atcorner are Puckett and Otho Smith, at strong safety is Jackson andat free safety is Channell.

“We have been working on play polishing and seeing that everyoneis healthy and ready to go,” added Clopton. “There is a lot ofenthusiasm. We look forward to going to Enterprise.”

Last season, Wesson knocked off Enterprise 42-25.

Bogue Chitto, coached by Gareth Sartin, got agood look at his Bobcat football team during last Friday’s jamboreeagainst West Lincoln and Enterprise. The Bobcats lost to WestLincoln 6-0 in the jamboree.

Friday, the Bobcats entertain McAdams.

“I expect McAdams to be a better team than last year.” saidSartin. “They had some good athletes last year.”

Sartin announced the starting lineup against McAdams. At splitend is Shane King, left tackle is Trey Bales, left guard is ErikAllen, center is Kenyetta Goldbolt, right guard is RichardWilliams, right tackle is Kyle Moak, right guard is Matt Boone,flanker is Lange Porter, quarterback is Dontae Ratcliff, fullbackis Corey Washington and tailback is C.J. Tate.

Starting on defense for Bogue Chitto at tackle is Williams, atnoseguard is Lyvander Carmichael, at right tackle is KeyounaPerkins, at strong safety is Porter. at strong linebacker is Boone,at middle linebacker is Allen, at weak linebacker is Washington, atrover is Robert Bullock, at cornerback are Robert Anderson andAnthony Knox and at free safety is Tate.

‘We want to see some improvements,” added Sartin. “Next week weplay our first region game at Stringer.”

Last season, Bogue Chitto whipped McAdams 53-0.

North Pike, coached by Adam Barron, opens athome against Pike County rival South Pike. The Summit-based Jaguarswere 4-7 last season.

Coached by Randall Huffman, the Eagles out of Magnolia areexpected to be tough after finishing last season with a 9-3worksheet.

In last year’s contest, South Pike dumped North Pike 27-0.

McComb, coached by Ted Milton, finished lastseason with a 6-5 record. Milton’s Tigers face a tough opponent inthe Tigers of Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg was 5-6 last year and was knocked off 14-12 byMcComb in the season opener.

Crystal Springs is coached by David Virgil andhosts Jefferson County in its opener. Virgil’s Tigers finished lastseason with a 1-8 record.

Jefferson County stuffed Crystal Springs 22-0 last year.