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W. Lincoln Bears invade Enterprise

The winless West Lincoln Bears are closer to getting their firstwin of the season but the Enterprise Yellow Jackets don’t plan onletting that happen Friday night in the first Region 4-1A test forboth teams. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

In other Lincoln County action, St. Andrew’s visits BogueChitto.

Last Friday, West Lincoln fell to Wesson 22-0, Loyd Star knockedoff Enterprise 17-7 and Bogue Chitto dropped a close 27-20 decisionat Stringer.

West Lincoln first-year head coach Brooks Burns and his Bearsplayed Enterprise in a preseason jamboree three weeks ago. Burnstalked about the changes he sees in the Jackets.

“They run the ball very well on offense,” said Burns. “They havean outstanding tailback in Terrell May. Their wingbacks have verygood feet and ran the ball well.”

Burns talked about the mobility of the Jacket defensiveline.

“Defensively, No. 66 (Antonio Sanders) and No. 77 (VincentSmith) are both big guys and move well for their size,’ statedBurns. “Their linebackers flow to the football well.”

Burns expects a hard-hitting game between the county rivals.

“They are a very physical football team,” stated Burns. “Theyhit you hard.”

Burns wants to see his Bears move the ball better and not giveup the big play on defense.

“We don’t want to give up any big plays on defense,” addedBurns. “We have to stop their running game. We have to run the ballbetter than we did against Wesson. We ran the ball better on LoydStar than we did against Wesson.”

Burns said his Bears need to take the lead and keep it.

“We can’t afford to get behind and give up the big plays,” saidBurns. “We are not a come-from-behind team.”

In the loss to Wesson last Friday, the Bears were led byfreshman Darnell Sampson with 23 carries for 86 yards. Kevin Loftonpassed for 60 yards.

The Bears’ defense was directed by Mark Case with 12 tackles.Making 10 stops was Sampson.

Enterprise head coach Mac Bezet sees a lot of improvement inWest Lincoln since the preseason jamboree.

“They are playing a lot better defense,” said Bezet. “They arereal aggressive on the offensive and defensive line. They areoverall improved.

“Their improvement has been great all around on all sides of theball,” continued Bezet. “Coach Brooks is doing a good job.”

Bezet said his Jackets need better execution in all phases ofthe game Friday if they expect to beat the Bears.

Terrell May sparked the Enterprise running with 11 rushes for 35yards in last Friday’s loss to Loyd Star. May was slowed by legcramps.

On defense, Enterprise was led by Tate Ballwho intercepted twopasses.

“We need to do a better job all the way around,” added Bezet.”We need to get in better shape. I am expecting it to be a dogfight.”

Last year, Enterprise knocked off West Lincoln 30-14.

Bogue Chitto, coached by Gareth Sartin, islooking to get back into the win column but faces a tough foe inthe St. Andrew’s Saints Friday.

Last Friday, St. Andrew’s (2-0) handed St. Aloysius a 33-7beating.

Corey Washington directed the 0-2 Bobcats with 23 carries for165 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the27-20 loss to Stringerlast Friday. Dontae Ratcliff followed with 16 carries for 68yards.

Directing the Bogue Chitto defense with 13 tackles wasWashington.

In last season’s contest, St. Andrew’s nipped Bogue Chitto18-13.