Bears, Hornets, Jackets, Bobcats home

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2005

Lincoln County football action really heats up Friday night asall teams are at home for the first time this season. Loyd Starentertains Mize, Enterprise hosts Mt. Olive, Bogue Chitto welcomesGulfport St. John, West Lincoln entertains Natchez Cathedral andBrookhaven meets McComb.

Loyd Star (1-1) suffered a tough 20-7 loss lastFriday at the hands of the Class 3A North Pike Jaguars in Summit.Mize (1-1) posted a 44-14 win over Enterprise-Clarke lastFriday.

Mize is the defending Class 1A state football champion but movedup into the Region 7-2A for the next two years.

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“Mize looks really good,” said Loyd Star coach Josh Thibodeaux.”They are No. 2 in the state. They have a good running back inJasper Ducksworth. He has a good speed. We want to keep himinside.

“They have a good fullback in Maurice Ducksworth,” continuedThibodeaux. “Their quarterback, Isaiah Keys, is talented. One ofour big things is to contain Ducksworth.

“They are not nearly as talented as last year,” statedThibodeaux. “But they still have some talented athletes.”

Mize likes to run a base 4-3 defense according to Thibodeaux. Hesaid the loss to North Pike was a good learning experience for theHornets.

“North Pike was able to put (substitutes) a lot of people in,”explained Thibodeaux. “We had a couple of balls that got on theground. I was impressed by our defense, and our offense at times.We were able to push the ball.

“We will still run the same formation,” added Thibodeaux.” Wehave changed our offensive personal. Michael Britt has moved tofullback and Hunter Speeg has moved to tight end.”

In the Hornets’ loss to the Jags last Friday, Gary Johnson ledLoyd Star with eight rushes for 58 yards. Speeg followed with 20yards on eight rushes, including Loyd Star’s only touchdown.

Enterprise (1-1) is coming off a 26-6 Region4-1A win over the West Lincoln Bears last Friday. The Mt. OlivePirates (2-0) will be a tougher challenge Friday night.

Mt. Olive, No. 1 in The DAILY LEADER’S preseason poll, dumpedVancleave 30-14 last Friday.

Powering Coach Roe Burns’ Jackets in last Friday’s win over theBears was Terrell May with 17 carries for 122 yards and atouchdown. Drew Waldrop rushed nine times for 42 yards and aTD.

Leading the Enterprise defense with seven tackles and twoquarterback sacks was Chris Moak.

Jamie Rushing and Patrick Smith both had 10 tackles for theBears.

Bogue Chitto (0-2), coached by Gareth Sartin,watched the Stringer Red Devils pull out a last-second 34-27 Region4-1A win over the host Bobcats with no time left last Friday.

Friday’s opponent, Gulfport St. John (1-0) defeated Region 4-1Arival Salem 48-24 last Friday.

Cedric Washington directed the Bogue Chitto running game with 17carries for 92 yards in the loss to Stringer.

The Bobcat defense got 14 tackles from Washington. Making 11stops was Steven Snow.

West Lincoln (0-2) is looking for a win whenthe Bears host Region 4-1A foe Natchez Cathedral Friday night.Cathedral (1-1) fell to district foe Dexter 21-6 last Friday atNatchez.

Coached by Brooks Burns, the Bear offense was paced by DarnellSampson with 10 carries for 80 yards.

Leading the West Lincoln defense with 10 tackles were PatrickSmith and Jamie Rushing.