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Wildcats invade Hazlehurst

HAZLEHURST — “Run it again!”

Head coach Willie Brown’s words echoed across the Hazlehurstfootball field on a sunny, Wednesday afternoon. Final preparationswere under way for tonight’s Class 3A quarterfinals home gameagainst the Greene County Wildcats.

Brown, is in his sixth year at Hazlehurst, has watched hisIndians race to a 10-0 record, winning two playoff games andshutting out six opponents. The Indians face a tough opponent in9-2 Greene County.

“Greene County is a real good team,” said Brown. “It will be atough game. Their quarterback (Markeus Bivens) is little and fast.He loves to run the football.

“They play real good defense, too,” Brown noted. “We have to beready to play tough, mistake-free football.”

On offense, the Indians start junior Damien Anderson atquarterback, Bobby Moore at wingback, Courtney Hall at wingback,and Keyshun Reese at fullback in the backfield.

At tight end is Jazzmen Guy. Johnny Sanders is at wide receiver.In the offensive line is Marco Thompson at left tackle, CameronMurray at left guard, Robert Vinson at center, Michael Porter atright guard, and Chris Harris at right tackle.

Porter believes the Indians can win a state championship. “Wehave the best chance to win it all this year. Our persistence andpractice habits have paid off so far. Our coaches want to see uswin.”

Delvin Johnson, one of 11 seniors on the team, is theplacekicker.

Johnson said he wasn’t surprised that the Indians wouldn’t loseduring the regular season. “We knew we would be undefeated. It getsa lot harder in the playoffs but we pull together as a team.”

On defense, the line include Kevin Holmes and Guy at end,Thompson and Johnson at tackle. The linebackers are Quentin Barnesand Dundrae Pendleton at outside linebacker and Johnny Sanders inthe middle.

Cornerbacks are Hall and Demetrius Gilmore. The safety isDearius Wilbert. Holmes is the team’s punter.

Pendelton, a senior, said the team’s motto this year is “Noguts, no glory.”

Pendleton said defending Greene County’s explosive offense willbe a key to the team’s success tonight. “Everybody must run to theball on defense. We have to keep our heads and stay together.”

Brown’s assistant coaches are Todd McDaniel, defensivecoordinator; Robert McDaniel, Jr., Brian Miles and AndreCarter.

The Indians beat Raleigh 24-12 in the opening round of theplayoffs and Forest 21-17 last week on the road.