Jackets, Hornets renew Sting Bowl

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2006

The 2006 Sting Bowl takes place Friday night at William E.”Sambo” Smith Field where the Loyd Star Hornets host the EnterpriseYellow Jackets. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Other games featuring Lincoln County teams includes Brookhavenat South Pike, West Lincoln at Wesson and Bogue Chitto at MadisonSt. Joseph.

Loyd Star (1-0) is under the direction of head coach JoshThibodeaux. The Hornets were 35-16 winners over the West LincolnBears last Thursday.

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“Enterprise was playing a pretty good team (Wesson),” saidThibodeaux of the game. “They (Enterprise) have a lot of young kidsthat have to fill some big roles.

“Coach (Roe) Burns is a legend around Loyd Star and he will havehis kids ready to go,” continued Thibodeaux.

Donald Shorter carried the football 8 times for 90 yards and atouchdown followed by Hunter Speeg who rushed 5 times for 90 yardsand a TD, leading the Loyd Star ground game against West Lincoln.Josh McCaffery scored three touchdowns.

“We are going to try to throw it a little bit,” explainedThibodeaux. “We have been stressing throwing this week. That is keyto us winning several games this year.”

Enterprise head coach Roe Burns was out of town Wednesday andassistant coach Seth Lofton talked about the game with LoydStar.

“It s big game, a Lincoln County rivalry.” said Lofton.”Hopefully, we will be better prepared this week than lastweek.

“We are excited,” continued Lofton. “We had a good week ofpractice. The players came back this week to practice with a goodattitude.”

M.T. Martin led Enterprise with five carries for 62 yards. ChrisMoak recorded 33 yards on nine carries.

Jacket quarterback Rodney Barker completed 18 passes for 112yards and rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. Zach Jackson ledreceivers with three catches for 53 yards.

Josh Nations led the Enterprise defense with 11 tackles.

Last year, Hurricane Katrina struck and the game betweenEnterprise and Loyd Star was not made up.

West Lincoln (0-1) faces another tough Class 2Afootball team Friday in Wesson.

“Wesson is real good,” said West Lincoln head coach BrooksBurns. “They are big on the line on offense and defense. They arephysical and fundamentally sound. Overall, they are a veryimpressive football team. In my mind, they may be the best footballteam we play all year.”

Burns said turnovers and poor tackling hurt their chances inbeating Loyd Star.

“Our Achilles heel were the turnovers and poor tackling in theloss to Loyd Star,” added Burns. “We have to make the tackles. Wehave to hang onto the football. We were very competitive. The kidsplayed hard for four quarters. I am really pleased with the shapewe are in. I am very encouraged. If we can eliminate the turnoversand tackle better, we can do real well. Our kids never quit.”

Powering the Bears in the loss to the Hornets was Jamie Byrdwith 10 carries for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns.

“I was impressed with West Lincoln on film,” said Wesson headcoach Tommy Clopton. “They are a physical ball club. They had a lotof success moving the ball against Loyd Star. The turnovers were abig part of the game.”

Clopton was pleased with the Cobras controlling the football andnot turning the ball over.

“We still have some bugs to get out,” continued Clopton. “Wedidn’t turn the ball over against Enterprise. Early in the year,turnovers and special team breakdowns really hurt us. We lookforward to it being our first home game.”

In the Cobras win over Enterprise, Jamar Sims carried four timesfor 79 yards. Roy Williams rushed for 66 yards on eight carries andscored a touchdown. Micah Davis carried three times for 56 yardsand recorded three TDs.

On defense, Wesson was led by Beau Wilson with eighttackles.

“We’re going to find out a little more about ourselves thisweek,” stated Clopton. “West Lincoln is going to run at you. I lookforward to finding out if we match their physicalness.”

Bogue Chitto (0-1) faces a tough foe in theMadison St. Joseph Bruins. Last week, Bogue Chitto dropped a closeone to North Pike by a score of 34-28.

Garreth Sartin coaches the 0-1 Bobcats

In the loss to North Pike, Bogue Chitto was led by DontaeRatcliff with four carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.Rushing 11 times for 60 yards was Donyea Dillion. Seth Avantscarried 10 times for 73 yards.

The Bobcat defense was led by Scotty Brown with ninetackles.

Madison St. Joe (1-0) destroyed Salem 27-0 last week.