Avants has numbers but prefers victories

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2006

BOGUE CHITTO — Sophomore quarterback Seth Avants has beenposting some big numbers for the Bogue Chitto Bobcats. What hewants most right now is a road victory over the Stringer RedDevils.

Avants and the Bobcats lost their second heart-breaker in a row,falling 40-39 at Madison St. Joseph. In the loss, Avants accountedfor 311 yards and 2 touchdowns. He completed 14 of 22 passes for213 yards and 1 touchdown. He rushed 12 times for 98 yards and aTD.

For his performance, Avants (5-10, 148) has been selected The DAILYLEADER’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second week of the2006 campaign.

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“Our team did a really good job on offense,” said Avants. “Ouroffensive line did a real good job, too.”

Working in BC’s offensive line are left tackle Robert Lewis, leftguard Scotty Brown, center Nic Noworyta, right guard Josh Wallaceand right tackle Fred Tillman.

“Our best play was for the tailback (Donyea Dillion),” said Avants.”He got a lot of yards.” Dillon picked up 171 yards on 18carries.

The Bobcats have lost to a pair of larger opponents, Class 3A NorthPike (34-28) and Class 2A St. Joe. They are looking forward to thestart of Region 4-1A action Friday at Stringer.

“We are going to be real dominant this year,” predicted Avants. “Wehave a real good running game and throwing game. Our receivers aredoing a real good job.”

Mario Addison, Keyouna Perkins, Dantae Ratcliff and Dillon are theprimary pass catchers.

Bogue Chitto head coach Gareth Sartin had high praise for his youngquarterback. “Seth is a really good player. He always does whateveris asked of him. He has really improved this year over last in hisdecision making.

“He’s a very accurate passer on the run. We use his speed on oursprint-out passing game.

“Seth’s arm strength is definitely a lot stronger than it was lastyear,” Sartin continued. “He has gotten a lot faster. He does agood job of reading his blocks. He’s doing a good job with what thedefense gives him. He’s a good student, too.”

Avants is the son of David and Tiffany Reeves Avants. His fatherplayed football for Bogue Chitto. His mother played basketball andsoftball.

He has two sisters, Candace, age 17; and Mattie, 11; and onebrother, John, 12.

In the season opener against North Pike, Avants passed for 268yards and 3 touchdowns. He rushed for 73 yards.

Avants said he enjoys playing for Sartin. “There’s never a dullmoment around Coach Sartin. He knows football.”

Avants knows this weekend will be a lot more pleasant with a winover Stringer, too. “It was a real close game last year. We arelooking forward to beating them this year.”