Lincoln Co. teams hunt road wins

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 14, 2006

All Lincoln County football teams are on the road this week forregion football action. Bogue Chitto is at Gulfport St. John,Enterprise visits Mt. Olive, Loyd Star invades Mize and WestLincoln is at Natchez Cathedral. Brookhaven visits McComb. Allgames begin at 7 p.m.

Bogue Chitto is coming off its first win of the season, a 37-20victory over Region 4-1A foe Stringer. Coach Garreth Sartin’s 1-2Bobcats face a tough foe and a long trip to Gulfport where theymeet the St. John Eagles.

“St. John is big and strong,” said Sartin. “They have a goodfullback that is real strong and hard to bring down. Theirquarterback runs the option. He is quick and shifty and reads itwell. They are a good offensive team. It will be a good test forour defense.

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“They run a 3-5 defense,” continued Sartin. “They just try tocontain you with their defense. They try not to give up many bigplays.”

In the victory over Stringer, Bogue Chitto quarterback SethAvants completed 8 of 8 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns.Donyea Dillon sparked the running game with eight rushes for 79yards. Avants followed with 66 yards on eight carried and ran fortwo touchdowns.

The Bobcat defense was led by Scotty Brown with 14 tackles.

In last year’s contest, St. John knocked off Bogue Chitto30-13.

Enterprise broke into the win column lastFriday with a 33-20 Region 4-1A win over the West Lincoln Bears.Mt. Olive put away Mercy Cross 45-31.

Coach Roe Burns’ Jackets are 1-2 on the season.

Leading the Jackets over the Bears was Deon Pendleton with sixrushes for 122 yards. Quarterback Rodney Barker completed 6 of 12passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Mt. Olive (2-1) is ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 20 Class 1AFootball Poll this week.

Last season, Mt. Olive crushed Enterprise 48-6.

Loyd Star almost pulled out a win over NorthPike before a late rally in the final minute of play gave thevisiting Jaguars a 27-21 comeback victory last Friday. Mize droppeda close one to Enterprise-Clarke by a score of 27-26 .

“Mize doesn’t have the running back they had last year,” saidLoyd Star head coach Josh Thibodeaux. “But they have his youngerbrother (Maurice Ducksworth). He is powerful and he has goodspeed.”

Thibodeaux said Mize has about 18 seniors, nine playing onoffense and defense.

“They run pretty much out of the I formation,” added Thibodeaux.”They do run a trip set and run an option look out of that. Whatthey do offensively depends on what the defense gives them.”

Thibodeaux said Mt. Olive has run three basic defenses againstthree different opponents. “They change week to week, 4-man, 5-manand 6-man. Against us, we will see a four and five man.”

Thibodeaux said he have two top players injured. Cody Reevessustained a broken foot and is out. Reeves played tackle on offenseand defense. Grant Britt may have a torn MCL.

In the loss to North Pike, Hunter Speeg rushed the football 11times for 46 yards. In the air, Donald Shorter completed 2 of 7passes for passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Jarred Rogerscompleted 7 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Rogers alsorushed the football 11 times for 29 yards and another TD.

Last season’s scheduled game with Mize was canceled due toHurricane Katrina.

West Lincoln is still looking for its first winof the season. The 0-3 Bears, coached by Brooks Burns, invadeNatchez to face the Cathedral Green Waves in another regiongame.

In the loss to Enterprise, West Lincoln was paced by Jeremy Byrdwith 11 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Renorushed for 51 yards.

On defense, Lee Jones and Jamie Rushing led the Bears with 11tackles apiece.

Cathedral got by Deter 21-20 last week in a district test.

In last year’s matchup, Cathedral bested West Lincoln 28-6.