Bo’ Chitto Bobcats invade W. Lincoln

Published 5:00 am Friday, September 29, 2006

A big Region 4-1A matchup is on tap Friday night between a pairof Lincoln County rivals. Bogue Chitto coach Gareth Sartin and hisBobcats invade Perry Miller Field to tangle with West Lincoln coachBrooks Burns and his winless Bears. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

In other action involving Lincoln County teams, Brookhaventravels to Florence, Stringer invades Enterprise and Loyd Star isat Wesson.

Bogue Chitto fell to Biloxi Mercy Cross 51-26 lastFriday. West Lincoln dropped a 44-9 decision to powerful Mt. Olive.Bogue Chitto (2-3, 2-1) and West Lincoln (0-5, 0-3) are looking fora win, especially the Bobcats who need to remain in the top four ofthe district standings in order to make the playoffs at the end ofthe season.

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“West Lincoln has a real good running team like MercyCross,” stated Sartin. “They are both power running teams. WestLincoln has moved the ball against everyone they have played. Theyhave a big offensive line up front. Stopping the run is somethingwe have not done.

“We want to get back to winning,” continued Sartin.”It’s always a rival game, a big game for the fans and the kids.It’s a district game. We are tying to get back to theplayoffs.”

In the loss to Mercy Cross, Bogue Chitto quarterbackSeth Avants completed 11 of 21 passes for 211 yards and wasintercepted 3 times. The leading receiver was Dontae Ratcliff with5 catches for 142 yards.

Picking up 116 yards on 10 carries for the Bobcats waseighth grader Byron Kersee.

The Bobcat defense was directed by Mario Addison with 13tackles. Making 10 stops each were Brian Robinson and ColeLaird.

“Bogue Chitto is very good offensively,” said Burns.”They move the ball real well. They throw and run veryeffectively.

“Their run defense is pretty solid,” continued Burns.”They do a good job covering the run.”

Burns believes his Bears will be up for theBobcats.

“Our kids get up for Bogue Chitto,” added Burns. “it’sdefinitely a rivalry. We have never beaten them. That’s amotivation. I anticipate they will be fired up and ready to go. Theeffort we gave against Mt. Olive last week, from a physicalstandpoint, our kids should be glad to get back on thefield.”

Lee Jones led West Lincoln in the loss to Mt. Olive with26 rushes for 103 yards. Rushing for 87 yards on 9 carries wasJeremy Byrd.

On defense, the Bears were paced by Kolby Burris andCole Wallace with 7 tackles apiece.

West Lincoln fell 31-8 last year to BogueChitto.

Enterprise faces another tough Region 4-1A foe inStringer’s red Devils Friday. The Yellow Jackets, coached by RoeBurns, fell to the Salem Wildcats 26-12 and Stringer (1-4, 1-2)thrashed winless Dexter 35-8.

In the loss to Salem, Peter Aleman sparked Enterprise(1-4, 1-1) with 2 rushes for 53 yards. MT Martin rushed 7 times for52 yards.

Defensively, Chris Moak led the Jackets with 14tackles.

In last year’s matchup, Enterprise posted a 22-14 win inovertime over Stringer.