Panthers in homecoming game

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 12, 2006

It’s homecoming at Brookhaven and the Port Gibson Blue Waves arethe perfect regional opponent. Port Gibson (0-6, 0-2) is winless insix games this season. The Ole Brook Panthers (4-3, 2-2) seek torebound from a close Region 6-4A loss at Terry.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. and a large homecoming crowd is expected.

“We need to get back on the winning track,” said Peavey. Histeam’s 33-29 region loss at Terry last Thursday night virtuallyknocked the Panthers out of the title picture. They must win therest of their region games to finish either third or fourth.

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McComb and Terry are both undefeated in region play. Terrytrounced Port Gibson 63-0 two weeks ago.

“Port Gibson can run and throw,” said Peavey. “They have somepretty good skilled athletes. On defense they blitz a lot. Theywill try to put pressure on you.”

Last Friday’s McComb/Port Gibson game at Port Gibson wascanceled because the game officials failed to show. Amisunderstanding between the district officials assignmentsecretary and the school caused the debacle.

According to a decision by the Mississippi High SchoolActivities Association, the game might not be rescheduled. Itdepends on how McComb finishes in region play and a possible effecton the standings.

Port Gibson is coached by Harry Brown II, who is 34-years old.This is his second year as head coach and seventh at the school.The Waves finished 1-9 last season.

For the Terry game, Brookhaven’s Players of the Week wereCharles (Bobo) Rancifer on offense, Virgil Sanders on defense andBart Sias on special teams. Brook’s offense accounted for 444yards.

Sanders, a senior defensive lineman, had 7 tackles in the lossat Terry. Sias had 5 stops.

Rancifer completed 14 of 15 passes for 175 yards and 1touchdown. He was intercepted twice, both times in the endzone.

BHS senior running back Charles Wilson rushed 21 times for 117yards and 2 TDs.

Ole Brook wide receiver Simmie Yarborough caught 8 passes for138 yards. R.J. Jenkins had 1 catch for a 30-yard TD.

After reviewing the Terry game film, Peavey said there wereseveral areas where the Panthers could improve. Terry accounted for423 yards total offense, including 248 rushing yards and 175passing.

“Certainly, our pass defense must improve,” said Peavey. “We hada couple of touchdowns called back because of holding penalties. Ithink there were three or four called.”

Peavey said the Panthers are in good physical shape for Fridaynight’s game. Wide receiver Jake Williams, slowed by an ankleinjury, has practiced well this week. “I think he’s better than hewas last Friday.”

Peavey, a 1980 BHS graduate, is familiar with the annualwhirlwind of homecoming festivities. He said his Panthers mustfocus on beating Port Gibson.

Panther Paws:

Wilson rushed for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns in last year’s 51-8win at Port Gibson. Rancifer completed 7 of 9 passes for 141 yardsand a TD. Marlon Dixon returned a kickoff 81 yards for afourth-quarter TD.