Bears home: BC, Jackets, Hornets on road

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2006

The West Lincoln Bears host the Biloxi Mercy Cross CrusadersFriday night in a big Region 4-1A matchup. The other Lincoln Countyfootball teams are all on the road, including Enterprise at Dexter,Bogue Chitto at Natchez Cathedral and Loyd Star at AmiteCounty.

Brookhaven is at home to host Lawrence County in a key Region6-4A showdown.

West Lincoln is coming off a 41-20 region lossto the Stringer Red Devils. Coach Brooks Burns’ Bears are 1-8overall and 1-6 in region play. Mercy Cross (8-1, 6-1) handedregion foe Dexter a 43-7 last week.

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“Offensively, Mercy Cross is very good,” said Burns. “They runthe ball as well as anybody we have played. They have two reallygood good running backs, No. 30 (Jonathan Lang) and No. 22 (SteveBrauchle). Both are fast. They run the ball hard. When they gettackled, they fall forward. We have to make them throw thefootball.

“Defensively, they run a 5-2 with a nose guard,” continuedBurns. No. 30 and No. 22 play defense real well but aren’t asstrong as they are offensively. I feel we can move the ball onthem. We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot with turnoversand penalties.”

In the loss to Stringer, West Lincoln was led by Kevin Loftonwith 15 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Rushing 10 times for56 yards and a TD was Jeremy Byrd. Following with 19 yards on 12carries and a touchdown was Josh Reno.

Kolby Burris led the Bear defense with 10 tackles. Cole Wallacemade seven tackles.

Last year, Mercy Cross pounded West Lincoln 44-14.

Enterprise is on the road to Dexter to meet thewinless Bulldogs in another Region 4-1A clash. The Yellow Jackets,coached by Roe Burns, are 2-5 in the region and 2-6 on the seasonafter knocking off Gulfport St. John 16-14 last Friday.

Dexter is 0-9 overall and 0-7 in region action.

In the win over St. John, Chris Moak sparked the Jacket offensewith 22 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Moak ledwith a game-high 19 tackles and was The DAILY LEADER’S DefensivePlayer of the Week.

Kicking the 28-yard, game-winning field goal was BlakeMcKee.

The Jackets were 32-12 victors over the Bulldogs last year.

Bogue Chitto (5-4, 5-2) invades Natchez Fridayto meet Region 4-1A rival Cathedral (6-2, 6-1) in a key gameinvolving the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Cathedral stands No. 3 andBogue Chitto is No. 4 in the standings.

The Bobcats, coached by Gareth Sartin, fell to the tough Mt.Olive Pirates 28-21 last week suffering 7 turnovers. In a Thursdaynight special, Cathedral put away Salem 25-14.

In the loss to Mt. Olive, Bogue Chitto quarterback Seth Avantsled the running game with 14 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown.In the air, Avants completed 5 of 12 passes for 75 yards. DominiqueAddison caught three passes for 43 yards.

Cole Laird rushed for 42 yards on five carries and a TD for theBobcats.

On defense, Austin Jones led the Bobcats with 10 tackles. Makingnine stops was Scotty Brown.

In last season’s game, Bogue Chitto smashed Cathedral 32-0.

Loyd Star fell to Hinds AHS 38-0 last week inthe Hornets’ final home game of the season. Coach Josh Thibodeaux’sHornets (2-7, 0-4) wrap up their season in Liberty with a Region6-2A match against Amite County.

Amite County (6-2, 2-2) fell to Region 6-2A leader St. Andrew’s40-6 last Friday.

Garry Johnson paced Loyd Star with seven carries for 40 yards inthe loss to Hinds AHS. Hunter Speeg rushed for 20 yards on 10carries.

On defense, Donald Shorter intercepted a pass for theHornets.

Last season, Loyd Star clipped Amite County 20-18.