Undefeated BC hosts 6-0 Puckett; Loyd Star Hornets host Enterprise
BOGUE CHITTO — The undefeated Bogue Chitto Bobcats host theunbeaten defending Class 1A state football champ Puckett Wolves foran important Region 4-1A game at Troy Smith Field Friday night. Thegame begins at 7 p.m. and a large crowd is expected.
In other Lincoln County action, Brookhaven hosts Forest Hill forhomecoming, Enterprise invades Loyd Star and West Lincolnentertains Salem.
Bogue Chitto puts its 6-0 winning streak on theline when the Bobcats face their toughest opponent of the season.Unbeaten Puckett (6-0) hammered St. Aloysius 40-6 last week. TheWolves were 14-0 during 2006 and are riding a 20-game win streak.They beat Bogue Chitto 43-8 last year in the opening round of thestate playoffs.
Coach Gareth Sartin’s Bobcats are coming off a 40-28 Region 4-1Awin over the Stringer Red Devils.
“Puckett is a power running team,” said Sartin. “They basicallyrun out of the Power I and toss sweep. Quarterback Bobby Williams(48 carries 457 yards) is very fast and elusive in the open field.He does a good job of throwing the ball. He likes to throw toMathew Willis (71 carries, 767 yards, 5 TDs) and Jonathan Cameronwho also leads the defense with 50 plus tackles.
“The Wolves rarely turn it over,” continued Sartin. “They haveoutstanding team speed and fly to the ball on defense. It’s hard tomove the ball on them. They gang tackle.”
“Puckett runs a 3-3-5 on defense,” continued Sartin. “They arevery aggressive They blitz linebackers from anywhere. They try tocreate big plays with their defense.”
Bobcat junior quarterback Seth Avants rushed the football 23times for 178 yards and scored 4 touchdowns against Stringer. Inthe air, Avants completed 2 of 4 passes for 36 yards.
On defense, DAILY LEADER Defensive Player of the Week JamesAnderson led the Bobcats with 12 tackles. Austin Jones followedwith 11 tackles. Making 10 stops each were Bubba Bigner and ScottyBrown
“We need to do a good job controlling the line of scrimmage onboth sides of the ball,” added Sartin. “Our running game is ourmain thing. We have to do a good job this week, hitting the holesand running hard on them. Our offensive line has to stop theirblitzes.”
Starters on the Bobcat offensive line include Robert Lewis, lefttackle; Scotty Brown,left guard; Cameron Buitt, center; JoshWallace, right guard and Fred Tillman, right tackle.
Enterprise suffered a 25-6 Region 6-2A loss tothe Madison St. Joseph Bruins last Friday. Next up for Coach RoeBurns’ Fighting Yellow Jackets is Lincoln County rival LoydStar.
Loyd Star (2-3, 0-2) had an open date last week after losing toHinds AHS 26-19 in overtime two weeks ago.
“Enterprise impresses me with their size,” said Loyd Star headcoach Ryan Ross. “They have played folks tough for the entire game.Cody Brister and Deon Pendleton are good. Their linebackers, M.T.Martin and Peyton Greene, are good football players. We have to notturn the ball over.
“The Jackets have moved the ball on everybody they have played,”continued Ross. “They have held and driven the ball againsteverybody they played.”
Ross said both teams are starving for a region win.
“We are both looking for our first district wins,” added Ross.”It should be a good football game. We’re both fighting for ourfirst district win and pride.”
In the loss to St. Joe, Enterprise was led by Deon Pendletonwith 16 rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown. M.T. Martin and CodyBrister followed with 55 total yards on 4 and 16 carriesrespectively.
Brister completed 5 of 12 passes for 77 yards. Pendleton caught2 passes for 22 yards. Following with a 35-yard reception was TrentHarrington.
Defensively, Martin powered the Jacket defense with 15 tackles.Tray Boyd finished with 12 stops.
West Lincoln played one of its best games in a48-14 loss to the Dexter Bulldogs at Perry Miller Field. The 0-6Bears, coached by Brooks Burns, are still looking for their firstwin.
Burns’ Bears get their chance to end their losing streak whenthe Salem Wildcats invade Perry Miller Field. Salem remains winlessin 5 games. The Wildcats had an open date last week and lost toDexter two weeks ago.
Powering West Lincoln in the loss to Dexter was Calvin Kees with25 carries for 135 yards. Nathaniel Pruski followed with 86 yardson 15 carries. Jeremy Byrd finished with 6 rushes for 92 yards.
Byrd completed 3 of 10 passes for 45 yards and was interceptedtwice.
Defensively, Cole Wallace and Kolby Burris directed the Bearswith 7 tackles and 4 solos apiece. Keith Jent and Jamie Rushingadded 5 tackles apiece.
In last year’s game, Salem tripped up West Lincoln 33-20.