Local teams prepare for October race

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, September 25, 2014

Local fans will have a tough decision to make this week, whether to stay home or travel, as only two schools will host home games this Friday and the rest of our local teams will have to travel in week six of friday night lights.

West Lincoln and Enterprise will be enjoying their homecoming festivities this Friday as former and past alumni return to their alma maters for their class reunions. West Lincoln welcomes Union Christian Academy to Perry Miller Field. Enterprise entertains the Pisgah Dragon on Harry Cole Field

On the road, Brookhaven High invades Laurel, Bogue Chitto visits Dexter, Brookhaven Academy travels to East Rankin, North Forrest entertains Loyd Star, Salem welcomes Wesson, Lawrence County visits Mendenhall, and Leake County hosts Franklin County.

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In other games of local interest, Copiah Academy visits Lamar School, Parklane invades Oak Forest Academy, Hazlehurst hosts Port Gibson, and North Pike entertains Northeast Jones. McComb has an open date this week to nurse the wounded and get ready for their district run next week.

All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

In last week prognostications, I finished with 3-4 record on my predictions. Hopefully, this week will provide better luck.

Brookhaven (3-1), coached by Tommy Clopton, returns to the gridiron after enjoying an open date last week.

This week, the Panthers will begin their quest in Region 3-5A action as they prepare to travel to Laurel to tangle with the Golden Tornadoes.

The Golden Tornadoes (3-1), under the direction of Todd Breland, crushed the Mendenhall Tigers 56-10 last week.

BHS’s top offensive performers against McComb two weeks ago, Tre McDaniel powered the Panthers with 183 yards rushing on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Jon-Mark Mathis completed four-of-seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 66 yards on six carries.

Defensively, Greg Watts paced Ole Brook with seven tackles. Leo Lewis had six stops and two quarterback hurries.

Last year: Laurel defeated BHS 31-13 in the regular season and again in last year’s playoff run 29-14. Both games were at King Field.

My prediction for this Friday: In an offensive-defensive battle. The Panthers will need to take the air out of the ball to win 27-24.

Brookhaven Academy (2-3, 1-1), under the direction of first-year coach Blake Purvis, are enjoying a two-game winning streak after trouncing the ASC Rebels 39-12 last Friday in a huge District 2AA test.

This week, the Cougars continue their road tour as they prepare to invade Pelahatchie to tangle with East Rankin Patriots.

The Patriots (2-2, 0-1) did not play last week as they enjoyed an open date.

BA’s top offensive performers last week: Connor Dorman powered the Cougars’ ground attack with 142 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Heath Hickman was BA’s offensive leader on the field as he completed 17-of-23 passes for 220 yards.

Junior receiver William King again eclipsed the 100-yard mark gathering five receptions for 109 yards.

Defensively, Garrett Pace had a monster night with 12 total tackles, three hurries, a sack and one tackle for loss

Last year: BA knocked off East Rankin 27-23 on R.M. “Red” Stuard Filed.

My prediction for this Friday: The Patriots will beat Brookhaven Academy 35-28.

Loyd Star (2-3, 1-0),  coached by first-year coach Adam Cook, snapped a three-game losing skid last Friday after crushing the Enterprise Jackets 60-12 in the Lincoln County Sting Bowl.

This week, the Hornets will be looking to add another victory to their column as they invade Hattiesburg to face the North Forrest Eagles.

The Eagles (3-2), coached by Anthony Dillon, suffered a 38-24 loss last week to Perry Central.

Loyd Star’s top offensive performers last week were: Senior running back Brett Calcote with 195 yards rushing on eight carries and two touchdowns. Zac Arnold had 99 yards rushing on nine carries. Parker Flowers contributed 95 yards on eight carries while completing five-of-11 passes for 32 yards.

Defensively, Payton Flowers led the Hornets with 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. Patrick Price and Anfernee Claire had three stops apiece. Price also intercepted a pass and Cody Smith recovered a fumble.

Last year: North Forrest crushed Loyd Star 41-12.

My prediction for this Friday: The Eagles will devour the Hornets 42-12.

West Lincoln (2-3), coached by Willie Brumfield, was torched by the Pisgah Dragons last Friday 29-6.

This week, the Bears will have to fight through homecoming distractions to get ready for a tough contest against the Union Christian Academy Lions.

The Lions (1-5), are from Farmerville, Louisiana, fell to the Hartfield Academy Hawks 49-0 last week.

West Lincoln’s top offensive performers from last week: Senior Kodie Carroll provided 12 carries for 56 yards. Jayden Rushing had eight rushes for 53 yards.

Defensively, Julian Anderson and Chase Owen accounted for 10 tackles to lead West Lincoln.

Last year: The Bears defeated the Lions 14-0 on the road.

My prediction for this Friday: West Lincoln captures a big homecoming win over Union Christian 21-0.

Bogue Chitto (1-4, 0-3), coached by Gareth Sartin, suffered another tough loss last week falling to the Scared Heart Crusaders 14-0 in Hattiesburg.

This week, the young Bobcats are searching for a victory as they travel deep into Walthall County to battle the Dexter Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (0-4), coached by Randy Sumrall, are also experiencing a rebuilding year as they lost to the Mount Olive Pirates 20-8 last week.

BC’s top defensive performers last week: Devin McEwen led the Bobcats with 20 tackles. Bo Smithers contributed with nine tackles. Devaris Bullock, Will Fauver and Brandon Blackwell had five tackles apiece.

Last year: The Bobcats trounced the Bulldogs 43-16.

My pick for this Friday: In a battle of rebuilding seasons, Bogue Chitto should beat Dexter 21-7.

Enterprise (0-5, 0-1), coached by Brook Burns, is currently on a 35-game losing streak after falling to Loyd Star 60-12 last week in the Sting Bowl.

This week, the Jackets host the Pisgah Dragons for their Homecoming game.

The Dragons (1-4), coached by Michael Granberry, capture their first win of the season last Friday after torching the West Lincoln Bears 49-6.

Enterprise’s top offensive performer last week was Braxton Thompson with 18 rushes for 140 yards.

Defensively, Devon Kirtfield and Thompson powered the Jackets collecting 10 tackles apiece.

Last year: Pisgah smoked Enterprise 27-6.

My prediction for this Friday: The Dragons will spoil Enterprise’s homecoming hopes of a victory 56-6.

Lawrence County (3-2), under the direction of first-year head coach Jaymie Palmer, ran into a very tough opponent last Friday falling to the Collin Tigers 26-6.

This week, the Monticello-based Cougars will be looking to climb back into the win as they visit the Mendenhall Tigers.

The Tigers (0-5), coached by Durwood Anderson, was hammered by the Laurel Golden Tornadoes 56-10 last Friday.

Lawrence County’s top offensive performers last week was T-Tez Cole and Quitten Brown both leading LCHS with 73 yards rushing each.

Last year: McLaurin destroyed Lawrence County 41-27.

My pick for this Friday: Both teams are hungry for a well deserve win before starting district play. Lawrence County prevails 28-20.

Wesson (2-3),  coached by Ronald Greer, was man handle last Friday falling to the North Pike Jaguars 50-0 to conclude their homecoming festivities.

This week, the Cobras will be looking for some redemption as they prepare to invade Walthall County to take on the Salem Wildcats.

The Wildcats (2-2, 1-2), coached by Kenneth Murphy, suffered a disappointing 27-26 loss to the Lumberton Panthers last week.

Wesson’s top offensive performer was quarterback Tyler Christmas completing three of seven passes for 27 yards.

Defensively, Jermaine James led the team with five tackles. Tyler McLeod, Arthur Harris and JaMarcus Patterson had four tackles each.

My prediction for this Friday: Wesson will escape Walthall County with a 35-21 victory.

Franklin County (1-2),  coached by first-year coach Anthony Hart, was destroyed by the South Pike Eagles 20-0 last Friday in Magnolia.

This week, the young Bulldogs continue the road tour as they visit Carthage to take on the Leake Central Gators for the first time.

The Gators (5-0), coached by John Sallis, feasted on Union 28-0 last week.

Franklin County top offensive performer was Bernard Selmon, with 65 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Defensively, Greg Queen led the Dawgs with 11 tackles. DeAnthony King and Mike White each had nine tackles and forced a fumble.

My prediction for this Friday: Leake Central will overpower Franklin County 49-6.