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Lawrence County battles North Pike

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Working in the trenches for the Lawrence County Cougars are (front row, from left) Patrick Hanna, Payton Davis, Seth Recklein, Landon Funches, Delwyn Barnes; (second row) Payton Davis, Blake Williams, Kenan Madison, Terrance Stanfield, Josh Moore, Kevon Harris; (back row) Brandon Armstrong, Malik Dampeer, Bryonn Bramlett, Corbin Lewis, Jermaine Smith, John Rutland and Avousier Kelly. The LCHS Cougars battle the North Pike Jaguars in Monticello to start Region 7-4A action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Working in the trenches for the Lawrence County Cougars are (front row, from left) Patrick Hanna, Payton Davis, Seth Recklein, Landon Funches, Delwyn Barnes; (second row) Payton Davis, Blake Williams, Kenan Madison, Terrance Stanfield, Josh Moore, Kevon Harris; (back row) Brandon Armstrong, Malik Dampeer, Bryonn Bramlett, Corbin Lewis, Jermaine Smith, John Rutland and Avousier Kelly. The LCHS Cougars battle the North Pike Jaguars in Monticello to start Region 7-4A action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Two schools will celebrate homecoming Friday night in Week 7 of high school football – Bogue Chitto entertains Mount Olive in a Region 4-1A contest and Enterprise welcomes Prentiss to start Region 7-2A action.

The Lawrence County Cougars will also be in action at home as they welcome the North Pike Jaguars to Monticello for their first Region 7-4A test.

In Region 3-5 action, Brookhaven travels to Wayne County to battle the War Eagles.

In Region 7-2A action, Loyd Star invades Liberty to take on the Amite County Trojans and West Lincoln visits Bassfield.

In Region 7-3A action, Hazlehurst hosts Wesson, and Wilkinson County welcomes Franklin County.

In a MAIS contest, Parklane Academy entertains Brookhaven Academy for homecoming,

In other games of local interest, South Pike visits McComb in a Region 7-4A showdown. The Copiah Academy game against the Silliman Institute Wildcats was cancelled due to the death of quarterback Jarious “Jay” Holloway.

KeMarcus Brown

KeMarcus Brown

Quitten Brown

Quitten Brown

Lawrence County (5-1), under the direction of second-year head coach Jaymie Palmer, is currently riding a four-game winning streak after trouncing the Seminary Bulldogs 49-7 last week for homecoming.

This week, the Cougars are ready to begin Region 7-4A action as they welcome the North Pike Jaguars to Monticello.

The Jaguars (4-1), coached by Chris Smith, return to action after enjoying an open date last week.

In the win over Columbia – two weeks ago – Nakia Trotter was the top rusher for North Pike with 325 yards on 30 carries. Juwan Adams led the passing attack, completing 18-of-25 passes for 264 yards. Javian Jackson was the top receiver with 10 catches for 153 yards.

Defensively, Jake Spears led the Jaguars with 10 tackles. Conner Travis provided eight tackles.

LCHS’ top offensive performer last week against Seminary was junior running back Quitten Brown. He rushed for 97 yards on 11 carries and hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass. Quarterback Charl’Tez Nunnery completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 37 yards and a score.

Defensively, LCHS linebackers KeMarcus Brown and T-Tez Cole were both in double figures in tackles.

Last year, North Pike roared past Lawrence County 41-28.

My prediction: LCHS will edge North Pike 38-35.