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Six Lincoln County-area teams are in district play this week

Area high school football teams run into week eight matchups Friday night. All games have a kick-off time of 7 p.m.

Bogue Chitto

Bogue Chitto (4-2) will face Pisgah (5-2), a team that defeated West Lincoln 70-34 earlier this season, and took out Loyd Star on their home field 38-7 just two weeks ago. This is the same Loyd Star that defeated Bogue Chitto last week 42-20.

The Bobcats will host the Dragons for homecoming. Coach Garreth Sartin’s BC boys will need to fight hard to get a victory over the team that has consistently breathed fire on its opponents.

Brookhaven High School

BHS (5-1) will take on the 1-5 Forest Hill Patriots on FHHS’s home field in Jackson. This district game pits a team with two district wins against a team that has gone 0-2 in the district.

Tommy Clopton’s Panthers should perform well in this matchup of teams that appear to mirror each other in all the wrong ways. Coming off an impressive victory of 42-35 over Laurel this past weekend, Brookhaven looks to continue to dominate play and up the digit on the W side of their record book.

Brookhaven Academy

The Cougars of Brookhaven Academy (5-2) will travel north to Benton Academy to face the Raiders (2-4). Coach Ron Rushing’s team has played well and rather consistently over the season, only giving up two losses — one in the season opener against Cathedral and one this past week against Centreville Academy.

The 22-point loss could hang like a dark cloud over the heads of the Cougars as they face the Raiders. More than likely, they’ll rise to the occasion, pulling off another decisive victory against a team that has not performed as well this year, and come home ready for the final two games of their season.

Enterprise and West Lincoln

The Enterprise Yellow Jackets have walked a difficult trail this season, sporting a 1-5 record. Just a few steps ahead of them are the West Lincoln Bears at 2-5. This is the season’s first district game for the Jackets and the second for the Bears, 0-1 in district play. It’s homecoming for the Yellow Jackets, and they want what they’ve been missing — a second W.

Enterprise’s only win came in the season opener with a touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime. West Lincoln’s pair of wins came back-to-back early in the season and are a distant memory for the Bears at this point. BJ Smithhart hopes his West Lincoln team is ready to gain another victory in the season, and their first in the district, keeping Enterprise just out of reach of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Loyd Star

The Loyd Star Hornets (3-4) will go south to meet Amite County (2-5) in a district game that each team hopes will be their second win in district play. Both teams have district records of 1-0. The Trojans of Amite County handed a 34-26 loss to West Lincoln this past weekend as Loyd Star beat Bogue Chitto during homecoming.

The Hornets are smarting from the Possum Bowl loss and want to take out their frustrations in Liberty on the Trojans’ home turf. Hard, consistent play from Brian Ford’s boys might get them there.

Lawrence County

The Cougars of Lawrence County (3-4) will head over to Sumrall to face the Bobcats (4-3) in a district game. Both teams are 0-1 in the district. Lawrence County’s three wins have been bookended by two losses. Sumrall’s four wins are bookended by losses, as well.

Both wildcat teams have something to prove and want to get the win. Sumrall will have the home field advantage, but Jaymie Palmer’s Cougars are itching for a victory in their second of five straight district play games.

Wesson

Wesson (4-3) will play host to Seminary (3-4) in a district game Friday. Jeremy Loy’s Cobras lost their only district game so far, but the Bulldogs have not put up a victory in either of their district matchups. With four more district face-offs ahead, Loy’s boys want to get the momentum started at home and keep it going.

Hurting from last week’s three-touchdown loss to Columbia, Wesson wants redemption and to let the Bulldogs feel the bite.