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Cobras, Bobcats tangle in Bogue Chitto

After the Wesson Cobras took on 4A Sumrall last week and Bogue Chitto traveled to Mobile to play a private school with an enormous enrollment, the two schools are glad to be playing someone similar in size Friday night.

Bogue Chitto (0-2) hosts Wesson (0-1) for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Troy Smith Field.

For Wesson coach Jeremy Loy and his team — coming off of an 18-15 loss to Sumrall — practice this week was all about focusing on themselves.

“Our defense played great against Sumrall, but we’ve got to get some consistency in our offense in order to move the ball,” said Loy.

It’s a similar message that Bogue Chitto head man Gareth Sartin is preaching to his team.

“We’re still trying to put it all together to build the consistency we need to move the ball,” said Sartin. “We’ve got to do a better job blocking and our receivers have to do a better job running routes. Our defense is busting their tails, we’ve just got to bring the offense along.”

The Bobcats went to Mobile, Alabama last week to play Faith Academy and were beaten 55-6 by the much-bigger Rams.

Damarcus Godbolt leads the Bobcat offense with 181 yards rushing on 44 carries and one touchdown through two games.

Against Sumrall the Cobras had to rely on two kickoff returns and a safety for their points. Loy said the front seven of the Bobcats forced his team into focusing on the passing game.

“We couldn’t establish the run, so we ended up having to try to use our passing game to move the ball,” said Loy.

Sophomore quarterback Antrelle Sims finished with 24 yards passing and 24 yards rushing in the loss to Sumrall.

Wesson defeated Bogue Chitto 55-14 last season and has won three in a row in the series.

“Bogue Chitto gets after it,” said Loy. “They’re a well-coached team and I’ve got a lot of respect for coach Sartin. They are a lot like us right now, playing a new guy at quarterback and trying to figure out what works best for our personnel.”

Story by Cliff Furr