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Jackets will go against McLaurin at home

It hurt when it happened. It hurt after it happened. It still hurts.

Enterprise (0-4) had control of their game last week at Clarkdale. If they pick up one first down they can run out the clock and soak up their victory.

The Bulldogs stopped Enterprise from converting. Then Clarkdale scored. Then they got an onside kick. And then they hit a 52-yard touchdown pass to win the game, 28-22.

Burns knows that the pain of defeat can be used to spark the fire of victory.

“This group of kids, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them as affected by a loss,” said Burns. “Their desire to win was higher than it’s ever been. The thing that we’re stressing to them is to keep that desire burning because we’re close to breaking through.”

Burns and his troops must put that game away now as they face the McLaurin Tigers (3-1) tonight on Harry Cole Field. The only blemish for McLaurin this season is a loss to Loyd Star. The Tigers hold wins over Bogue Chitto, Richland, and Sebastapol. The Tigers are much improved from the period between 2016-2017 when they finished a combined 1-21.

The Jackets must figure out a way to slow down McLaurin junior running back Kenny Bacon. Bacon has been frying up defenses this season for a team high 437 yards rushing and four touchdowns as he runs behind the pancake-blocks of his offensive line.

“We’ve got some guys that are healthy now that will help our defensive depth,” said Burns. “Monday was the best day of practice that we’ve had all year. I’m excited to see the guys get after it after the week of work we’ve put in.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Story by Cliff Furr