Bears open region play in Liberty

Published 10:16 pm Thursday, September 27, 2018

The West Lincoln Bears (2-4) look to bust their four-game losing streak tonight in Liberty when they take on the Amite County Trojans (0-6) to open region play.

Amite County is the defending Region 7-2A winner after going 4-0 in the league last season. Since 2011, when the Trojans moved down from 3A into a division with Lincoln County teams, they have not been beaten by West Lincoln, Enterprise, Loyd Star or Bogue Chitto. During that period the Trojans are 19-0 and have won by an average margin of victory of 48-10.

Though they are winless this season, West Lincoln coach BJ Smithhart is not taking the Trojans lightly. He sees a team that has been punching above their weight class so far this season.

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“They’ve played nothing but bigger schools and have gone against some really good teams,” said Smithhart.

The Trojans have losses to Wilkinson County (58-0), South Pike (62-0) and Crystal Springs (48-8) — all solid, 3A and 4A teams — thus far in 2018.

The Bears haven’t been playing a jayvee schedule, either. The combined records of the teams that have beaten West Lincoln over the last four weeks — Puckett, Pelahatchie, Pisgah and Stringer — is 21-3.

Kickoff in Liberty is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Story by Cliff Furr