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Friday night — ‘Cats, Jackets at home, Bears hit the road

Bogue Chitto and Enterprise will kick their seasons off tonight at home as the 2019 high school football season gets started across the state. West Lincoln begins its season tonight on the road as the Bears visit Mize to begin the season.

Bogue Chitto

Coach Gareth Sartin and his Bobcats host the McLaurin Tigers tonight on Troy Smith Field. The 3A Tigers are coached by former Loyd Star leader Sidney Wheatley. They finished 4-7 last season as they went 2-1 against Lincoln County teams with wins over BC and Enterprise and a loss to Loyd Star.

Bogue Chitto played at McLaurin to start the season last year and lost a close 19-8 game. McLaurin will be in Lincoln County next week when they play at Loyd Star.

The key for BC is to keep Kenny Bacon from getting hot. The senior running back rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and fried up defenses for 10 touchdowns. Last season against Bogue Chitto Bacon rushed for 157 yards and one score in the McLaurin win. Senior Marquez Wells also had a big game for the Tigers last season against BC as he rushed four times for 147 yards and two scores. Wells averaged 37 yards per carry and had a long run of 80 yards.

The Bobcats and Wildcats kickoff at 7 p.m.

Enterprise

The Trey Woodard era begins tonight at 7 p.m. when the Enterprise Yellow Jackets host the Salem Wildcats.

Last season Salem beat Enterprise 38-14 in week one. The 1A Wildcats didn’t win a game after that as they finished the season 1-10. The teams were tied 8-8 after one quarter before Salem scored 16 straight points in the second quarter to seize momentum on their way to the win.

Salem is coached by Chris McCallum and will try to move the ball via the ground as will Enterprise. Senior linebacker J.B. Bridges is one of the strongest Wildcats on the team and will be someone the Jackets must account for.

The Wildcats have new players at quarterback and running back as Bridges, Adryane James and Perrayon Dillon are the only seniors on the team. Enterprise will also be breaking in a new QB as senior Donavin White and junior Lawson Chemin will split time under center. Enterprise has 11 seniors on their roster.

West Lincoln

The Bears are headed to Smith County tonight for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Mize Bulldogs.

Both Mize and West Lincoln are under new leadership in 2019. At Mize longtime leader Kenny Robinson returned and was replaced by Chuck Lee. Lee has previously been an assistant at Mize. As they often do, the Bulldogs have go-to players with the last name Ducksworth.

This season it’s quarterback Tyrese Ducksworth and wide receiver Kwame Ducksworth. Mize also had size on their offensive line in the Tuggle brothers. Senior Trey Tuggle is 6-foot-6, 315-pounds and his little brother, sophomore Eli, checks in at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds. Mize has eight seniors on their roster.

The Bears also have an eight-man senior class. First year coach Brad Bland took over for B.J. Smithhart in the Spring and his team has battled through some key players getting banged up in their pre-season practices. Senior Travis Hall missed nearly the entire season last year with a leg injury. Hall is back and will see time as a linebacker, tight end, fullback, and quarterback for the green and white.