Bogue Chitto hosts Springfield; Loyd Star at Salem
The Bogue Chitto Bobcats are back at home Friday hosting the Springfield (Louisiana) High Bulldogs while their county rivals at Loyd Star travel to take on Salem in their third straight road game.
Coach Gareth Sartin and his Bobcats (1-1) lost 50-18 last week at Pisgah. All three BC touchdowns in the loss came via the passing of senior quarterback Shaw King. King finished 12-of-27 for 209 yards.
Senior wideout Zach Upkins was his favorite target as he hauled in four catches for 72 yards and a pair of scores. Junior Tristan Buffington also caught a score against Pisgah.
The Springfield Bulldogs from Livingston Parish will be playing in their season opener as last week was jamboree week for Louisiana High Schools. Springfield plays in the LHSAA as a 2A team and finished 3-9 last season. Their size puts them in the same division with regional power Amite High who finished 15-1 and were LHSAA 2A state champs last season. Springfield lost 40-0 to Amite in the regular season and 51-0 two week later in the playoffs.
In 2015 Springfield won at Bogue Chitto 49-16 and in 2016 the Bulldogs won on their home field 59-32 over the Bobcats. The Bulldogs also played at Loyd Star to kick off their 2014 season.
Coach Brian Ford and his team are playing on the road for a third straight week. The Hornets (0-2) lost 36-21 last week at McLaurin. In the loss Loyd Star was led by sophomore running back Versie Wilson who gained 92 yards on 18 carries. Wilson scored twice for the Hornets.
“We’ve got to improve on execution,” said Ford after the loss. “I think we grew up some tonight, we’re starting five freshmen and four sophomores. We’ve got plenty of things to correct, but we can do it by focusing on improving in practice.”
The Hornets will get a chance to do that when they take on Salem in Walthall County. Salem (0-2) lost to Enterprise in week one and West Lincoln last week.
The Wildcats have a capable quarterback in junior Rusty Hope. Hope isn’t big, and neither is his offensive line for that matter, but he does a great job of keeping plays going with his feet. For the season he’s 6-of-21 for 143 yards and a pair of TDs. Both scores have gone to tight end Riley Rials. The duo hooked up for a 70-yard passing score against West Lincoln.
The biggest key for the Hornets will be dominating upfront as the 1A Wildcats are small on both sides of the line.
Loyd Star is finally back home next week when they host Pisgah. Kickoff at Salem is slated for 7 p.m.
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