Playoff seeding on the line for local teamsPublished 12:00pm Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Playoff seeding is on the line as several local and area schools fight to stay alive in their region races with three weeks remaining in MHSAA regular season football action.
Local football fans will be searching for some big wins as some folks prepare to travel to support their favorite schools, while other fans have a choice of four home games to choose from in week 10 of the Friday Night Lights football frenzy.
Brookhaven Academy hosts the Adams County Christian School Rebels for the Division 5-AA championship at R.M. “Red” Stuard Field.
Enterprise welcomes their Lincoln County and new region rivals, the West Lincoln Bears, to Harry Cole Field. Loyd Star entertains the defending Class 2A state champions, the Bassfield Yellowjackets, at W.E. “Sambo” Smith Field. Franklin County visits Wesson to tangle with the Wesson Cobras at Stone Stadium.
Several local schools will be on the road facing region opponents. Brookhaven invades Natchez; Hind AHS hosts Bogue Chitto; and Lawrence County visits Columbia.
In other area action, Hazlehurst entertains Jefferson County, McComb welcomes North Pike, South Pike invades Purvis and Wilkinson County visits Crystal Springs. Copiah Academy and Parklane Academy has an open date to nurse their wounded.
Brookhaven (5-3, 1-3), coached by Tommy Clopton, captures a huge 54-14 victory over South Jones Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak and keep their hopes alive for a playoff berth.
This week, the Panthers continue their tough region test as they prepare to visit Natchez to battle the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3), under the direction of Lance Reed, were clobbered 45-13 by the Golden Tornadoes of Laurel last Friday.
BHS’s top performers last week:
Fred Trevillion paced the Panthers’ offense, completing three-of-seven passes for 104 yards. He also had 47 yards rushing on two carries
Shuntez Smith was the top receiver for BHS with two catches for 72 yards.
Defensively, Ty Hill directed the Panthers with seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Kardale Clark provided six stops and had one sack. Leo Lewis helped with four tackles. Detric Smith and Greg Watts recovered a fumble each and returned them for touchdowns.
Brookhaven Academy (4-5, 2-0), coached by Tripp McCarty, climbed back into the win column after edging their archrivals, the Copiah Academy Colonels, 21-18 last week.
The Cougars will have a tough task on their hands as they gear up to tangle with the Adams County Christian School Rebels for the division championship and secure a playoff spot.
The Rebels (8-1, 2-0), under the leadership of coach David King, cruised past Central Hinds Academy 49-28 last week.
Starting in BA’s offensive line are Cody Thornhill at center, Travis Thornton at right tackle, Colby Culbertson at right guard, Wyatt Pepper at left guard and Garrett Pace at left tackle. Brock Ezell and Carter Culbertson are the tight ends.
BA’s top performers last week:
Landon Nettles led BA’s offense with 131 yards rushing on 18 carries and two touchdowns. He also had one reception for 13 yards.
Quarterback Heath Hickman was 12 for 17 passing for 114 yards and one touchdown. Ross Foreman led all receivers with five catches for 51 yards and a score.
Defensively, Garrett Pace direct the Cougars’ attack with 10 tackles on the night. Foreman chipped in seven, and Nettles added six and a half stops to the total. Nettles also had an interception for BA.
Bogue Chitto (8-0, 6-0), coached by Gareth Sartin, continues to dominate its Region 4-1A race with a impressive 48-28 win over the Resurrection Eagles last Friday.
This week, the No. 1 ranked Bobcats will put their undefeated record on the line as they visit Utica to take on the Hinds AHS Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2), coached by Michael Field, surpassed the Dexter 13-8 in a battle of Bulldogs last week.
BC’s top performers last week:
Brock Roberts paced the Bobcats with 29 carries for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed eight of 11 pass attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Jermaine Blackwell helped the ground attack with 16 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Jeremy Blackwell led the team with 13 tackles. Kayin Perkins had eight tackles. Roberts had seven stops for the Bobcats.
Loyd Star (2-6, 1-2) , under the direction of the Hornets’ assistant coaches, managed to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot after securing a 33-22 homecoming victory over Enterprise in the Sting Bowl last Friday.
This week, the Hornets will entertain the Bassfield Yellowjackets for another Region 7-2A test.
Bassfield (8-1, 3-0), coached by Lance Mancuso, continue to show their dominance as the defending Class 2A state champions. The Yellowjackets celebrated a joyful homecoming with a 48-14 win over the Amite County Trojans last week.
Loyd Star’s top performers last week:
Junior running back Peyton Flowers rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Seth Farmer helped the Hornets with 10 rushes for 50 yards and completed two of four passes for 50 yards.
Zacchaeius Arnold contributed to the ground attack with 68 yards rushing on six carries.
La’Treall Smith was the top receiver for the Hornets with one catch for 24 yards.
Defensively, Flowers paced the Hornets with 12 tackles. Tevin Lackland contributed six stops. Dustin Hart had five tackles. Plez Shankle-Bland recovered a fumble.
West Lincoln (1-7, 0-3), coached by Willie Brumfield, suffered a 58-0 shutout by East Marion last Friday.
This week, the Bears visit their Lincoln County rivals the Enterprise Yellow Jackets with high hope making the playoffs for the first time ever in their school’s football history.
Working in the WLHS offensive line are right guard Tyler Moak, right tackle Nicholas Burns, center Austin Patt, left guard Anthony Ferrell and left tackle Nathaniel Fauver.
West Lincoln’s top performers last week:
West Lincoln running back Javian MacKabee rushed 17 times for 76 yards.
Senior halfback Sloan Nations gathered 33 rushing yards on four carries. He also caught a pass for 45 yards.
Junior Bryce Temple contributed 43 rushing yards on 11 carries and had one reception for 25 yards.
Defensively, Kodie Carroll paced the Bears with nine tackles. Jayden Rushing and Tyler Moak contributed six stops apiece.
Enterprise (0-8, 0-3), coached by Brooks Burns, is still searching for that elusive victory to snap a 22-game losing skid.
This week, the Jackets hope to end that streak and squash West Lincoln’s dreams of making the playoffs for the very first time.
Working in Enterprise’s offensive line are James King, Colton Welch, Dylan Nelton, Adam Magee, Jacob Thames, Drake Allen, Landon Parson and Wayne Lambert.
Enterprise’s top performers last week:
Senior Jackson Cole paced the Jackets’ offensive attack with 196 yards rushing on 23 carries. He also completed one of three passes for 35 yards. Cole caught two passes for 45 yards.
Austin Coleman led the aerial attack for Enterprise, completing four of seven passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Layne Brown had two receptions for 35 yards.
Cole was the top hitter for Enterprise with 12 tackles. Jake Case helped with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Wesson (1-7, 1-2), coached by Ronald Greer, suffered a disappointing 50-45 defeat last Friday against the Jefferson County Bulldogs.
This week, the Cobras welcome the Franklin County Bulldogs to Stone Stadium.
Working in the trenches for the Cobras’ offensive line are Kendrick Brown at tight end, Chase Twiner and Mitchell Hughes at tackle, Matthew Craft and Justin Boone at guard and Josh Francois at center
Wesson’s top performers last week:
Tyler Christmas direct the Cobras’ offensive attack with 11 rushes for 94 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Kendrick Brown led the team with seven tackles. Javoris Smith, Blake Burns and Timothy Craft had six stops apiece.
Dartavious Dixon provided four returns for 105 yards. Eric Rhymes had three returns for 80 yards for the special teams.
Franklin County (4-4, 1-2), coached by first-year head coach Chris Calcote, celebrated a big 52-28 homecoming victory over the Crystal Springs Tigers last Friday to stay in the hunt the state playoffs.
This week, the Bulldogs invade Wesson to battle their new region opponent.
Franklin County’s top performer last week:
Bernard Selmon and Courtney Smith each provided touchdown runs for the Bulldogs, while Denzel Allen and Dontavious Felton collected an interception apiece.
Chris Robinson led all rushers with 106 yards rushing on 17 attempts.
Chardarrious Wilson added seven tackles, while Bernard Selmon finished with six hits.
Lawrence County (4-5, 1-2), coached by first-year coach Herbert Davis, captured a huge 31-12 victory over the South Pike Eagles to stay in the playoff hunt for the final spot last Friday.
This week, the Cougars visit Columbia to tangle with the Region 7-4A leader, the Columbia Wildcats.
The Wildcats (6-2, 3-0), coached by Walter Denton, cruised past the North Pike Jaguars 34-20 last week.
LCHS’s top performers last week:
T-Tez Cole rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead LCHS.
Gabraun Smith rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries. Tony Maye had three catches for 62 yards. Will Jackson completed five of nine passes for 100 yards.