East Side (2-1)
Anytime the West Bolivar Eagles and the East Side Trojans hit the gridiron it's an epic showdown.
These two talented football teams love getting after each other and they never disappoint. This year the two will do battle at Leroy Byars Field and enter the game with more in common then their identical records. This season first year coach's Kendrick Woodard (East Side) and Joac Williams (West Bolivar) will lead their respective squads. Both Williams and Woodard previously served as defensive coordinators at their schools and in fact are members at the same church (St. Paul MB Church) in Cleveland. On the field, it has been a learning experience for both coaches and Friday should be a huge test for both.
Since the 2005 season, these teams have played eight times with West Bolivar owning a 5-3 edge in the series. In 1997 East Side beat West Bolivar 40-34, but West Bolivar responded by beating East Side 54-8 in 1998. East Side started the season 2-0 before losing to Oxford last week. West Bolivar started the year 0-1, but won their last two ball games.
On the year, the Trojans are averaging 26 points per contest and allowing 23.6 points per game. The Eagles are scoring 15.6 points per outing while giving up 13.3.
Both offenses are still searching for their identity, but East Side has shown that they will run the ball with a stable of reliable backs. The Trojans look to Quadre Butler, Taquille Eatman and Barron Burns along with an aggressive offensive line to set the pace for them. West Bolivar likes to rely on its speed to the outside, but with the development of junior quarterback Tayshawn Conway along with receivers Deguadereck Rice and Lenardo Brown the passing game is becoming quite effective as well. The Eagles also have a good running game with Gregory Robb as well.
Ladarious Tucker will lead the Eagles’ defense and Burns will anchor the Trojans defense.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Cleveland.
Broad Street (1-1, 0-0 reg.) at
Ray Brooks (0-3, 0-0 reg.)
The Ray Brooks Tigers will welcome the Broad Street Jaguars to town Friday night for Homecoming 2013. Not only is this homecoming, this is also the Region 2-1A opener for both schools.
Broad Street is coming off a 40-8 loss to Leflore County and Ray Brooks is coming off a 26-0 loss to West Bolivar. Both teams will be looking to find their winning ways Friday night. The Jaguars’ offense will rely heavily on a strong running game from Richard Horn and quarterback Danterrris Greyer. Greyer has been solid for the Jaguars in two games completing 15-of-28 passes for 189 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 162 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns. Horn has 82 yards on 28 carries in two games with a touchdown. Quarterback Syderrick Maiten will lead the Ray Brooks offensive attack. In three games, Maiten has completed 16-of-38 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
This should be an exciting knight of football.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Benoit.
Durant (3-0, 0-0) at
Shaw (1-2, 0-0)
The Shaw Hawks started the year losing their first two games to 3A and 2A teams, but bounced back to beat 3A Humphreys County 22-14 for their first win of the season.
This week, the Hawks will test their skills against an improved Durant team who is undefeated with wins over Marshall, McClain and Williams Sullivan. Durant's most recent win was a 32-20 victory over rival Williams Sullivan. This will be the Region 2-1A opener for both schools and will serve as the launching point for what they hope will be a successful run through the region. The Hawks have been struggling on offense only averaging 13.7 points per game, while Durant is averaging 23.7 points per game. The Hawks’ ground attack is starting to come around behind freshman Reggie Scott and an offensive line that's playing a lot better since their week one debacle against East Side. Ira Haynes Jr. is leading the Durant ground attack with 64.7 yards per game. Shaw's Lerandel Allen has been a force on defense for Shaw while Jordan Ellis has been the man on defense for Durant.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Hernando (2-0) at
This will be a huge test for the Cleveland High Wildcats as they welcome the undefeated 6A Hernando Tigers to town.
The Wildcats are coming off their best game of the year against Leland, which happened to also be the team's first win of the season. The Wildcats were able to run the ball better this week and for the first time in three weeks they did not turn the ball over. In this game, the Wildcats run defense will be put to the test as Hernando is averaging 402 rushing yards in two games and is averaging 51 points per game through two games. Cleveland is a running team as well, but through three games the team is only averaging 101.7 yards per game. Vaughnte Dorsey, Andonte Maxie and Earnest Butler have been key players for the Wildcat offense and will need to be Friday if they expect to have success against Hernando. The Wildcats’ defense led by Dillon Norwood, Dorsey, Jamal Fifer, Kyran Parker and Larry Douglas, III will need to be stout in this one.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.
JFK (1-1) at
The John F. Kennedy Hornets will be looking to play a lot better than they performed in last week nail biter against West Tallahatchie where they had to score 14 points in the final minutes to pull out the victory.
Leland suffered their first loss of the year to Cleveland High and will be looking to get back on the winning side of things. Kennedy received a strong performance from Ricky Fleming last week on offense and defense. JFK quarterback Ladaris Johnson is throwing for 121.5 yards per game and with weapons like Carnez Gant, Fleming and Xavier Roberts the Hornets will be looking for the upset.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Leland.
Bayou Academy (1-2) at
West Memphis-Ark (1-2)
The Bayou Academy Colts have been growing week after week in their new offensive scheme.
Last week in the team's loss to Indianola Academy, Bayou's 21 points was the most scored on IA all season. Bayou is averaging 17.7 points per game while West Memphis averages 18.7 points per contest. This should be a close one that goes right down to the last play. Bayou is led offensively by Tyler Kitchings who has completed 26-of-64 passes for 413 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. His primary target has been Weber Herbison with 13 receptions for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Davis Dalton is a reliable offensive weapon for the Colts as well with 153 yards 48 carries with one touchdown along with four receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. Josh Duraj, Turner Davis and William Hood will lead the Colts' defense.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in West Memphis, Ark.
Marvell Academy (0-2) at
North Sunflower (0-3)
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels have been getting better and better with each passing game.
This week something has to give when these two winless teams meet in Drew. Last week, the Rebels lost to Calhoun Academy 24-18 and in that contest Derek Livingston rushed for 183 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown along with Jerry Mitchell who had two catches for 49 yards with a touchdown. Hopefully, Livingston and Mitchell can get things going again this week as the Rebels try to snag their first win of the season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.