Friday Night Ticket
by Andy Collier
Oct 10, 2013 | 2657 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yazoo City (5-1, 0-1 reg.) at

Cleveland High (4-3, 1-0 reg.)

The surging Cleveland High School Wildcats will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Yazoo City Indians for homecoming Friday evening at Parks Field at Mickey Sellers Stadium in this week’s game of the week.

The Wildcats have won four of their last five games and are coming off a 34-18 win over the Gentry High School Rams in their Region 3-4A opener. The Wildcats, who have taken care of the ball effectively over the last month, racked up a season-high 408 yards of offense including 310 rushing yards on 46 carries. Quarterback Vaughnte Dorsey has done a good job of running the football this year with 325 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries. He has also completed 9-of-33 passes for 189 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Running backs Andonte Maxie (90 car., 493 yards, 4 TDs) and Earnest Butler (92 car., 405 yards, 5 TDs) have done a good job of complementing Dorsey in the backfield.

Dorsey has been doing well at his safety position on defense, followed by linebacker Larry Douglas and Dillon Norwood.

Cleveland will have to continue its improved play against a solid Yazoo City team. The Indians’ only loss of the season was a 34-6 setback at the hands of the Greenwood High School Bulldogs in Region 3-4A play.

Junior quarterback Darius Wright, running back Jerry Wright and wide receiver Alexander Hollins have led the offense.

Linebacker Rod’tavius Jefferson and defensive end Timonthy Washington have led the Indians’ defense.

This game should be one that will have fans on the edge of their seats. Whoever can win the turnover battle should come out the winner.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

McClain (3-4, 1-0 reg.) at

East Side (4-3, 1-0 reg.)

The East Side Trojans will be hosting the McClain High School Mustangs in a Region 3-3A contest for homecoming Friday night at Leroy Byars Stadium.

The Trojans broke a two-game skid last week by beating the Leflore County Tigers in a shootout 58-40 as they racked up 620 yards of total offense. Jalen Thomas (11 car. 193 yards, 3 TDs), Taquille Eatmon (13 car., 166 yards, 1 TD) and Quadre Butler (18 car., 118 yards) all rushed for over 100 yards last week. Eatmon, Barron Burns and Perry Henry all had great games on defense as well.

The Trojans will try to keep their momentum as they battle a McClain team that defeated Humphreys County 21-18 to earn its first region win.

McClain quarterback Andrakeious Johnson (16-of-44, 226 yards, 1TD, 3 Ints., 39 car., 339 yards, 5TDs) has been dangerous with his arm and his legs.

With the Trojans back in Cleveland this week, they’ll be ready to give the hometown fans something to cheer about.

Kickoff in Cleveland is set for 7 p.m.

JFK (4-2, 3-0 reg.) at

Montgomery Co. (3-4, 2-2 reg.)

The John F. Kennedy Hornets have been rolling as of late.

The Hornets have won their last three last three games. JFK turned in a big time win over St. Aloysius last week 50-13 to stay perfect in Region 2-1A in Mound Bayou. JFK’s offense has scored an average of 28.3 points per game, while the defense is giving up 20.2 a game.

John F. Kennedy will try to stay on the perfect path, as they take on the Montgomery County Hornets in another region showdown at Kilmichael. Montgomery County has struggled to put points on the board by scoring just 11.7 points per game. Montgomery County is coming off a 36-0 loss to Broad Street.

Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.

West Bolivar (4-2, 1-0 reg.) at

Riverside (0-7, 0-1 reg.)

The West Bolivar High School Eagles are determined to continue their good fortune as they travel to Avon to play the Riverside High School Bulldogs in Region 3-2A action Friday.

The Eagles won a hard fought region showdown with the South Delta Bulldogs 19-12 last week. After losing to Charleston 33-0 to start the season, the Eagles have given up just 48 points over their last five games and have gone 4-1 during that stretch.

The Eagles will have their sights on a Bulldogs’ team that has lost all of its games by 16 points or more. Riverside has been outscored 325-12.

Despite Riverside’s record, West Bolivar head coach Joac Williams and the rest of the Eagles understand that any team can win on any given night. This is another game the Eagles need to win in order to take another step toward a region title.

Kickoff in Avon is set for 7 p.m.

Ruleville (1-5, 0-1 reg.) at

Humphreys Co. (2-5, 0-1 reg.)

The Ruleville Central Tigers will be looking to grab win No. 2 on the season when they hit the road to Belzoni to play the Humphreys County Cowboys in Region 3-3A action.

The Tigers are out to rebound from a 42-12 loss at the hands of the O’Bannon Greenwave last week in their region opener. The Tigers have gotten strong play from quarterback Markevion Quinn and wide receiver Anthony Spivey, but they still need to get more players to step up as Ruleville is averaging just 20.7 points per game, while giving up 30.3 a game.

The Cowboys, after starting the year 2-2, have been on a slump as of late by losing its last three games. Humphreys County’s most recent loss was a 21-18 defeat at the hands of the McClain Mustangs last week. The Cowboys have scored 18.6 points per game and have given up 26.6 a contest.

This game will be a big one for both teams as they try to turn their seasons around.

Kickoff in Belzoni is set for 7 p.m.

Broad Street (4-2, 3-1 reg.) at

St. Joe (5-1, 3-0 reg.)

The Broad Street Jaguars will have another big game ahead of them as they travel to Greenville to play the St. Joe Fighting Irish in a Region 2-1A showdown Friday night.

The Jaguars are coming off a 36-0 win against the Montgomery County Hornets last week.

The Jaguars will take on a St. Joe team that has looked strong this season. The Fighting Irish are scoring an average of 31.3 points per game, while giving up 15.8 points a night.

In region action, the Fighting Irish have beaten Montgomery Co. (3-4 overall, 2-2 reg.), McAdams (1-6, 0-3 reg.) and (3-4, 0-4 reg.), while the Jaguars have defeated Ray Brooks (0-6, 0-3 reg.), Shaw (3-4, 2-2 reg.) and Montgomery Co., while losing to St. Aloysius (4-3, 3-1 reg.).

The Jaguars need to secure the ball and bring their A-game in all phases of the game in order to come home with the “W.”

Kickoff in Greenville is set for 7 p.m.

Ray Brooks (0-6, 0-3 reg.) at

St. Aloysius (4-3, 3-1 reg.)

The Ray Brooks Tigers will be out to rewrite the story of their season when they take on the St. Aloysius Flashes in a Region 2-1A action Friday night in Vicksburg.

The Tigers have been shutout three times this season and are averaging just 5.7 points per game.

St. Aloysius, who have suffered three consecutive losing seasons heading into this year, have been much improved thus far. The Flashes did take on the chin last week by losing to John F. Kennedy 50-13 in Mound Bayou. The Hornets were able to pass on the Flashes quite effectively. JFK’s success throwing the ball against St. Aloysius might be what the doctor ordered for the Tigers as they put it in the air from time-to-time. Out of their 216 total plays this year, the Tigers have thrown it 60 times meaning they pass it 27.8 percent of the time. In a 46-8 loss to Shaw last week, Ray Brooks quarterback Syderrick Maiten completed 10-of-15 passes for 64 yards and no picks. If the Tigers continue that kind of passing efficiency, they’ll have a chance to get that elusive first win.

Kickoff in Vicksburg is set for 7 p.m.

Bayou (3-4) at

Tunica (2-5)

The Bayou Academy Colts have seen their season turnaround for the better.

The Colts have won their last two games with their most recent win being a 53-0 victory over Lee (Ark.). The Colts have been running the ball effectively as of late and still throw ball with success as well. Colts’ running Davis Dalton has rushed for 218 yards on 26 carries in his last two games, while Weber Herbison has also continued to be a solid receiving target this year. The defense has several players that have stepped up over these last two games. Andrew Rogers had a monster game against Lee (Ark.) last week by recording three tackles-for-loss and has a fumble recovery that resulted in a touchdown.

The Colts will look to extend their winning streak to three as they travel to Tunica to take on the Tunica Academy Blue Devils. The Blue Devils have been in a slump. After starting the year 2-0, Tunica has lost its last five game. The Blue Devils’ more recent defeat was a 54-18 loss to West Memphis last week.

The key to victory for Bayou will be the play of its defense.

In Bayou’s three wins, they’ve given up just 10 total points with two shutouts. In their four losses, they’ve given up 149 total points.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Delta (5-1, 0-0 dist.) at

NSA (2-5, 0-2 dist.)

The North Sunflower Academy Rebels are still in search of that first win in District 6 8-man football action.

Last week, the Rebels lost to Sharkey 48-14. Jerry Mitchell had a good game throwing the ball for NSA as he completed 5-of-7 passes for 68 yards with two touchdowns. Colton Moon was his primary receiver as he caught three passes for 31 yards with two touchdowns. On defense, Derick Livingston led NSA with 10 solos, two assists and a sack.

The Rebels will take on another good team on Friday, as the Delta Academy Raiders will come to Drew. The Raiders have won their last five games after opening the year with a 46-8 loss to Immanuel Christian School.

The Rebels will need to be on top of their game Friday night.

Kickoff in Drew is set for 7 p.m.