Friday Night Ticket
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East Side (3-0) at

West Bolivar (3-0)

This will be one of the most anticipated matchups of the season in Rosedale Friday night.

The East Side Trojans will take their undefeated record to the riverside to take on the undefeated West Bolivar Eagles.

In recent years, this game has become quite the talk of the county with fans using it as a barometer to measure where their team stacks up. Last season, the Trojans picked up a 16-14 win over West Bolivar and did so by stopping the Eagles on the goal line. It’s a new year with many new twists. East Side is under a new head coach in Roger Burton, but Eagles head coach Henry Johnson is quite familiar with Burton given that he coached at Hollandale-Simmons last season and both Hollandale and West Bolivar are in the same region.

In three games, East Side’s defense has only given up 20 points. Last week against Broad Street, the defense allowed zero points. The Jaguars 12 points came off a fumble return on defense and a kickoff return on special teams as East Side blasted the Jags 40-12. The Eagles’ defense has been just as stellar only allowing 13 points through three games. Last week, the Eagles shut out Ray Brooks 41-0.

East Side’s Michael Hurns, Barron Burns, Paddarius Bronner, Kamien Lucas and Johnny Russell have been huge on defense for the Trojans so far this season. In three games, Bronner has three interceptions with two being returned for scores.

The Eagles are being led on defense by William Lloyd, Rashan Conway, Larry Walker, Larry Douglas, Kawonski Williams and Keenan Neal. With both teams embracing the run game, it should be tough sledding for both West Bolivar’s Kailo Moore and East Side’s Quadre Butler.

Moore seemed to find his groove in the team’s 20-7 win over Cleveland High two weeks ago when he scored two TDs on 24 carries and 134 yards. The senior did not play against Ray Brooks so he should be well rested for Friday’s game. Last week, Butler was strong against Broad Street going for 138 yards on 16 carries.

East Side’s Taquille Eatmon has also proven to be a force on the ground for the Trojans just as Trevoris Hampton has proven his worth in the backfield for the Eagles.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


St. Joe (2-1) at

Shaw (2-1)

The Shaw Hawks are picking up where they left off last year as they have gotten off to a 2-1 start with their only loss coming to East Side 24-14 in the first game of the season. The Hawks have high expectations in 2012 as they are looking to get back to the 1A State Title game in Jackson in December.

In order to do that they must first start region play. One team that is back in Region 2-1A contention is the St. Joe Fighting Irish. The Irish are coming off a 41-14 loss at the hands of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Madison, but have proven in their first two wins that they mean business.

The Hawks blew out Coahoma Aggie 46-0 last week with stellar defensive play along with a strong running attack and big plays in the passing game.

These two teams are mirror images of each other on offense. Through three games the Irish have rushed for 690 yards on the ground on 101 carries with nine TDs. Shaw has rushed for 474 yards on 93 carries with nine TDs. Shaw’s ground game is led by Christopher Harthone and Andre Pruitt. St. Joe’s rushing attack is led by Terry Bailey, Raines Rester  and J’Daylan Jackson.  

The Hawks’ defense is led by Harthone, Ledavious Rice, Demerrius Williams, Lerandal Allen and Justin King. This game promises to be something to call home about.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Shaw.


Cleveland High (2-1) at

Hernando (2-0)

The Cleveland High Wildcats will hit the road this week to take on the undefeated Hernando Tigers. The Wildcats are coming off a 27-8 win over the Leland Cubs. Going in against the Tigers, the Wildcats will have to be on their game. The Tigers defeated Rosa Fort 34-12 last week and defeated Pontotoc 30-21 to open the season. The Cleveland offense is a run heavy offense with the occasional big play in the passing game. Quarterback Marshall Boggs, Donivan Henderson, Jason Young and Trace Bray have shared the wealth in the backfield with all four guys rushing for over 100 yards in three games. Senior receiver DiTraeyvious Russell has proven to be the team’s play guy on the outside as well as running the ball out of the backfield. The Cleveland defense has been good rallying to the football and will need to be this week. Dillon Norwood, Vaughnte Dorsey, Tommy Harris, Ataaron Horton ,Boggs and Bray have been solid on defense for the Wildcats.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Ray Brooks (0-3) at

Montgomery County (1-2)

It has been a rough start for the Ray Brooks Tigers, but things should begin to look up as they start region 2-1A play by traveling to Kilmichael to play the 1-2 Montgomery County Hornets.

The Hornets picked up their first win of the season last week with a 34-23 win over the George High School Jaguars. Ray Brooks was shut out last week in a 41-0 defeat in the Levee Bowl versus West Bolivar.

The Tigers need to get their offense cranked up and this may be the game to do it. JaKarri Armstrong and Zekendrick Moore have led the rushing attack for Ray Brooks while quarterback Syderrick Maiten has led the passing attack along with receivers Richard Kimble and Jamarcus Marshall.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.


JFK (1-2) at

Humphreys County (1-2)

The John F. Kennedy Hornets picked up their first win of the season last week with a 26-12 win over Amanda Elzy.

With the win, the Hornets are looking to start a streak as they travel to Belzoni to play the Humphreys County Cowboys.

Last week, the Hornets managed to get their ground game going with Eugene Pruitt and Carnez Gant who combined for 138 yards on 19 carries. In that game, quarterback Ladaris Johnson seemed to get comfortable as he finished and efficient 3-of-5 for 42 yards and a TD. Ricky Flemming caught Johnson’s TD pass.

Humphreys is coming off a 7-0 loss to Leflore County. The Cowboys will need to do better than that as they face a Hornets defense with play makers who can turn a mistake into points. The Hornets defense is led by linebackers Demorris Bedford and Garriet Wilson.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Bayou Academy (1-2, 0-1) at

Strider Academy (0-3, 0-1)

The Bayou Academy Colts will travel to Charleston to take on the Strider Academy Rams in District 1-A action Friday.

The Colts will be eyeing their first district win Friday and must get back to the strong running game that provided the team with their first win of the season over Central Holmes. With the emergence of Tyler Kitchings at the quarterback position, the Colts may have what they need to keep the defense honest and not load the box on the run. Kitchings had a solid night in the team’s 36-8 loss last week to Deer Creek completing 7-of-16 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. The three headed running monster of Ty Holder, Davis Dalton and Hunter Kovac all had solid games last week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.


Ruleville (0-3) at

South Delta (2-0)

The South Delta Bulldogs will host the Ruleville Central Tigers Friday night in Rolling Fork. The game should prove to be a huge test for Ruleville. South Delta is coming off an open week and will be well rested and anxious for this game against Ruleville. On the season the 2A Bulldogs have been slaying the giants as they shutout 4A Gentry 38-0 and blasted 5A Lanier 42-6. This game for the Tigers will be a challenge as South Delta has proven to be relentless on defense this season.

The Tigers have been struggling on offense, but should be far enough into the season to have figured out what works for the relatively new coaching staff. The Tigers are coming off a 40-8 loss to Gentry. Devarius White has been the Tigers strongest rusher on offense. The defense is led by Ricky Scott.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


North Sunflower (0-3) at

Calvary (1-2)

In 8-man football action, Calvary Christian will host the North Sunflower Academy Rebels in Meridian Friday night. The season has not gotten off to the best start for the Rebels after having a playoff season last year. The Rebels are coming off a 54-14 loss to Kemper Academy while Calvary is coming off a 46-6 loss to Hebron Christian. This may be NSA’s best chance so far at a win, but the Rebels will have to find some consistency on offense and sense of urgency on defense.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

O’Bannon (2-1) at

Broad Street (0-2)

Things have not gotten any easier for the Broad Street Jaguars as they host one of the best rushing offenses on their schedule Friday night.

Not only does the O’Bannon Greenwave bring a strong rushing game to the table, but a hard nose defense that has only allowed eight points in three games. The Jaguars are coming off a 40-12 loss to East Side last week. In that contest the Jags scored a touchdown on defense and special teams. The offense managed to generate a -26 yards of offense.

Devonte James, Ladarius Walker and Corey Alexander are capable threats on offense and special teams.

On defense for Broad Street, the play of Devonte Brown, William Horn and Carmen Banger does create a positive buzz. The Jaguars’ defense will have their hands completely full as O’Bannon brings a heavy dose of Anthony Howard and Centarus Washington to the table. On the season, Howard has 393 yards on 49 carries with four TDs while Washington has 304 yards on 33 carries with three TDs.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.