Friday Night Ticket
by Donell Maxie
Oct 04, 2012 | 1566 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Strayhorn (6-1, 1-0 reg.) at

JFK (4-3, 1-0 reg.)

The John F. Kennedy Hornets will be celebrating homecoming Friday night when they host Region 3-2A foe Strayhorn in Mound Bayou.

In recent years, Strayhorn was considered one of the weaker teams in the region, but this year the Mustangs have raced to an impressive 6-1 start led by a strong running game featuring Greg Caston who has 966 yards on 86 carries with 14 touchdowns. The Mustangs average 298 yards per game on the ground and 31.7 points per game. The Hornets have had the best defense in the region over the past two seasons and this year the Hornets are finding their way back to true form now that they have gotten into 2A play. Demmoris Bedford leads a Hornets defense that loves to swarm the ball carrier and deliver punishing hits.

The Hornets’ offense has been a work in progress this season, but as of late seem to have found its groove behind the running of Carnez Gant. Quarterback Ladaris Johnson has been solid for the Hornets as well.

This game will be huge in determining the top position in the region. Currently JFK, Strayhorn and Broad Street are all 1-0 in the region with Coahoma County 1-1, West Tally 0-1 and Coahoma Aggie 0-2.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

East Side (7-0, 1-0 reg.) at

Leflore County (4-3, 1-0 reg.)

The East Side Trojans learned a valuable lesson last week. That is, it's not over until it's over when it comes to the competition in Region 4-3A. The Trojans defeated Leland last week 44-28, but led 30-6 at halftime. The Cubs fought back and get to within two points at 30-28, before the East Side defense came up with two clutch turnovers and scored two TDs late to secure the victory.

This week the Trojans will travel to Itta Bena to play a dangerous Leflore County team for its homecoming. Leflore is a team that loves to throw the football and East Side has had its struggles with passing teams this season. Leflore quarterback Grant Simms has completed 80-of-170 passes for 1,349 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Leflore's leading receiver is Devante Crow who has 648 yards on 26 receptions with eight touchdowns. Dominique Crow has also caught 24 passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns. The East Side secondary will definitely have their hands full this week, but so far the Trojans have been up to the task through seven games. The Leflore County defense will have to deal with the power running game from East Side led by Quadre Butler who has 858 yards on 130 carries with nine touchdowns. Taquille Eatmon did not play last week, but should be back in action this Friday. Eatmon's role on the team is huge as he has 538 rushing yards on 65 carries with six touchdowns. Quarterback Jonathan Clerk-Beamon is a threat running and passing by completing 23-of-55 passes for 359 yards with five touchdowns and one interception and rushing for 231 yards on 31 carries. Michael Hurns, Barron Burns, Edgar Eatmon and Padarrius Bronner lead the Trojans defense.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Itta Bena.

Greenville Christian (2-5) at

Bayou Academy (3-3)

It's homecoming for the Bayou Academy Colts as they welcome the Greenville Christian Saints to town for gridiron action.

Both teams are looking to recover from losses. Bayou fell to Desoto 45-6 two weeks ago, while Greenville Christian lost to West Memphis 35-18. The Colts have gotten good play from quarterback Tyler Kitchings, and Caleb Pilgrim has been a force running the ball and receiving. Davis Dalton and Ty Holder have also been contributors for the Colts on offense. This game will be big for the Colts as they look to get back on the winning track.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Cleveland.

Coahoma AHS (1-6, 0-2) at

Broad Street (4-2, 1-0)

The Broad Street Jaguars will be looking to make it five wins in a row when they welcome the Coahoma AHS Tigers into Shelby Friday in Region 3-2A action.

Broad Street is coming off a hard fought 7-0 win over Coahoma County for homecoming behind strong play from Devante James, Richard Horn and Corey Alexander.

The Jags will have to cut back on the penalties and fumbles, but look to be in good shape as they try to win their second game in the region. The Jaguars' defense has had a bend, but not break mentality this season. With the absence of All-Area linebacker Joseph Bryant, who was lost for the season with a knee injury, linebacker William Horn has stepped up. Devante Brown has been huge on the defensive line and as well as Carmen Banger. Freshman cornerback Jatavis Scott has been strong in the secondary this season, and the Jags will need all of them for Friday night's region showdown.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Shelby.

Cleveland High (5-2, 1-0) at

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

The Cleveland High Wildcats will be fired up as they travel to Belzoni, looking to claim their second Region 3-4A win of the year.

Cleveland is coming off a 45-18 win over Gentry last week in Indianola. This will be the Wildcats’ second road game in a row, but being the host team never bothers the Wildcats who have the perfect recipe for winning on the road with a great defense and a strong running game.

In last week's game, the Wildcats rushed for 354 yards with five touchdowns on 41 carries. Vaughnte Dorsey led Cleveland’s offense by rushing for 235 yards with three touchdowns on 14 carries and completing 2-of-3 passes for 38 yards with a touchdown. The defense held Gentry to just 85 yards of offense.

Humphreys is coming off a 42-0 loss to Greenwood last week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Shaw (5-2, 3-1) at

Montgomery Co. (1-6, 1-3)

The Shaw Hawks are out to prove that their week 6 loss to French Camp was just a blip on the radar as they look to claim another Region 2-1A win against Montgomery County this week in Kilmichael.

Shaw has been strong in its ground game, but with the emergence of Andre Pruitt as a viable passer and the play of Keveon Shepherd and Octavius Stimmage at the wide receiver position this team is poised to make some serious noise in the 1A ranks this season. This game should prove to be another chance for the Hawks to soar on offense.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

O'Bannon (3-4, 1-0) at

West Bolivar (5-2, 1-0)

The biggest challenge of the 2012 season for the West Bolivar Eagles was last week when they hit the road to play a tough South Delta team that was undefeated. In what prove to be a hard fought game, the Eagles came out the victors with 39-32 win. With that game behind them, the Eagles are now looking to run through Region 4-2A as they host O'Bannon Friday in Rosedale. O'Bannon is coming off a 58-0 win over Marshall. This game will feature two of the best running teams in the region so both defenses will have to be on top of their game. This should be a hard-hitting affair.

On Friday, fans will also be encouraged to wear pink in honor of individuals that have survived and died of breast cancer.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Ruleville Central (0-7, 0-1) at

Leland (2-5, 0-1)

The Ruleville Central Tigers and the Leland Cubs will enter Friday night's ball game highly upset after two crushing losses.

Ruleville let Velma Jackson off the hook when a late turnover turned the tide in the game and gave Velma Jackson a 22-20 win. Leland was getting destroyed by East Side 30-6, before turning things on and closing the gap to 30-28. Two Leland turnovers led to East Side touchdowns for a 44-28 loss. The focus should be high for a Ruleville team that has shown improvement as the season has gone on. It's just a matter of time for the Tigers and that time may just be this week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Leland.

Coffeeville (3-3, 2-0) at

Ray Brooks (1-5, 1-1)

This Region 2-1A showdown will be huge for the Ray Brooks Tigers as they look to pick up some momentum in Region 2-1A action.

The Tigers have struggled with injuries this season, but are not looking to throw in the towel just yet. Ray Brooks fell hard to French Camp Academy last week 52-0 while Coffeeville blew out Vardaman 48-0. The Tigers’ defense will have to step things up and the offense will need to get the ball to their speedsters in order to make something happen in this one.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

North Sunflower (0-7, 0-4)

Central (0-7, 0-6)

Something has to give in this District 5A 8-man football showdown.

Both teams will enter this week's game winless and on a mission to get that all-important first win of the season. North Sunflower has had its pains this season, but they have fought hard in every game. All that hard work may pay off this week as they travel to Macon to play Central Academy.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.