Bulldogs’ O-line improvingPublished 1:21am Monday, September 3, 2012
NATCHEZ — The Natchez High School football team had one of its best offensive performances of the past couple of seasons Saturday night in its 33-6 win over Ferriday High School.absence
All-purpose athlete Derrian Johnson got all the highlights when he rushed for two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and also threw a touchdown, but Natchez head coach Lance Reed said the offensive line was key to the Bulldogs’ success.
“They were huge,” Reed said. “They are getting better every week. Every time we watch them, they show some improvement, and they are going to be really key for our success.”
Reed singled out offensive lineman Olajuwon Isaac as a player that really stood out Saturday night.
Johnson said it was fun to see the offense click so well behind the offensive line.
“That’s the first time we’ve scored that many points in a while,” he said.
The Bulldogs also controlled play with their defensive line and held the Trojans to just 145 yards of total offense.
Reed said defensive end Tyler Williams had a great game on that side of the ball.
“(Williams and Isaac) put in the work at both of their positions, and they are really working to improve their craft,” Reed said.
Williams finished the game with five solo tackles and a fumble recovery.
Block versus Vidalia
Jonesville — After a 24-6 win against Vidalia High School to open the season, Block High School head coach Benny Vault Jr. said a couple of young players made a good first impression.
Vaults singled out eighth graders Aaron Calcote and Chris Sikes as unsung heroes of the game.
Calcote, a young defensive lineman, made the coaches take notice when he was subbed in for some of the older players, Vault said.
“He stepped up at defensive end and made plays,” Vault said. “(Vidalia) got to the 1-yard line a couple of times and didn’t score, and he was a part of that effort to stop them.”
Vault said Calcote’s approximately 6-foot-1 with long arms, arms that he used to make plays.
“When we needed someone to step up when our ones were down, we turned to an eighth grader,” Vault said.
Sikes was plugged in at nose guard with his 6-foot-5, 275-pound frame, a frame that Vault said is impressive, considering that Sikes is only 14.
“He made some tackles,” Vault said. “He’s very athletic, and he’s an honor student. The sky is the limit for him. He’s very coachable, and he loves the game of football. We’re thrilled he’s at Block.”