Prep previews: Voorhies leads roaring WildcatsPublished 12:01am Friday, September 14, 2012
woodville — Devin Voorhies had a huge night last Friday to help the Wilkinson County High School football team top South Pike High School, 32-8.
Voorhies rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 165 yards. That performance earned him recognition as one of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s boys’ athletes of the week.
Wildcat’s head coach Kenneth Brown said Voorhies had a great performance last week, and he has been a star all season for Wilkinson County.
“It’s a good compliment and great for this program,” Brown said about Voorhies’ recognition. “He’s an athlete playing quarterback and a good kid, and he’s doing a good job.”
The junior, who is currently committed to play football at LSU, might not have to put up award-winning numbers this week against Baker High School, but Brown said Voorhies’ performance will again be key for the Wildcats.
“Quarterback is the most watched after spots,” Brown said. “Most people will tell you that quarterback is the key to having a good team. It’s always a plus to have a good quarterback.”
Brown said he does not know much about tonight’s opponent, but he is familiar with Baker’s new head coach.
Former Ferriday High School football coach Richard Oliver is now at Baker, and Brown said he expects Oliver’s new school to do things similar to Ferriday last year.
Wilkinson County does need to see improvement from the players receiving passes from Voorhies, Brown said.
“We had a lot of dropped balls last week,” he said. “Hopefully we can improve on that at some point.”
The Wildcats will travel to Baker, La., to face the Buffaloes (0-2) at 7 p.m.
Franklin County at Amite County
MEADVILLE — After starting the season 2-0, the Franklin County High School football team has dropped its last two contests.
This week the Bulldogs look to get back in the win column when they travel to face Amite County High School tonight.
Amite County has yet to win a game this season, and Franklin County head coach Rickey O’Quinn said both teams could use a win.
“We know they are going to be hungry for a win,” he said. “They are a prepared, hungry bunch, and they will really try to win on their home field.”
O’Quinn said the Bulldogs made too many mistakes to win last week at Clarksdale High School, but he knows his players are ready to correct their issues.
“We know what we have to do to win, and also know what we can’t do,” he said. “The kids are still where we need to be. They are pumped and comfortable with their ability.”
The Bulldogs are in a familiar spot as well. Last season the team won its first two games before dropping the next two. Franklin County then went on to win seven of its next eight games.
“Our goal was to win every game,” O’Quinn said. “We can’t do that now, but we still have district coming up, and we have to keep getting better.”
Franklin County and Amite County are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson County hosts South Delta
FAYETTE — The Jefferson County High School football team will look to end a three-game losing streak tonight when it hosts South Delta High School.
But Jefferson County head coach James Herrington said the Tigers are still in good spirits this week, despite the recent losses.
“Surprisingly the guys are still very enthusiastic and are working hard in practice,” he said. “Even though we’ve dropped three-straight, they have been very close and are games we easily could have won.”
Herrington said the Tigers’ biggest enemy during the streak has been themselves.
“I’ve been telling the guys, “The last three weeks, the team that beat us most has been ourselves,’” he said. “We’ve made a lot of mistakes in key situations and are not chasing in on our opportunities to make plays.”
Jefferson County will have to correct those mistakes to beat a South Delta team that comes in at 3-0, Herrington said.
The Tigers focused this week on stopping South Delta’s powerful running game.
“They are a very strong running team,” Herrington said. “Their running back and fullback both ran for 1,000 yards last season. They are tough runners.”
Herrington said South Delta will run on almost every down, and he has tried to prepare his team for a physical contest.
“It will be very important to tackle well and tackle in bunches,” he said. “We can not leave guys out to dry having to tackle by themselves.”
The Tigers could really use a win to build their confidence before MHSAA Region 7-3A starts, Herrington said.
“All I have to say is 2-3 looks a lot better than 1-3,” he said. “This would definitely be a big win.”
Jefferson County (1-3) will host South Delta at 7:30 tonight.