Backups get playing time for Bulldogs

Published 12:47am Monday, October 8, 2012

By JUSTIN WHITEMORE & MICHAEL KEREKES
The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ — Natchez High School quarterback Anthony Robinson was the standout athlete in Friday night’s 47-10 win against Forest Hill on homecoming, but another signal-caller also got to see some action.

With the Bulldogs up comfortably late in the game, the NHS coaching staff opted to let the backups get some action. Among those was backup quarterback Carlos Woods.

Woods came in for a couple of series and even helped the Bulldogs to a late touchdown. He was 1-for-2 in passing with a 32 yard pass to Travez Lyles.

“He came in and didn’t miss a beat,” Bulldogs head coach Lance Reed said. “He works hard in practice every day. He comes to practice ready to work, and he knows our scheme. We see it every day out of him.”

Overall, Reed said he was happy his younger players got some experience with a big game against Petal High School coming up this week.

“I was proud of our young guys,” Reed said. “We had young guys who came in and made plays, and that was tremendous. It’s good to see them come in and get a chance to play and be successful.”

Simpson Academy at ACCS

Senior leadership was hard to come by for the Adams County Christian School football team Friday night.

Three senior starters were out with injury, and leadership was badly needed when the Rebels fell behind 43-7 by halftime.

But one senior player that did leave all he had to give on the field was offensive and defensive lineman Garrett Keating, head coach David King said.

“Garrett is playing as hard as he can as a senior this year,” King said.

Keating said as a senior leader, he is trying to get the Rebels to play as one.

“We have to play as a team, and nobody is paying as a team right now,” he said. “We need leaders.”

Keating is a two-way player for the Rebels, and at one point in the game King had to pull Keating out of the contest against the player’s wishes, because he had not had a rest all game.

King said Keating, along with the other seniors on the team, is giving his all on every play.

It gets tough playing both ways the whole game at times, Keating said, but he keeps himself motivated.

“Just not losing the game (is motivation),” he said. “I want to just practice harder and work on techniques and get us to come together as a team, because that’s hurting us right now.”

Keating had two solo tackles including one for a loss in Friday night’s game. He also played right tackle on the offensive line.