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NHS: The return of Anthony Robinson

NATCHEZ — After a three-week hiatus, Natchez High School quarterback Anthony Robinson will make his 2013 debut tonight against Warren Central High School.

Robinson, who was suspended for the Bulldogs’ first three games for a violation of team policy, was the starting quarterback for NHS last season. His return will move all-purpose athlete Sidney Davis, who played quarterback the past three games, back to his natural position of wide receiver.

“It’s going to be interesting to see (Robinson come back),” NHS head coach Lance Reed said. “Sidney brought a great dynamic at the quarterback spot, but he’s an outstanding wide receiver as well. We’ll see how well they connect with each other.”

With Warren Central being a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A team, Reed said going against a school with a bigger roster should help his team prepare for region play.

“They’re comparable to us when it comes to numbers,” Reed said. “We’re not downplaying our local schools that we’ve played, because they’re very talented, but it’s good for us to play teams that are similar to us in size, too.”

And going against those kind of teams also eliminates the chance that his squad will simply wear the other team down late in the game with depth.

“Often when you deal with schools with as many people as you or more, you won’t run into players who struggle to finish games because they’re playing both ways,” Reed said.

Reed said he expects Warren Central to bring a strong running game to the table, which is why his team has focused on stopping the run this week in practice.

“They have two outstanding running backs, and tackling has also been an emphasis for us,” Reed said. “Offensively, we want to find a good rhythm with some of the guys and get down to the red zone and score. Our red zone offense has been huge for us.”

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. today at NHS.