MAIS previews: Hurst looking for No. 348
CENTREVILLE — Bill Hurst is looking for win No. 348 when his Centreville Academy Tigers (3-1) head to Class AA newcomer Ben’s Ford Christian Academy Friday.
After becoming the winningest coach in Mississippi high school football history last Friday against Parklane Academy, Hurst said he couldn’t solely take credit for his success.
“God allowed us to be successful in that area, but everyone that played for me and the school board and booster club has all worked around me and helped me get to this point,” Hurst said.
But Hurst said prior success means nothing when it comes to facing an unkown team in Ben’s Ford.
“We’ve never played them, so I don’t know much about them,” he said. “It’s not often I play a team I’ve never seen before.”
But one thing Hurst said he’s learned in his years, as Centreville’s head coach is that anything can happen.
“They have a chance to beat us,” he said. “I’ve been beat by teams that are better than us, and by teams that are not as good as us. We have to prepare equally for everyone.”
With knowing there’s always a chance of defeat, Hurst said he has been working his players hard on perfecting their craft before heading into district.
“We’re trying to perfect our run blocking on offense and improve our quarterback efficiency and receivers catching the ball better,” Hurst said.
Hurst said his defense is not where he needs them to be as well.
“I’m not as pleased as I would like to be. We’re giving up too much yardage,” he said. “We have to get more consistent with our tackling.
Hurst said he will be emphasizing fundamentals this week to get his team on the level he wants them to be as the season progresses.
Centreville will head to Bogalusa, La., to take on Ben’s Ford at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wilkinson County Christian Academy
Woodville — WCCA head coach David Wright said his Rams (3-1) are fired up about starting district play Friday, and it showed in the team’s work ethic in practice this week.
“We’re excited about playing a district game, we’ve had a lot more focus in practice,” Wright said. “We’re hoping to start our district season in a positive way.”
The Rams head to Porter’s Chapel Academy, and Wright said he is glad that his players are in good shape to have that positive start right off the bat.
“We survived preseason without any major injuries, and it’ll help us a lot Friday night to be healthy,” he said.
Wright said he hasn’t played against Porter’s Chapel in at least two years, but he knows they aren’t a team to be taken lightly.
“They’re a playoff team, so it’ll be a challenging game,” Wright said. “They have a good quarterback and running back, so they can make plays.”
Wright knows his defense must play a solid game in order to pull out the win. And when Wright thinks of defense, he thinks of Dakota Jones.
“We put a lot of responsibility on our linebackers, especially Jones,” he said. “He’s coming off a game with 11 tackles, so our defense must be led by him.”
When it comes to offense, Wright said Dra Tolliver must rise to the occasion every Friday if they want to succeed.
“Tolliver must continue to improve and lead our team in that category,” he said.
WCCA will head to Porter’s Chapel at 7 p.m. Friday.