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MHSAA schools looking to even region

Woodville — Wilkinson County High School was hit hard by their 58-40 loss to Hazlehurst High School last week, but head coach Kenneth Brown is determined to bounce back from the defeat in high fashion.

“We have to find a way to overcome this,” Brown said. “We feel like the loss kind of took something out of them, but as of Wednesday, it seems like they want to finish the season on a good note.”

The Wildcats (6-3, 2-1) played a good game against the defending state champions, Brown said, but it just wasn’t enough to win.

“I thought physically we played well,” he said. “We just didn’t come up with enough stops to get a win. We did a good job of doing what we do, but (Hazlehurst) also did a good job of scoring on us.”

Next on the schedule for Wilkinson County is Crystal Springs High School, and Brown said he hopes a win against them will get his players to hold their heads up high.

“Hopefully we can get enough energy to pull off another win, because I feel like we need it,” Brown said. “The main thing we’re concerned with now is finding guys who can step in and help.”

Wilkinson County heads to Crystal Springs at 7 p.m. today.

Jefferson County High School

Fayette — Jefferson County High School (3-4, 2-1) pulled off an astonishing second-half performance against Wesson High School last week with 37 unanswered points in the third quarter to win 50-42.

Head coach James Herrington is hoping to take that same type of resilience to top-ranked Hazlehurst High School today.

“They are the defending state champions,” Herrington said. “We won’t give them anything. Any points they score, they’ll have to earn.”

Herrington said a win against the No. 1 team in the district would surprise everyone, and that is exactly what they’re hoping for.

“It would definitely shake up our region,” he said. “It would pull us to the top of the standings going into Franklin County the next week.”

Herrington and the Tigers play at Hazlehurst at 7 p.m. today.

Franklin County High School

Meadville — Franklin County High School’s blowout win against Crystal Springs has given the team a boost of confidence since losing to Hazlehurst the week before.

The Bulldogs’ (4-3, 1-2) head coach Chris Calcote said he was pleased to get that burst of energy from his players.

“That was the first time we had a blowout, and it made us happy to let everybody get playing time,” he said.

With every player able to get their feet wet last week, Calcote said the Bulldogs would need it when they head to Wesson High School today to play a high-scoring team.

“Wesson has a very good offense,” Calcote said. “They scored over 90 points in their last two games, so it’ll be a challenge for our defense.”

Calcote said the defense must tighten up their game if they want to limit Wesson’s scoring ability.

“We’ve been working on assignments,” he said. “We have to have someone on the quarterback and one on the pitch and everybody must know their responsibility.”

The Bulldogs head to Wesson at 7 p.m. today.