Huntington tries to rebound from loss

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 26, 1999

Huntington High’s defense will need another top-notch effort this week as the Hounds visit Porter’s Chapel in Vicksburg tonight. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

In other games tonight, Franklin County hosts Loyd Star, Port Gibson hosts South Delta, Centreville welcomes Central Private, Wilkinson County is at Prentiss, Tensas is host to Riverdale and Pine Hills is at Rebul.

Porter’s Chapel defeated University Christian in its opener last week. The Eagles are led by quarterback Trey White and running back Dustin Abbott.

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White was a wide receiver last year, while Abbott led the Eagles in rushing last year, gaining 868 yards.

&uot;We’ve got to shut those two guys down,&uot;&160;said Huntington head coach Jay Murphree. &uot;Their tailback (Abbott) will carry the ball 85 percent of the time. He’s their horse. The quarterback is a real big kid who runs and throws the ball well.&uot;

Huntington lost a tough 14-13 contest to River Oaks last week, with the Mustangs scoring both touchdowns by returning fumbles.

Huntington had 71 yards in total offense, while allowing 64 on the ground and seven through the air.

&uot;We have to put last week’s game behind us,&uot; Murphree said. &uot;We need the same kind of effort. Most of the time when you only allow 71 yards, you are going to win.&uot;

Murphree will be without guard, nose guard Steve Hinton, who suffered a cotusion on his heart and will be out two to three weeks.

&uot;We’ve got to get out of the gate quick,&uot; Murphree said. &uot;We need to jump on them early.&uot;

Centreville and Pine Hills will be looking for their first wins tonight, while Tensas is coming off an 8-7 win over Trinity.

Franklin County, Wilkinson County and Port Gibson are kicking off their seasons.