Admirals make Natchez walk the plank

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 5, 1999

It flooded Thursday night in Gulfport, one night prior to the Admirals welcoming Natchez High to Milner Stadium.

The floodgates opened again Friday as Gulfport whalloped Natchez 61-0.

&uot;We just had a rough night,&uot;&160;said Natchez High head football coach Elbert &uot;Mo&uot; Lyles. &uot;It was a long night. But we’re not out of anything.&uot;

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Natchez fell to 1-1 after defeating Jefferson County in its opener.

The win was the first for Gulfport, which lost to Laurel in its opener.

&uot;We didn’t make as many mistakes this week as we made last week,&uot; said Gulfport coach Ronnie Cuevas. ‘We had six fumbles and a punt blocked against Laurel.&uot;

Natchez had trouble hanging onto the football Friday night.

Kevin Bradford led the Bulldogs with 23 yards rushing. Roderick Conner added 19.

Donald Butler completed 6 of 20 passes for 58 yards.

&uot;We thought we could stop them,&uot;&160;Cuevas said.

&uot;We didn’t think their offense was explosive. We thought their defense was better than they showed tonight. They tried to blitz a lot and when we blocked we were able to find a crack and there was nobody there to stop it.&uot;

Natchez hosts Vicksburg next Friday.