Get the license of that truck

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 25, 1999

Did anybody get the license number of the truck that hit Natchez teams Friday?

It splattered more than just love bugs on its way in. It also left some hearts broken and spoiled a couple of homecomings.

Cathedral High saw its undefeated season come to a crushing end.

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The Green Wave’s lack of quickness was evident in a 47-12 loss to St. Aloysius.

And the road does not get any easier with Loyd Star up next.

You can bet opposing teams will be trying to exploit some glaring weaknesses of the Green Wave.

It was so strange watching a Cathedral offense relying mainly on its power game.

It certainly has been a test for Green Wave head coach Ken Beesley, who loves to open things up, but doesn’t have that type of athleticism this year.

For the Green Wave to have a chance in Division 6-2A, it’s going to take a total mistake-free game each district game.

Word is that division foe Wesson defeated St. Al by out-quicking them. If that’s the case, anyone watching Friday night’s game has reason for concern.

This year’s Green Wave cannot get down on itself when things go astray, or it will be downhill from here.

Across town, nobody can question Natchez High’s character.

After being outscored 153-20 the past three weeks, Natchez fell behind Northwest Rankin 24-0 at halftime.

Considering how things have been going, most teams would have pulled up stakes and packed it in for the next two quarters.

The fact Natchez battled back, only to lose 24-20, shows that Natchez will be a team to take seriously the remainder of the year.

Up next comes a strong Provine team. The Bulldogs can make a very bold statement here.

It was the same old story for Trinity, as lineman Tyler Burns suffered a concussion.

A couple of more injuries, and David King will be having to start some junior high players.

Despite being beaten by Tallulah 27-0, the Saints missed on three good scoring opportunities.

And even with the injuries, Trinity can still post wins over Briarfield and Union and have a chance at a good season. If nobody else gets hurt.

Bo Swilley and company changed things up a bit in the Rebels’ 42-12 loss to Jackson Academy. But turnovers proved too costly for the Rebels.

Parklane is next for AC, but don’t be too quick to put a W in the Pioneers’ column. This is a Rebel team with a lot of pride.

Across the river things were much better. Vidalia must have looked like a swarm of love bugs to Ouachita Christian after the Vikings totaled more than 600 yards in offense in a 62-37 win.

Ferriday was also impressive in a 46-28 win over Marksville.

Vidalia versus Ferriday is shaping up to be the game of the year. That’s set for Nov. 5 in Vidalia. But both teams had better watch out for Block before then.

Huntington High lost top carrier Colin Taunton to a knee injury last week, but the Hounds gutted out a 26-20 win over Briarfield to improve to 3-3 on the season.

Huntington hosts unbeaten Tallulah Friday and an upset win here would really shake things up in the district.

Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached by calling 446-5172 ext. 232 or at