Conner ends season over century mark
Published 12:00 am Monday, November 8, 1999
Roderick Conner has not been able to celebrate too much on Friday nights.
So it’s little wonder Conner is still rejoicing after the Bulldogs finished the season with a 34-3 win over Forest Hill.
Conner, who had 15 carries for 108 yards, scored on a 5-yard run to give the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead on the road. His performance earns him The Natchez Democrat Player of the Week honors.
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After opening with a 14-6 win over Jefferson County, the Bulldogs had lost nine in a row before defeating Forest Hill to finish 2-9.
Conner’s best game up to Friday was against Jim Hill when he had 93 yards.
&uot;This is by far one of ‘Rock’s’ better games, there’s no doubt about that,&uot; said Natchez coach Elbert &uot;Mo&uot; Lyles. &uot;He performed the way he’s capable of performing. This will give him something to build on during the offseason.&uot;
Conner also had 25 yards receiving in the game.
&uot;I think it was a matter of ‘Rock’ having more confidence in his inexperienced line and being more comfortable in the backfield,&uot; Lyles said.
Conner also runs for the Natchez track team.
&uot;He needs to focus on getting faster and stronger and he can have a great year next year,&uot; Lyles said.
Donald Bulter had 190 passing yards, including a 97-yard touchdown pass to Edwin Skipper, who finished with three catches for 152 yards.
Cordell William led the Bulldog defense with eight tackles, two for losses and caused two fumbles. William also rushed for 44 yards and scored a touchdown.
Don Jackson had 10 tackles for Natchez.
Vidalia High’s Dariel Mays rushed for 151 yards in the Vikings’ 16-0 win over Ferriday.
Viking cornerback Adam Probst had three tackles and six pass break-ups.
Ferriday’s Carlton Curvin finished with 13 tackles.
Cathedral tailback JaMel Jackson rushed for 120 yards on 25 carries in the Green Wave’s 21-7 win over Bogue Chitto.
Jim Sandel had nine tackles and a sack.
ACCS quarterback Ty Smith completed 20 of 39 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-27 loss to Hillcrest.
Lee Watts had three catches for 93 yards. Russ Marks had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Porter had three catches for 53 yards and had 80 yards rushing.
Hayden Wadsworth had four catches for 52 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Casey McGehee led the Adams Christian defense with 13 tackles, followed by Justin Thornton with eight tackles and Mickey Ellis with seven tackles.
Matthew Tolbert of Centreville rushed for 297 yards in the Tigers’ 40-0 first round playoff win over Leake.
Jefferson County High’s Darius Dingham rushed for 107 yards in the Tigers’ 20-14 win over Port Gibson High.