MPSA: Walters makes first return trip to WCCA Friday
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 17, 2003
You can go home again &045; just make sure you stand on the visitor’s sideline.
On Friday folks at WCCA will welcome Adams Christian and head coach Keith Walters, the man who coached the Rams to a state championship in football in 1988 and in boys’ basketball in 1993. It’s the first time for Walters to visit the school as an opposing coach since leaving in 1993 when his Rebels visit for a non-district matchup in Week 5 for MPSA schools in the Miss-Lou.
&uot;I asked them if they would swap sides with us so I wouldn’t be lost, but they wouldn’t do it,&uot; joked Walters, who left the job and spent four years out of coaching and five years in West Feliciana, La., before returning to ACCS. &uot;I’ll feel weird being on the other side. I’ve got a lot of real good friends down there. It’s a great place to live, and I raised my oldest daughter down there. They do a very good job of supporting academics and athletics.&uot;
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Walters’ efforts back then helped build the tradition of football success there, and it’s something that’s still evident in this year’s Rams. The Class A squad played the Rebels solid last year before falling, and the matchup is an interesting non-district one with both needed a solid game to continue to improve as the stretch run of the schedule awaits.
&uot;Coach Walters is loved down here,&uot; WCCA head coach Paul Hayles said. &uot;He was very successful here and did a super job like he did at AC when I was there. We look forward to the challenge. It was one of those we wish we didn’t have to face, but we do. This is kind of like a mid-term &045; you don’t want to do it, but we don’t have any choice. You’ve got to do it.&uot;
Put these two teams together, and it’s no surprise each team is talking defense this week with their sights set on trying to stop the ground game. It’s the Rams’ turn to try and contain AC back Luke Ogden, who could top the 1,000-yard mark with a big game since he’s at 874 through the first four games on just 79 carries, an average of 11 yards per carry.
&uot;His stats speak for themselves,&uot; Hayles said. &uot;I don’t think people appreciate his ability until you see him in person. He’s probably the best we’ll see all year. That’s what we’ve been unable to figure out &045; being able to stop him. But I’ve watched the rest of their players, and I don’t think (receiver) Ray Simpson has been covered all year. Dustin Case at quarterback has really come into his own, and you’ve got to tip your hat to those guys.&uot;
The Rebels, naturally, have the WCCA offense to worry about, especially after fullback Duston Dor ran on them pretty well last year in Natchez. The Rams go with a two-back set with Dor and Travis Allen and try to utilize Brad Pritchard and Randy Harris at receivers to try and balance things out.
&uot;Their quarterback and throw it, and they’ve got two of the best running backs we’ll see,&uot; Walters said. &uot;They’ve got that big receiver (Pritchard) we can’t cover, and other than that we don’t have a problem. I don’t know what we’re going to do to slow them down. Allen ran for 255 on Centreville, and you don’t see that very often. They get you trying to stop the run, and Pritchard beats you deep.&uot;
The game presents an interesting challenge for the Rebels, who played extremely well in their first two district contests &045; games they targeted as must-wins from the start of spring workouts. Now they settle into non-district mode against a Class A team on the road before getting back into district play next week in games that start counting again.
That’s what Walters is stressing this week &045; and not the fact of he’s returning to Woodville.
&uot;They’ve got a lot of tradition down there, and I tell my kids we’re trying to build that here,&uot; Walters said. &uot;The question is can we go on the road, go to a tough place, play a non-district game and play well. We’ve got a little momentum now and maybe a little confidence. It’s been a while since AC has won three in a row, and we haven’t won four in a row probably since 1982. We would like to get to that point.&uot;
Huntington at CHA
FERRIDAY, La. &045; The Hounds are down to 13 players. Both starting backs are out with injuries. So what’s the next-best thing to do in hopes of finding a spark on offense?
Quarterback Adam Trevillion is now at running back.
Makes sense, really, especially the way Trevillion can run the option. But Jordy Jones is out for the year with a knee injury, and Trey Keith is out and met with the doctor on Monday. Trevillion went to the backfield in Friday’s loss at Trinity with sophomore Hunter Norwood moving in at quarterback, and Kyle Johnson will go in the backfield as well.
&uot;That’s the way to break in, wasn’t it?&uot; Huntington head coach Hugh Hathcock said of Norwood’s debut against Trinity. &uot;Trevillion is the fastest guy on the team. I thought it might be better with him at tailback. Hunter can handle the ball well, and he’s a determined young man. He’s worked. I’ve got to put the best four guys I’ve got in the backfield at the same time.&uot;
The Hounds hope the combination is the spark they need to get rolling on offense after scoring just 14 points their last three games. They will travel to CHA, a squad that’s struggled so far this season with an 0-4 mark while getting out-scored 173-12.
&uot;I hope we can catch our breath,&uot; Hathcock said. &uot;We’re going to do our best. They’ve got good size. They’re not as strong as Trinity, but nobody else is, I don’t think. It’s going to be up to us to stop them. If we don’t stop them, they’ll dominate us.&uot;
Tensas at Briarfield
ST. JOSEPH, La. &045; The struggling Chiefs had turnover problems last week in their loss to WCCA, although their own defense kept things close by falling 21-6.
The Chiefs have battled injuries and turnovers so far while struggling on offense, scoring just 26 points so far in four games and six in their last two games.
Briarfield comes into the contest 3-1 and 2-0 in District 5-A.
Centreville at Parklane
CENTREVILLE &045; The Tigers dropped their district opener last week and are looking to regroup heading into the stretch of the schedule.
Bowling Green upended the Tigers last week in Centreville, 28-24, after the Buccaneers put up 241 yards rushing.
The Tigers (3-1) travel to the Class AAA Pioneers, who sport a record of 1-2.
Union at Pine Hills
GLOSTER &045; The Wildcats are back, and they’ll face the only team they beat last year when Union Academy pays a visit.
The Wildcats didn’t play two weeks ago when three players were ruled ineligible, bringing the total number of players down to eight.
But they got three players eligible for last week’s game against Amite and dropped that contest, 58-0.
Union is 0-4 on the season and were dropped by WCCA two weeks ago, 46-6.