Doré out as Rams visit Centreville

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 5, 2004

WOODVILLE &045; Just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse.

Wilkinson Christian had more than its share of injuries heading into last week’s season opener, and now the bottom has fallen out. The Rams are forced to go into Friday’s game at Centreville without starting quarterback Collin Dor, who will be out for a while with a knee injury.

That’s on top of a injury list that’s starting to look more like an active depth chart the week of facing one of the better Class AA teams in the state.

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&uot;I don’t know what the problem is,&uot; WCCA head coach Paul Hayles said. &uot;We’ll deal with it. Really and truly, what can you do?&uot;

Dor went down in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 13-7 win over Porter’s Chapel last week when he held it on a keeper and went up into a pile. He strained a MCL, and it will have him out for more than one week.

The injury could cause coaches to re-insert Ruston Cado back in at quarterback, but Hayles said the senior will remain in the backfield. Instead, Spike Deville will get the start at quarterback.

And that may cause more grief with Hayles and his staff, who watched as the team struggled offensively Friday night but rode out a solid effort defensively to take the win.

&uot;Porter’s Chapel is a talented football team, and our defense held them to under 100 yards total offense,&uot; Hayles said. &uot;Offensively, we made a lot of mental mistakes. We worked on correcting that this week. Instead of being able to build off that, we’re having to run something new this week.&uot;

The defense did hold PCA to just 92 total yards last week and took advantage of two Eagle fumbles (seven total, two lost) for the game. But the WCCA defense will have a bigger challenge on its hands Friday against the Tigers, a grind-it-out football team that showed last week against Adams Christian it can also go with pass.

The Tigers’ offense, thanks to tailback Blake Devall and quarterback Jennings Field, piled up nearly 350 yards total offense against the Rebels.

&uot;Coach (Bill) Hurst has another excellent ball club,&uot; Hayles said. &uot;Your hat has to go off to him. He’s been doing this for, what, 30 years now? They’re more balanced than they’ve been in years. With Jennings’ ability to throw the ball and the running back back there, they come across as very, very balanced. It’s going to be a challenge.&uot;

Amite SC at Huntington

FERRIDAY, La. &045; There may have been no need for game film. The coaches at Huntington probably can recall each of the fumbles from last week at Grawood and how everything can be corrected.

The Hounds put the ball on the ground 10 times Friday and lost seven of them in their 32-26 loss in triple overtime. Much of it was due to center Wes Hedrick having to snap the ball with his left hand instead of his customary right due to an injury.

Hedrick is back snapping with his right hand now, and the team in general is working to correct the problem. Quarterback Huston Eliser is also healthy after playing with a sprained knuckle.

&uot;There were some positives that came out of it,&uot; Huntington head coach Bo Swilley said. &uot;The fact that we moved the ball so well was good. And we didn’t quit &045; even when we got a couple touchdowns down. But once you start fumbling, it becomes a mental thing. The kids worry so much about not fumbling, they fumble.

&uot;We were dinged up, but that’s not an excuse. You’ve got to take care of the football.&uot;

The Hounds have a chance at correcting that Friday against the Rebels, who made their debut under head coach Paul Kirchharr last week in a 34-0 loss to Trinity Episcopal. The Rebels went back to work this week to get everything going fluid and preparing for the Hounds.

There has always been a little rivalry of sorts between the two schools, and Friday should be no different.

&uot;I think they’re a lot better team than they showed against Trinity,&uot; Swilley said. &uot;They’ve got some good-looking kids. I don’t think they have the speed we faced last week, but they’re well-coached and very organized. I’m worried about them. We’ll have to play a really good ball game to beat them.&uot;

Tri-County at Tensas

ST. JOSEPH, La. &045; The Chiefs go from one end of the spectrum to another Friday night when they host Tri-County after dismantling Plain Dealing Academy last week 70-0.

The Rebels, ranked No. 3 in the Class A preseason poll, feature some key weapons on offense in quarterback John Mark Johnson and running back Drew Posey. Posey rushed for over 1,300 yards last season, and Johnson (6-2, 215) has attracted attention from Division I programs.