Natchez overcomes slow start to beat Jefferson County

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

Fayette &8212; Derrick McGee and Willie Newman ran for over 100 yards each to fuel the Bulldogs 37-20 win on the road over Jefferson County.

&8220;It wasn&8217;t pretty, but a win is a win,&8221; Natchez coach Lance Reed said. &8220;They were exactly what we expected them to be which is a pretty tough team. They&8217;re kids played hard and kept playing hard.&8221;Jason Bruce connected on a 16-yard pass to Edward Johnson to give the Bulldogs to put the Bulldogs on the board first.

The Bulldogs row after Franklin County scored on it&8217;s next possession and then was able to make the two-point conversion and went up 8-6.

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Facing a two-point deficit the defense rose to the occasion and kept the Tigers from scoring.

&8220;Calvin Grant and Johnny Williams came through and made some big hits which sparked the defensive unit,&8221; Reed said.

The offense also seemed to find its spark and went on to score 24 unanswered points to give the Bulldogs a 30-8 lead at halftime.

Newman scored the Bulldogs next touchdown as he and McGee churned out the yards.

&8220;McGee and Newman did a really good job running the football,&8221; Reed said. &8220;Our offensive line did a good job up front blocking and (Newman and McGee) did a good job running behind them.&8221;

As a whole, Reed didn&8217;t seem too pleased with the team&8217;s performance.

&8220;Offensively we&8217;re not nearly shoot for perfection and we have to do better if we&8217;re to keep winning,&8221; Reed said. &8220;Defensively, we had too many breakdowns and didn&8217;t execute the call like we should. We left knowing we had some work to do.&8221;

Next week Natchez plays at home at 7 p.m. against Franklin County.

&8220;They are a tough team. This will probably be the most physical team we have played all season,&8221; Reed said.