NHS, Gulfport play same type ball; need a win

Published 12:07 am Friday, September 7, 2007

NATCHEZ — Natchez and Gulfport High will both be looking for their first win of the season tonight at 7.

Last week, the Bulldogs dropped their home opener to Jefferson County.

“We gave up too many big plays,” Natchez head coach Lance Reed said. “We have to come out with more fire against Gulfport and finish the game.”

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Both offenses are similar. Reed said Gulfport runs the same fast pace, no huddle offense the Bulldogs run.

“It’s like we are facing ourselves,” Reed said. “Our defense prepared by going up against our offense.”

Natchez will be without starting quarterback Rico Richardson, who injured his wrist last week.

Reed said freshman Javon Walker is the likely starter with senior Travis Isaac taking some snaps too.

The Admirals are coming off a surprise 44-7 loss to Northeast Jones.

Gulfport is led by junior running back Ricky Floyd. He had over 1,000 total yards between rushing and receiving last season.

“The key tonight is to play smart,” Reed said. “We have to reduce penalties and execute. Our defense can’t give up any big plays. We do that and we can win.”