Wildcats hope for Tylertown hangover

Published 11:57 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2007

WOODVILLE — If Wilkinson County has any chance of defeating Tylertown Friday night, the Wildcats better hope that the Chiefs have a letdown after their stunning win over Franklin County last week.

The 1-4 Wildcats, who had their chances of defeating Ferriday last week host the 5-0 Chiefs with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Tylertown took advantage of a missed extra point with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, scored a touchdown and converted the extra point themselves in the final seconds to upset the defending Class 3A state champion Bulldogs 14-13.

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In order for Wilkinson County to win, it will have to stop a Tylertown offense that runs the ball a lot out of multiple formations.

“They spread you out and run, too,” Wilkinson County coach John Moore said. “We need to turn up the level of our defense. They have some good running backs. So we need to get as many people in the box as we can.”

And while Tylertown uses a 4-3 defense to stop the run, the Wildcats will need a big-time performance from quarterback Javarious Jenkins to keep them in the game.

“We have to try to open up the passing game a little bit more,” Moore said. “We’re going to have to execute offensively on the passing.”