Wilkinson, Franklin counties off to strong start early

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County High School is riding a lot of momentum after just one game into the season.

A 24-22 win against 6A Natchez High School is certainly not a bad way to start the season for the 3A Wildcats, and head coach Kenneth Brown said he’s noticed a difference in his team’s demeanor this week.

“We seem more attentive,” Brown said. “It seems like they’re paying a little more attention to detail than just going out and doing. They’re wanting to do the right things and trying to make corrections.”

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Wilkinson County will host 2A opponent Amite County High School for its home opener Friday, and Brown said his players would have to put the emotional highs of last week’s win behind them.

“We enjoyed the victory Friday, but now it’s time to level things down and get ready to play Amite County,” Brown said.

“They’re not going to come in and lay down thinking we have the game won,” Brown said. “It’s been a rivalry game for years. The Natchez game is behind us; let’s get ready for the next game.”

Amite County has a new coach in Robert Raines, a former Natchez High School head coach who was at Baker High School last season. Brown said Raines ran the run- and misdirection-based Wing T offense at Baker, and he expects to see more of the same Friday.

“We feel pretty comfortable that we’ll be seeing a lot of that,” Brown said.

“We’re not unfamiliar with it, because we run some of it ourselves with the single wing (offense). They have the same basic concepts. You can throw out of it as well, but you’re looking to run the football for the most part.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Franklin County

MEADVILLE — The Bulldogs had little trouble with North Pike High School last Friday, beating the Jaguars to the tune of 40-0.

With Franklin County High School set to host Loyd Star High School this Friday, head coach Ricky O’Quinn said his team will have to take things one week at a time to avoid a letdown.

“Last week is over with; we have to focus on the next game,” O’Quinn said. “We won (big), but if we lose the next game, no one will remember it.”

O’Quinn has also used other district teams — which include Wilkinson and Jefferson counties — as examples for his players.

“Everyone in the division other than Crystal Springs won the other night,” O’Quinn said. “We have to potential to be good, we just can’t let complacency set in and be satisfied.”

Loyd Star will field a young team, O’Quinn said, but he’s not looking past the Hornets.

“They play extremely hard, and they fly around, and our guys have to be ready for it and match that intensity,” O’Quinn said. “We’re going to have to come out and establish something early on.”

The Hornets will bring a single-wing look with their offense, and O’Quinn said it’s almost like the Notre Dame Box offense.

“They’ll run some counters and things like that, but for the most part they run the football,” O’Quinn said.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Franklin County.