Block rematches OCS

Published 12:02 am Friday, September 5, 2014

The Block Bears will welcome LHSAA Class 1A powerhouse Ouachita Christian School to HG Taliaferro Memorial Stadium Friday night.

Block will look to avenge last year’s 40-14 road loss to the Eagles that started the 2013 season that was the beginning of an 0-5 record in the non-district portion of the Bears’ schedule.

Last Friday night, Block participated in the Rayville Jamboree and took on host Rayville and Delhi in a pair of one-quarter games.

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“Overall, I was pleased. We moved the ball on both teams at will. We had a 10-play drive against Rayville in which we had a touchdown called back by a penalty and we came back against Delhi and have a five- or six-play drive for a score,” head coach Benny Vault Jr. said. “We played pretty good defense. We didn’t give up any scores. In fact, I don’t think either of them crossed the 50.”

That kind of effort, as well as playing a nearly perfect game on both sides of the ball, will be needed for the Bears to pull off the upset of Ouachita Christian.

“They’ve got a group of junior that when they were in seventh and eighth grades were a combined 20-something-and-0,” Vault said.

Vault said in order for Block to pull off the upset of Ouachita Christian, several players will have to have a big game on both sides of the ball.

“The offensive line will have to be aggressive. Raymond Plummer will have to be the workhorse,” Vault said. “We’ll have to throw a few passes. We’ve been working on the passing game,”

Amite County at Wilkinson County

WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County High School head coach Kenneth Brown said his team showed a lot of improvement in its loss to Louisville High School last Friday night from its Week 1 loss to Natchez High School.

And those in attendance saw a Wilkinson County team that was not intimidated by the defending MHSAA Class 3A champion (and visiting) Wildcats. For three quarters, the host Wildcats played like they were prime for ending top-ranked Louisville’s 17-game winning streak.

“Mainly, we made great strides against Louisville over the performance against Natchez. The kids were more focused. They seemed to be much more improved. And the fact we were playing the defending 3A champions,” Brown said.

Now, Wilkinson County must take what it did right for three quarters against that kind of competition and do it for four quarters when it hosts the Amite County High School Trojans. Kickoff Friday is set for 7 p.m.