Wilkinson County faces off against rival Amite County at 7 p.m. Friday

Published 12:40 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wilkinson County and Amite County high schools will both be looking for their first win of the 2016 season when the Wildcats play host to the Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday.

Wilkinson County is coming off a 26-14 loss at Natchez High School while Amite County was shut out at Port Gibson 26-0.

Wildcats head coach Kenneth Brown said his team has a lot of things to improve on after last week’s loss.

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“The main thing is to cut down on penalties, play smarter and correct the (mistakes) we did last week, basically,” Brown said. “We need to convert opportunities when they are presented to you. Continue to work hard. Conditioning-wise, I think we’ll be okay.”

While Brown said he and his coaching staff haven’t gotten a good look at Amite County on film, and he said the key matchup will be stopping the Trojans’ running game.

Additionally, Brown said senior quarterback JaQuorias Stewart will need a better performance than he had last week, especially early in the game.

“Our quarterback play (will be the key to the game). After the first quarter last week, he settled down. He’s a first-year starter at quarterback. Hopefully, he’s gained some confidence,” Brown said.

The one challenge that Amite County presents, Brown said, is that it’s a rivalry game and has been for years, regardless of the teams’ records.

“We’ve been successful against them for the last few years. They feel like it’s their time. We’ve got to keep our kids level-headed. Be able to handle the adversities and win the ball game,” he said.