Wilkinson County rested after bye week

Published 12:23 am Thursday, September 7, 2017

Two weeks after notching their first win of the 2017 season and coming off a bye week, the Wilkinson County High School Wildcats return to action Friday when they travel across the state to face the Heidelberg High School Oilers.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

This will be the second straight MHSAA Class 2A opponent for Wilkinson County, but this one might be tougher.

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Wilkinson County (1-1) defeated Amite County 38-12 on Aug. 25 in which Freddie Byrd threw for nearly 400 yards.

Heidelberg (2-1) upset Class 1A No. 3 Lumberton 20-18 last Friday night.

Wildcats head coach Kenneth Brown said having a week off was a good thing for his team.

“Hopefully it gave us a chance to heal up, for one thing. Gave us a little break. We’re fresh and ready for another game,” Brown said. “We think we found some more depth, which will save us from having kids going two or three ways. Hopefully, that will help us out.”

Brown said that the biggest concern the Oilers bring is their size on the offensive side of the ball.

“They have a couple of big kids, two at receiver and their quarterback. They like to run the spread offense. Hopefully, we’ll score enough points and stop them enough,” he said.

“They have a running back who likes to stick it in there and run hard. We have to read our defensive keys and win the game.”

As far as Heidelberg’s defense is concerned, Brown said the Oilers run a 4-front.

“They’re not overly big, but they show a little quickness. Hopefully, our guys can control the line of scrimmage and give our quarterback time to throw and our backs time to run,” he said.