Natchez High Bulldogs face Region 3 foe Laurel High Golden Tornadoes

Published 12:02 am Thursday, October 10, 2019

NATCHEZ — Natchez High School Head Coach Roy Rigsby said the Bulldogs need to execute and minimize mistakes against the Laurel High School Golden Tornadoes in today’s game.

“We didn’t execute well in the game against Wingfield High School,” Rigsby said about last Friday’s 28-12 loss and the Bulldogs’ scoring ability. “We’re well aware we have to up our execution level. We couldn’t get in a rhythm, and it was like that all game long for us.”

The game was originally scheduled for Friday. Due to anticipated inclement weather on Friday, the game was moved up to today.

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Tonight’s game will be the Bulldogs’ third Mississippi High School Athletic Association Region 3 Class 5A game for both teams.

Rigsby said the Golden Tornadoes are a well-coached team.

“There is a reason why they have championship quality players and demeanor because of what they bring onto the field,” Rigsby said. “I think it’s a tremendous challenge. I’m trying to make sure my guys are up for the challenge.”

The Golden Tornadoes (5-1, 2-0 Region 3) are on a two-game winning streak in Region 3 play, and they are in third place in the Region 3 standings. Laurel High won their last game against Brookhaven High School, 29-6.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (3-3, 1-1 Region 3) come into this game after losing to Wingfield High School, 28-12. The Bulldogs all-time overall record against the Golden Tornadoes is 0-6. The Bulldogs lost to the Golden Tornadoes last year, 44-15.

In the game against Wingfield, Mike Williams ran a kickoff for a touchdown. Williams said he followed L.J. Minor and listened to him. In practices this week, Williams said he has been working on his catching ability.

“I had a lot of missed balls on Friday against Wingfield,” Williams said about preparing for the game against Laurel.

This is the fourth home game for the Bulldogs. At Tom F. Williams Memorial Stadium, the Bulldogs are 1-2.

“I don’t like playing at home,” Williams said. “It just feels weird to be playing at home. It feels better to be on the road.”

The game is set to start at 7 p.m. today after the middle school game finishes at Natchez High School.