Raymond opens season against big rival Terry

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 5, 2003

[8/29/03]Raymond looks to kick off the season right where it left off by defeating rival Terry.

Raymond got a look at Terry during the summer in a 7-on-7 win.

Raymond coach Wes Slay said he expects Terry to spread the field and throw the ball, much like last year, but the key will be not overlooking the Bulldogs.

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“The thing that concerns us with success is getting a big head, especially with a team as well-coached as Terry,” Slay said.

Dexter at Hinds AHS

The War Dawgs plan to run a multiple quarterback system in their opener against Dexter. Austin Divinity and Larry Jones will platoon under center. Running back Albert Williams is returning from a season-ending kneee injury suffered last season.

Wilkinson Co. at South Delta

South Delta begins its season against a solid, disciplined team in Wilkinson.

After looking at film on Wilkinson from last season, South Delta coach Derrick Hooker said he expects a strong running game through the wing-T. The Bulldogs have no injuries heading into the game.

Briarfield (0-1) at Central (1-0)

Briarfield fell 33-6 to Hillcrest last week, mostly because of a slew of turnovers something coach Lance Prince hopes to improve upon this week.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “We need to work on the mental things hold on to the ball and tackle.”

Central defeated Union 45-24 last week.

Rebul (1-0) at Kemper (1-0)

Rebul will look to build upon last week’s win as Adam Kitchens emerged against Riverdale to rush for three touchdowns.

Rebul coach Scotty Roberts expects Kemper to run a wing-T offense that features a solid passing game, which will be the key to stopping Kemper.

Strider (1-0) at Tallulah (1-0)

Tallulah coach Jacky Thames doesn’t know a lot about Strider Academy, except for one thing.

“They look terrific on film. We’ve never actually seen them play in person, but we do know when they play they usually beat somebody,” Thames said.

Strider has a long history of success, with five state championships to its credit.

Tensas (0-1) at River Oaks (1-0)

Tensas Academy had more than its pride wounded in last week’s season-opening, 40-0 loss to Porters Chapel. The Chiefs also had several players suffer minor injuries, a potentially devastating blow to a team with only 14 players on its roster.

The Chiefs play a familiar opponent in River Oaks this week. Tensas beat the Mustangs 6-0 in a jamboree two weeks ago.

Winona (0-1) at SIA (1-0)

New coach Paul Kirchharr picked up his first win of the season with a 27-0 shutout of CM&I. Winona, on the other hand, was busy getting shut out in its opener.

E. Holmes (0-1) at Tri-County (1-0)

Tri-County rode the legs of sophomore Drew Posey, who scored three touchdowns, in last week’s 42-0 trouncing of Canton.

Natchez at Port Gibson

Port Gibson celebrates its return to Class 3A by opening the season against a Class 5A school.

Port Gibson has had to shuffle players around on offense to fill holes left by departed players.