South Delta faces Humphreys for title|[10/26/06]
Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2006
ROLLING FORK – They are so anxious at South Delta to win the Region 3-3A football championship that Friday’s game with Humphreys County has been moved to tonight at Bulldog Field.
South Delta, ranked eighth in Class 3A by the Associated Press, can lock up its second region title in four years by beating Humphreys County (0-5, 1-8) at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 4-1) put themselves in position to claim the region title by coming back from a 12-0 third quarter deficit to beat East Side 28-18 last week in Cleveland.
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“We were down 12-0 in the third quarter and then we started playing. We knew East Side wasn’t going to let up,” South Delta coach Derrick Hooker said. “We started running the football and we gained some momentum and turned the game around.”
Senior running back Garrett Williams found his stride, leading the Bulldogs with three touchdowns. He finished the game with 117 yards on 19 carries.
South Delta had built its success this season around quarterback Anthony Cartlidge, who has thrown for more than 1,200 yards. Against East Side, Cartlidge had his lowest yardage total of the season at 77, but still managed another touchdown toss to give him 15 for the year.
In the Bulldogs’ lone loss this season, a 34-14 decision to defending region champion Charleston, Cartlidge was picked off four times with two being run back for touchdowns.
Charleston, however, has lost two region games this season and most likely will be the third place team from Region 3-3A.
“We last won the region in 2002 so it would be big for us,” Hooker said. “Humphreys County can be competitive. We need to be able to control the ball.”
The Cowboys, however, no longer have Jamon Hughes patrolling the middle. Hughes, a Rolling Fork native, was All-State last season for the Cowboys. He is now a redshirt linebacker at Mississippi State.
If South Delta wins the region, they will meet Booneville in Rolling Fork next week in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.