WC tackles South Pike|[09/14/07]

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 14, 2007

Two teams that have struggled to put points on the board meet tonight at Viking Stadium.

South Pike (0-2) has not scored a point this season while Warren Central (0-2) had minus 29 yards rushing in its season opener against No. 1 ranked South Panola and then got blanked 7-0 last week by archrival Vicksburg.

The bad news for coach Curtis Brewer’s Vikings is that they have had little success against South Pike recently. The Eagles have won three straight in the series, including last year’s 18-7 win at Viking Stadium.

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“Last year we just laid around and waited for something to happen and it didn’t,” Brewer of said last year’s game with coach Randall Huffman’s Eagles. “It’ll be another dog fight to the end if we’re not ready to play them. We’re at a stage where we need to get something positive.”

The Vikings have one more non-region game before starting Region 2-5A play in two weeks. South Pike’s losses have come against two good Class 4A teams in McComb (6-0) and Brookhaven (21-0).

Penalties killed the Eagles last week at Brookhaven. South Pike was flagged 16 times for 125 yards.

“The penalties got us,” Huffman said. “We were moving the ball. We just couldn’t get to the end zone.”

South Pike managed 212 yards in total offense but had no points. Sophomore quarterback Tevin Martin leads the team having rushed for 61 yards against Brookhaven while hitting on 4 of 14 passing for 65 yards. Running backs John Taylor and Jasper Martin combined for 73 yards rushing.

“It’s a typical South Pike team. Well coached, very hard-nosed and very aggressive on defense,” Brewer said. “The quarterback is a great runner.”

Linebackers Edward Cockerham (6-2, 220) and La Craig Cook (5-8, 200) lead the Eagles defense that held McComb to six points.

“Those two linebackers don’t quit and they are big young’ uns. They are playing more of a lock-up type of defense with more of a 4-3 alignment this year,” Brewer said.