Central Hinds trying to build momentum

Published 11:30 am Friday, October 3, 2014

Central Hinds (2-4) got a big win last week as Brian King rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Tri-County.

Now, the Cougars need to keep it up.

After tonight’s game with River Oaks (3-3), Central Hinds has two district games among its last three. Those will determine if it can salvage the season after a 1-4 start. Beating River Oaks would keep the positive momentum going into the crucial games ahead, coach Lance Teasley said.

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“It’s very important for us to get going in the right direction, because if we don’t, we have no chance of making the playoffs,” Teasley said. “Our playoffs started (last) Friday. This is round two. We’ve got to have it to have any hope of moving forward.”

Beating River Oaks would be a nice bonus. The Mustangs have beaten Central Hinds six of the last seven times they’ve played, including twice in the playoffs.

Although River Oaks has owned the rivalry, Teasley said it was still one he enjoys.

“They are always one of the two or three best-coached teams we’ll ever face. It’s a team you always enjoy playing, because they’re so well-coached. They’re always in the right positions,” Teasley said. “They do a wonderful job with the personnel they have.”

Magee at Port Gibson

Port Gibson plays its long-delayed season opener tonight at home against Magee. Port Gibson was barred from postseason play and all non-region games in 2013 when the Claiborne County School District was taken over by the state Department of Education.

The Blue Waves, who had back-to-back winning seasons in 2011 and 2012, stumbled to a 1-9 finish last season after the takeover.



Madison Parish at General Trass

Madison Parish (2-2) has had a bit of a breakout in recent weeks, scoring 40 or more points in each of two consecutive wins.

The Jaguars are in the middle of the same three-game stretch of the schedule that resulted in all of their wins last season. The third came against General Trass (3-1), and they’ll try to repeat history tonight in Lake Providence.

General Trass had won the previous five meetings between the teams before Madison’s 30-22 win last season.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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