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September 8th, 2011
Hebron takes the filed Friday night for the first time in front of their home fans.
Just four weeks into the season and the Eagles are 1-1 coming off last weeks 48-8 over Calvary Christian. Head coach Tri Nason said heâs a hard time on occasions trying to keep his team focused for this week because they are still excited after that first victory.
âThere still a little bit excited, Iâm trying to get them to forget it but they havenât forgotten it yet,â he said. âHopefully theyâll be calmed down a little by Friday.â
A new and improved Manchster Academy rolls into West Point tonight trying to keep up their impressive start to the season while Oak Hill Academy are still trying to correct the mistakes theyâve been making all season long that have kept them winless thus far.
âWe found out who wanted to be here and who doesnât this week,â head coach Benjie Merchant said. âWeâve had some good practices but weâre still searching for our identity.â
Mental mistakes on snaps as well as poor coverage and missed tackles have plagued the Raiders since week one.
MACON - Chloe Tapley threw her second consecutive no-hitter Tuesday as Hebron Christian School earned another district victory shutting out Central Academy 8-0.
Tapley struck out 14 batters in her seven inning performance, but there was a question mark if she would even play because of a stomach virus.
Head coach Cass Tapley said the cooler weather Tuesday definitely played a big role in her pitching in the circle.
âI couldnât be more proud of Chloe today,â he said. âFor us this was a really big district game.â
BIRMINGHAM - The Southeastern Conference voted unanimously Tuesday to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, but the process has been delayed because of the threat of legal action.
SEC presidentâs are seeking assurance that no BIG 12 school will sue the league for contractual interference over Texas A&M. Reports have surfaced that Baylor has yet to agree to the terms.
MERIDIAN - Will Corben-Rogers ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Friday night, leading the Hebron Eagles to their first win on the season, 48-8 over Calvary Christian (0-3).
First year head coach Tri Nason described the victory as a complete turn around from week one.
âIâm glad the first win is out of the way, now that we know what weâre doing does work,â he said.
INDIANOLA - Oak Hillâs struggles continue on the gridiron this season after the Raiders were handed their third consecutive loss Friday night, 39-14 at the hands of Indianola Academy.
Offensive miscues and fumbles led to numerous turnovers in the game as the Raiders trailed 25-0 after the first quarter.
âWe came out flat,â head coach Benjie Merchant said. âWe came off the bus and werenât ready to play.â Complete stats werenât available as of press time.
Thirteen days between games may seem like an eternity for any football team, but for Hebron, it gives them plenty of time to rest, refocus and maybe even install a new offense. A few more plays here and there.
âWe have been putting a lot more of a variety of plays on offense,â first year head Tri Nason said. âWeâre going to be doing a little more passing this week.â
Nason said that QB Will-Corben Rogers, who was 3-of-5 passing for 39-yards in week oneâs loss to Strider, made some big leaps and is feeling a little more comfortable running the new passing plays.
Oak Hill Academy isnât off to the best of starts in 2011. The Raiders are 0-2 and have scored just two touchdowns this season.
Head coach Benjie Merchant knows itâs going to be a tough first season early on, but the question is how long will it be before they can turn things around.
âWeâre just not ready to play in that caliber of a game yet,â Merchant said in reference to last weekâs 41-6 loss to Winston Academy.
West Point is no doubt excited about tonight.
After a week long-plus layoff, the Green Wave hope to bounce back on the road and get a victory over Columbus.
The last time the two teams met it was the Green Wave riding a 24-6 victory back in 2009, the first of 14 consecutive wins for West Point on their way to the first of back-to-back 5A state titles.
Hopefully history will repeat itself.
Head coach Chris Chambless is just ready to get back out on the field.
SOOBA - What a way to make a debut.
Former West Point standout Justin Cox made a good first impression Thursday night swiping three interceptions, including a game saver with seconds remaining, to help East Mississippi topple Mississippi Gulf Coast 34-30 in the season-opener for both teams.
It was a special night for the Lions who were unveiling the new $4.7 million, 5,000-seat Sullivan-Windham Field.
But for Cox it was definitely memorable. He finished with three of the Lions four picks on defense in a game that lived up to the hype.