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August 25th, 2011
Oak Hill head football coach Benjie Merchant said the Raiders will have to be mistake free in order to have a chance to defeat Winston tonight. Itâ€™s the first district battle for both teams slated for 7 p.m. in Lousiville.
The Raiders have had a productive week on the practice field, correcting some issues that cost them an 18-7 loss to Newton County in the season opener.
â€śItâ€™s a slow progress,â€ť Merchant said. â€śIn the weight room and just trying to get better all the way around.â€ť
West Point Dontavious Bennett is playing the waiting game on whether he made the AAU United States Junior Olympic team.
Bennett competed in the AAU JR OLYMPICS in New Orleans on the 29th of July and finished in second place.
Bennett says itâ€™s been a lot of sweating and a lot of tears these last couple of months but he has no regrets. He says he realize heâ€™s not gifted or lucky heâ€™s just blessed! He thanks God for his athletic abilities.
Hebron Christian School softball coach Cass Tapley continues to learn things about his team.
Thanks to the experience of playing at the College Exposure Tournament at the Starkville Sportsplex on Saturday, the Lady Eagles got plenty of opportunities to improve.
Hebron won one of three games played and Tapley saw some good and bad things during the course of the day.
â€śIt went exactly like I thought,â€ť Tapley said. â€śWe are so young and we lost seven seniors from last year.â€ť
Marion Bratton might have been a little modest.
After all, the Lady Raiders just finished going 3-0 this past weekend at Starkville Sportsplex- College Exposure Showcase.
"The girls played thier best ball this season,â€ť the head coach said. â€śErrors were way down with solid defense and bats starting to warm up offensively.â€ť
Oak Hill out scored their opponents 27-3 and posted two shutouts to move to 8-6 on the season.
Junior pitcher Maime Allen (7-4)earned three victories giving up a combined six hits and just one earned run.
Hebronâ€™s first taste of 8-man football Friday night left a bad one in their mouths as the Eagles were grounded 34-16 by Strider Academy in the season opener for both schools.
â€śItâ€™s a loss and no one is happy about that,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śIâ€™m real glad to see that nobody is just wanting to survive the season, or survive a game. We all want to win.â€ť
Strider scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening minutes, one however did not count as the kick-off return was called back due to several penalties. A few plays later, and the Rams had an 8-0 lead after a two point conversion.
As expected, Newton County Academy's Dillion Williams proved once again why he is one of the best backs in the MAIS.
Oak Hill gave up three big plays, including two to Williams Friday night as the Raiders dropped their season opener 18-7 in West Point.
"We got a long way to go," first year Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. "We got to be able to move the ball on offense better. It's a stepping stone. We knew it was a tough team coming in and they executed well. We just have to eliminate the big plays and tighten everything up."
Itâ€™s finally here.
West Point and South Panola will kick-off Saturday night in front of whatâ€™s sure to be a sellout crowd in West Point. What better way to start the 2011 season then with the reigning back-to-back state champions in 5A and 6A respectively.
For some, there may not be a better match-up.
The Green Wave have been preparing since the Spring in anticipation for this season. Summer workouts and weight training sessions have kept players in shape and no doubt motivated them to turnout another successful season under head coach Chris Chambless.
First year head coach Benjie Merchant will lead the Raiders against one of the best teams in MAIS Class Newton County.
But Merchant says the boys are really excited to finally get going after showing improvement everyday throughout the summer and fall practices.
â€śThereâ€™s been progress as far as instilling the basis of the program in what weâ€™re going to do,â€ť he said. â€śWe still have a long way to go.â€ť
Merchant is on the first level of trying to rebuild a program that has fallen on hard times over the years, including the last two seasons where they have won a combined six games.
When Hebron takes the field tonight, itâ€™s going to be a test to their conditioning, something they have worked hard on all summer.
With just 11 players on the team they had to move down to 8-man football this season, but thereâ€™s been no excuses. Even though they wonâ€™t qualify for any post season play, the Eagles have been positive and are looking forward to getting some licks on somebody else; Strider Academy.
West Point will have their hands full some argue when South Panola rolls into town on Saturday.
The Green Wave struggled at times defensively in the jamboree against Louisville, especially in the secondary.
But after a week of watching film, Green Wave defensive coordinator Kendall Pickens feels pretty confident his boys will step up to the task at stopping the Tigers.
â€śWe got to get more pass rush on the defensive line and in the secondary, we just have to work on techniques,â€ť he said.