CATEGORY: FOL High School Football

AUTHOR: PEPPER

Wave not looking past winless Southaven 1010

By Bobby Pepper

Daily Journal

In a football division where seven teams have winning or even records with four ranked among the state's top 10, Southaven's reacord stands out at the bottom 0-6.

The Chargers, who visit Tupelo today for a Region 1-5A game, are in the middle of a tough rebuilding season. However, Tupelo's Johnny Hill warns that his team shouldn't take its winless opponent lightly.

"In our division, you can't look past anybody," the Golden Wave head coach said. "They're going to be prepared and ready to play. You can bank on it."

Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the THS stadium.

Tupelo (5-1 overall, 1-1 in 1-5A) is looking to rebound from last week's 21-10 loss to Starkville. The ninth-ranked Golden Wave will try to do it against a Southaven team that has shown improvement in 1-5A losses to Greenwood 30-24 and last week to Columbus 20-17.

"They're in a rebuilding process up there," Hill said. "They've got several players going both ways. (Southaven's Trey Allman) is getting the most out of what he's got. They're doing a good job there."

Allman, who guided the Chargers to a 4-6 record in his first season as head coach last year, said it's going to take a perfect game for his team to beat Tupelo. Southaven plays as many as five sophomores on defense while the offense has been slowed by injuries.

"We've controlled the ball the past two weeks, but we let both games slip away from us," he said. "When we play Tupelo, we've got to be solid in all phases of the game. Tupelo's a darn good football team."

Quarterback Mike Smith, fullback Jeremy Wilkerson and tackle Shannon Moore lead the Charger offense. Strong safety Nick Nester is a key player on defense.

The Golden Wave must improve its offensive play from last week's loss, Hill said. The turnover- and-penalty-plagued offense could only manage a John Michael Marlin field goal against Starkville.

"The defense played great and we came out even in special teams, but our offense came up with only three points and gave the ball away," he said. "We were inconsistent on offense and it showed."

Hill said one of the few offensive bright spots was the line performance of center Chase Jefcoat and guards Drew Steward and Parrish Fruge'.

"I was pleased with our guard and center play," he said. "They did a excellent job blocking and hitting people."

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