Bulldogs spoil Ole Brooks homecoming
Published Friday October 28, 2022 10:46 pm
By Cliff Furr
The Daily Leader
BROOKHAVEN — Early within the first half, Natchez High second quarterback Kaden Walton (4-6, 2-4) left behind and hoisted bombs throughout the sector, however the sign caller hardly ever had a receiver close by.
After NHS fastened that downside, they used deep passes from Walton’s arm to a squad of receivers and spawned massive sport after massive sport in a 48-34 win over Brookhaven High (0-8, 0-6).
Steve Davis, a freshman head coach at Natchez High, is a 1990 NHS graduate. He beforehand skilled as an assistant at his alma mater and was an assistant at Franklin County earlier than getting the job as supervisor on the NHS within the spring.
Davis mentioned he had by no means been concerned in a win in opposition to Brookhaven High as of Friday evening.
“This is the first time I’ve beaten Brookhaven — as a player or as a coach,” Davis mentioned. “When I took the job, I knew we would have talent in the skill positions. It was just that our guys got better and better as the season progressed.”
The sport was a monitor assembly early on as Brookhaven High went 14-0 within the first quarter behind two lengthy runs from junior working again Xavier Gayten.
Gayten began with an 85-yard landing streak on the primary BHS drive and later added a 61-yard streak within the first 12 minutes of the sport to attain.
2022 BHS homecoming queen Leah Wilcher had simply been topped, King Field was packed and it regarded like Ole Brook was heading in the right direction for his first win of the season.
The again finish of the second quarter was when Natchez began buzzing offensively.
Walton hit senior wideout Demarrco Blanton with a ten-yard landing cross after which discovered Caron Williams for the two-level conversion to make the 14-8.
On the subsequent drive, a fast tilt at Natchez receiver Mike Williams, lined 46 yards and had the Bulldogs tied at 14-14, with 4:43 by halftime.
However, the BHS offensive line and Panther offensive responded when Gayten ripped off one other monster run, this time for 65 yards and a rating.
Again, the Bulldogs responded with a 25-yard cross from Walton to Williams. A transformed 2-level conversion made the rating 22-20 in Natchez’s favor with 1:06 by halftime.
Things obtained worse for the Panthers there as the primary sport of the following drive ended with a 25-yard strip and a purpose from Natchez defenseman Jakel Irving.
The 6-foot-3 Irving and 6-foot-4 junior Charles Brooks are simply two of the slender, athletic weapons the Natchez teaching employees should wield on each side of the ball, together with the fast Williams and a giant, bodily working again in senior tray minor.
That defensive consequence gave Natchez a 30-20 lead at halftime, and Brookhaven High would cut that deficit however by no means overcome it within the second half.
Williams caught a 59-yard rocket of a scoring sport that hit him within the crotch behind the BHS defensive backline to place the NHS 36-20 forward within the third quarter.
The duo of Walton and Williams then topped that with a dime that the quarterback threw excessive and the falling receiver rocked behind the north finish zone to place the NHS 42-20 by 100 seconds within the third quarter.
The possibilities of a BHS comeback diminished late on when Gayten was injured within the fourth quarter. The junior ball provider completed the sport with an unofficial 373 grounded yards.
After the submit-sport handshake line in midfield, almost each participant in a Natchez uniform walked to the BHS touchline to pay tribute to Gayten, who was on crutches with an ice pack on his foot.
However, coach Tucker Peavey’s Panthers saved chopping and had an opportunity to stage the sport within the fourth quarter.
A 1-yard dashing landing by sophomore quarterback Dreamus Harron made the rating 42-28 with 9:34 within the sport.
Ole Brook’s protection stiffened, pinning Natchez on a midfield turnover. BHS responded with a 13-yard landing run from Dashown Wilson to make the sport 42-34 with 5:10 left.
Again, the BHS protection did its job and returned the ball to offense, leaving 3:29 in play and the Panthers 69 yards from an equalizing landing and a 2-level conversion.
It could be Blanton, the identical sturdy senior receiver who began the NHS within the first half, who made the evening’s defensive play to freeze issues for the Bulldogs.
Blanton broke a cross for security and returned the interception deep in BHS territory. From there, Minor put it away with one other quick landing run.
“We were trying to throw it and we just had a bad ball and that put an end to it,” Peavey mentioned within the aftermath. “We made a few errors offensively within the first half that we missed them a landing on that turnover. We knew their talent gamers have been superb. You threw the ball like loopy tonight.
Natchez is seeking to finish the season on a 3-sport profitable streak when the 2022 season concludes subsequent week on Thursday, October 3 at Florence High.
BHS will even be again at King Field on Thursday for a 7 p.m. opener in opposition to South Jones within the season finale.