WSN to travel to Clarke County Friday
By Adam Robinson
Already with a 2-0 record this season, W.S. Neal will be looking for their first region win Friday as they hit the road to take on Clarke County High School.
Clarke County enters the game 0-1 after falling to Jackson 34-24 last week while W.S. Neal defeated Escambia County of Atmore.
Against ECHS, W.S. Neal head coach Doug Hoehn said he was proud of his team.
“I think the kids played well,” he said. “It was extremely humid outside, but the kids played tough all night long. Atmore had good speed and they just kept running the ball at us. We had no turnovers and I think our three quarterbacks (Malcolm Hawthorne, Lane Chavers, and Trey Taylor) all made good decisions throwing the ball and making their checks at the line. Defensively, I thought we played well. I think the first series in the fist half, they drove the ball, but we finished with only allowing 88 total yards on offense and 19 return yards for a total of 107. It was a good win. The first time since 2003 that we won on the field.”
As for this week, W.S. Neal and Clarke County have played 13 times with the Bulldogs owning an 8-5 record over W.S. Neal. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 and W.S. Neal lost 35-12.
WS. Neal has lost the last two games to Clarke County after losing 49-12 in 2008.
W.S. Neal has been outscored 203-231 in the series.
“Clarke County is extremely athletic,” Hoehn said of the Bulldogs. “They have four very good wide receivers. All four are very good, but two are exceptional. They have three very good linebackers. They have the best size of any team we will probably see this year. They have a lot of team speed, good size. They have very good depth. No one goes both ways for them. They are going to be a very tough opponent for us Friday night.”
Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Grove Hill.