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|Huntington visits Porter's Chapel|
Porter's Chapel head football coach Randy Wright has been part of some exciting playoff series in baseball with Huntington over the past few years.
He expects the same when the Eagles face Huntington Friday in an MPSA Class A second playoff game in Vicksburg.
"We've had a lot of battles through the years in baseball," said Wright, who has led Porter's Chapel to a 12-0 season to date. "Mitch (Ashmore) and I have had some good competitive games and I expect the same thing in football. Coach (Chad) Harkins has done a great job with Huntington's football team and we know we have a tough challenge ahead."
Porter's Chapel defeated Tallulah 10-0 in their first round game, while Huntington ran past Newton County Academy 44-24.
"I felt like we would have a pretty decent football team, but I never expected us to be 12-0 at this stage," Wright said. "We've had good senior leadership and the guys have played real well together and that's carried us a long way. Huntington has scored a ton of points. We know we can't stop them, we just have to try and slow them down. We turned the ball over six times last week against Tallulah and before we knew it we were in a barnburner in the fourth quarter. If we turn it over six times against Huntington, we will get beat soundly."
Wright said he is impressed with Hound running backs Jeremy Randall and Kevin Brown.
"They have good running backs and the Lee kid (Josh) does a great job at fullback," Wright said.
Harkins compares Huntington's game at Porter's Chapel with the Hounds second round contest at Central Hinds last season, a game the Hounds won 28-7 to advance to the South State title game.
"It's kind of the same scenario," Harkins said. "Not a lot of people expected us to win that game. But we came out and played well."
To do that Friday, Harkins know his offense is going to have to play ball control.
"Our offense has really been coming together," he said. "Against Newton, Kevin carried the ball 20 times, Jeremy 20 times and Josh 12 times. We've been working toward being balanced, which is what we wanted going into the playoffs. We are a lot more balanced than last year."
Harkins said the Hounds must contain Porter's Chapel quarterback Clayton Holmes.
"He is real fast and does a real good job," he said. "They also have two big, good defensive ends who started out going to Huntington in Jacob and Zack Rachal. We need to try and keep their offense off the field by driving the football. Hopefully the ball will bounce our way a little bit."
The winner of Friday's game faces the winner of the Glenbrook-Sylva Bay contest for South State. Glenbrook defeated Huntington for the South A State title before going on to win State.
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