• 68°
franklin county times

MHS hits the road to Petal

By By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 25, 2001
A win has done wonders for the spirit of the Meridian High football team. On Friday, the Wildcats seek to build on last week's 37-0 throttling of Natchez when they head to Petal.
Despite their 2-6 overall record, Meridian still has a shot at a No. 4 spot in the Region 2-5A race. But they must win their final three games to make it a reality.
Petal is winless at 0-7 and is 0-4 in the region. This makes the second straight week that Meridian is playing a club that has yet to win a game.
In the season's first six weeks, the Wildcats played five teams ranked in the Associated Press' Top 10 at one point or another. The list includes the current No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Brandon (a 16-14 loss) and Starkville (a 24-0 loss).
Last week, Petal was drummed by Brandon 39-7. And Brandon played without standout running back Jerious Norwood who was hurt in the Meridian contest.
Meridian Head Coach Bill Sartin is hoping his team can make it two straight wins by playing well at Petal.
The Willdcats got a big game from running back Fred Patton.
For the third time this season, the Wildcats rushed for over 200 yards in a game. Patton led the way with 131 yards off 21 carries.
He now has 442 yards on the season.
Sophomore wingback Cardae Campbell added 67 yards to boost his season total to 663 with five touchdowns.
We had way too many penalties last week."
The Wildcats were flagged 13 times for 115 yards.
Meridian may also be without starting lineman Dominick Dunn who has a case mono.
Senior Benny Dubose will take his place.
The Wildcat defense is paced by linebackers C.C. Finley and Lyndale Nailor. Leslie Rush keys the secondary along with Hampton.
Petal is led by down linemen Anthony Davis and Keshaun Henderson.

Galleries

PHOTOS: RHS Musical Theatre presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Franklin County

Northwest Regional Library announces audiobooks by mail program

Franklin County

Republican primary run-off election for county commission seats takes place April 16

News

Historic Roxy Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary with upcoming entertainment

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Mark Dunbar

Franklin County

Franklin County makes seven drug trafficking arrests

Galleries

Why Knot car show cruises into downtown Russellville

News

Get free weather radio at VFDs

Franklin County

PCHS FBLA hosts Little Miss Dream Girl Pageant

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Johnnie Pounders

Features

Sam Warf: From Tennessee to the White House and beyond

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Mousey Brown

News

Russellville First Baptist Church receives historical marker

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Meeting a higher standard – Russellville High School JROTC

News

RCS BOE announces new superintendent  

News

Miss Dream Girl Pageant names winners

Franklin County

First Metro Bank hosts FAME Girls’ Ranch donation drive

News

PCHS holds annual Shelby Grissom Memorial Fashion Show

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: VFW Post 5184 – ‘No One Does More For Veterans’

Features

Supporting students’ futures

Features

Red Bay Garden Club discusses amaryllis planting

Franklin County

UA announces local students for fall 2023 President’s, Dean’s, graduation lists

News

School news

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Troy Oliver

x