Southeast visits Northeast Friday night
TOUGH YARDAGE – Southeast Lauderdale sophomore quarterback Drew Harper (11) struggles for extra yardage against Coffeeville last week. On Friday night he will be leading his Tigers against county rival Northeast Lauderdale at 7:30 p.m. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
Sept. 5, 2002
Southeast Lauderdale looks to get to 2-0 on the season and in the process pay back county rival Northeast Lauderdale for last year's painful overtime loss.
The Trojans beat the Tigers 14-8 last year at Southeast. This year, Southeast heads to Northeast for the rematch.
Southeast won its season opener in impressive fashion, shutting out visiting Coffeeville 28-0. Versatile back/receiver Andy Landrum ran for 94 yards and caught two touchdown passes.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Harper made an excellent debut passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns while running in another.
Tiger head coach Dwane Taylor was pleased with the complete game effort.
Northeast Lauderdale head coach Steve Nelson said the Tigers looked good in their opener.
Nelson said his team has put behind them last week's disappointing 43-28 loss in the season opener against Heidelberg.
The Trojans got off to a great start, jumping on Heidelberg for a 28-3 lead. The team cashed in on three Oiler turnovers for 20 points. Linebacker Roger Lee highlighted the rally by returning an interception back 30 yards for a touchdown.
Heidelberg, however, scored two touchdowns before the half and then scored two more within a 10-second span in the fourth quarter to go up 30-28.
Running back Marcus Betts had a good opener rushing for 95 yards off 18 carries. Josh Pearce had 30 yards on eight carries.
The Trojans used two quarterbacks last week. Rod Smith started and Maurice Langston came in. Langston completed a pair of passes for 27 yards.
at Lamar School
The numbers game is a big concern of Lamar School head coach Mac Barnes. This week, academy heavyweight Jackson Prep rolls into Meridian to take on the upstart Raiders.
Lamar is off to a 2-0 start, its best in several years following a dramatic 15-14 comeback win over Heidelberg Academy last week. The win was also the second straight week Lamar beat a team that had throttled them a year ago.
In week one, Lamar beat Academy A runner-up Wayne Academy 21-8.
But Prep, with its bulging, provides a huge test.
Prep lost its season opener to Memphis University School 35-14 last week in Memphis.
Still, Lamar is 2-0 and enjoying the spotlight.
That they have. Junior quarterback Drew Moffett is the center-point around the 2-0 start.
Last week, he hit Blake Olmsted on a 95-yard touchdown pass with 4:54 remaining. He then ran in the two-point conversion to account for the 15-14 score.
For the season, Moffett has completed 27-of-51 passes for 427 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed for another 81 yards on 13 carries.
Daniel Harrison is the top receiver with 12 catches for 207 yards. Olmstead has six receptions for 152 yards and Lane Rush has four for 40.
Dylan Anderson is the top rusher with 83 yards on 13 carries and two TDs, both coming in the 21-8 win at Wayne Academy.
The Bulldogs of Clarkdale look to go 2-0 on the season for the second straight year. Coach Bubba Hathorn's team spanked Edinburg 41-12 last week in the season opener.
West Lincoln (0-1) lost its opener to Madison St. Joseph 19-14 last week.
Kevin Matthews had the big game for Clarkdale running for 115 yards and scoring touchdowns on runs of four and 63 yards. The Bulldogs also got TDs from Justin Culpepper, Quinn Moffite, Jake Gray and Quitnon Walker. Walker's score came on a 46-yard fumble return.
Kicker Dave Prewitt made five extra point kicks.