Velma, Canton ready to renew rivalry
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 PM
CANTON - Both Velma Jackson and Canton will be looking for their first win of the season when the cross-town rivals meet at Canton this Friday night at 7 p.m.
"I'm starting to learn about this rivalry I've heard so much about," Canton coach Daryl Jones said. "I know in these types of ballgames you can't count on a lot as far as what you see on tape or what the records are going in.
"I know these guys are going to come in and play hard, looking for bragging rights."
The Falcons (0-1) are coming off of a tough, 18-8 loss to Yazoo City in which they led 8-6 after the first quarter, but couldn't get back on the board and gave up six points in both the second and third quarters.
Junior Rashun Jackson was just 4-of-18 passing, with three interceptions, and although tailback James Smith III averaged 4.2 yards a carry on 13 touches, the deficit had the Falcons throwing the ball almost the entire second half.
The Tigers (0-1) got gouged for 455 rushing yards in a lop-sided 40-6 loss to Provine in coach Daryl Jones' debut.
Canton played a tough first half, and trailed just 13-6 before giving up a late, second-quarter touchdown. But as the game went on and temperatures on the field stayed above 90 degrees, the Canton defenders wore out.
As a result, five different Panthers combined to average better than seven yards a carry and Provine scored six rushing touchdowns in the route.
"Our best players are having to play both ways on the line right now," Jones said. "I anticipated that we would be a little bit better off with them doing that, but in retrospect, it was hard for them to keep up the pace with how hot it was out there.
"We played hard early, but we just couldn't handle it as far having those guys out there 100-plus snaps. We're definitely going to have to make some adjustments and get some more guys involved."