Undefeated Bay High Tigers rely on rushing offense and solid defense

Head Coach Jeff Hopgood has his Tigers sitting atop the Region 8-4A standings, tied with Forrest County AHS. Bay High has relied on a solid ground attack offensively and a stingy defense.

Do the undefeated Tigers face pressure as they post victory after victory?

Hopgood said, "I think this team does a good job in just taking it one game and we tell them you have to win one battle at a time to win the war at the end and they have taken in to that mode and have done a great job of doing that each week."

Quarterback Donovan Davis says the coaching staff prepares them each week, focusing on the next opponent.

Davis says the Tigers never look ahead and they never overlook the opposition.

He stated, "Every game is hard out here there is no game easy. You can't take no opponent lightly."

Senior running back Justus Williams headlines a rock solid rushing attack. After 7 games, Williams has 941 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns, netting 8-point-5 yards a carry.

Defensive teams can't focus on stopping Williams, because Kendall Island has bagged 4 touchdowns having rushed for 321 yards.

LaRonne Lewis has powered his way for 368 yards, 4 touchdowns and picks up an average of 8.9 yards per rush.

"That's what we do, we run the football to set up our passing game, "stated Hopgood.  He added, "We employ the Wing-T offense and the kids have done a great job of picking it up and have done a great job running the ball all year. The offensive line is experienced, good size."

Bay High's defense has come up with 35 and a-half sacks through 7 games highlighted by Phalen Booker who has 12 sacks.

Tyler Berry also has a nose for the quarterback. He's piled up 8 sacks and Antwine James has chipped in with 5 and-a-half sacks.

Besides his ability to run the football, Kendall Island leads Bay High with 72 tackles. He's a solid linebacker.

The Tigers defense has given up only 41 points on the season and travel to Poplarville Friday night at seven.  The Hornets beat St. Stanislaus 82-80 this past Friday.

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