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October 10, 2012 I SPORTS I www.stonecountyenterprise.com STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE Offensive woes 13 plague Tomcats in Homecoming loss By Jody O'Hara PERKINSTON - The Pearl Pirates took the opening kickoff then marched down the field in seven plays to score with just 2:44 gone off the clock in Friday's Region 3-5A football game against Stone High. Bailey Hart kicked the PAT and the Pirates had all the points they'd need in a 33-6 victory over the Tomcats. After the teams traded a pair of punts, Brandon Knight intercepted a Clayton Johnson pass and the Pirates drove to the Stone 12-yard line where Hart missed a 28- yard field goal attempt wide left. Eight plays later, Justin Smith capped an eight-play, 8o-yard drive with an improba- ble 5-yard touchdown run. "We watched it on tape and we still can't figure out how he got out of there," said coach Adam Stone. Smith went into the middle of the line, appeared to be stopped, squirmed his way for- ward, balanced himself on one hand to keep his knees off the ground and launched himself over the goal line from two yards out. "He's pretty incredi- ble," Stone said. Sadly, it would be the end of Stone's scoring for the night. It was just the third Tomcats touchdown in the last four games. Pearl would score five more times. "They made the big plays and we didn't," Stone said. The coach has no intention of switching up the veer/option offense the Tomcats have been running. "There's not a whole lot else you can do," he said. "We've run every formation possible out of that offense and we just need guys to start making plays." The Tomcat defense, while giving up more than 20 points-per- game since a 6-0 shutout of West Harrison, has looked good at times but becomes exhausted with the amount of time spent on the field. JaDerick Jackson gained 63 yards on nine carries while Smith had 38 yards on 15 carries as the Tomcats amassed just 175 yards of total offense. "We just need some- body to make a play here or there," Stone said. The Tomcats have placed pink ribbons on the backs of their hel- mets and have pink wristbands which have been donated for obser- vance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "We all have a family member or know of someone who's had their lives impacted by cancer," Stone said. "This is a way for us to show our support." STONE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS JOINED THE VARSITY SQUAD TO RAISE SPIRITS DURING FRI- DAY'S HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME. JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE. JUSTIN SMITH, NO. 10, FOUGHT HIS WAY THROUGH THE SCRUM AND MAINTAINED HIS BALANCE BEFORE LAUNCHING HIMSELF OVER THE GOAL LINE FOR STONE HIGH'S ONLY POINTS IN FRIDAY'S 33-6 HOME- COMING LOSS TO PEARL. JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE. Long road to Wingfield up next By Jody O'Hara WIGGINS - The Stone High Tomcats will board the buses Friday for the three-hour trip to Jackson and a shot at the winless Wingfield Falcons. Wingfield provided the Tomcats with one of their two victories last season and come into Friday's game allowing 37 points-per-game while scoring just lO. "They haven't won a ball game yet, but we're not changing the way we prepare," said Tomcats coach Adam Stone. "We're not about to take anybody for granted." Stone's plan through- out the year has been to put a better-conditioned team on the field and wear the opposition down. That hasn't been possi- ble the past several games as an anemic offense has struggled to stay on the field, leading to an overworked defense. Coach Jeff Gibson's Falcons have been ham- mered the past three weeks, losing 31-6 to Brookhaven, 49-12 to Wayne County and 55- 22 to South Jones. "They have a pass- happy offense and they've always got ath- letes," Stone said. "We'll work just as hard get- . i p- ting ready for this game as we have for every game so far," Stone said. Junior quarterback Pierre Pryer has been the mainstay for the Falcons passing attack. He's thrown for 631 yards and three touch- downs, but has been intercepted nine times. He has also lost four fumbles. Stone has said for the past few weeks he would like to get a defensive touchdown and this week may provide the best opportunity for that to come about. Donte Purvis has been the main man out of the backfield, averaging seven yards-per-carry and scoring four touch- downs. Purvis is also a favorite target of Pryer, having caught 18 passes for a 26-yard average. D.T. McWilliams has been the Falcons' most consistent defender, averaging six tackles- per-game. Wingfield plays at North Jackson fields, 2221 Boiling St., Jackson. 00t0ne Countp 00nterpri00e 143 S. First Street P.O. Box 157 Wiggins, MS 39577 601-928-4802 (phone) 60 ! -928-2 ! 91 (fax) SCEnewspaper Stone County Enterprise Sat Hours Bobby Burn. M.I).. (ilynnis Randall, CFNE N ikki Cttn'm, CFNE ldd 1 I:taa Jr. D,O, Family Medicine - Internal Medicine Pediatrics- Women's Health Welcoming New Patients Medicare, Medicaid, and most major insurances accepted.