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East Oktibbeha starts division play on road

September 6, 2012

The East Oktibbeha football team plays its first division game tonight and it has yet to see a game on its home field this season.

The Titans (1-2) square off against the Sebastopol Bobcats (1-1) on the road at 7:30 p.m.

"I know they've got good athletes," East Oktibbeha head coach Randy Brooks said.

The Bobcats are coming off a 28-22 win over Clarkdale on Aug. 24. They have had two weeks off since that game and have a lot of time to prepare for the Titans.

"If you talked to the head coach, he would say it hurts them because it's kind of hard to get motivated to come to practice when they are not practicing for a game on Friday," Brooks said.

The Titans have already played three games on the road this season so it's nothing new that they are back on the road in week four.

"We have to get used to it because seven out of our 11 games this year are on the road," Brooks said. "We just have to be road warriors."

East Oktibbeha won last year's meeting 20-9 in Crawford. This time around the Titans will have to firing on all cylinders if they are to get a victory.

"We are going to have a problem scoring," Brooks said. "What we are going to have to do is execute in all three facets of the game. That is one of the things that we didn't do very well against North Pontotoc."

In other area matchups for week four, Ackerman travels to Houston and East Webster plays host to Caledonia. Those games are set for 7:30 p.m.

Ackerman at Houston

The Indians will be without starting quarterback Dakota Brasher who suffered a leg injury in last week's 14-3 victory over French Camp.

"We are going to hold him out this week," Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger said. "He is not quiet a 100 percent yet. If it was left up to him, he would be out there playing. It is probably better for him to sit out this week and we will come back Monday and reevaluate him."

In Brasher's place, sophomore Jamarcus Bradley will take over. He played quarterback some last week after Brasher was injured.

"He is a good player," Dillinger said. "We have a lot of faith in him. We are going to put it in his hands. He will be our quarterback for the next couple years after Dakota graduates."

Ackerman (3-0) fell to the Hilltoppers (3-0) last year 32-27.

"Houston is a real good team," Dillinger said. "We have played them several times. The past few years they have improved tremendously. They have a big senior class with a lot of good players in it."

Caledonia at East Webster

The Wolverines (3-0) look to continue their undefeated season with a matchup agains the visiting Confederates (3-0).

Caledonia is coming off a a 20-7 win over Heritage Academy, while East Webster took a 41-0 decision over Weir.

In last year's matchup Caledonia took a 24-0 victory.

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