DC tripped up by arch-rival

Pirates drop second consecutive game after two victories

Sometimes, it just happens “that” way. A team will play  game where its opponent can seemingly do no wrong. For Drew Central, “that” contest was Friday night. Unfortunately, the opponent was arch-rival McGehee.
Usually when these two schools meet in any competition, records can be tossed out. Not so much last weekend. The Owls had their way with the Pirates, winning 46-14 and dropping DC to 2-3 overall.      
“McGehee came out firing,” Drew Central head coach Rob Cox said, “and we were playing catch-up the whole game. They’re really good. They were fast and physical. I will be surprised if they lose another conference game.”
From a 19-8 first-quarter advantage to a 39-14 halftime lead, McGehee just about did what it wanted to against the Pirates. Despite being fully prepared, Cox said, the Owls still took the Pirates by surprise.
Save for a 69-yard pass from sophomore Travarus Shead to fellow 10th grader Justin Ferrell at the end of the first period and a nine-yard scoring toss from senior Ansin Lattimore to classmate Montiel Daniels at the end of the first half, DC couldn’t get much going in the away of offense.
“We didn’t help ourselves much,” Cox noted. “We had too many blown assignments early in the game that led to McGehee gaining a big lead. We finally slowed them down and were able to get in the end zone.
“I was concerned about the level of physicality that they play at. They proved themselves Friday.”
Which makes Junction City’s 64-38 annihilation of McGehee a week earlier all the more impressive in Class 3A, District 6. The Dragons remained undefeated with another blowout win Friday night, this one 54-14 over Genoa Central.
In other league games, preseason league favorite Fordyce and Smackover joined Junction City at 2-0 in 6-3A but neither team had it easy.
The Redbugs came from behind to down Fouke 26-22 and the Buckaroos squeaked past Lake Village Lakeside 12-8.
Drew Central is in the midst of its “Murderers’ Row” schedule of McGehee, Smackover and Fordyce—not to mention Junction City in the last regular-season contest—and the Pirates entertain Smackover at 7 p.m. Friday night to close out Homecoming 2017.
Homecoming Queen Courtney Atkins will reign over the day’s activities, beginning with a daytime coronation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Earl Willis Auditorium. The pregame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s Honor Maid is A’Dejah Williams. The remainder of the 10-person Homecoming court (in alphabetical order) is: Alissa Berryman, Kaylei Calhoun, Abbi Camden, Candace Cox, Drew Frasure, Nicole Knowles, Breannah Linely and Amaya Partman.
Then, it’s down to the matter at hand. If Drew Central hopes to make it to the state playoffs this season, every game from here to Nov. 2 is a “must win”—or at least Cox said that must be the Pirates’ approach to their last five games.   
“Smackover is very similar in style to Lake Village,” Cox noted of the upcoming game. “We match up well against them. I think it will be a good ball game.
“Our kids will be pumped for Homecoming.”
Elsewhere around 6-3A, Fouke will be at Junction City, Genoa Central at McGehee and Lakeside at Fordyce.

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