By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Aberdeen and Shannon have had a week to let season-opening losses fester. One of the two will get in the win column tonight when the Bulldogs and Red Raiders square off in Shannon.
Shannon lost 41-30 at Kosciusko. Aberdeen was shutout 21-0 at Columbus. Both coaches say their teams blew plenty of opportunities.
“It seems like we’ve got to wait forever to erase that. We’ve got a chance at home,” first-year Shannon coach Darryl Carter said. “We saw some things on film that Aberdeen can really get at us if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do.”
Aberdeen won last season’s meeting 22-14 at Aberdeen.
Carter’s Class 4A Red Raiders moved the ball last week and forced a pair of three-and-outs in the opening quarter but gave the ball back on an interception.
“Give them credit for what they did as well, but it was bonehead stuff by us and that’s part of working the kinks out,” Carter said.
In a game that was tied at 7 at the half, quarterback Jon Pugh accounted for four touchdowns, three on the ground. But the back-and-forth in the second half went Kosciusko’s way.
The Red Raiders took over inside the Kosciusko 30 after a high punt snap in the first half but didn’t capitalize.
“I think it’s going to come down to the end. They’re very explosive,” said first-year Aberdeen coach Mark Bray. “If you look at it on paper, the two teams are real similar.”
Class 3A Aberdeen was on the losing end of a defensive struggle at 6A Columbus. The Falcons scored on a punt return and on a 1-yard run after a return to the goal line.
Zavia Forshee and Justin Lucas led a strong defensive outing. Aberdeen out-gained the Columbus 163-160.
Junior back Chico Harrison had 51 yards rushing and Aberdeen out-gained the Falcons 163-160.
“Every time we had a big play on their end of the field, we’d do something to set us back. If we’re going to be a good team, we can’t be doing that,” Bray said.