Hattiesburg (7-0) looks to continue their undefeated season against regional opponent Wayne County (5-2) Friday night at D.I. Patrick Stadium in Hattiesburg.
The Tigers have looked unstoppable for most of this season. So far this season the Tigers have scored an average of 47.1 points per game and have allowed only 15.8 points per game on defense. However, Hattiesburg could be facing one of their tougher opponents of the 2018 season Friday night.
Wayne County’s new head coach Shelton Gandy appears to have righted the ship in Waynesboro. Following the 2017 season in which the War Eagles went 6-5, Gandy’ 2018 team is one of the teams to beat in the region.
“Coach [Shelton] Gandy is a brilliant football mind,” Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance said. “He’s done a remarkable job turning the program around.”
Gandy was a standout running back at Southern Miss and has applied his knowledge of the position to his team at Wayne County. The War Eagles have averaged 333.4 yards per game on the ground through seven games this season. Junior quarterback Zhakerreun Wesley already has over a thousand yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns this year.
“[Wesley] is the guy that makes them go,” Vance said. “Our defense is going to have their hands full. Our guys are going to have to step up and make plays on the defensive front.”
Defensively, Wayne County gives up a lot of points, averaging 32.7 points allowed per game. However, the War Eagle defense forces a lot of turnovers, 16 already this season.
“[Wayne County] has guys in the secondary that can make plays,” Vance said. “We’re going to have to counter on offense what they present to us on defense. Our coaching staff is looking forward to the chess match.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm Friday night from D.I. Patrick Stadium in Hattiesburg. Admission is $7.