Bassfield smothers Aggies 24-7

Bassfield smothers Aggies 24-7


Bassfield smothers Aggies 24-7


All you need to know about Friday’s clash between Bassfield and Forrest County AHS was that the most effective offensive player for the Aggies was punter J.W. Terry.

Bassfield proved to be too much for Forrest County AHS to handle Friday night, as the Yellowjackets eased past the Aggies 24-7 in a clash of two of last season’s state championship teams.

Bassfield, the two-time defending champions in Class 2A, improved to 2-0; FCAHS, last year’s Class 4A titlists, dropped their season opener.

“Finally, our guys came out and played with a lot of emotion,” said Bassfield coach Lance Mancuso. “Last week, I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but this week they came out, went back to the basics and played hard-nosed football.”

Bassfield defenders swarm Forrest County Agricultural High School’s JuWan Brown (29) Friday night.

The Yellowjackets were particularly hard-nosed on defense, as they held the Aggies to a net of just 44 yards and three first downs.

Only effective kicking by Terry, who booted six punts for an average of 33.8 yards, and a stingy defense kept the margin from being worse.

“We’ve got to block and execute better on our base plays,” said FCAHS coach Lee Sullivan, who was making his debut as the Aggies’ coach after 16 seasons as an assistant.

“We didn’t block very well. Our defense played their hearts out, but they were on the field too long.”

T’Rodrick Daniels scored three touchdowns against a gritty Aggie defense that held the Bassfield star to just 83 yards on 19 carries, after going for 235 yards and four TDs last week against Seminary.

“I really couldn’t do anything, and I was getting frustrated,” said Daniels. “My goal was another 250, but my players stepped as a team and we got it done.”

Bassfield got on the scoreboard with its first possession of the night, after stopping the Aggies on a three-and-out after the opening kickoff.

Daniels capped the 10-play, 73-yard drive with a 14-yard scoring run. The PAT failed, as did the three subsequent conversions in the game.

Forrest County kept the Yellowjackets from scoring again until Jamal Peters picked off a pass from Aggie quarterback Landon Ware and returned the interception 32 yards. A late hit added 15 more yards and set Bassfield up at the Aggie 19-yard-line for an easy scoring drive.

Daniels made it 12-0 with a 5-yard run.

Bassfield took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove ruthlessly down the field 67 yards on just six plays, Daniels scoring on a 4-yard run.

Forrest County’s only score came early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard pass from Ware to Amar Travis, after recovering a fumbled punt.

But that was the only spark of offense for the Aggies, as senior tailback Darius Leggett was held to just 20 yards on 18 carries.

“We knew if we were going to take control, we were going to have to limit his ability to get out in the open,” Mancuso said. “Our guys did a great job of containing him all night.”

After FCAHS’ score, Bassfield nailed down the victory with a 56-yard touchdown run by Ron Thompson, who led the Yellowjackets with 85 yards on just five carries.

However, it was the defense that ruled the night for Bassfield. The Aggies averaged exactly one yard a play against the aggressive Yellowjackets.

“We just played full-speed, gave great effort, made tackles and kept pounding that rock,” said Justin Hathorne, a senior defensive tackle.

“The more you pound the rock, the more it cracks and you can break it down. We just need to fly to the football more, swarm and play Bassfield football.”

Game summary

Bassfield 24, FCAHS 7













First Quarter

B – T’Rodrick Daniels 14 run (kick failed), 5:46.

Second Quarter

B – Daniels 5 run (run failed), 3:06

Third Quarter

B – Daniels 4 run (kick failed), 9:28.

Fourth Quarter

FC – Amar Travis 42 pass from Landon Ware (Seth Rugg kick), 10:21.

B – Ron Thompson 56 run (kick failed), 9:01.



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Bassfield's Malcolm Myers (35) gets wrapped up by Forrest County Agricultural High School's Zhauntre Mcelroy (24) and Kenny Scott (27) during their game Friday at Bassfield.

Bassfield’s Malcolm Myers (35) gets wrapped up by Forrest County Agricultural High School’s Zhauntre Mcelroy (24) and Kenny Scott (27) during their game Friday at Bassfield.


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