Pike County travels to take on Abbeville

Published 3:00 am Friday, September 23, 2016

The Pike County Bulldogs hit the road for the fourth consecutive week when they travel to take on Abbeville today.

The Bulldogs have played five of their first six games on the road.

“We don’t look at it so much as being on the road, we look at it as an opportunity to get better,” said Bulldogs head coach Fred Holland. “We want to keep improving, and that is what we have been doing.”

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Holland has not seen evidence that his players are getting weary on the road.

“The guys just look forward to playing,” Holland said. “They are excited about playing. Some of them are young and they don’t think too much about it. It’s not much of a big deal. We are just proud to give them an opportunity to play.”

Ever since losing a competitive game to the top ranked Elba Tigers to begin the season, the Bulldogs have won three consecutive games while holding their opponents to 10 points per game.

“We don’t really look at games as being region games or non-region games,” Holland said. “They are all important. We are just playing a different opponent.

This weeks game brings in a 2-2 Yellow Jackets team from Class 2A and the two teams are really familiar with one another.

“They have a really good team,” Holland said. “This year they have been in games. They bring a really tough and physical presence. We had a tough game last year, the score didn’t show it, but it was a physical game. They always look forward to playing us. We play them in everything … we know a lot about each other.”

Two players sure to make an impact for the Bulldogs will be Juhmir Lampley and Jahzarian Lampley.

“They have had a great impact, especially Juhmir with his years of playing here,” Holland said. “Jahzarian is young player, although he is a junior he hasn’t played a whole lot. He was able to come into some of the games late last year and seeing those guys last year has allowed him to gain what he has gained this year.”

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Abbeville.