Hilltoppers still in the mix

Although the Hilltoppers didn’t get the result they wanted in Kosciusko Oct. 11, opportunities are still available and coach William Cook wants his team to take advantage of every one of them.
“We still have three division games left, anything can happen,” Cook said following the Toppers’ 35-13 loss to the Whippets. “Our division is wide open. There’s no team that is really dominant. That’s why it’s important to show up every week ready to play.”
Right now, the Toppers are working to find the right fit on the field and freshman Taylor Baskin was the peg in the hole for a fourth quarter rushing touchdown Friday.
“We’ve been playing quite a few freshmen,” Cook said. “The guys that have stepped up in practice. It helps give the older guys a break.”
Sophomore Wes Parker also found a niche, going 1-1 in point after attempts in his second game of kicking and eighth-grader, Luke Hancock, saw some time at quarterback.
“We’re just looking to see who can help,” Cook said. “Giving more people some snaps and see what happens.”
Junior Garrison Howell scored in the second quarter and Baskin added a TD in the fourth, but the Whippets had a big 21-point third quarter that the Toppers couldn’t overcome.
Cook said the defense performed well although he was disappointed in their effort compared to the week before.
But he said the goal at hand is this Friday night as the Toppers travel to Leake Central in Carthage. The Gators (5-2, 0-2) are coming off a 12-7 loss to Noxubee County and the Hilltoppers (1-7, 1-1) are looking to add to their division win column.
“It’s one game at a time and don’t worry about the rest,” Cook said. “It’s what we can do to win this game.”web hst foot