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Weems worried about Meridian after two games

September 1, 2010

Anyone can understand why Meridian football coach Larry Weems isn't satisfied.
Despite starting the season by winning two games, including last week's 26-6 decision against Wayne County, Weems has found a reason to be concerned about his Wildcats.
It was only two years ago when Meridian defeated South Panola to claim the Class 5A state championship so Weems knows what success looks like.
He doesn't think everything has clicked for the Wildcats yet.
"We've played two and won two. That's about all I can say," Weems said. "I don't know if we've played very good, but we've managed to get through them and win. We'll go to the next one and see if we can get better."
The next one happens to be against the Starkville Yellowjackets at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Meridian.
Weems points to a lack of execution and missed assignments by the players as problems that need to be fixed.
He knows those things can't happen against the Jackets.
"We need to take care of the ball," Weems said, indicating that turnovers hurt the Wildcats in the first week. "We did a little better job of that this week and had just one turnover, but we don't need any turnovers."
After winning the state title, Meridian lost some key seniors, including Tyler Russell and Chris Smith.
The Wildcats graduated another strong senior class, but Weems doesn't point to a lack of experience as why things have been sluggish. There are still six and seven seniors on each side of the football.
"The one's we've got out there are capable of making plays," Weems said. "We've just got to focus in on what you are doing and not make mistakes that are self-inflicted. We're not asking them to do something they can't do."
Weems has been impressed with the job coach Jamie Mitchell has done so far in Starkville.
"They look good to me," Weems said. "They are playing hard, are very aggressive and are playing with a lot more effort. They'll win more games this year.
"Jamie and his staff know what they are doing and will get their team coached up. They've always had a little talent and all they needed was to be motivated. They have done that. You can see that just from watching the games."
The Jackets (1-1) bounced back from a tough 14-7 loss to Noxubee County the first week to shut out rival Louisville 34-0.

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