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A balanced attack offensively has worked out well for the Yazoo City Indians.
The Indians have averaged 168.7 yards per game passing and 163.4 yards per game rushing so far this season.
According to Yazoo City head coach Tony Woolfolk, the ability for his team to run and throw offers the options necessary to show opponents.
"We just take what they give us," Woolfolk said. "We've just kind of grew up a little bit this year."
woolfolk hopes the Indians have grown and improved enough to knock off the Starkville Yellowjackets Friday night when they host the Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 game.
After making the jump to Class 5A, Yazoo City has records of 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the region.
"We won two games (last year) so at 6-2, that's a good deal from last year," Woolfolk said., "We're pretty happy about that."
There are several Indians that have the potential of making plays for Woolfolk.
"We've got a quarterback that's real good and athletic back there, have some receivers that can catch and a few running backs," Woolfolk said.
Quarterback Dazon Wright has the ability to make things happen with his arm and his feet. He has completed 50-of-99 pass attempts for 962 yards and 10 touchdowns, then adds another 195 yards rushing on 41 carries and four scores.
Rendell Rucker is the leading rusher for Yazoo City with 93 carries for 532 yards and seven touchdowns, while Tre Richardson adds 326 yards on 48 carries and two scores.
Perhaps the most dangerous playmaker for the Indians is receiver Chris Smith, who has 25 catches for 781 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell is aware of all the weapons at Yazoo City's disposal, but mainly wants the focus to be on his own players.
"They've obviously got a good football team," Mitchell said. "It goes back to the fact that we've got to take care of ourselves and not worry too much about our opponent. That's our goal right now."
The Jackets, also 6-2 overall, share the region lead at 4-0 with Neshoba Central. Ridgeland, which SHS defeated 26-23 two weeks ago, stands in third place at 3-1 and Yazoo City comes in tied with Provine at 2-2.
Woolfolk knows the importance of hosting the region co-leader.
"I'd much rather have them at home so I'll be glad to bring them down," Woolfolk said. "It's exciting for Yazoo City also for a big-time conference team to come down to play some good football."