Merchant Making Senior Splash

The Panthers of Brookhaven gave district foe Wayne County all they wanted last Friday. The War Eagles escaped with a 27-20 win. The game was kept close in large part to a solid effort by the BHS defense. Senior defensive tackle Jewaun Merchant had has name called by the public address announcer several times on the evening. Jewuan is beginning to make a name for himself.

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"We felt like if we came out and hit them in the mouth, they would fold up," said Merchant of his team's approach to Wayne County. "We came out and did our best to do that and they did fold up a little bit."

Jewuan created some confusion for the Wayne County offense early on. The War Eagles tried a few different protections in an attempt to slow the talented defensive tackle down.

"I really watched their hands to see if they were going to pass or try and run at me," explained Merchant. "I was just working hard every play and trying to make plays."

Despite the home loss, Jewaun is optimistic about his team's chances of having a good year and advancing to the post season.

"We're going to be good," said Merchant matter of factly. "There are a lot more football games left and we have a lot of district games left.

"We have to go work out and work even harder next week."

Jewuan is the younger brother of former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jessie Bowman who now serves as an assistant coach at Brookhaven High. Recommended Stories

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