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Brookhaven Academy needs road triumph

The Bowling Green Buccaneers of Franklinton, La., have alreadysecured a playoff spot in District 4-AA. The Brookhaven AcademyCougars also want a playoff berth or district crown but must beattalented Bowling Green on the road Friday night to accomplish theirgoal. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

In area academy action, Pillow visits Parklane andMadison-Ridgeland is at Copiah. Union finished the regular seasonlast Friday and earned a playoff berth in the District 4-A.

Bowling Green (6-3) leads the division with a 3-0 record.Columbia Academy (3-7) is second in the race with a 2-2 recordfollowed by Brookhaven (6-4) in third place with a 2-1worksheet.

Columbia finishes its regular season hosting AAA CentrevilleFriday night.

A win by Brookhaven over Bowling Green would put both teams tiedfor first place with 3-1 records. Brookhaven’s only division losswas to Columbia, 28-22 on September 8. If Brookhaven loses, theyare automatically out of the playoffs.

“Bowling Green’s No. 77 is the best offensive tackle we haveseen,” said Clanton. “Their quarterback, No. 17, is a good runner.We’ll have to attack him. Make him pitch it out. He likes to runthe football.”

In the win over WCCA last Friday, senior quarterback JakeSessums powered the offense with 12 rushes for 68 yards includingone touchdown. Sessums, the Daily Leader’s Offensive Player ofthe Week, completed 5 of 6 passes for 171 yards including threetouchdown passes and a two-point conversion.

Defensively, junior linebacker Ben Davis led theCougars with 20 tackles. Davis was named the Daily Leader’sDefensive Player of the Week. Following with 14 tackles wasfreshmen linebacker Jonathan Watts.

Parklane had an open date last Friday to prepare forGreenwood Pillow. The Pioneers, coached by Charlie Newlon, are 6-2overall and 1-2 in District 2-AAAA action.

Greenwood Pillow (7-1, 2-0) is out of District1-AAAA and is coming off a 32-7 victory over Starkville Academylast Friday.

Copiah handed District 3-AAA foe Central Hinds a28-0 whipping last Friday to clinch the runner-up berth in thedivision. Manchester (8-1) captured the division title with anunbeaten 3-0 record.

The Gallman-based Colonels, coached by DavidGregory, wrap up regular play at home hosting AAAAMadison-Ridgeland. MRA (2-6, 0-4) was pounded 52-0 last Friday bydivision nemesis Jackson Academy.