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BA coach wants team to improve before first game

McCOMB – New Brookhaven Academy head football coach Ray Isheegot a good look at his Cougars Friday night in the ParklaneFootball Jamboree at Cowart Smith Field.

Ishee saw some good things as well as room for improvement forhis young football team.

“We looked like I thought we would look,” said Ishee. “Westarted four sophomores up front. They got better. We want to playa lot people. The young kids are going to have to get goodenough.”

Other teams participating were Parklane, Amite School Center andCentreville Academy. Each game lasted one 15-minute quarter. Nokickoffs or punts were used.

Brookhaven and Amite School Center finished the first gamescoreless at 0-0. Brookhaven fell to Parklane 13-6 in the finalgame.

“We were pleased with our effort,” added Ishee. “They haveworked hard in practice. Execution wasn’t sharp in the first game.But it got better against Parklane.”

In the other two games, Centreville Academy knocked off AmiteSchool Center 7-0 in the second matchup and Parklane shut outCentreville 14-0 in the third contest.

Parklane 13, Brookhaven 6

Parklane went on top of Brookhaven on its first drive.Pioneer senior quarterback Dooley Simmons connected to widereceiver Reg Ott for a 25-yard touchdown. Senior punter/kickerMitch Johnston kicked the extra point at 13:17 and Parklane ledBrookhaven 7-0.

On Brookhaven’s first possession, the Cougars drove andpunched the football in on a 12-yard burst over the middle bysenior runningback Adam Smith. Collins Case was sacked on theattempted PAT kick and the Cougars trailed the Pioneers 7-6 with7:18 remaining.

Parklane came back to score the final TD of the game atthe 6:06 mark when junior runningback Tyler Stout broke loose for aseven-yard scramble for the 13-6 lead. Junior defensive back WillRushing blocked Johnston’s attempted PAT kick.

“Parklane is a good football team,” Ishee said. “Wemoved the football pretty good against them. Adam Smith ran theball pretty well. Blocking was pretty well. The kids have to getused to playing together. We want them to get as much playing timeas they could.”

Brookhaven 0, Amite School Center 0

The Cougar defense came through with 3:47 left to playto stop an ASC Rebel drive at the five-yard. Brookhaven seniorlinebacker Blake Killingsworth recovered a key ASC fumble and gavethe Cougar offense another shot at scoring.

But Brookhaven offense’s fumbled a minute later andClint McMillian of Amite School Center recovered to kill thedrive.

The Cougars stopped the Rebels two more times butcouldn’t get their offensive game going.

Parklane 14, Centreville Academy 3

In the Pioneers’ first game of the jamboree, Dooley hitwide receiver Lance Newlon for a 75-yard touchdown. Johnston kickedthe extra point and put Parklane up 7-0 at the 9:26mark.

The final score for the hosts came with 6:32 on theclock when wide receiver Reg Ott caught a 27-yard pass from Simmonsfor a 14-0 lead following Johnston’s second PAT kick of thegame.

Centreville finally got on the scoreboard with 3:02remaining on a 28-yard field goal from Royce Fontanue, cutting thedeficit to 14-3.

Brookhaven Academy officially kicks off the 2001 seasonFriday night with the visiting Copiah Academy Colonels. Kick offbegins at 7:30 p.m.

Parklane has an open date this weekend. The Pioneersdebut at Adams County Christian School on Sept. 7.