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BA Cougars face must-win at WCCA

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars visit the Wilkinson CountyChristian Academy Rams in Woodville Friday night in a must win-gameto maintain second place in the District 4-AA race. Game time is7:30 p.m.

In other games involving local teams, Brookhaven visits LawrenceCounty, Bogue Chitto hosts Natchez Cathedral, Enterprise entertainsDexter and West Lincoln travels to St. Aloysius.

Enterprise (7-2, 6-1) and Bogue Chitto (8-1, 6-1) are currentlyranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in Region 4-1A. Both areguaranteed a spot in the state playoffs. Four teams from eachregion advance to the first round.

Brookhaven Academy (8-1, 1-1) faces a tough foe in the WCCA RamsFriday night at Woodville. Brookhaven Academy must beat WCCA andBowling Green on Nov. 9 to keep its playoff shot. Only the top twoteams in the district advance to the playoffs. No. 1 Oak Forestholds the only district win over Brookhaven Academy.

Last Friday, Brookhaven Academy rallied to gun down AAA opponentCentreville Academy 24-21, a team the Cougars hadn’t beaten since1982.

“They (WCCA) have a real good football team,” said BrookhavenAcademy head coach Ray Ishee. “They have won five in a row. Theyare very physical. They have a tailback, McVay. He is one of thebest tailbacks in the area. They have big offensive senior linemen.They are old fashioned, smash-mouth, in-your-face footballteam.

“We have to whip them to stay in the playoff picture,” saidIshee. “We have one loss to Oak Forest. To remain in the playoffs,we have to win.”

WCCA (6-3, 2-0) pounded Bowling Green, La. 42-13 lastFriday.

Powering Brookhaven Academy over Centreville was Daily LeaderOffensive Player of the Week Ben Davis, a senior quarterback. Davisrushed the football 20 times for 130. yards. Davis completed 8 of14 passes for 157 yards, including the game-winning 8-yard TD tosenior Jeffrey Waycaster.

Defensively, senior defensive back Chad Lagrone led the Cougarswith nine tackles. Making eight stops was Cal Hodges.

“For the first time, we are healthy,” added Ishee. “Everybodywill be on the field. I think our kids are playing pretty well. Ihope we are peeking at the right time. It should be a good footballgame.”

Brookhaven Academy thumped WCCA 28-22 last year.

Bogue Chitto is ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Little 10 PrepPoll. Coach Carl Cole’s Bobcats are coming off a 28-8 region winover the Mt. Olive Pirates last Friday.

The Bobcats return to the friendly confines of Troy Smith FieldFriday night to host region rival Natchez Cathedral (3-5, 2-5).Cathedral suffered a tough 14-12 loss at the hands of regionnemesis Salem last Friday.

Powering Bogue Chitto’s offense in the win over Mt. Olive wassenior Domenick Addison with 13 carries for 109 yards and twotouchdowns. Addison also broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark lastFriday. Adding support with 17 rushes for 80 yards and a TD wasDenard Ferguson.

On defense, Fred Smith led the Bobcats with eight tackles.

Last year, Cathedral knocked off Bogue Chitto 35-12.

Enterprise battled back against defending Class 1A state champMize last Friday but turnovers cost the visiting Yellow Jackets a48-24 defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs. Mize has already securedthe No. 1 seed in the Region 4-1A and remains undefeated with a 9-0record.

Enterprise’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as the Jackets hostregion opponent the Dexter Bulldogs. The Bulldogs (6-2, 6-2) arefourth in this week’s region standings and are coming off a 28-13region win over St. Aloysius (4-5( 2-5).

In the loss to Mize, Enterprise’s ground game was led by seniorrunningback Shermaine Vaughn with 13-carries for 121 yards. BobbySmith rushed 11 times for 60 yards.

Quarterback Justin Kyzar completed 8 out of 15 passes for 144yards. Rufus Allen caught five passes for 81 yards followed byMonti Crotwell with 3 catches for 21 yards.

In last season’s game, Dexter downed Enterprise 41-6.

West Lincoln (0-9, 0-7) is on the road Friday night at Vicksburgto meet the Region 4-1A St. Aloysius Flashes. Coach Roe Burns’Bears are coming off a tough 25-21 loss at the hands of theStringer Red Devils last Friday.

St. Aloysius is coming off a 28-13 defeat at the hands of regionfoe Dexter last Friday.

West Lincoln junior runningback Stacey Fells broke the1,000-yard rushing mark in the loss to Stringer. Fells rushed 20times for 158 yards and scored two touchdowns.

On defense, Lee Clark, Alan Skates and Fells paced the Bearswith nine tackles apiece.