Unbeaten BA Cougars tour Bowling Green

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 2, 2004

The red-hot Brookhaven Academy Cougars play their first District4-AA game of the 2004 football season Friday night when they travelto Franklinton, La., to meet the Bowling Green Buccaneers. The gamebegins at 7 p.m.

In academy area football action, Columbia Academy visits Copiahand Parklane travels to Adams County Christian School. Union has anopen date.

Last week, Brookhaven crushed Prentiss Christian 47-8, Copiahshut out East Rankin 31-0, Parklane thumped Bowling Green 43-6 andUnion was squashed 35-0 by Wayne Academy.

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“They (Bowling Green) have played two pretty good teams,” saidBrookhaven Academy head coach Ray Ishee. Bowling Green lost toCentral Private 18-0 in the season opener and fell to Parklane 43-6last Friday.

“They (Buccaneers) are sound and aggressive,” explained Ishee.”They are well coached. I’m looking for a hard-nosed footballgame.”

Brookhaven has won its first two games of the season. TheCougars are riding a six-game winning streak, including the lastfour games of the 2003 season.

In the two games, the Cougars have outscored their opponents81-29.

Cougar sophomore quarterback Price Sessums completed 10-of-12passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Sessums was named TheDAILY LEADER’S Offensive Player of the Week for the opening week ofthe football season.

Cole Hodges led the Cougar rushing attack with nine carries for35 yards. He also had a reception for 83 yards and a touchdown.Cameron Achord and Paul Davis added TD catches of 65 and 30 yardsrespectively.

Defensively, Dusty Bratton led the Cougars with 12 tackles.Aaron Douglas added 9 stops and Sawyer Smith had 7. Achord andHodges each intercepted a pass.

“If we keep improving up front, I feel we’ll have a pretty goodfootball team,” added Ishee. “Defensively, our line is not playingas I’d like.”

Brookhaven pounded Bowling Green 35-14 in the next-to-last gameof the 2003 season.

Copiah (1-1), coached by Mitch Mitchell, postedits first win of the season last Friday, knocking off the EastRankin Academy Patriots 31-0. The Gallman-based Colonels returnhome Friday to entertain Columbia Academy.

Columbia (2-0) handed Presbyterian Christian an 18-6 beatinglast Friday.

Copiah lost starting quarterback David Hester in the thirdquarter of the East Rankin game to a broken collar bone. Sophomorequarterback Bennett Wilson completed 2 of 5 passes for 25 yardswith Will Ervin making both catches.

On the ground, Price Henley led the Colonels with 20 carries for83 yards.

On defense, Jake Guess led Copiah with 9 tackles. Ervin made 6stops.

Copiah and Columbia did not play last season.

Parklane (1-0), coached by Charlie Newlon,travels to Adams County Christian School Friday. Last Friday,Parklane whipped Bowling Green 42-6 and ACCS put away TrinityEpiscopal 33-24.

Last year, Parklane squashed ACCS 20-0.