BA, Copiah in playoff games tonight

Published 6:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars and the Copiah Academy Colonelsenter the second round of the MPSA Class AA state football playoffstonight. The games begin at 7 p.m.

Brookhaven Academy (11-1) hosts VIcksburg’s Porters Chapel (9-3)at Cougar Field. Copiah (7-4) invades Franklinton, La, to meetBowling Green (7-4) for the second time this season.

In the North AA semifinals, Central Hinds (8-6) is at WinstonAcademy (9-3) and Kirk Academy (8-4) invades unbeaten Leake Academy(12-0).

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Last week, Brookhaven Academy dumped Centreville Academy 38-21and Porters Chapel squashed Central Private, La. 34-6.

In the win over Centreville, senior quarterback Price Sessumshad an incredible night. Sessums, who completed 8 of 10 passes for179 yards and a touchdowns, rushed the football 24 times for 217yards for five TDs.

Leading the Cougar receiving corps was Seth Cliburn with fourcatches for 79 yards. Corey Dickerson made three catches for 79yards. On the ground, Dickerson rushed seven times for 68yards.

Defensively, Brookhaven was led by Kolby Byrd with 14 tacklesand a fumble recovery. Making 8 stops and intercepting a pass wasSteven Watts.

The Porters Chapel Eagles were powered by quarterback HaydenHales (6-5, 207) who collected 302 yards of total offense in lastweek’s win over Central Private. Hales threw for 190 yards and twotouchdowns and rushed for 112 yards and a TD.

“Hales is a good solid quarterback,” said Brookhaven Academyhead coach Bo Milton. “He moves good for a big kid. He throws theball really well.

” The Eagles are a 50-50 (on offense). They are as balanced asyou can get. They throw it half the time and run it the other half.They have two real good receivers in Cole Smith (6-3, 171) andMichael Busby (6-2, 194). They like to throw the ball to those twoguys.” Busby has signed to play baseball at Mississippi State.

Milton said Porters Chapel sets its defense according to theother teams offense.

“The Eagle defense is 5-3 or Split 4,” added Milton. “It kind ofdepends on how you line up. It’s going to be a good game. We hopeour defense continues to play good and slow them down.”

Copiah Academy defeated Bowling Green 16-13 inthe final game of the regular season on Nov. 3 at Franklinton, La.The Colonels return for another matchup with the hostBuccaneers.

Mitch Mitchell coaches the Gallman-based Colonels.

“Bowling Green looks good,” said Mitchell. “They are big andphysical. They have real good tailback in Lee Hunt. They are apower team.”

“They run a 4-3 on defense,” added Mitchell.

In the previous meeting, each team had several turnovers.

“Both teams turned over the ball over too many times,” explainedMitchell. “The team that can eliminate those can win. We are prettyevenly matched.”

Last Friday, Copiah eliminated Riverfield, La. 21-7 whileBowling Green put away ACCS 34-6.

In the win over Riverfield, Copiah quarterback Daniel Simscompleted 8 of 13 passes for 81 yards, including 2 touchdowns and 2interceptions. Bennett Wilson caught 3 passes for 27 yards and atouchdown. Making 2 catches for 21 yards and a TD was Jake Guess.Hunter Greer caught 2 passes for 19 yards followed by Alan Guesswith a catch for 16 yards.

The Colonels’ running game was led by Brandon Greer with 20carries for 53 yards. Sims rushed 12 times for 47 yards and atouchdown. Following with 6 rushes for 37 yards was Guess.

On defense, Copiah was led by Jake Guess with 8 tackles. Making6 stops was Alex Guess. Ben Boone finished with 5 tackles.Following with 4 tackles and 2 intercepted passes was Hunter Greer.Wilson also intercepted a pass.