7-0 Saints visit unbeaten BA
The undefeated Brookhaven Academy Cougars face their third testagainst an undefeated opponent this week as they host the NatchezTrinity Episcopal Saints for a non-district showdown on R.M. “Red”Stuard Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In area academy action, Leake Academy travels to Copiah Academy andParklane visits Bowling Green in Franklinton, LA.
Last week, Trinity Saints (7-0) crushed River Oaks 42-21. TheCougars edge Centreville Academy 14-13 for a homecomingvictory.
Brookhaven Academy (7-0) head coach Herbert Davis has watchedTrinity on film and expects a tough challenge from the No. 1 rankedClass A team in the MAIS poll.
“We have our work cut out for us,” said Davis. “Trinity is the bestteam that I’ve seen since I’ve been here. Offensively, they areloaded with talent. They have more team speed than they had a yearago.
“They have lots of guys who can run,” Davis added. “It will be achallenge. It will be a huge test for us.”
Davis said the Saints boast some exceptional athletes: “They havethree tremendous players in Kent King, Giovani Dent (QB) and TipMcKenzie. McKenzie is the real deal.
“They are better up front in the line than they were a year agowhen they won state. Skill-wise they are very good.”
In the win over Centreville Academy, quarterback Chandler Rogersled the Brookhaven offense, completing 14 of his 27 pass attemptsfor 251 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.On the ground, he picked up 36 yards on 12 carries.
BA senior Jennings Mills was the leading receiver with 6 catchesfor 106 yards. Keene had 6 receptions for 95 yards and 2touchdowns.
On defense, Jeff Rushing led the Brookhaven defense with 18tackles. Bailey Hodge followed with 14 stops. Gage Posey added 13tackles. Alan Michael Allred chipped in 12 stops and HunterFranklin and C.J. Duckworth each had 10 tackles.
Last year, the BA Cougars edged Trinity Episcopal 25-21 atNatchez.
Parklane Academy (4-2, 1-1) lost 21-17 to the Oak Forest AcademyYellow jackets last week in a Mississippi Association ofIndependent Schools AAA contest. The loss ended the Pioneers’ fourgame winning streak, while the Yellow jackets improved to 5-2 (1-1)with the win. The Pioneers, coached by Bo Milton, will be travelingto Franklinton, LA to face a non-district opponent, the BowlingGreen Buccaneers. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The Bucs (2-5, 0-2) edged the Central Private Rebels 18-16 lastweek.
In the loss to Oak Forest, Parklane rallied from a 14-point deficitto take a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter, but could not holdoff senior quarterback Blake Carter and senior slot back DrewMisita of Oak Forest.
Defensively, Hunter Ray and Brandon Austin led the Pioneers witheight tackles apiece.
Copiah Academy (1-5, 0-2) lost to the Presbyterian Christian SchoolBobcats 41-13 last week in Hattiesburg. The Colonels, coached byScotty Cline, host the Leake Academy Rebels for homecoming inGallman.
The Rebels (5-1, 2-1) lost to Simpson Academy 14-13 lastweek.
In the loss to Presbyterian, Kelton Smith scored on a 99-yardkickoff return and a 4-yard run for both of the Colonels’touchdowns in the first quarter.