BA visits E. Rankin; Copiah hosts Parklane
The Brookhaven Academy Cougars suffered their first loss scoredof the season to Natchez Trinity last week. The loss snapped a22-game winning streak that dated back to last season’s perfect15-0 mark. The Cougars will have to regroup as they prepare totravel to face East Rankin Academy Friday in a non-district matchup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Pelahatchie.
In area academy action, Parklane visits Copiah for a Class AAAmatchup.
Brookhaven Academy (7-1, 2-0) is ranked No. 4 in the AssociatedPress Private School Poll.
Cougar head football coach Herbert Davis talked about Class AAAEast Rankin (2-6, 0-3).
“East Rankin has a good team offensively and defensively,” saidDavis. “We have went back to the basics this week. Hopefully thatwill help motivate us to turn it around. We have to play a goodgame both offensively and defensively to come out of East Rankinwith a victory.”
In the loss to Trinity, Chandler Rogers led the Brookhaven offense,completing 25 of his 39 pass attempts for 295 yards and twotouchdowns. Jennings Mills led the ground game with 79 yards on 11carries. Bubba Keene led all receivers with 10 catches for 139yards and a touchdown. Mills added 79 yards on 8 catches with atouchdown.
On defense, Bailey Hodge registered 16 tackles and an interceptionto lead Brookhaven. Jeff Rushing followed with 9 stops. Keene, C.J.Duckworth, and Hunter Franklin each made 7 tackles.
Parklane Academy (5-2, 1-1) rolled over Bowling Green, La. 41-6 inlast Friday’s contest. The Pioneers, coached by Bo Milton, travelto Gallman to face the Copiah Colonels for a big Class AAA matchupin Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
Copiah has a very good ball team,” said Milton. “They have somegood players that can run the ball. We are looking forward to anexciting ballgame, which is very important for us indistrict.”
In the victory over Bowling Green, senior quarterback BrandonAustin ran for a touchdown, passed for another and returned akickoff for a third score to lead the Pioneers. Compared to lastweek’s loss to Oak Forest Academy, the Pioneers’ offense was morebalanced this game.
Parklane’s three quarterbacks: Austin, sophomore Zach Stutzman andjunior Hunter Aultman, combined to pass for 144 yards and twotouchdowns. The Pioneers’ ground assault ran up 193 total yards andthree scores. Senior running back Jack Kitaif rushed for 99 yardson 11 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Defensively, senior linebacker Hunter Ray led the Pioneers withnine stops. Austin also starred on defense at the safety position,collecting two interceptions.
Copiah Academy (2-5, 0-2) edged the Leake Academy Rebels for a16-15 homecoming win. The Gallman-based Colonels are under thedirection of coach Scotty Cline.