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Rebels rock Cougars out of playoff contention

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Brookhaven Academy's quarterback Heath Hickman pushes off ACCS Chisum Mardis (23) to protect the football Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Brookhaven Academy’s quarterback Heath Hickman pushes off ACCS Chisum Mardis (23) to protect the football Friday night.

NATCHEZ – The Brookhaven Academy Cougars will see their second consecutive regular season end short of the playoffs after dropping a 46-21 contest against Adams County Christian School in Natchez Friday night.

The Rebels defense proved too tough to gain ground as they held BA senior quarterback Heath Hickman and the Cougars’ offense to 230 total yards.

Hickman finished 10-of-17 passing for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Connor Dorman could only muster up 58 yards rushing on 16 carries. Dorman, typically a receiving threat out of the backfield, was held without a catch. Junior wide receiver Caleb Brown led the Cougars wideouts with 93 yards on five catches while junior William King hauled in three balls for 76 yards.

The Cougars were unable to cash in five Rebels fumbles, three of which they lost in ACCS territory. The Rebels did not have to punt in the game.

The Rebels rushed for 253 yards total and two running backs, Torrey Smith and Lester Wells averaged more than 20 yards per rush on eight total carries. Two other backs rushed for more than ten yards per carry.

The Cougars managed to get on the scoreboard with one second left before halftime when Hickman found King in the endzone from 8 yards out, however the Cougars were already trailing 39-0 at that point.

In the second half, BA punched two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Dorman scramble in a 2-yard run with 11:45 remaining.

Hickman collected his second passing touchdown on the night after hooking up with Caleb Brown for a 10-yard touchdown. Trent Cannon finished three-of-three on the extra point kicks.

Defensively, Garrett Pace was the leader for the Cougars with six tackles. King contributed four tackles. Trent Nettles and Michael Fiorella provided three stops apiece.

The Cougars concluded their season with 3-7 worksheet and finished with 1-2 record in division play, under the direction of first-year head coach Blake Purvis.