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Riverfield runs past BA 46-13 in Rayville, LA

The defending MAIS 4A state champion Riverfield Academy Raiders used 507 yards of total offense to pace them to a 46-13 win over Brookhaven Academy (4-4, 0-2) Thursday night in Rayville, Louisiana.

Riverfield (6-1, 3-0) got four rushing touchdowns from senior running back Hudson Brakefield in the win. Senior quarterback Trent Ginn also passed for one score and had a 65-yard TD run to open the second half.

The Raiders led 27-7 at halftime.

Junior quarterback Tyler Fortenberry finished 6-of-25 passing as the game was played in a downpour.

Fortenberry hit senior receiver Rob Johnson on a 40-yard scoring pass to cut the RA lead to 21-7 with 85 seconds remaining until halftime. The Raiders responded, though, as Brakefield scored on a 19-yard run just 48 seconds later.

Brookhaven Academy coach Ron Rushing and his team got their final score of the night when sophomore quarterback Rayce Stewart scored on a 3-yard run with 4:47 remaining in the game.

Johnson finished with five catches for 117 yards as only one other Cougar caught a pass.

Senior running back Luke Johnston rushed 12 times for 69 yards. Fortenberry carried five times for 60 yards. Stewart had four carries for 30 yards and John Rivers Brown rushed two times for 11 yards.

Junior Carter Smith led the BA defense with eight tackles including one for a loss. Senior defensive end Gage Brown made 6.5 tackles while senior defensive back Jalen Huffman made six stops.

BA is back in action on Friday as they host Hillcrest Christian for homecoming. The game will be played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.

Riverfield wraps up the District 4-4A title with the win as the Raiders have already beaten fellow division foes Hillcrest and Cathedral School.

The goal now for BA is to beat Hillcrest and then Bowling Green School a week later in the regular season finale.

With 14 schools vying for 12 playoff spots, the Cougars are all but a lock for the postseason but would like to finish as the eight seed or higher to insure they host a playoff game in the opening round. The top four seeds all receive a first round bye.