Cougars trample Colts in playoff opener

Published 11:07 pm Friday, October 30, 2020

It would appear that the Brookhaven Academy offense is clicking at just the right time. Friday in their MAIS 4A playoff opener, the Cougars generated 381 yards of total offense in cruising to a 35-6 win over Lee Academy.

The Cougars (7-4) led 28-0 at halftime over a Colts (4-6) team that hails from Clarksdale.

It was the fourth-straight year for BA to host an opening round game under coach Ron Rushing and the Cougars have now won all four of those games in convincing fashion.

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Next up for the Cougars is a trip to Batesville for a second-round game against the North Delta Green Wave (8-2).

North Delta had an opening round bye as they are the no. 2 overall seed in the playoff bracket. They defeated Lee 35-14 on Oct. 16.

The two schools met in 2018 with BA getting a 21-13 early season win in Batesville.

Junior quarterback Tyler Fortenberry threw for a pair of scores and ran for two touchdowns against Lee. He also returned an interception for a score as well.

Through the air Fortenberry finished 13-of-18 passing for 240 yards. His cousin Dylan Fortenberry caught six passes for 153 yards and his brother Trey Fortenberry caught one of those TD passes. Senior Rob Johnson hauled in the other scoring pass for BA.

On the ground Fortenberry rushed six times for 33 yards. Junior John Rivers Brown led the BA rushing attack with 58 yards on six carries.

August Sullivan led the Cougar defense with five tackles. Lee managed just 17 yards passing in the game. Trevor Fortenberry and Caleb Carithers each made two tackles apiece for a loss.