Ben’s Ford’s Eagles hosting Amite School Center tonight

Published 3:30 pm Friday, August 29, 2014

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Eagles continue their regular season tonight by hosting Amite School Center with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Both teams got off to 1-0 starts last week.

Ben’s Ford downed New Orleans Home School 39-0, while Amite School Center was victorious over Acadiana Home School 41-6.

These teams met last season with Ben’s Ford winning 46-21.

Ben’s Ford’s defense was stout last week in the shutout. Defensive end Tyler Milner led the charge with 15 tackles.

“Defensively, we played well,” Holden said. “We’re going to have to keep that up. We’re stepping up in competition. ASC has a good running game.”

The Eagles were tough offensively, too.

Aaron Taylor ran five times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Destin Pittman tallied 40 yards on the ground and scored on all three of his carries.

Destin’s brother, quarterback Daniel Pittman, completed 9-of-16 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

His other TD went to Garrett Pounds.

The injury bug has hit Ben’s Ford’s limited roster, which has just 27 players. Corey Caldwell, Robert Gaitan and Connor Gallaspy are all out for tonight’s contest.

Switching over to Amite School Center, first-year coach Mitch Mitchell said his team is a work in progress.

“They didn’t win a lot of games last year (2-8 record),” Mitchell said. “I’m a first-year coach here (at ASC). We feel like our offensive line is our strength, and we’re trying to take advantage of that. We’re trying to put our skill guys in better positions to make plays.”

The Rebels, who have 34 players on their roster, are a running team. Last week, the club mounted a rushing attack for 384 yards.

The main two guys running the football for ASC are David Lyendecker and Josh Jackson.

Mitchell said Lyendecker is a speed back and Jackson is bigger and stronger.

Lyendecker rushed for 120 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns last week, while Jackson put up 50 yards on nine carries and a score.

Quarterback Davin Booty, a sophomore, ran for 110 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Rebels run a four-man front.

Middle linebacker Drew Nolan intercepted a pass in last week’s victory.

Mitchell also named Nolan, defensive end Dylan Fry and outside linebacker Tyler Higgins his top defenders.

After this game, the Eagles hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Columbia Academy.