Ben’s Ford looking for 3-0 start

Published 3:43 pm Friday, September 5, 2014

Ben’s Ford Christian School is looking for a 3-0 start tonight as the Eagles take to the road for the first time this season and play against Columbia Academy.

Both teams enter with a 2-0 record and each has a lopsided win and has played a close game.

The Eagles captured a 20-15 victory over Amite School Center last week after blanking New Orleans Home School 39-0 in week one.

Columbia won last year’s contest 23-13.

Ben’s Ford’s game wasn’t decided until there were four seconds left on an interception by Daniel Pittman.

Pittman, also the QB, threw the go-ahead touchdown to Josh Moss four-minutes earlier.

Coach Cole Holden said the team is excited.

“We preach to them after a big win on Friday that you enjoy it Friday and Saturday and Sunday, but it’s over come Monday,” Holden said. “We’ve got a big game this week with playoff implications as far as powerpoints go.”

Pittman threw a pair of touchdowns last week with the other going to Josh Crain.

Running back Aaron Taylor ran for 115 yards last week.

Defensively, ASC moved the ball, but the Eagles had key stops, especially on the final drive.

“Defensively, I feel like we have some improvements to make,” Holden said. “One thing they did do that I was proud of was that when it came down to the wire, they stepped it up a notch. They dug deep and found another gear.”

Holden said linebacker Jordan Thomas, end Tyler Milner and back Garrett Pounds played well last week.

Columbia is coming off of a 27-25 win over Sylva Bay Academy after defeating Bowling Green 36-7 in the opening week.

The Cougars have proven to be a tough running team. They’ve already racked up 616 yards and seven scores on the ground. Heath Greenlee and John Miles McNeese have led the way with 301 and 217 yards respectively. McNeese has scored three touchdowns with Greenlee at two.

Fullback Colton Sandifer also gets to tote the ball.

He’s got 53 yards on 11 attempts and a score this season.

The quarterback is Wiley Cleland and the Luke McKenzie is the wide receiver/tight end.

“I think we’re a little ahead offensively,” first-year coach Larry Dolan said. “It’s our goal every week to score three or four touchdowns. I like to get one in the first half and two in the second half. I think if we score three touchdowns in a game, we should have a chance to win. We’re still figuring out what we do best, but the key to improve every week. With our schedule, if we don’t, it’ll be tough on us.”

The Cougars’ top defenders are linebacker Caleb Pounds, end Jake Brewer, safety Michael Reid and outside linebacker Logan Bullock.

The Eagles’ next game is at home next Friday against Prentiss.