Ben’s Ford taking to the road play against Silliman tonight

Published 2:40 pm Friday, October 24, 2014

Ben’s Ford Christian School is back in action tonight, traveling to Clinton to take on the Silliman Institute Wildcats for the regular season finale in a District 6AA battle.

The Eagles (6-3, 2-1) enter tonight’s action on a three-game winning streak, with victories over Sylva Bay, Bowling Green and Central Private to complete the regular season with a 6-0 home record. The Eagles are 0-3 on the road.

The three road losses have been against Centreville (9-0), Heidelberg (5-3) and Columbia Academy (5-3).

Ben’s Ford coach Cole Holden said his team is 11th in power points and that the top 16 make the playoffs.

Last week, Ben’s Ford was victorious over Central Private, 28-21.

Holden said his defense played pretty well last week.

“We’ve still got things we need to get better at,” Holden said. “We had a few blown assignments, but defensively, we’ve played well overall.”

Running back Aaron Taylor, who has more than 1,000 rushing yards, is one of the Eagles’ key offensive players offensively.

Last week, he accounted for three touchdowns. He ran for two and caught another from quarterback Daniel Pittman.

“We’ve got to establish the run game early, find a way to run the football on them,” Holden said.

“Their defensive front is really good. Their nose tackle is committed to South Carolina (Jozie Milton). Defensively, we just have to play physical with them.”

Ben’s Ford is facing a team that has allowed just two teams to reach double digits, Oak Forest and Centreville. Both of those teams are 9-0.

Oak Forest is ranked second in AAA by Southern Sports and Travel, while Centreville is tops in Class AA by Southern Sports and Travel.

Silliman coach T.J. Davis, whose team blanked Wayne Academy, 53-0, last week, gave kudos to coach Robert Anders and the rest of the coaches for the job they’ve done with the defense.

“We’re using a different scheme, and the kids have done a good job of adapting to it,” Davis said. “A lot of it is who you’re playing and how you match up against those teams. We’ve matched up well against some of these teams, and we’ll see how we match up against Ben’s Ford.”

The Wildcats (7-2, 2-1), which beat Ben’s Ford, 39-8, last year, begin tonight ranked third by Southern Sports and Travel in Class AA.

Davis said his top defenders are nose guard Milton, safety Caleb Jackson, outside linebacker Will Douglas, end Jordan Talley and inside linebacker Mark Gill.

Offensively, Silliman has a two-quarterback system with Keon Brown and Zach Kelly.

Last week, Brown completed five of his 10 passes with a touchdown, and an interception, while Kelly ran four times for 31 yards and a score.

Running back Tyren Shelton had two carries for 52 yards.

Michael Beauchamp posted 82 yards on just three attempts and a touchdown for the Wildcats. The receivers are Jackson, Talley, Trace McManus and Tyran Shelton.