Eagles football competes in 1st playoff game

Published 3:02 pm Friday, October 31, 2014

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s football program has made history and is in the playoffs for the first time ever.

Tonight, the Eagles, who are the 10th seed, travel to Clinton to face the seventh seeded Silliman Institute Wildcats in the MAIS Class AA playoffs.

“It’s exciting,” Ben’s Ford coach Cole Holden said. “It’s been a fun ride. We have a big senior class. We’ve had a lot of support from the school and the community. It’s been a fun ride, but we’re not ready for it to end.”

Nine of the 24 players are seniors.

The Eagles began playing 11-man football in 2009 after competing in eight-man the two years prior.

Ben’s Ford enters tonight with a 6-4 record. These teams are meeting for the third time this season and for the second time in as many weeks.

The first contest was way back on Aug. 15 in the Ben’s Ford Jamboree. The Eagles lost that contest, 22-8, and then fell last week, 39-7.

“We’re very familiar with each other,” Holden said. “We played each other in the jamboree, and we played each other last week. We’re very familiar with what each other does. This game carries more meaning because whoever loses, their season is done.”

The winner of this game faces either second seeded Adams County Christian School or 15th seeded Prentiss Christian School.

Aaron Taylor leads Ben’s Ford’s rushing attack with 1,309 yards on 200 carries (6.5 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns.

Daniel Pittman has thrown for 787 yards on 51-of-113 (45.1 percent) with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also run 71 times for 388 yards (5.4) and seven scores. He’s also made 40 tackles and intercepted three passes.

Josh Moss tops the Eagles with 15 catches for 285 yards (19) to go with two touchdowns. Defensively, he’s picked off three passes Josh Grain enters at 10 receptions for 240 yards (24) and three scores. Crain also has 32.5 tackles and four picks. Garrett Pounds begins with 14 catches for 129 yards and two TDs. He has two interceptions on defense.

Defensively, Jordan Thomas has recorded 90 tackles and two sacks. Cole Williams begins with 78 stops and three sacks.

Silliman comes in with an 8-2 record and is ranked third in AA by Southern Sports and Travel.

The Wildcats’ two losses have been against Oak Forest Academy (10-0), 30-6 and Centreville (9-1), 23-0. Those are also the only two teams to score in double digits against Silliman. Centreville’s loss was against Oak Forest last week, 35-29.

Last week, Zach Kelly had 17 rushing attempts for 123 yards (7.2) with a TD. He also completed half of his eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Keon Brown also played quarterback last week for Silliman and threw one the touchdowns to McManus.

Trace McManus caught three passes for 134 yards and two TDs.

Michael Beauchamp finished with 42 yards on three carries (14) and a score. Beauchamp also recovered a fumble.

Tyler Lejeune recovered a fumble for a TD and Will Douglas intercepted a pass.