Eagles, Bucs back in action on Friday
Published 2:07 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools has reached the second week of the regular season and Bowling Green School and Ben’s Ford Christian School are back in action on Friday with both games beginning at 7 p.m.
Both local teams and their opponents won their openers last week.
Centreville Academy at Bowling Green School
Bowling Green School’s Buccaneers compete in their home opener against Centreville Academy.
Both teams come into the contest after opening week victories.
Bowling Green blanked Cathedral Unit School, 20-0. Centreville defeated New Orleans Home School 30-7.
Bowling Green won last year’s match up, 45-28.
“(Centreville coach) Bill Hurst is a great coach,” Bowling Green coach Riley Boudreaux said. “He got inducted into the hall of fame last year. They’re tough. Their offense runs a little more clock than other teams we play. That puts more stress on your offense because it cuts your possessions by two or three.”
Last week, Rashaan Duke threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Duke also ran four times four 12 yards.
Both of Duke’s touchdown passes went to Steven Scott Cooper. Cooper caught six passes for 62 yards. Cooper also had two carries for 9 yards.
Cade Knight had three receptions for 41 yards.
Nathan Jenkins made two catches for 12 yards.
Jekorvian Long recorded a reception for 40 yards. Long ran twice for 25 yards.
Wayne Ray was over 100 yards total, as he caught one pass for 37 yards and ran 16 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Bowling Green intercepted three passes — one each by Matthew Downs, Jace Schexnider and Hunter Wilkinson. Wilkinson tallied four tackles while Schexnider had three.
Denzel Evans and Jacob Dobraska led the team defense in tackles with seven each. Evans also broke up a pass.
Cade Morere, Jackson Dobraska and Emmanuel Powell all had five while Kengie Gordon tallied four, Ben Hicks posted three and Brayden Edwards, Cameron Brock and Ray all made two stops. Edwards had two pass breakups and Hicks made a sack.
Boudreaux said that Cooper and others stood out in last week’s game.
“(Cooper is) an explosive player,” Boudreaux said. “Wayne Ray is coming along better week after week. He was a 100-yard player last week. Pop (Duke) had one fumble earlier, but played really smart after that. He did a good job of checking at the line.
“Emmanuel, my nose guard, gives defenses fits. Jackson Dobraksa is one of the toughest players I’ve coached and Kengie played really well. When you have somebody on each level of the defense that you can trust, it makes you feel more comfortable.”
Ben’s Ford Christian School at Wilkinson County Christian Academy
Ben’s Ford Christian School takes to the road on Friday to play against Wilkinson County Christian Academy.
Both teams had week one wins, as the Eagles defeated Rebul Academy, 44-14, and Wilkinson County Christian Academy won, 40-12, over Kemper Academy.
These teams played in a scrimmage and a jamboree two weeks ago. The Eagles were defeated by WCCA, 16-0, in their jamboree match up.
“We know they’re going to be a pretty good group as far as being athletic,” Ben’s Ford Christian School coach Tommy Pittman said. “We’ve scrimmaged them and played them in the jamboree, so we have an idea of what we’re facing. Hopefully, we clean up the mistakes we made last week and avoid the turnovers.
“We’ve got to try to contain their speed guys and keep them on the inside where we’ve got more help. If we can do that, we can be successful defensively. We’re working on some things offensively we’ve seen from playing them. Hopefully we can apply them on Friday night.”
Last Friday, Austin Stogner ran seven times for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Stogner also made a catch for 13 yards. Stogner had a tackle and two fumble recoveries.
Daniel Martin had 10 carries for 69 yards and he threw for 52 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Martin ran for two touchdowns. Martin also made 1.5 tackles.
Payton Miller posted six carries for 40 yards. He also led the team with 8.5 tackles, and he recovered a fumble.
John Robert Holston had two carries for 32 yards and a catch for 39 yards. He also caught a touchdown. Holston made two stops on defense.
Gage Adams ran once for an 11-yard touchdown. Trey Hartzog had three rushes for 10 yards.
James Blackwell had 1.5 stops.
John Glover, Alex Stogner and Joseph Williams all made a half of a tackle. Stogner recovered a fumble.
Pittman said that Miller, a defensive end, set the tone last week.
“(Miller) got several big plays in the backfield. Daniel (Martin) and Austin, both of those boys defensively and offensively had some good tackles and broke off some good runs on the offensive side. Those were some of the ones that stood out to me,” Pittman said.