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WCCA, Centreville going strong

WOODVILLE — Union Christian Academy may be winless, but Wilkinson County Christian Academy head coach David Wright says they’re not to be taken lightly.

“I know they’re improving every week,” Wright said. “They usually run out of gas late in the game. I don’t know if it’s a lack of depth or something else, but I know they keep fighting and play hard.”

When the Rams host Union Christian for homecoming Friday, Wright said he expects his players to come prepared.

“Last week, we played Heidelberg (0-5), and I told the boys to throw the records out the window,” Wright said. “We just have to do it this week. We did win (17-10), and it was a hard-fought game.”

There’s also the added distraction of homecoming activities throughout the week that the Rams players will have to weed through, Wright said.

“We’re just trying to let them have fun during school, but teach them during the time there is to get ready,” Wright said.

With WCCA sitting at 5-1, with the lone loss coming to MAIS Class AA Centreville Academy, Wright said he gets asked a lot just how good his team is.

“When I got the job this summer, I spent my time building the kids up and convincing them that they’re as good as they want to be,” Wright said.

“The challenge is not letting them get complacent. Our job is not done. A lot of the kids have the goal of winning a state title, but winning every game one at a time is our goal right now.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday.

Centreville Academy

CENTREVILLE — Columbia Academy is fielding what Centreville Academy assistant coach Brian Stutzman called its “best team in 10 to 15 years.”

So despite being undefeated at 6-0, Stutzman said there’s little chance of an overconfident bunch heading into Friday’s game on the road.

“It shouldn’t be hard (not to be overconfident) this week,” Stutzman said. “We just go out and play every game. We know how good they are. Everyone is after us. We’re playing for an undefeated season and hopefully home field advantage in the playoffs.”

Stutzman said Columbia Academy’s team runs a spread offense and has some big, physical players on defense.

“We have some big kids, but they have big kids all over the line,” Stutzman said. “They’re just a big, physical team.”

One thing the Tigers are trying to shore up is the number of penalties. Against Adams County Christian School last week, they committed eight penalties for minus-80 yards. Several weeks ago it was even more glaring: 14 penalties for negative 146 yards against Oak Forest.

“Penalties and turnovers have been a problem,” Stutzman said. “We’ve been able to overcome them, but Columbia is a team where penalties and fumbles will come back to haunt you.”

Kickoff at Columbia Academy is at 7 p.m. Friday.