Tigers, Rams look strong heading into final stretch

Published 12:01am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CENTREVILLE — Centreville Academy came through another test unscathed when the Tigers topped Columbia Academy 55-21.

The Tigers remained undefeated at 8-0, and assistant coach Brian Stutzman said his team was able to come alive as the game went on despite trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

“We played hard and never quit,” Stutzman said. “We came out a little flat, but the team played with a lot of emotion in the second half, and we were able to pull away. They showed a lot of resilience after getting down early.”

Centreville returns to MAIS District 6-AA Friday as the Tigers get ready to host Bowling Green Christian Academy (4-3, 1-1) Friday.

“It’s our second conference game,” Stutzman said. “They have a good bunch, and they’ve been running the football for the most part. They threw the majority of the time last year, so we’re going to prepare to stop either one.”

After Bowling Green, the Tigers finish the season with Central Private and Silliman Institute, both district opponents.

“We only have one win in district (against Oak Forest Academy), so we have to win out and hopefully get homefield advantage,” Stutzman said.

Stutzman said his team would have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs up until a potential state championship game as long as the Tigers keep winning.

Centreville is still undefeated, but Stutzman said he hopes there aren’t any cases of overconfidence that set in.

“I hope we’re grounded,” Stutzman said. “We’ve taken everyone’s best shot every Friday night. We have to prepare to take another challenge (Friday), so hopefully the kids will do what they’re supposed to do and take care of things.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Centreville.

WCCA versus Tallulah Academy

Wilkinson County Christian Academy looks to stay undefeated in MAIS District 3-A as the Rams travel to Tallulah Academy (3-5, 1-4) Friday night.

Head coach David Wright said the Trojans primarily use the wishbone and I-formation looks on offense.

“They’re heavy out of the run,” Wright said. “They had their starting quarterback injured in the Glenbrook game. One of their favorite plays is the quarterback keeper, and they’ve been struggling with their backup quarterback.”

But the Trojans are not to be taken lightly despite that, Wright said.

“He’s making adjustments,” Wright said. “It takes a few games for the next quarterback to get his feet wet. He gets better every game, and they’ll keep adding to his plate.”

The Rams are coming off a 56-0 win against Union Christian Academy last week, and backup quarterback John Norwood was able to see action in the second half. Wright said he’s glad Norwood is there to push starter Taylor Prevost in practice.

“It breeds success,” Wright said. “Someone will come out on top. Both are fighting for some playing time, and both of them have assets that can help the team. Both are seniors, and it’s fun to watch them compete.”

Wright also said he’s been happy with the senior leadership on his team.

“The seniors know their time is running out,” Wright said. “We have some great seniors that set the mood and tone in the locker room during pregame. They don’t miss practice, and I think the younger guys notice that.”

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