Rams, Tigers set for playoff action tonight
WOODVILLE — It may be two different “seasons,” but Wilkinson County Christian Academy will have opened both against Prentiss Christian.
WCCA traveled to Prentiss Christian for its opener this season, tallying a 27-6 win. Now, with the new season that is the first round of the MAIS Class A playoffs, the Rams are set to host the Saints tonight.
Head coach David Wright said he’s expecting a good matchup between the two teams, but he’s just happy it isn’t a road game.
“We traveled there for a three-hour bus ride, so I’m glad we’re not traveling,” Wright said. “It’s not a fun place to play.”
Despite the score from their regular-season matchup, Wright was complimentary of the Saints and their style of football.
“They’re a hard-nosed team,” Wright said. “The score might have said 27-6, but that didn’t affect how hard they played. I was impressed with them.”
Wright also said his team would have to take the approach that the playoffs are a new season for everyone, and previous records have to be thrown out.
“The first time was just a warmup,” he said. “We are much improved, and if we’re not, I didn’t do a good job. There’s an attitude of wanting to win for the seniors. Whatever class you are, you play hard for those seniors, because if you lose, you’re done.”
Kickoff is set for 7 tonight at WCCA.
An undefeated record in the regular season means nothing for Centreville Academy now as its set to host Lamar School for the first round of the Class AA playoffs tonight.
“We told them (Thursday), everyone’s 0-0,” assistant coach Brian Stutzman said. “It’s forgotten. We’ve put it behind us and are moving on.”
All that matters now is continuing to advance, and Stutzman said Lamar is the first team standing in Centreville’s way.
“They like to run the ball, but they can throw it and throw it well,” Stutzman said. “They run out of a two tight end-set, and we’re just going to have to line up with them and play ball.”
The South State Class AA bracket includes teams like Simpson Academy, Brookhaven Academy and Trinity Episcopal, but Stutzman insisted his team isn’t looking ahead.
“In order to move on, we have to beat Lamar,” Stutzman said. “They’re in the way right now. It definitely looks like we’re on the tougher side of the bracket, but we’re definitely not looking past (Lamar).”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. today at Centreville.