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WCCA feels loss of seniors in Tri-County defeat

FLORA — The rematch of last year’s MAIS Class A State Championship game between Wilkinson County Christian Academy and Tri-County Academy turned out to be not much of a rematch.

Which was expected considering how many players WCCA lost to graduation from last year’s team. Tri-County, on the other hand, has several players back from last year’s team and is now competing in Class AA.

And the difference between the two teams really showed Friday night as the Rebels, ranked No. 3 in Class AA, dominated the first half en route to a 38-14 win over the Rams, which went into the game somehow ranked No. 5 in Class despite a 30-point loss at Adams County Christian School a week earlier.

Trey Bolden threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, Ryan Cothern had a pair of short touchdown runs, and Tucker Millican added a 30-yard field goal as time expired at the end of the first half to give Tri-County Academy a 31-0 lead.

WCCA scored on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter on a quarterback keeper by Jalen Washington that turned into a 65-yard touchdown run. Reed Sturgeon’s extra point made the score 31-7.

However, the Rebels would respond with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Baylor Travis to Cothern with 6:34 to go in the third quarter to go ahead 38-7. The Rams scored again on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Washington to Dra’ Tolliver with 5:30 to go in the fourth quarter. Sturgeon added the extra point.

The Rebels’ defense held the Rams to just eight first downs and 190 yards of total offense. Washington had almost of them. He led the team in rushing with 109 yards on 15 carries and was 6-of-14 passing for 59 yards with two interceptions. Tolliver had two catches for 29 yards.

WCCA (0-2) will look to get its first win of the season at 7 p.m. next Friday when it hosts Bowling Green School.

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