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Tigers set to take on Silliman

Centreville — Centreville Academy (4-1) is preparing for a big rival game Friday with a lot at stake against Silliman Institute.

Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said their three game winning streak means nothing as they prepare for district.

“Silliman is a big rival for us, and the winner of this is in the driver’s seat for a district title,” he said.

Stutzman said the importance of this game is already embedded in his players’ minds.

“They all realize the implications of the game,” Stutzman said. “It isn’t hard to get them ready to play.”

All of the Tigers players got their feet wet against Ben’s Ford Christian Academy last week, and Stutzman said it was good for each player to gain more experience.

“It was a good game for us, we were able to get the reserves in and everybody got a chance to play,” he said.

Stutzman said this week’s practice would consist of a lot of basic fundamental work to get them ready for a tough district schedule.

“We’re doing a lot of mental preparation,” he said. “We’re going over a lot of offensive sets, we’ll continue to work on conditioning and work on fundamentals like blocking and passing.”

As the Tigers try to keep their win streak going, Stutzman said it would take every player to reach their goal.

“The whole team must rise to the occasion and play like champions,” Stutzman said.

Wilkinson County Christian Academy

Woodville — Wilkinson County Christian Academy (1-4) is looking to get a winning streak going against Central Private Academy after grabbing its first win against Porter’s Chapel Academy last week.

WCCA head coach David Wright said he was relieved to get the victory, but he was still hoping for a better game.

“We beat a district opponent and did our job preparing for the game and executing our game plan,” Wright said. “It would’ve been nice to put them away when we had our chance.”

Though the Rams weren’t able to keep a comfortable lead, Wright said it wasn’t because they didn’t play hard enough.

“There were some mental errors and mistakes that kept them in the game, it wasn’t a lack of effort,” he said.

Wright said WCCA won a tough game that resulted in a few injuries. Several players will have to fill the void of their hurt teammates against Central Private Friday.

“We’ll need some kids to step up for us,” he said.

Players like Dakota Jones and Tyler Radley will be key defensive players for the Rams after breakout performances against Porter’s Chapel, Wright said.

“Jones had a good night for us with six tackles, two fumble recoveries, a safety and two blocked punts,” he said. “He really got motivated to make a difference on defense and special teams. He and Radley are our defensive leaders.”

Jamal Vessell will be instrumental on both offense and defense for WCCA after making an interception for a touchdown last Friday and showing a solid rushing performance.

Wright said there are some key things they must focus on this week as they prepare for Central Private.

“We’re at the point in the season where we’re working hard on our basic fundamentals and really narrowing down on our identity on offense and defense,” Wright said

The Rams host Central Private at 7 p.m. Friday.