Rams hope to end season on a high note

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 28, 2008

WOODVILLE — The good news for Wilkinson County Christian Academy’s football team is that the 2008 season — a season that started so promising only to be beset by injuries to some key players — ends this Friday night at Amite School Center.

But the question mark for the 3-7 Rams’ season finale against the 0-10 Rebels is who will be their quarterback. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Todd Gonda, who had been under center for most of the season after a season-ending knee injury to senior George Davis, suffered a broken wrist a couple of weeks ago and threw just one pass in a 40-0 loss to Centreville last Friday night.

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“He’s day to day. He could play some, but we don’t know if he’ll throw the ball,” WCCA head coach Sam Byrd said. “He played some Friday night. He played some on defense.”

Christopher Houghton, who has been known for his stellar play on defense for WCCA this season, ended up being the Rams’ signal-caller the rest of that game and went 1-of-4 passing for 17 yards with one interception. Defensively, he had a team-leading 11 tackles.

However, Houghton suffered a shoulder injury and had trouble throwing with his right arm. Byrd added that Houghton, like Gonda, is day to day.

So who will be the Rams’ quarterback when they take on the Rebels?

“I’ll sub some different people,” Byrd said. “Hayden Whetstone or possibly Trey McCants or Hayden Holden.”

The Rams will look to end a three-game losing streak against an Amite School Center team that has given up 345 points while scoring a grand total of 67 points in its 10 games.

The closest the Rebels have come to a win was a 16-14 loss at Veritas School in Jackson in Week 9. They have also been shut out three times in 2008, including a 28-0 loss to District 5-AA rival Oak Forest last week.

As for the game plan, Byrd said, “We’re going to try to use ball control with our running game. Eliminate our turnovers and try to win a ball game.”

He also said that Amite School Center runs a 40-front on defense and multiple sets on offense.