Rams look to start 2-0 at home Friday

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Woodville — After a convincing 48-14 victory over Ben’s Ford last week, Wilkinson County Christian Academy will look to start its 2011 season off with two home wins when it plays Prentiss Christian Friday.

The Rams ran for 361 yards and received a dominating performance by their defense to beat Ben’s Ford, and WCCA coach Ray McDaniel said they would have to get production from those two aspects to succeed against Prentiss Christian.

“They are a running team, and they run out of several different formations,” McDaniel said. “I think (the game) will be won up front by the offensive and defensive lines, because we both like to run the football.”

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McDaniel said he was proud of the way his team played last week, and hopes that momentum carries into the second game.

“I thought the running backs ran the ball extremely hard, and the defense had 11 people trying to get to the football,” he said. “For the first game out it was good, the kids played hard and they were aggressive. But, we have to get better up front.”

WCCA struggled with penalties in its first contest, piling up 85 penalty yards on 9 infractions.

McDaniel said cutting down on those miscues is one of the keys to the team’s game preparation this week.

“We’re just trying to correct the mistakes we made Friday night,” he said. “We’re trying to get better doing what we do. And we’re trying to go over some things that Prentiss Christian might throw at us.”

McDaniel said his linebackers will play a huge role in Friday’s game against a Prentiss Christian team that loves to run the ball.

Quincy Thompson leads the Rams’ linebacker unit, and he will be one of the players to watch Friday, McDaniel said.

“Quincy Thompson is the key to the defense, he makes everything go,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said Thompson made 10 tackles against Ben’s Ford.

McDaniel said he hopes to see his team ready to play a cleaner game Friday.

“I expect them to be focused, and ready to play four quarters of Ram football,” he said.

The Rams will host Prentiss Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.