WCCA looks for district win

Published 12:01 am Friday, September 23, 2011

Woodville — The Wilkinson County Christian Academy football team had to wait until overtime in its game against Riverfield Academy last week to score its first points of the contest.

But Taylor Prevost’s 17-yard field goal was enough to give WCCA its second District 3-A victory of the season.

“The game last Friday night was just a battle,” WCCA coach Ray McDaniel said. “It was a heavyweight fight, and we had to be the last one standing.”

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McDaniel said the 3-0 overtime win has given his team momentum heading into this week’s game against Claiborne Academy.

“This week of practice has probably been our best all year,” he said. “Our confidence is high, and the excitement level is really high.”

McDaniel said Claiborne will provide a tough test for his team this week.

“They are very big up front,” he said. “They run the spread and have good skill players.”

McDaniel said Claiborne will mix it up with runs and passes, and the game could hinge on his team’s ability to limit long-yardage plays.

“Defensively we don’t need to give up big plays and play sound defense like we’ve done all year,” he said. “On offense we have to control the line and run the football.”

Today’s game will be the first time WCCA will host a district game this season, and McDaniel said it would be huge for his team to start 3-0 in the district.

“The biggest thing about (the first) two wins was they were road games,” he said. “We stole a couple on the road, and this is our first district game at home so now we need to hold court at home.

“(A win) would be really big for us to keep the kids’ confidence level high. To go 3-0 against a good Claiborne team would be another feather in our hats.”

WCCA (4-1, 2-0) will host Claiborne (2-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. today.

Brookhaven Academy at Centreville Academy

After capturing its first District 6-AA victory last week with a 35-0 win over Oak Forest, Centerville Academy will step away from district play again this week to host Brookhaven Academy.

Brookhaven will bring a very good offense to Centreville this week, and Tigers’ assistant coach Brian Stutzman said they will have to slow down the Brookhaven attack to win.

“They are going to be well-rounded,” he said. “They run the ball well but can throw the ball when they have to.

“For us to come out on top we have to control the ball by running the ball and running the clock to keep the ball away from their high-powered offense. If we are able to grind it away we should be OK.”

Brookhaven has had the Tigers’ number recently in the series.

“We’ve lost three in a row to Brookhaven,” Stutzman said. “The last three times we played them they beat us, and we feel like they owe us one.”

Stutzman said the Tigers’ have worked to refocus themselves after last week’s big win.

“We’ve done a lot of conditioning and mental work this week,” Stutzman said. “Obviously coming off a big win with Oak Forest we had to regroup and settle down to focus on how important this game is.”

Brookhaven (4-1) and Centreville (3-2, 1-0) are set to kick off at 7 p.m. today.