Centreville, WCCA eye titles

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Centreville Academy’s Hunter Travis tries to get around ACCS’ Hayden Newman, center, and Cody Rhinehart at their game at ACCS Sept. 30. The Tigers will finish off their regular season at home Friday against Silliman Institute. (Eric Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

CENTREVILLE — Centreville Academy is aiming to go undefeated in MAIS District 6-AA, and the Tigers are set to host Silliman Institute from Clinton, La., for the final game of the regular season.

“They’re a feisty team,” assistant coach Brian Stutzman said. “They run out of the spread mostly, but they can also run out of a power set.

“They have a really fast running back, and their quarterback can throw and run. Defensively, they’re very aggressive. They’ll blitz, and they’re just a physical team.”

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Stutzman also said the players would strongly prefer to go undefeated in district play.

“(If you don’t), then you get to counting points,” Stutzman said. “You could say we scored X amount of points against Oak Forest, but the kids have it in their heads that they have to win this one to win the district.”

Stutzman also said the coaches are keeping in the back of their minds which team they’ll see in the first round of the postseason.

“We feel like it’s going to be Lamar (Academy of Meridian) or Silliman again back-to-back,” Stutzman said. “Of course, that could change Friday if we don’t win. We could go from a No. 1 seed to a No. 2 and end up on a whole different side of the bracket.”

Kickoff at Centreville is at 7 p.m. Friday.

WCCA at CENLA Christian

WOODVILLE — It wasn’t too long ago that Wilkinson County Christian Academy was on the outside looking in when it came to postseason play.

Now the Rams (9-1) are one road game away from going into the MAIS Class A postseason as the South Central A champions. But a strong CENLA Christian Academy (9-1) team from Pineville, La., stands in WCCA’s way.

“They have a good team overall,” Rams head coach Ray McDaniel said. “They have a lot of team speed. They like to spread it around to a lot of different people and try to get it out in space.”

That’s a far cry from WCCA’s Double Wing offense, and McDaniel said CENLA would do everything in its power to use that speed to its advantage against the Rams’ running attack.

“They try to crowd the line of scrimmage and force you to do things that you really don’t want to do,” McDaniel said. “They have team speed everywhere.”

But McDaniel also said he’s not going to change up the gameplan at all from previous weeks.

We just have to do what we do,” McDaniel said. “(Them crowding the line) doesn’t affect us any. We just have to try to run the football. I think it’s just a matter of willpower for us. We’ve faced a lot of defenses that put 11 in the box, and our guys take it as a challenge.”

Even with all the hype surrounding this game, McDaniel said he expects his players to weather through it.

“I think (the hype) is a good thing,” McDaniel said. “Our kids are well grounded; they know what’s on the line. It’s been a long time since WCCA has been in this position, so there’s a lot of excitement around the school.”

Kickoff at CENLA is at 7 p.m. Friday.