Rams seek South State

Published 12:02 am Friday, November 16, 2012

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Wilkinson County Christian Academy’s Austin Goodfellow runs the ball during last Friday’s second round MAIS Class A South State playoff game against Heidelberg Academy. WCCA will play Newton County Academy at home tonight for the South State title.

WOODVILLE — The Wilkinson County Christian Academy football team will play its final home game of the season tonight.

Forty-eight minutes of football will tell if it will be the final Rams’ game of the season or a spring board into the MAIS Class A state title game.

WCCA will host Newton County Academy for the South State title, and head coach David Wright said his players are ready for kickoff.

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“They are absolutely thrilled to continue to practice and prepare for another opponent,” Wright said.

Tonight’s game will be the Rams fourth-straight home contest, and Wright said that is a big advantage.

“They have to travel here, and that’s huge,” he said. “It’s over three hours for them to Woodville, and it’s a big benefit for our kids to keep them in the same routine we’ve had the last four weeks.”

The Rams will have to be ready for a fight tonight, because Newton County brings a tough brand of football with them to Woodville, Wright said.

“They really attack the line of scrimmage, and they firmly believe if they win the battle of the trenches they are more than likely to win the game,” he said. “They try to control the ball, and they have a solid team.”

Much of the pressure of tonight’s game falls on the shoulders of Rams’ starting quarterback Taylor Prevost, but Wright said he has confidence his signal caller is ready.

“The key will be if we can keep balance on offense with Prevost being in control of himself and managing the clock as well as the passing game,” Wright said. “Him picking up on reads is the key to our offense.”

Wright said Prevost has done a great job all season handling his many responsibilities.

The winner of tonight’s game will face either Benton Academy (9-3) or unbeaten, and top-ranked, Tri-County Academy.

But Wright said that matchup is not on his players’ minds.

“We’ve done that all year long,” Wright said. “We had some big games we looked forward to early in the season. We’ve had to play big games with others on the horizon, but the boys stay focused. We haven’t talked about who we play.”

WCCA (11-1) will host Newton County (8-4) at 7 p.m.