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High school athletes compete against each other in flag event

Natchez High School’s Sidney Davis makes two players miss from the Natchez Total Fitness team, Marvin Warner, left, and Lawrence Smith, center, during a game of flag football during the Natchez Total Fitness’ flag football tournament at Adams Country Christian School. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Natchez High School’s Sidney Davis makes two players miss from the Natchez Total Fitness team, Marvin Warner, left, and Lawrence Smith, center, during a game of flag football during the Natchez Total Fitness’ flag football tournament at Adams Country Christian School. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Natchez and Adams County Christian School ruled the playground in a recreational flag football event Saturday morning.

With the two schools forming one team to compete against a school comprised of Sicily Island, Block and Ferriday players and another team Total Fitness put together, Natchez and ACCS were so successful, their arrogance nearly cost a game against a much older Total Fitness team.

After ACCS quarterback Carlos Woods found the 2014 All-Metro Player of the Year Sidney Davis in the end zone for the first score of the Total Fitness Flag Football Game, the rest of the squad were already putting another win in the books.

“It’s over,” said Trinity Episcopal’s Cortez Adams, who played with Natchez and ACCS in the game.

But Total Fitness didn’t go away. Instead, local D.J. Maynard found former Southern University player Curry Allen for a long touchdown score. But ACCS would answer. This time Woods threw the long ball to Natchez High’s John Ferguson, who torched his defender en route to another touchdown.

“I’m telling you, we have the all-stars over here,” said Davis on the sideline.

The teams matched scores back-and-forth, and because the Natchez/ACCS team thought airing it out was the easy way out, the squad took to other means for scoring. As they tried to get fancy, ACCS’ Trey Fleming received the handoff from back-to-back laterals and went 45 yards, shaking the entire defense. After Allen matched his score, the game was tied 20-20. Piggybacking off of their creative strategy, Fleming went to quarterback, and his Hail Mary attempt to teammate George Scott was intercepted in the end zone by Curry.

“Ah, I knew you were going to come down with that,” Fleming told Scott, laughing.

“Come on, man,” Davis interrupted, smiling. “You’re selling us out.”

Two plays later, with 13 minutes left to play in the 30-minute running clock contest, Davis redeemed his teammate by intercepting Maynard’s pass.

“I knew my boy was going to get it back for us,” Fleming said.

Then it was business as usual, as Woods found Davis for yet another long touchdown to give their team a 27-20 lead with 10 minutes to play.

Natchez defensive back Chris Crockett tried to get in on the action on offense, showing off his shiny gloves and jokingly raving about his catch ability before taking the field. But after he dropped an open pass on a button-hook route, the senior had to pull the underclassman defensive back.

“You did all that talking… Man, get on,” said Davis, taking the field.

Crockett, as comical as could be, pulled the towel that replaced the flags in the game and held his head down, surrendering the towel to Davis.

With a minute remaining in the contest, Woods found George for a touchdown to give his team a 34-27 advantage. The team needed a score, so Woods launched another long pass to one of his talented wide receivers, prompting Fleming to poke fun at Woods on the sidelines.

“You can’t do that,” Fleming told him. “That’s too easy, man.”

But again, Total Fitness wasn’t going to give up. In the final play of regulation, Maynard found his son Dylan Maynard who attends Vidalia High School for the tie, and overtime ensued.

The first score in the overtime period won, and after winning the coin toss, Woods found Davis for a long gain before ending the game with a touchdown connection with former Natchez player Derrion Johnson.

The Natchez/ACCS tandem would go on to win all three of its games, including a victory against the Louisiana team that was anchored by Block’s Taylor Perron-Krause, Ferriday’s T.J. Swanson and Sicily Island’s Ryan Mason.