AYA teams square off in rematch, defenders reign supreme
Published 12:05 am Sunday, October 25, 2015
NATCHEZ — The Jordan, Kaiser & Sessions third- and fourth-grade AYA football team was looking to avenge an early season loss against Pecan Acres Saturday.
With a 32-14 win, JKS did just that, and the team did it with defense.
“They beat us pretty bad at the beginning of the year,” Covington said. “We didn’t get a chance to put in our whole defense, so I build this as our revenge game.”
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On the opening offensive series for Pecan Acres, Jack Whittington forced a fumble for Drew Strawbridge to scoop up and score the first touchdown of the game. Strawbridge followed with a two-point run to give his team an 8-0 lead.
Pecan Acres didn’t back down, though. On the ensuing possession, with a fourth-and-medium facing the team, Tyran Singleton took the snap and ran the ball to the outside, gaining the edge and scoring a touchdown. Despite breaking numerous tackles in the backfield on the two-point try, Lawson Reyes was stopped an inch short, making the game 8-6.
“We knew Tyran was their best playmaker,” Covington said. “We don’t have a lot of speed, but we do have a lot of muscle. So we relied on the blitz, and the defense did a good job.”
Besides a 57-yard run by Singleton to bring Pecan Acres within two again late in the second quarter, JKS’ defense made stop after stop.
Matt Kaiser scored a touchdown for JKS in the second quarter, while Strawbridge added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Whittington later picked up another fumble and returned it for a score to put an exclamation point on the 32-14 victory.
The season comes to an end for both teams with each possessing a 3-3 record.