WCCA, Centreville fall in playoffs

Published 1:27 am Saturday, November 5, 2016

Caleb Poole accounted for 315 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Tri-County Academy Rebels defeated the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams 42-20 Friday night.

In a rematch of last year’s MAIS Class A-AA state championship game, No. 7 seed Tri-County Academy jumped out to a 28-0 lead by the midway point of the third quarter of this quarterfinal-round game and held off WCCA’s late-game rally.

“We didn’t have a lot of players left (because of injuries). Tri-County beat us with their depth,” Rams head coach Christopher McGraw said. “They got some quick plays early that really hurt us. I feel bad for the kids. They fought until the last play of the game.”

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The Rebels led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime. They extended their lead to 28-0 with 7:19 to go in the third quarter before the Rams got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter. WCCA scored twice in the fourth quarter.

No. 2 seed WCCA finished the season with a 9-2 overall record.

Greenville St. Joseph 42, Centreville Academy 0

CENTREVILLE — E’darius Hendrix had over 100 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Greenville-St. Joseph Fighting Irish stunned the Centreville Academy Tigers 42-0 in the quarterfinals of the MAIS Class AAA State Playoffs.

“We were playing a much bigger, more physical team. We just couldn’t physically handle them. They just moved the ball on us,” Centreville assistant coach Robbie Isonhood said. “We are a young team. They played hard. We just couldn’t move the ball like I thought we could.”

No. 6 seed Greenville St. Joseph (10-2) scored three touchdowns in the first 7:08 of the game to take control of the game. No. 3 seed Centreville Academy, on the other hand, wasn’t able to get anything going offensively.

With the Fighting Irish getting out to such a big early lead, the Tigers abandoned their running game and went to the air with little success. Tyler Thomassie was 9-for-23 for 92 yards and three interceptions. Austen Addington was held to 28 yards on seven carries.

Centreville Academy finished 9-3 overall.