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MAIS roundup: ACCS running game leads to 60-25 win

FRANKLINTON, La. — Sterling Yarbrough did not have an efficient game throwing the ball for Adams County Christian School. But with the duo of Jakarius Caston and D.J. Stampley combining for nearly 250 rushing yards and four total touchdowns, he didn’t have to.

Caston finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries while Stampley had 113 yards and two scores on nine carries as ACCS defeated the Bowling Green School Buccaneers 60-25 Friday night.

In what was supposed to have been a battle of two of the top teams in MAIS Class AAA, the Rebels scored four touchdowns in the first quarter alone and survived a crazy third quarter in which the two teams combined for six touchdowns — all on the ground. Yarbrough threw touchdown passes of seven yards to Paul Cupstid and 50 yards to Yohan Thompson in the first five minutes and 16 seconds of the game to give the Rebels a 13-0 lead. Yarbrough went 7-for-20 passing with the two TD passes and one interception.

Then Stampley scored on a 29-yard run and his two-point conversion run made it a 21-0 advantage. Rhet McDonald joined in on the scoring barrage with a two-yard TD run with 1:02 left in the opening quarter for a 27-0 lead.

Bowling Green running back Larry Dillon got the Buccaneers on the scoreboard with a 36-yard touchdown run with 6:15 left in the second quarter, but the Rebels scored just 19 seconds later on Caston’s 40-yard TD run for a 33-7 halftime lead.

It looked like ACCS was going to blow the game wide open when Caston scored on a 79-yard run and Thompson made the extra point for a 40-7 lead. However, Bowling Green (6-2) would answer when Johntae McDowell scored on a two-yard run and Dillon scored on a 77-yard run in a span of just under a minute and a half to cut the Rebels’ lead to 40-19.

On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt after McDowell’s touchdown run, Dawson Parker sacked McDowell for an unsuccessful attempt.

Parker scored on a six-yard run and Thompson’s extra point made it a 47-19 game. But once again, ACCS’s defense could not stop Dillon as he scored on a 69-yard run with 4:16 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 47-25.

That would be the closest the Buccaneers would get the rest of the game. Cory Sewell scored on a five-yard run with 11 seconds to go in the third quarter and Stampley finished off the high-scoring game with a six-yard TD run with 10:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sewell led the defense in tackles with eight. Kemari Clark had five tackles and two interceptions. Caston had four tackles and one interception. Parker had five tackles to go with his sack. Greg Jones had one interception.

The two teams combined for 1,125 yards of total offense. ACCS finished with 583 yards while Bowling Green had 542 yards. But the Rebels won the turnover battle with just one compared to four for the Buccaneers and were the more discipline and least penalized of the two teams. ACCS was penalized five times for 50 yards while Bowling Green was the victim of seven penalties for 85 yards and had two players ejected.

ACCS (7-0, 1-0 in MAIS District 5-AAA) will take a short drive to take on cross-town and district rival Cathedral School Friday at 7 p.m.

Silliman Institute 56, Centreville Academy 20

CENTREVILLE — Just when it looked like Centreville Academy would rally from a huge double-digit halftime deficit, Silliman Institute scored 30 unanswered points as the Wildcats pulled away for a 56-20 win over the Tigers Friday night.

Silliman (4-4) was only up 12-6 early in the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns and one two-point conversion to take a 26-6 lead into halftime. Centreville would respond two touchdowns and a two-point conversion of its own to once again trail by just six points, 26-20.

However, the Wildcats would answer with a TD and two-point conversion late in the third quarter to take a 34-20. That put a stop to the Tigers’ comeback attempt. Silliman then proceeded to score 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Centreville Academy (3-5, 0-1 in MAIS District 4-AA) will look to end its three-game losing streak when it travels to Liberty to take on district rival Amite School Center Friday at 7 p.m.

WCCA 57, Christian Collegiate Academy 36

GULFPORT — The Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams did not let the long bus ride from just south of Woodville to the Mississippi Gulf Coast deter them as the defeated the Christian Collegiate Academy Bulldogs 57-36 Friday night in an MAIS 8-Man Division 4 game.

No other information on the game was available. WCCA (4-3, 2-1) steps out of division play Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Franklin Academy for homecoming.