Area Football preview: WCCA looks to extend win streak; Wilkinson County begins their season against Region 7 foe; Jefferson County looks to get back to winning

Published 8:27 pm Thursday, October 1, 2020

WOODVILLE —The Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams look to extend their winning streak when they host the Christian Collegiate Academy Bulldogs on Friday night for homecoming.

The Rams are coming off of a bye week from the week before. The rushing game helped WCCA win 68-30 over the Prairie View Academy Spartans on Sept. 18. Roderick Bailey and Keke Anderson combined for 350 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for WCCA.

Bailey had 14 carries for 185 yards and five touchdowns while Anderson had 167 yards and two rushing touchdowns on five carries. The Rams’ defense also held the Spartans to just one touchdown in the second half.

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The Christian Collegiate Academy Bulldogs (1-5) of Gulfport come into Friday’s game after a 66-12 loss to Ben Ford’s Christian School. Randy Holloway, WCCA head coach, said the key for a Rams victory is to control the trenches.

“CCA averages 250 pounds on the line,” Holloway said. “We must execute our blocking schemes and run the football to win.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at WCCA.

Jefferson County, Franklin County and Wilkinson County are the three other area schools that are in action on Friday night.

Jefferson County (2-2) vs. Port Gibson (0-0)

FACTS: The Jefferson County High School Tigers play in their first Region 7-3A game against the Port Gibson High School Blue Waves. The Tigers are coming off of a 46-16 loss to the Natchez High School Bulldogs last Friday night. Jefferson County earned a 24-22 win against Port Gibson last season. Friday marks the first game of the season for Port Gibson.

Keys for a Tigers victory: James Herrington, Jefferson County High School head coach, said the Tigers have to do a better job of taking care of the football. Jefferson County had three interceptions against Natchez High. Marques Smith completed nine passes for 140 yards with two passing touchdowns.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jefferson County High School.

Wilkinson County (0-0) at Franklin County (1-3)

FACTS: Jeffery Gibson, head coach of Wilkinson County High School, begins his coaching debut as the Wildcats head football coach. Gibson said he is excited to begin his coaching at WCHS. The Franklin County High School Bulldogs host the Wilkinson County High School Wildcats in the opener for MHSAA Region 7-3A play.

The Bulldogs come into Friday’s game after a 38-8 loss to Raymond High School. The Wildcats are playing in their first game of the 2020 season after only deciding to play just regional games this season.

Keys for a Wildcats victory: Gibson said the key to a Wildcats victory is to play as a unit and minimize mistakes on offense.

Key to a Bulldogs victory: Ja’marlin Green was key for Franklin County against Raymond High School last Friday night. Green ran for 63 yards on 22 carries and the team had 112 yards on offense.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Friday at Franklin County High School.