From Staff Reports
JACKSON – The Starkville Academy Volunteers lost their first game of the season Friday night, a Division II-Class AAA matchup to Jackson Prep 23-0.
With the loss, the Vols fell to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Starkville Academy had two early offensive possessions that started with good field position.
The Vols had the football at the 49-yard line on their first drive, went 20 yards and stalled, then got the ball back on the 50-yard line, moved 20 yards again and stalled.
Starkville Academy's defense stopped Prep on a fourth down and goal play, but were unable to escape from the shadow of its goal line. The Vols were caught for a safety to give the homestanding Patriots a 2-0 lead.
Prep went on to score 21 more unanswered points to take the victory.
Of SA's 89 yards rushing for the game, quarterback Drew Pellum had 46 and Ryan Mann added 38 yards. Michael Temple caught Pellum's only pass completion of the game for 8 yards.
The Vols look to bounce back when they return home to play Copiah Academy next Friday. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be homecoming on the SA campus.
CALEDONIA – The Ackerman Indians were hoping to build some momentum prior to starting division play next week.
Facing Caledonia on the road, Ackerman accomplished its goal as the Indians recorded a win over the Confederates.
"This was a big win," said Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger. "We've played a couple of good games in a row now.
"This is a team that still needs some confidence and this win helps us going into district."
Ackerman (3-3) took a first-quarter lead over Caledonia on a four-yard run by K'Tre Brown, putting the Indians up 7-0.
That score held until the third quarter when T.C. Hatchett returned an interception for a touchdown to cap the night's scoring.
Hatchett's pick was the highlight of a strong defensive night for Ackerman.
"The defense played really well," said Dillinger. "I was really pleased with how (the defense) did. This was a game we needed to win up front and I thought we did that. Those guys stepped up.
Dillinger hopes for more of the same next Friday at 7:30 p.m. when Ackerman opens up Class 2A, Region 2 play on the road against East Webster.
St. Andrews 21,
East Webster 0
CUMBERLAND – The East Webster Wolverines were held to minus 13 yards rushing and could never get anything going on offense in a loss at home to St. Andrews.
East Webster, which saw its record fall to 3-3 overall, had 105 yards passing from quarterback Codie McKee. He completed 9-of-22 pass attempts and threw five interceptions.
One of those was returned 60 yards by Tanner Menist for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the finishes touches on the win for St. Andrews.
St. Andrews, which had 145 yards rushing and 49 yards passing as a team, built a 14-0 lead in the first half.
Connor Woodall had a 5-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Jaren Reeves Darby added a 3-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Jonathan Taylor completed a pass to Woodall for the 2-point conversion.
For East Webster, DeAngelo Liggins had three catches for 37 yards.
The Wolverines return home next Friday for a game against Ackerman.