Heidelberg Academy steps up to challenge
By By Jeff Byrd/staff writer
November 9, 2002
Heidelberg Academy won a "defensive battle" at West Helena, Ark., Friday night turning back Desoto School, Ark. 14-0 in a second round Mississippi Private School Association second round playoff game.
Heidelberg, now 10-1, will advance to the North State Championship game against arch-rival Wayne Academy who knocked off previously unbeaten Strider Academy 21-20 in Webb Friday night. The game will be played at Heidelberg.
Rebels head coach Tom Lewis was elated with his defense.
Heidelberg scored its first touchdown on a 4-yard TD run by quarterback Brooks Lewis. Mason Key had the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels added the second score in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Eason scored on a 4-yard run. Key added the kick for a 14-0 lead.
Wayne Academy 21
Garrett James' quarterback sneak was good enough for an eventual game-winning two-point conversion giving Wayne Academy a dramatic 21-20 win over previously unbeaten Strider Academy on Friday in Webb.
The goahead two-pointer made it 21-20 with 2:57 left in the game. Strider advanced the ball to the Jaguars' 30-yard line in the final minute. But the Jaguar defense came up with a fumble to end the threat and the game.
Wayne, now 8-3, will get a rematch with arch-rival Heidelberg Academy next week in Heidelberg for the MPSA North State A championship.
Strider went out to a 6-0 after the quarterback scored on a 34-yard run. The try for two failed.
Wayne answered with James scoring on a 1-yard run. B.J. Pitts had the PAT kick to make it 7-6 early in the second quarter.
Patton Stanley then scored on a 27-yard run. The kick failed but the score was 13-6. Strider got another touchdown run of 30 yards by its quarterback. The try for two again failed leaving the score at 13-12 at halftime.
Strider took the lead on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter. The try for two was successful to make it 20-13.
Wayne then drove down and got its touchdown on a 12-yard TD run by Matt Brown. James then ran in the two-point conversion for a 21-20 lead.
Stanley finished with 115 yards rushing off 19 carries. Strider's quarterback had 123 yards rushing.
Lamar School 19
Lamar School clinched the MPSA AAA South Division II title by beating Hillcrest Christian 19-7 Friday night in Jackson.
Lamar will now get to host the MPSA AAA Divison II semifinal game at Grey Cobb Field next week in Meridian. The Raiders, now 7-4 on the season, will face either Starkville Academy or Magnolia Heights.
Lamar finished 4-2 overall in its division to take the crown. The Raiders will finish second overall of the seven AAA schools in the South which includes AAAA finalist Jackson Prep. Parklane makes the Division I playoffs along with Prep following the Hillcrest loss.
Wilkinson County 18
The Heidelberg Oilers defeated Wilkinson County, 38-18, here
Friday night in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Heidelberg's Michael Johnson scored with 5:52 left in the first quarter on a
2-yard run. WC's Brandon Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 2:43 left in the
Chris Thompson of the Oilers scored on a 30-yard run with 51 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 12-6.
In the second quarter, WC's Carl Johnson threw a 20-yard scoring pass to
Thompson then scored on a 9-yard run and Nathan May added the conversion on a reverse to put the Oilers up 20-12 at the half. WC's Johnson then threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Heidelberg got touchdowns from Johnson on a 36-yard run and Doug Ryan on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Ryan finished the game with 13 carries for 129 yards and Johnson had 12
carries for 112 yards.
The Oilers had 322 yards rushing, 66 passing and 388 yards of total offense.
Daniel Barnett had nine tackles on defense and blocked a PAT.
The Oilers, 9-2, go to Hazlehurst next week.
Hazlehurst eliminated Philadelphia from the 3A playoffs with a 34-12 win Friday night in Hazlehurst.
The Tornadoes end their season with a record of 7-4. Hazlehurst advances to a second round game at home against Heidelberg.
Nanih Waiya 41,
Nanih Waiya clinched a 1A playoff berth by beating Pelahatchie 41-27 Friday night.
The Warriors, 8-3, will advance to a first round playoff game against Region 4-1A winner Mize next week in Mize.