Prentiss Christian uses strong ground game to defeat WCCA in season opener
Published 9:41 pm Friday, August 19, 2022
By PATRICK JONES
Special to The Headlight
PRENTISS — Prentiss Christian School senior running back Demoreon Thompson had over 100 rushing yards and four touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams 42-27 Friday night in an MAIS 8-Man football game.
Thompson had touchdown runs of 41 and 10 yards in the latter stages of the second quarter. Each of his TD runs were followed by two-point conversion runs by Winston Brazell that gave Prentiss Christian a 22-19 halftime lead.
What proceeded all of that was the play that changed the entire momentum of the game – a blocked extra point earlier in that same quarter following a Jacob Sessions four-yard touchdown run that gave WCCA a 19-6 lead.
Cole Partridge scored on a 15-yard run and Gavin Davis’s extra point gave the Rams an early 7-0 lead. Bryce Shivers scored on a 20-yard run for Prentiss Christian, but the two-point conversion run failed as the Rams led 7-6 by the end of the first quarter.
The Rams extended their lead to 13-7 early in the second quarter on a six-yard TD run by Jack Orgeron, but the try for two came up short.
Thompson’s 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Saints a 30-10 lead over the Rams. Dylan Martin added a 48-yard touchdown run for a 36-19 lead by quarter’s end.
The Rams tried to mount a fourth-quarter rally as Sessions ran in from 12 yards out and his ensuing two-point conversion run made it a 36-27 game. However, the Saints answered as Thompson scored on a 29-yard run late in the quarter that put their lead back in double digits.
As a team, Prentiss Christian (1-0) racked up 335 yards on the ground and did not throw a single pass the entire game.
Sessions went 8-for-14 passing for 70 yards and Ryan Fisher completed his only attempted pass for 41 yards. Sessions led the Rams’ ground game with 71 yards on eight carries while Fisher had seven carries for 23 yards.
Fisher had six catches for 63 yards and David had two receptions for 48 yards. Fisher also led the Rams’ defense with nine tackles. Nathan Mudd had six tackles and one fumble recovery. Orgeron had six tackles and Napoleon Howard had a fumble recovery.
WCCA (0-1) travels to St. Joseph, La. to take on Tensas Academy next Friday at 7 p.m.