PCA’s season ends with playoff loss

Published 1:32 am Saturday, November 1, 2014

Porters Chapel Academy’s second trip to Newton Academy didn’t go any better than its first.

Dustin Alsup scored three touchdowns, and Newton Academy hammered PCA 42-0 in a first-round MAIS Class A playoff game Friday night.

“We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew what to expect,” PCA coach Wayne Lynch said. “We did play hard. I can’t say anything bad about the effort. They’re just better than us right now.”

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Newton beat PCA 40-0 early in the regular season, and wasted little time turning the playoff rematch into a rout.

The Eagles went three-and-out after receiving the opening kickoff, and Alsup returned the punt for a touchdown. The Generals added two more touchdowns in the first quarter and led 35-0 at halftime.

“They were more physical than us, and we didn’t tackle well,” Lynch said. “We just didn’t have the size they have, in terms of numbers or actual size. Their line outweighed us by a good bit and was pushing us down the field. They were gaining four or five yards a carry.”

Patrick Minor had six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for PCA, Michael Croisdale had six tackles and a forced fumble, and Logan Pickering had a team-high seven tackles.

Hunter Lyons led PCA’s offensive effort with a scant 41 rushing yards on five carries, and also had five tackles on defense. Quarterback Zac Morgan completed 7 of 15 passes for just three yards.

“We were just throwing quick passes. They were blitzing every play, and we were just trying to get the ball out,” Lynch said.

Newton (8-3) will face Heidelberg Academy in the second round. PCA, which earned a wild card berth despite a seven-game losing streak, finished the season with a 2-8 record.

Last year’s team also finished 2-8, but had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player. The 2-8 record is PCA’s worst on-field mark since 1999.

Despite the loss, Lynch was optimistic about the future. Talented eighth- and ninth-grade classes are on the way, he said — some of those players saw varsity playing time this season — and he felt the playoff experience would help them down the road.

“It at least got them into the playoff atmosphere. Even though we didn’t fare well, they’ve been there now,” Lynch said. “The guys moving up got some playing time. The future looks bright. I feel good about the future.”

SIA 70, Humphreys 38

Someone finally pushed Sharkey-Issaquena Academy’s vaunted defense. They didn’t push the Confederates into the win column, though.

Jack Martin completed 7 of 8 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns, and Austin Heranney threw for two scores and ran for another as SIA (11-0, 4-0 District 6-A) won its 25th straight game and completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Martin and Heranney combined to complete 13 of 14 passes for 345 yards and six touchdowns. Victor Villareal caught three touchdown passes, and Cole Delaney had seven receptions for 173 yards and two TDs.

In addition to his offensive stats, Heranney had 6 1/2 tackles and an interception on defense.