PCA ends season with a loss

Published 1:46 am Saturday, October 22, 2016

A one-game winning streak was all Porters Chapel Academy could muster this season.

Davin Booty ran for two touchdowns, and Amite School Center beat PCA 42-6 Friday night as the Eagles succumbed once again to injuries and a superior opponent.

PCA lost four players to injury during the game, and were behind from the get-go after Amite (4-6, 1-2 District 5-AA) returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. PCA earned its first win of the season last week, but finished the year with a 1-8 record. It’s the third year in a row PCA has won two games or fewer, and it has not finished with a winning record since 2008.

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“We were hoping to finish strong and build off of last week. It kind of reverted back to some previous games where we got behind the 8-ball and lost some guys to injury,” PCA coach Blake Purvis said. “Give Amite credit. They were very physical and controlled the game.”

While the Eagles were never in the game — they trailed 28-0 at halftime — Purvis said there were some positive things to take into the offseason.

Running back Wade Dickard ran for a season-high 85 yards on 19 carries, and the team finished with more than 100 rushing yards. Their touchdown came on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Shelton Miller.

“We didn’t build off of last week like I would have liked to,” Purvis said. “But we did see some things from the underclassmen that we can take into the offseason and build some momentum with.”

SIA 22, Delta Academy 12
Colby Clark ran for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as Sharkey-Issaquena (4-5) beat Delta Academy (6-3).

Clark had 97 rushing yards on six carries. His 5-yard run in the third quarter put the Confederates ahead for good, and his 4-yard TD reception from Will Holcomb padded the lead. Holcomb and Clark also hooked up on the two-point pass after the last touchdown to make it 22-12 with 9:55 left.

Tanner Hunter had 12 ½ tackles for SIA, which shut out Delta in the second half and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tallulah Academy 24, Briarfield 8

Ryan Hodge rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Logan Fortenberry added 98 yards and a touchdown, and Tallulah Academy (7-0, 4-0 District 4-E) remained undefeated by beating Briarfield Academy in an MAIS eight-man football game.

Fortenberry’s 10-yard run in the third quarter snapped a tie, and a 71-yard TD run by Hodge in the fourth quarter salted away the win for Tallulah.The Trojans will face Franklin Academy (6-3, 4-0) next week for the district title. Frnajlin beat Humphreys Academy 86-54 on Friday.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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