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Oak Hill Academy looks for second victory

 

Scott Walters

 

Looking to build off its first victory of the season, Hebron Christian School faces a tough -- if not unknown -- task Friday night. 

 

The Eagles play host to Sharkey-Issaquena Academy. 

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Pheba. 

 

"We really don't a lot of about them," Hebron Christian coach David Foster said. "We know they have been putting put up about 50 points per game. They do not have a lot of size, but they are real quick. So our job will be to control their offense and try to keep the ball away from them." 

 

Foster did not like his squad's performance in a season-opening 26-14 loss to Victory Christian Academy. 

 

"I really thought our conditioning was where it needed to be for the first game," Foster said. "Obviously, it was not. We weren't really ready to come out and play hard for four quarters. We played well in the first half of the game and then fell off the face of the earth." 

 

Foster challenged his squad to play four complete quarters this past Friday. The Eagles did just that in a 34-14 win over Humphreys Academy. 

 

"We led 14-0 early and led throughout the contest," Foster said. "I thought offensively we were much better. The line played well and we did a better job executing and knowing what we were trying to do." 

 

Landon Hill and Justin Gordon each scored two touchdowns in the Hebron Christian victory. 

 

Sharkey-Issaquena Academy is 2-0, thanks to a 42-26 win over Kemper Academy and a 50-6 win over Clinton Christian. 

 

Tri-County Acad. (2-0) at Oak Hill Acad. (1-1) 

 

Oak Hill Academy qualified as a wild-card for last season's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A playoffs, after a third-place finish in its district last season. 

 

Now, a veteran group of Raiders have their sights set on winning the Class AA, District 2 championship. 

 

That quest begins at 7 Friday night at home against Tri-County Academy. 

 

"We feel like we can be real competitive in our district this year," Oak Hill Academy coach Daniel Merchant said. "Obviously, it puts you in a much better position from a playoffs standpoint if you are able to win the district." 

 

Oak Hill Academy is 1-1 after a hard-fought 48-42 loss to Class A powerhouse Marshall Academy last Friday night. 

 

"Even though we lost, we grew up a lot in that game," Merchant said. "Offensively, we played really well. Defensively, we just gave up too many big plays." 

 

Oak Hill Academy racked up 440 yards of offense against Marshall Academy. Samuel Harrell was the team's lone 100-yard rusher in the defeat. 

 

Tri-County Academy is 2-0 after a 28-7 win over St. Andrew's High School and a 38-14 win over Wilkinson County Christian.

 

Scott is sports copy editor and reporter

 

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