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Heritage Academy snaps losing skid; Victory Christian rolls on

 

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GREENVILLE -- Cade Lott passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another Friday night to lead the Heritage Academy football team to a 30-10 victory against The Washington School in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 3A, District II game. 

 

"The defense played lights out all night long," Heritage Academy coach Brad Butler said. "I think this might have knocked Washington School out of the playoffs." 

 

The win snapped a five-game losing skid for Heritage Academy (4-6). 

 

After Washington School opened the scoring on a first-quarter field goal, Heritage Academy jumped ahead to a 10-3 halftime lead on Stance Henderson''s 25-yard field goal and a 15-yard scoring pass to Tyler Marchak. Henderson kicked the extra point. 

 

In the third quarter, Heritage Academy pulled ahead when Lott threw 71 yards to Parker Dunaway for one score and rushed 34 yards for another. Henderson added a 29-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. 

 

n Horn Lake 3, Columbus 0: At Horn Lake, turnovers and penalties stifled the Falcons in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 contest. 

 

"We had two touchdowns called back," Columbus first-year coach Tony Stanford said. "We got down close and stopped two drives on fumbles and we turned it over on another. ... When you don''t have the execution, sometimes it hurts." 

 

Running back Damian Baker was the offensive spark for the Falcons (3-6, 1-4 region), rushing 20 times for 145 yards. A clipping call erased a 70-yard touchdown run by Baker. 

 

Joseph Hall''s 24-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the game lifted Horn Lake. 

 

n Victory Christian 55, Tuscaloosa Academy 30: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Landon Ellis carried 11 times for 177 yards and four touchdowns and caught one touchdown pass as the Eagles capped an undefeated regular season. 

 

"We''ll have the home-playoff advantage," said Victory Christian coach Chris Hamm, whose team improved to 7-0 and won its 29th game in a row. "But we won''t know until Monday who our opponent will be." 

 

Victory Christian, the two-time defending Christian Football Association champions, likely will face New Life at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round. The CFA title game will be the following week at Tuscaloosa Christian. 

 

Marcus Sims scored the first two touchdowns for the Eagles on a 10-yard run in the first quarter. He also scored on a 30-yard catch from Tyler Jones in the second quarter. 

 

Ellis scored his first touchdown -- a 65-yard run -- in the second quarter. He added rushing scores of 18 and 31 yards to give Victory Christian a 36-16 halftime lead. 

 

In the third quarter, Sims threw a 53-yard scoring toss to Ellis. Ben Williams rushed 41 yards for another touchdown, and Ellis finished with a 37-yard touchdown run. 

 

n Kosciusko 57, Caledonia 14: At Kosciusko, the Confederates were outmanned on Senior Night, when the Whippets honored 17 seniors at halftime. 

 

Caledonia (1-9) has five seniors. 

 

Quarterback Richard Keene was 9 of 14 for 120 yards with two interceptions for Caledonia. He scored on a 2-yard run. 

 

Eric Douglas led the receivers with three catches for 76 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown. 

 

Caledonia will play host to Noxubee County on Friday in its regular-season finale.

 

 

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