September 21, 2019 4:51:30 PM
CLEVELAND -- Carter Putt tossed three touchdown passes and Austin Dotson rushed for two scores as Heritage Academy beat Bayou Academy 40-7 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Putt found Jared Long, Banks Hyde and Sam Hannon for touchdowns as the Patriots blew out the Colts. Rocky Wright also rushed for a touchdown.
All 40 points for the Pats came in the first half, and they totaled 345 yards of offense.
On defense, Trey Naugher had a fumble recovery and an interception, and Wesley Miller also had an interception.
The Patriots will host 5-0 Pillow Academy, the No. 5 team in the MAIS rankings, on Friday.
New Hope 51, Aberdeen 0
ABERDEEN -- Braylen Miller ran 23 times for 260 yards and five touchdowns to lead New Hope (2-3) to a 51-0 rout of Aberdeen (1-4).
Miller led a 408-yard rushing effort by the Trojans. Remarco Williams added 61 yards and a touchdown on six carries, Ryan Burt added 37 yards on four rushing attempts, and Ty Crowell rushed for a touchdown among his three carries.
Ben Bradley made all six extra point attempts as well as a 40-yard field goal.
The Trojans will host rival Columbus (1-3) on Friday.
Starkville 57, Meridian 0
MERIDIAN -- Three different Starkville quarterbacks each threw a touchdown pass, Amariyon Howard ran for two scores, and Starkville (3-2) routed Meridian (2-2) 57-0.
Luke Altmyer, NyJal Johnson and Quez Harris all threw for a score, and Howard scored from three yards out and eight yards out.
Altmyer found Joshua Aka for a 42-yard touchdown to open the scoring, and the Yellow Jackets poured it on from there. After a Peyton Rodgers field goal, a safety and Howard's 3-yard score, Justin Robinson returned a fumble two yards for a touchdown.
Jordan Mitchell rushed for a 7-yard touchdown, and Howard scored from eight yards out. Leroy Hollingshed caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to cap the Jackets' first-half scoring at 47 points.
Rodgers kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, and Harris tossed a 27-yard touchdown to Stacy Robinson in the fourth.
The Jackets will host South Panola (5-0) on Friday.
Starkville Academy 20, Leake Academy 19
MADDEN -- Cody Dill made a critical interception to set up a go-ahead touchdown as Starkville Academy (4-1) came back for a 20-19 road win over Leake Academy.
Leake took a 19-14 lead with a 12-point third quarter, but the Volunteers answered for six critical points in the fourth.
Randall Futral threw a touchdown pass to Dylan Starke and rushed for a touchdown in the first half, and Garrett Lewis ran in the winning score in the fourth quarter.
Matt Miller finished with double-digit tackles again for the Vols.
Starkville Academy hosts Washington (2-2) on Friday.
Winston Academy 34, Oak Hill Academy 20
LOUISVILLE -- Quarterback Cameron Dill accounted for all three Oak Hill Academy touchdowns, but the Raiders (1-4) still fell to Winston Academy 34-20 on Friday.
Dill found Manning Huffman for touchdown passes of eight and 47 yards and ran in an 8-yard score. Kicker Dalton Megers went 2 of 3 on extra points.
On defense, linebacker Jaden Craven had 23 solo tackles and 20 assists to lead the Raiders.
"I'm proud of our football team," Oak Hill coach Chris Craven said. "We haven't been pulling out the wins like we want, but we have been getting better each week, and there are still things that we are working on.
"We are going to work at being a better ball club one day at a time, one week at a time and one game at a time, treating each week as the most important game we'll ever play. I'm really proud of the toughness, effort and better execution on both sides of the ball."
Oak Hill will play at Marshall Academy (3-2) on Friday in Holly Springs.
Columbus Christian 38, Deer Creek 22
ARCOLA -- Columbus Christian Academy (3-2) pulled away late from Deer Creek (3-2) to win 38-22 on the road in Arcola on Friday.
Bryar Kemp rushed for a 44-yard touchdown to give the Rams some breathing room after Deer Creek cut a 24-8 halftime lead to 24-22. With less than two minutes left, Beau Kemp recovered a fumble in the end zone to make it 38-22.
Quarterback Dakota Shaw scored two touchdowns in the first half, including a 20-yard rushing score, and Lawson Studdard scored on the Rams' second play of the game.
Bryar Kemp led the team with seven tackles, and Shaw and Tyler Looney each had six.
The Rams go on the road to face Hebron Christian (2-4) on Friday.
Kemper Academy 54, Hebron Christian 18
DEKALB -- Hebron Christian (2-4) kept it close with Kemper Academy (1-4) until late in the third quarter, but the game slipped away from the Eagles and ended up a 54-18 rout.
"We couldn't finish with enough intensity in the fourth, and the game got away," Hebron coach David Foster said.
Elijah Parrish had touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards for Hebron, and Braeden Triplett threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Scott.
Kobe Cooper led the team with 11 carries for 53 yards, Parrish finished with seven carries for 47 yards, and Scott had five carries for 32 yards. Cooper also had a 60-yard kickoff return.
On defense, Parrish led the team with nine tackles. Triplett, Cooper, Zack Corban and Kenneth O'Brian each had seven.
The Eagles will travel to Steens on Friday to face Columbus Christian (3-2) in a matchup of two area schools.
Victory Christian 36, New Life Christian (Ala.) 14
Drake Clements threw four touchdown passes, including three scores of more than 50 yards, and ran for another score as Victory Christian (3-2) won Friday's home game with New Life Christian (Millbrook, Alabama) 36-14.
Nadarion Higgins and Dallas Colom each caught 76-yard touchdown passes, and Tyshon Rogers had a 54-yard receiving score. Houston Ballard caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Clements, and Clements ran in the Eagles' other score from two yards out. Ethan Camp and Austin McCarter each converted two two-point tries in the game.
Clements finished 8 of 18 passing for 282 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Higgins led the team in rushing with two carries for 65 yards, and Colom was second with five carries for 30 yards. Colom led the team in receiving with two catches for 90 yards, and Higgins was second with two grabs for 88 yards.
McCarter was the Eagles' leading tackler with nine tackles, and Ballard was second with seven.
Victory Christian will host rival Tuscaloosa Christian (2-4) for its homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Theo DeRosa reports on high school sports and Mississippi State softball for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.
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