JDA football returns to winning ways

  • Jimey Bozard, #1, led the Raiders with 128 yards rushing against the Knights.

Last week, the Jefferson Davis Academy 8-man football team suffered a disappointing loss to rival Clarendon Hall Academy.

In that contest, Jefferson Davis Academy surrendered two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 34-24 setback.

On Friday at Faith Christian Academy, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders were able to put last week’s loss in their rear view mirror.

Sparked by a balanced rushing attack and stellar play on defense, the Raiders got back on the winning track with a 14-7 victory over the Knights.

The victory evens Jefferson Davis Academy’s record at 2-2 in the standings.

“I can’t say enough about the character of these players. They never quit and they fight to the end,” JDA coach Michael Tindal said. “We’ve had some key injuries over the last few weeks, but we had several players that stepped up and played well. This was a game we needed to win and we found a way tonight to get it done.”

Offensively, the Raiders leaned on its ground game and their backs produced with a 158 yards effort.

Jimey Bozard was the workhorse for the team. Bozard had 19 of the team’s 29 carries for 126 yards.

Others sharing the load in the backfield included Lance Ray with 22 yards and Trent Jamison with 11 yards.

With starting quarterback Wyatt Brant still out with an injury, Samuel Frederick stepped at the position. Frederick completed on one pass in the game, but it was a big completion to Trent Jamison for a 46-yard touchdown.

“Samuel Frederick did a nice job of managing the game. The touchdown throw by him was outstanding,” Tindal said.

Offensively, the Knights weren’t so shinny due to the play of a rugged Raider defense paced by Tyler Renew and Trent Jamison.

The Knights finished with less than 120 yards of total offense and much of their problems had to do with the plays by Renew and Jamison. Renew finished with nine total tackles, including three for losses. Jamison also registered nine tackles.

Several others playing well on the unit included Bozard and Al Kinard with five tackles each. Players recording four stops included Lance Ray, Hunter Beach, Nic Darnell, Mitchell Webster and Jeremy Davis.