JDA pulls away for homecoming win

  • Mitchell Webster, #8 of the Raiders, gets past a would-be tackler in Friday night’s homecoming game.

Jefferson Davis Academy head coach Michael Tindall delivered a few motivational words to his team during Friday’s homecoming game against W.W. King Academy.

It probably wasn’t the words one might use during a Sunday school lesson, given the way his team played in the first half. But, nonetheless, Tindall’s message was well-received.

Whatever Tindall said worked. The Raiders came into the second half and executed well on both sides of the ball on their way to a convincing 40-16 victory.

Tied at 16-16 to start the second half, the Raiders found their footing and pulled away from the Knights with 24 unanswered points.

With the win, JDA moves to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in region play.

“We didn’t play that well in the first half. We were beating ourselves with mistakes and we missed several assignments,” Tindall said. “At halftime, we made a few adjustments and played cleaner football in the second half.”

The Raiders benefited from several big plays on a night when they rolled up 394 yards of total offense.

Jamey Bozard provided most of the fireworks on offense. Bozard shredded the Knights’ defense for 182 yards. His 75-yard run late in the third quarter put the Raiders ahead 32-16.

Wyatt Brant, who was sidelined for three weeks with an injury, returned to the starting lineup and played well. Brant had 132 total yards and two touchdowns. Brant’s touchdown toss was a 24-yard pass to Samuel Frederick.

Several others stood out offensively. Trent Jamison had 36 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Webster ran for 27 yards and capped the night with a two-yard touchdown run with 3:48 left in the fourth quarter. Dalton Beasley added 24 yards rushing.

“Offensively, when you don’t make mistakes and turnover the ball, it makes for a good night,” Tindall said. “A lot of our execution tonight had to do with the return of our quarterback Wyatt Brant. He does a good job of reading defenses and spreading the ball around.”

The Raiders defense was led by Samuel Frederick and Jeremy Davis with eight tackles apiece. Al Kinard had his best game of the season with seven tackles, including two for losses. Players with six tackles included Trent Jamison, Tyler Renew, Hunter Beach, Dalton Beasley and Nic Darnell.

“We needed this win for sure,” Tindall said. “This gets us off to a good start in region play and gives up a lot of confidence going down the home stretch of the season.”