Raiders continue late-season surge

  • The Raiders offensive playmaker Jimmy Bozard, #1, has 1,505 yards rushing on the season.

Jefferson Davis Academy continued its late season run of smash-mouth football Friday night by pounding Holly Hill Academy by a score of 60-6 in Blackville.

The contest was never in doubt. Jefferson Davis Academy erupted for a season-high 24 third-quarter points, propelling the team to its third straight lopsided win.

With the victory, Jefferson Davis Academy moves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

“I’m very proud of the players. This was another good team win,” JDA coach Michael Tindall said. “Our offensive line did a heck of a job of blocking and, defensively, we didn’t allow them to get into any kind of rhythm.’

Against Holly Hill Academy, the Raiders turned in another dominating rushing performance with 433 yards.

Junior Jimmy Bozard was again the catalyst to the Raiders’ rushing attack. After rushing for 336 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Laurens Academy, Bozard shredded Holly Hill Academy for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Bozard now has 1,505 yards rushing on the season.

“Jimmy Bozard has developed into a better ball carrier than he was earlier in the season. He runs hard and has good field vision,” Tindall said.

Trent Jamison was the good complement to Bozard in the backfield. Jamison, who scored on a 45-yard touchdown run, finished with a season-high 89 yards on 10 carries.

Others running the ball well included freshman Donte Panyne with 21 yards and senior Dalton Beasley with 19 yards.

Defensively, the Raiders made life miserable for Holly Hill Academy. After allowing a first quarter touchdown, a Raider unit fueled by Dalton Beasley, Al Kinard, Nic Darnell and Trent Jamison, held Holly Hill to under 100 yards for the remaining three quarters.

Beasley paced the group with a season-high nine tackles. Kinard registered eight stops and Darnell and Jamison each pitched in six tackles.

“I thought we played well except for that one drive in the first quarter when we fell asleep. We can’t afford to have lapses like that against Richard Winn,” Tindall said.

Tindall said he believes the team is very confident going to Richard Winn Friday night.

“The region title rides on Friday’s game so we’re definitely ready for the challenge,” Tindall said. “Right now, we have a lot of momentum with the town and school behind us encouraging our players.”