JDA Raiders capture region title

  • Quaterback Wyatt Brant and the JDA Raiders captured their first region title since the 2010 season.

For the first time since 2010, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders are region champs in football.

On Friday night at Winnsboro, Jefferson Davis Academy ended its drought with a convincing 30-16 win over Richard Winn Academy.

A Richard Winn Academy team that came into the game with just one loss was overwhelmed by Jefferson Davis Academy.

Jefferson Davis Academy dominated the first three quarters of play, scoring on five of seven possessions for a commanding 22-0 advantage.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.

JDA coach Michael Tindall said the team played extremely well in its biggest game of the season.

“Right now, it feels really good to be region champs. Our players are just excited about the accomplishment,” Tindall said.

“Overall, this was the best game we’ve played all season,” he said.

The game was won at the line-of-scrimmage as the Raiders were able to run 54 plays to control the clock.

The Raider offensive line of Tyler Renew, Duston Sandifer, Hunter Beach and tight ends Dalton Beasley and Samuel Frederick set the tempo by pounding an Eagle defense for 356 yards.

Junior tailback Jimmy Bozard was the biggest recipient of the good blocking by the unit. Bozard ran through the defense for 256 yards and a touchdown.

Another player who stepped up in the running game was Trent Jamison. Jamison had a season-high 20 carries and finished with 86 yards and a touchdown.

Also scoring touchdowns were Donte Payne and Wyatt Brant.

“Offensively our line had an outstanding performance. We won the battle in the trenches which opened up a big night for our running game,” Tindall said.

While the Raiders excelled on offense, the defense didn’t go unnoticed.

The Raider defense played a huge factor in the outcome as they held an Eagle offense that averaged 39 points a game scoreless through the first three quarters of play.

Defensively, several players stood out on the unit including Trent Jamison, Samuel Frederick, Jeremy Davis, Dalton Beasley and Tyler Renew. Dalton Beasley particularly had an outstanding game for the Raiders, finishing with nine tackles, including two for losses.

“Defensively, we didn’t allow a lot of big plays. We made them pretty much earn everything they got,” Tindall said.