JDA Raiders roll in season finale
Jefferson Davis Academy coach Michael Tindall watched another dominating win by his team Friday night in Blackville.
Two weeks ago it was a 60-point outing in a rout over Holly Hill Academy. This time, Jefferson Davis Academy lit up the scoreboard again in a 60-6 blowout over Newberry Academy.
The game was competitive for about six minutes. After the Newberry Academy Eagles scored on a five-yard run to tie the game at 6-6 in the opening quarter, the Raiders answered with 34 points over the next 14 minutes to take a commanding 40-6 hafltime lead.
Tindall said the team continues to play at a high level.
“This was another great performance tonight,” Tindall said. “Defensively, we started a little show, but we made adjustments and played better as the game went on. Offensively, I couldn’t have asked for a better effort. We jumped on them early with our running game and just kept pounding.”
With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy completes the regular season at 8-3 overall. The Raiders will have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs. They will play Nov. 9 in Blackville against the winner of the Patrick Henry Academy versus King Academy game.
“We’re definitely excited about hosting a playoff game because we haven’t done this in a while,” Tindall said. “I’m proud of this team and the way we finished the regular season. We’ve had a good run over the last four games, but now it’s the playoff and that means a new season for everyone.”
Against the Eagles, it was junior Jimmy Bozard, who highlighted the Raiders on offense. Bozard out-ran, out-jumped, spun past and bowled over Eagle defenders for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
Bozard, who finished with 2,009 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, became the first player at the school to run for 2,000 yards since Klayton Kennedy in 2005. Former Raider Jonathan Hall also surpassed the 2,000 yard barrier.
“Like I stated before, Jimmy Bozard is such a tremendous athlete. He runs hard and has good field vision and a great burst of speed to pull away from defenders,” Tindall said.
Several other players enjoyed a good night offensively. Dalton Beasley tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chance Morris. Samuel Frederick finished with 32 yards rushing and a touchdown. Wyatt Brant and Mitchell Webster also scored touchdowns.
JDA, which boasts of one of the best offenses in SCISA, has been depending on its defense lately for big plays.
For the third week in a row, the Raiders played “lights out” defensively, holding their opponents to only 9.1 points per game.
Against the Eagles, the unit produced three turnovers and recorded four sacks.
The leaders of the unit were Trent Jamison and Samuel Frederick with nine tackles apiece. Dalton Beasley, Al Kinard, Jeremy Davis each had seven stops.
“Our football team is heathly now and it has showed in our play over the past month. We are doing a better job of limiting big plays and forcing turnovers,” Tindal said.