Four Friday-night wins in Crenshaw County

Published 7:55 pm Thursday, September 28, 2023

All four Crenshaw County schools prevailed against their opponents under the Friday night lights on Sep. 22.

Crenshaw Christian Academy: 

The Crenshaw Christian Academy (CCA) Cougars overtook the Hooper Academy Colts on Sep. 22 leaving with a 34-32 win.

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Head Coach Brandon Burleson said he was proud of the team’s durability and tenacity throughout the tribulations they have endured recently. 

“We have had several kids out with injuries, so a lot of people had to step up this week and play for the first time and a few even played in new positions,” Burleson said. “They showed a lot of resilience and played really well.”

Burleson said key players in the game included No. 22 Drake mills, No. 9 Dalton Jordan, and No. 3 Preston Eddins.

“Drake had over 130 rushing yard and Dalton had several key tackles and blocks,” Burleson said. “Preston broke the game open and gave us some breathing room with his first touchdown of the year with a 50-yard reception.”

The Cougars will face off against the Macon East Knights on Sep. 29 at the Knights’ home field.

Highland Home School:

Highland Home School traveled to New Site Friday night to battle the Horseshoe Bend Generals, emerging victorious with a 49-10 win.

Head Coach Will Pouncey said he was impressed with the way his athletes performed without allowing the stress of travel to get in the way.

“We went on a long road trip and handled our business when we got there,” Pouncey said. “We played a good game and got a nice region win. A lot of our younger players got to get lot of reps later in the game which is crucial for their development.”

The first points were put on the board thanks to an 80-yard touchdown made by No. 13 Tyler Chaney and Highland Home held the Generals 14-0 before the Flying Squadron offense had the opportunity to take the field.

Pouncey said this victory was a great win for Highland Home’s football program as they move into their rivalry weeks, facing off against Brantley High School at home on Sep. 28 and following with a match against Luverne on Oct. 6.

“You never know about our rivalries,” Pouncey said. “We’re going to show up and put our best foot forward and play with pride for our team, our school, and our fans and hopefully the score will take care of itself.”

Brantley High School:

The Brantley Bulldogs were hosted by the Kinston Bulldogs in a close game which ended with a 30-27 win for Brantley.

Head coach Roland Jones said that though there are several key players who were unable to take the field, the Brantley Bulldogs stepped up and got the job done.

“We played a lot of younger kids Friday night,” Jones said. “We’ve still got six starters out with injuries, so we had to play some eighth and ninth graders this week. Offensively we played really well, but defensively we had some breakdowns just because we are so young.” 

According to Jones, coaching staff noticed a good deal of growth within the younger players this week as they continue work towards development and getting used to playing against older and bigger athletes.

Jones said there was a shift in his athletes’ mentality after half time that encouraged a stronger pushback from the Brantley Bulldogs and mentioned that one player in particular showed exceptional skill during the game.

“At half time the score was 14-13, but we came out and played a little harder in the second half and we were able to take home the win,” Jones said. “I was really impressed with Daylan Davis (No. 4) during the game. He had three touchdowns and 9 catches for 198 yards.”

In their next game on Sep. 28 the Brantley Bulldogs will meet their rivals, the Highland Home Flying Squadron, at Clay Jordan Stadium. 

Luverne High School:

The Luverne Tigers went on the road this week, bringing home their fifth straight win of the season as they outscored the Lanett Panthers 18-6. 

The Tigers will host their homecoming game on Sep. 29 at Glenn Daniel Stadium where they will face off against the Calhoun Tigers.