Prep football roundup: Caledonia piles up yards on the ground for win over Amory


Caledonia quarterback Brandon Edmondson (6) runs for a first down Friday night in Caledonia.

Caledonia quarterback Brandon Edmondson (6) runs for a first down Friday night in Caledonia. Photo by: Garrick Hodge/Dispatch staff


Theo DeRosa



CALEDONIA -- Caledonia ran its way to success at home against Amory on Friday night.


The Confederates (2-1) carried the ball 50 times for 395 yards on the ground, paving the way for a 35-21 victory over Amory.


"I'm very pleased with our kids' effort and performance," Caledonia coach Michael Kelly said. "We challenged them all week to prepare well and get themselves in a position to be better than we were the week before."



Darquez Williams had 19 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns, Darrius Triplett ran the ball four times for 93 yards and two scores, and quarterback Brandon Edmondson ran 13 times for 79 yards.


Kelly praised the Feds' defense, which held Amory to just one touchdown in the second half.


"I'm extremely proud of the way our defense played," Kelly said. "We had a lot of guys getting to the football and giving us a great chance to be successful on that side of the ball."


The two teams matched each other with touchdowns in the first and second quarters, but Caledonia scored the only touchdown of the third. Amory quickly equalized before Williams ripped off a go-ahead score of 31 yards, and Triplett sealed it with an 81-yard touchdown run.


Kewon Wyatt took one of his two carries for a touchdown, totaling 41 yards on the game.


"Offensively, I feel like our guys took another step forward," Kelly said. "Our offensive line continues to improve, and our skill players are able to have a chance to make plays."


Edmondson threw just three passes on the game, completing one to Williams for 12 yards.


The 'Feds will travel to play Heritage Academy (4-0) on Friday.


"We'll have plenty of things to correct and coach off of next week," Kelly said. "We just need to keep improving this week."



Heritage Academy 42, Magnolia Heights 13


Heritage Academy piled up the offense in Friday's win over Magnolia Heights, improving to 4-0 on the season.


The Patriots had 469 total yards of offense, including 294 on the ground. Running back KJ Smith led the way with 225 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns.


Quarterback Carter Putt threw three touchdown passes, completing 12 of 21 passes for 175 yards. He was intercepted twice.


The Patriots blew out Magnolia Heights despite committing 10 penalties and losing a fumble because of a bad snap.


Trey Naugher recovered a fumble for Heritage Academy.


The Patriots will host Caledonia (2-1) on Friday in a matchup of two local schools.



Noxubee County 22, Shannon 14


SHANNON -- Noxubee County's shutout streak came to an end after 11 quarters, but the Tigers still beat Shannon 22-14 in the first road game of the season.


The Tigers were up 8-0 at half courtesy of six points in the first quarter and a safety in the second quarter, and they scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Shannon didn't get its lone score until the fourth.


The Tigers (3-0) will host Philadelphia (2-1) on Friday.



Starkville Academy 22, Noxapater 7


NOXAPATER -- Starkville Academy keeps improving after a Week 1 loss to Lamar.


The Volunteers beat Noxapater, the second-ranked team in Class 1A, 22-7 on the road Friday.


Starkville Academy took an early lead in the first quarter but was tied with Noxapater at the end of the period. CJ Jackson gave the Vols a 13-7 lead with 4 minutes, 52 seconds left in the second quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run and scored from 19 yards out 13 seconds into the fourth quarter.


Neither time could Starkville Academy convert the extra point, but Dylan Miller kicked a 23-yard field goal with 8:15 left in the fourth quarter.


The Vols will host Magnolia Heights (2-1) on Friday.



Russell Christian Academy 61, Victory Christian 20


Dallas Colom caught three passes for 124 yards, led his team in rushing and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, but he couldn't do enough to propel Victory Christian over Russell Christian Academy as the Eagles lost Friday's home game 61-20 for their first loss of the season.


Quarterback Drake Clements went 8 of 22 for 193 yards with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Tyshon Rogers and an interception. Clements also had a 2-yard rushing touchdown, and Austin McCarter completed a two-point conversion.


Colom's six attempts for 30 yards on the ground were enough to lead his team in rushing.


On defense, Lahndon Townley led the Eagles in tackles with 10, including a sack and three tackles for loss. Nadarion Higgins was second with nine tackles.


The Eagles (2-1) play at Tabernacle (1-3) on Friday in Gardendale, Alabama.



Hebron Christian 22, Ben's Ford (Louisiana) 14


BOGALUSA, La. -- Hebron Christian Academy improved to 2-2 with a 22-14 road win over Ben's Ford Christian in Bogalusa, Louisiana.


The Eagles' next game will be at home against Delta Academy (0-2) of Marks.



Theo DeRosa reports on high school sports and Mississippi State softball for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.


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