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Academy powers in chase for lead

By By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Sept. 27, 2001
The three southern based area academy powers look to defend their ground in District 3-AAA action this week.
Heidelberg Academy (3-1, 1-0 in the district) will be at home against Newton Academy (0-4, 0-1).
The Rebels are coming off two straight impressive wins over Lamar Academy (35-14) and last week's 40-0 rout of Central Academy in Macon.
Newton Academy has struggled this season scoring just 33 points in four games while allowing 140. They were beaten decisively by Sylva-Bay last week.
Lewis, though, has his team focused for a tough game.
The Rebels got a big game last week from wide receiver Blake Bass who scored three touchdowns. One came on a 44-yard TD reception from quarterback Josh Webb. Another came on a 77-yard TD halfback pass from Heath Ainsworth. He then added a six-yard TD run.
Wayne Academy at Kemper
Wayne Academy seeks to go to 5-0 and keep pace with Heidelberg and Sylvia Bay in District 3-AAA.
Wayne has outscored its foes by a whopping 114-26 count in four games. Kemper, 1-3 overall and 0-1 in district, has been outscored by a 27-108 total.
Central Macon at Sylvia Bay
Sylvia Bay looks to keep pace with Heidelberg and Wayne when they host Central Macon on Friday.
Sylvia Bay whipped Newton Academy 33-6 last week in Newton. The Saints were led by Cody Phillips who had three touchdown runs of three, 25 and 63 yards.
Josh Jarvis had a 30-yard punt return for another score. Quarterback John Thompson directs the Saints offense.
Central is 0-4 on the season and has been outscored 12-167.
Magee at Quitman
The Quitman Panthers are off to a 1-0 start in Region 5-4A play following last week's 33-18 win at South Jones.
But on Friday, the Panthers must contend with four-time 3A champion Magee in its second regional match-up of the season. The game will be in Quitman at 7:30 p.m.
Magee may be one of the highest scoring teams in the state. Last week, the Trojans beat Northeast Lauderdale 50-46 to move to 2-2 on the season.
Quitman, like Magee, is also 2-2 overall and 1-0 in region play. Last week the Panthers got a lift from their special teams when junior Jeffrey Mays returned kickoffs for 86 and 80 yards for touchdowns.
The Panthers are officially 3-1 after Collins was forced to forfeit its victory over Quitman earlier this month because of an ineligible player.
Football Players of the Week
For Quitman: Jeffrey Mays. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (86 and 80 yards) in last week's 33-19 win over South Jones.
For Enterprise: Quarterback Don Moore hit a pair of touchdown passes of 65 and 31 yards in the Bulldogs win over Raleigh.
For Heidelberg Academy: Blake Bass. Bass caught a pair of TD passes of 44 and 70 yards in the Rebels' 40-0 win over Central Academy.
For Sylvia Bay: Tailback Cody Phillips had three touchdown runs including one for 63 yards in the Saints' win over Newton Academy.
Softball Player of the Week
For Enterprise: Shannon Creel. Creel had two hits in the Lady Bulldogs' key 7-1 win over Newton on Tuesday.
Quitman: Candace Boatner went five-for-five in Quitman's victory over Newton on Monday.