Kirk Academy traveled to Yazoo County last Thursday night on a mission to produce offensively against Benton Academy.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to score its first regular season touchdown as the Raiders chalked up 242 yards of total offense on the way to a convincing 42-0 victory to fulfill their goal.
“The offense moved the ball and scored at will,” KA head coach Marcus Davidson said following the game.
Nine players toted the pigskin for Kirk Academy a total of 32 times for 196 yards. Freshman Ethan Prestridge led the Raiders’ stable of running backs with four carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Eighth-grader Noah Jackson was the second-leading rusher with three carries for 37 yards, followed closely by freshman Theron Hubbard with 30 yards on three carries.
Prestridge opened up the scoring for Kirk as he bulled his way into the end zone from 35 yards out on the visiting Raiders’ second play from scrimmage, helping set the pace early. Following a failed two-point conversion, Kirk led 6-0 with 4:40 left to play in the first quarter. The two-play drive was setup by a fumble recovery by freshman Logan Jones on the game’s opening drive.
The Raiders went on to score three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 30-0 halftime lead. Scores included was a 4-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Carter Hathcock (3 carries for 8 yards), a 15-yard scoring run by Jackson, which was setup up by a 35-yard punt return by freshman Logan Pratt and a 14-yard pass play from Hathcock to eighth-grader Anthony Carollo in the end zone. Carollo also caught a two-point conversion in the quarter, while Hathcock and Hubbard ran for one apiece.
In the second half, Davidson substituted at will.
“Everyone got a chance to play,” he said. “We were able to give our younger guys some playing time.”
Carollo caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from seventh-grade quarterback Linton Carson late in the third quarter and also scooped up a fumble and rumbled 15 yards for another score as the running clock read 2:53 to play. Both two-point conversions failed.
Hathcock finished the game 3-for-4 passing for 20 yards. Carson was
1-for-2 for 26 yards. Carollo caught all four passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Seventh-grader Welton Davidson chipped in with 26 yards on the ground on nine carries.
Tanner Moring, Blake Mattox, Aden Noah and Jackson led the defense, which held Benton to seven yards of total offense, with two tackles apiece. Noah also recovered a fumble, caused by Hubbard.
The Raiders host Carroll Academy Thursday night. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.