Wilcox Acad. beats Sparta

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Three games into the season, and Wilcox Academy still does not have a notch in the loss column.

The Wildcats knocked out Sparta 40-12 Friday on another dominating team rushing performance. Wilcox ran the ball 43 times and had 239 yards.

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Drew Bozeman and Jason Ray combined for 132 of those yards on the ground, and Phillip Line scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.

It was the passing game, however, that first introduced the Wildcats to the game.

Will Albritton connected with Jack Sims for a 41-yard touchdown to put Wilcox up 7-0 early in the first. Reversing roles, Sims passed to Albritton for 55 yards and a score with 5:01 to play in the opening quarter. A missed extra point made the lead 13-0.

In the second, Line ran in from three yards, and Bozeman converted the 2-point try to put Wilcox ahead 21-0.

Wade Brantley put the Wildcats ahead 28-0 with a 5-yard scamper, and Line scored with 4:48 left on a 1-yard run. The extra point was no good, and Wilcox led by 34.

Jason Ray scored the Wildcats’ last touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run in the third.

“I’m very pleased; we’re getting better each week,” said Wilcox coach Chris Burford. “We’re getting more turnovers than we’re turning the ball over, and we’re getting better at handling the ball offensively. We threw the ball better this game, and even the young guys are better.”

Albritton was 2-for-2 passing with 62 yards. Sims was 4-for-7 with 79 yards.

Line made two of his seven carries count for touchdowns, and he totaled 41 yards on the ground. Bozeman had 81 yards on seven carries, and Ray had 51 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, Bozeman led the team with seven tackles. Chris Stone, Jacob Armstrong and Brantley each had six tackles.

“Even though we’re experienced, we’ve got a bunch of people playing different positions,” Burford said. “The quarterbacks are doing well, the running backs are playing well and we’re doing a great job of blocking. They’re all adapting well.”