Central Private Football Defeats Oak Forest Academy 7-6

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Defense was back in Dixie Land on Friday night as the Central Private Rebels answered the call of Coach Mike Longmire and turned back the Yellow Jackets of Oak Forest Academy by the score of 7-6.  Coach Longmire issued a challenge and a gut check a week ago following a 32-14 defeat to Brookhaven Academy.  Senior lineman Andy Kinchen said we did not do great but we got the job done.  A win is a win.  The win is the third in district and brings the CP Rebel record to 3-0 in district and 4-1 overall.

The Rebel defense limited the Yellow Jackets to 26 yards on 21 plays in the first half and held  a 7-0 lead at the intermission.  Bobby Muse had the only score for the Rebels on a 1-yard plunge into the endzone with 11:54 remaining in the second half.  The Rebels were able to move the ball 42-yards on the running of Muse who had 78 yards on the evening on 29 carries.  Fullback Travis Richard was able to gain 71 yards on 9 carries mostly through the middle of the Yellow Jacket defense.

It was the Rebel defense led by Chase Metz, Travis Rose, and Matt Wallace that led the way for the victory.  Oak Forest Academy broke into the scoring column on a 30-yard blast by Michael Gill.  Gill had 5 carries for 32 yards on the evening.  Down 7-6 OFA decided to go for the 2pt PAT.  Britt Meyer and Muse combined to stop Gill short on an option to the right side.  Of the play, Meyer said,” I grabbed his feet and Bobby(Muse) smashed him.  Muse said,” I knew that we needed it and I was just determined to get it done.”  Oak Forest was able to get the ball one last time but a 6-yard sack by Matt Wallace ended the threat and CP held on for the 7-6 victory.

Coach Longmire called it a super effort by the kids.  We flew around the ball real well.  Penalties killed us.  We should have had 2 more touchdowns.  We are 3-0 in district.  It was a big win.  Coach Jamie and Coach Smith did a great job with the defense and Coach DiJohn always does a good job with the line.  The game ball was given to team leader and captain Brennan Courville.  Brennan was lost for the season with a knee injury two weeks ago in the win over Centreville Academy.  Courville is also the catcher for the 4-time defending champion Rebel baseball team.  Central Private returns to action on Friday when they travel to Columbia in Mississippi.