AISA Roundup: Macon East comes up a point short again

Macon East quarterback Dalton Nickles completed 9 of 17 passes for 93 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Daniels, but it wasn't enough to lift the Knights past Southwest Georgia Academy on Friday night.

Southwest Georgia Academy 21, Macon East Academy 20

DAMASCUS, Ga. -- For the second straight week, Macon East Academy found itself on the wrong side of a one-point heartbreaker.

A week after dropping a one-point game to Valiant Cross in Montgomery, the Knights continued their road swing through Georgia, losing to Southwest Georgia Academy 21-20 at Haddock Stadium on Friday night.

Quarterbacks Dalton Nickles and Deonte Powell each passed for a touchdown and Gabe Spencer had 19 carries for 140 yards, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win over the Warriors.

Nickles completed 9 of 17 passes for 93 yards, including a touchdown pass to Tyler Daniels, and rushed six times for 22 yards, while Powell completed 5 of 10 passes for 63 yards, including a touchdown pass to Sanders Manning, and rushed for 18 yards on seven carries.

Daniels finished with four receptions for 50 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown catch, and Manning had two catches for 34 yards, including a touchdown catch for 21 yards. Jacob Wilson had three receptions for 35 yards.

Thaddeus McKinney had the Knights’ other touchdown, scoring on a 3-yard run.

Zach Brown led the defense with 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Teron Wright added eight tackles and Logan Wilds had four tackles and a fumble recovery.

Southwest Georgia Academy improved to 2-0 with the win. Macon East (1-2) remains on the road next week with a region game at unbeaten Edgewood Academy.

Edgewood Academy 26, Banks Academy 12

BIRMINGHAM -- Edgewood Academy survived an early touchdown by the upstart Jets with 20 second-quarter points to win their region opener 26-12 at Banks Academy on Friday.

Austin Champion completed 15 of 30 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns to erase an early 6-0 deficit. Trevor Rodie caught three of those touchdown passes, finishing with 165 yards on nine receptions.

Champion and Rodie connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 7:29 left in the first half to tie the game before Sam Williams’ extra point gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Edgewood added two more scores in the quarter on Champion passes, the first covering seven yards to JT Brazell and the second going to Rodie for 26 yards with 24 seconds left in the first half for a 20-6 halftime lead.

Rodie caught his third touchdown pass less than four minutes into the second half to finish off the Jets.

Bryson Boone led the Wildcats defensively with seven tackles. Brazell added six.

Edgewood (3-0, 1-0 in region play) remains home next week to play Macon East Academy, while Banks (2-1, 0-1) travels to Lanett to play Springwood in a region contest.

Morgan Academy 34, Clarke Prep School 6

SELMA -- The Senators broke open a tight game with three touchdowns in the third quarter to defeat Clarke Prep in the AAA Region 2 opener for both teams on Friday night.

Andrew Thomas completed 13 of 23 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns and John Allen Ingram rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries to help the Senators remain unbeaten at 2-0.

Thomas fired a 45-yard pass to Allen Michael Creech and a two-point conversion pass to Cink Minter for an 8-0 halftime lead.

Early in the third quarter, Clarke Prep’s Trace Phillips scored on a 15-yard run to trim the lead to 8-6 and the Senators responded with three quick touchdowns to extend the lead to 28-6. Thomas passed 12 yards to Minter, 17 yards to Rhyne Williams and 53 yards to Williams to turn a two-point lead into a 22-point cushion.

Ingram ran in the two-point conversion following Williams’ first scoring reception for a 22-6 lead.

Chase Brown added the Senators’ final touchdown on a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Trey Jones led the Senators with 12 tackles, followed by C.J. Crocker with 10.

Morgan (2-0, 1-0) travels to Monroe next week, while Clarke Prep (0-3, 0-1) plays host to Fort Dale.

Escambia Academy 34, Patrician Academy 14

CANOE -- Landon Sims rushed for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Escambia to a 34-14 win over Patrician in the region opener for both teams.

Sims ran 14 yards and added the extra point for a 7-0 lead before Bubba Nettles scored on a 5-yard run to give the Cougars a 13-0 lead entering the second quarter.

Augustus Lewis scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards for the Saints, pulling Patrician within 13-7 and finally 19-14 at the half, but Nettles scored on a 17-yard run in the third quarter and Sims added a 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth to put the Saints away.

Clark Ezell led Patrician with seven tackles, followed by Coby Adkins and Cecil Perry with six each. Patrician (1-1, 0-1 in AA Region 2 play) returns home to host Autauga next week, while Escambia (3-0, 1-0) travels to Wilcox.

Tuscaloosa Academy 39, Fort Dale Academy 14

GREENVILLE -- Ethan Alford threw for a touchdown pass and ran for another in the second half for the game’s final points, but Tuscaloosa Academy had already built a comfortable lead to win the AAA Region 2 opener on Friday night.

Alford completed 15 of 22 passes for 233 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to Sam Bloodworth after TA built a 39-0 lead. Bloodworth finished with 143 yards on seven receptions.

Alford added a 1-yard scoring run and Alan Alvarez booted the second of two extra points.

Fort Dale (0-2, 0-1 in region play) travels to Grove Hill to play Clarke Prep next week, while Tuscaloosa Academy (1-1, 1-0) travels to Bessemer Academy.

AISA SCOREBOARD

Pike Liberal Arts 63, Hooper Academy 0

Lee-Scott Academy 23, Glenwood School 22

Tuscaloosa Academy 39, Fort Dale Academy 14

Bessemer Academy 26, Monroe Academy 8

Morgan Academy 34, Clarke Prep School 6

Edgewood Academy 26, Banks Academy 12

Chambers Academy 49, Springwood School 0

Southwest Georgia Academy 21, Macon East Academy 20

Escambia Academy 34, Patrician Academy 14

Wilcox Academy 33, Southern Academy 13

Crenshaw Christian Academy 22, Coosa Valley Academy 7

Lakeside School 1, Cornerstone Christian 0, forfeit

Lowndes Academy 42, Abbeville Christian Academy 7

South Choctaw Academy 53, Meadowview Christian 6

Jackson Academy 67, Snook Academy 7

Sparta Academy 36, Pickens Academy 12