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Jaguars use defense to secure 27-8 win

By Paul Keane

The Wayne County News

The Jaguars of Wayne Academy overcame a slow start --- spotting Amite

School eight early points --- before taking a 27-8 win over the Rebels

Friday night.

The win improved W.A. to 2-1 overall but, more importantly, 1-0 in

district action. The Jaguars travel southeast next week to face Columbia

Academy in a district outing.

The visiting Rebels got on the board first with a 30-yard pass to make

it 8-0 with 4:31 left in the opening quarter of play. From there, the

W.A. defense stiffened, though, picking off two passes and recovering a

fumble while stopping the Rebels on fourth down four times.

Wayne Academy answered that scored with a 42-yard touchdown run by

Ja'Marquese Ray. The Colton Stringer extra point made it 8-7 Rebels

with 9:56 left.

On the ensuing series, Caden Lowery picked off a pass and returned it

more than 40 yards down to the Amite 4-yard line. McRee then hit Cade

McCaa with a short flare pass that McCaa turned into a touchdown.

Stringer's extra point set the margin at 14-8 Jaguars at the half.

Lowery caught a 22-yard pass from McRee with 8:48 left in the third

quarter to make it 20-8.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, McRee hit McCaa in stride for a

39-yard touchdown pass. The Stringer kick set the final margin at 27-8.

For a complete wrapup of this game --- including a full statistics

package --- be sure and pick up a copy of the Sept. 7 Wayne County News.

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