central — Silliman Institute excelled on offense and defense while posting two victories at the Central Private Jamboree that kicked off the area’s high school football season Friday night.
Central Private and Bowling Green were 1-1 in the jamboree, in which each game consisted of two 10-minute halves. Three Mississippi Association of Independent Schools members and one home-school team participated.
Silliman rolled to 19-6 and 14-0 victories over Bowling Green and Central Private, respectively. Bowling Green also coasted to a 30-0 win over Baton Rouge Home School. Central Private defeated BR Home School 8-0 in the final game.
“Our defense was solid in both games,” Silliman coach T.J. Davis said. “We were aggressive getting to the ball. We were able to play a lot of young players, including our two quarterbacks. This was good experience for us as we have a tough schedule this year.”
SILLIMAN 19, BOWLING GREEN 6: Sophomore quarterback Zach Kelly completed 4 of 8 passes for 91 yards and two scores to pace the Wildcats.
Kelly had TD passes of 39 yards to Michael Davidson and 19 yards to Marquell Smith in each half. Michael Beauchamp added a 4-yard scoring run for Silliman. Todd Michael Bourgeois led Silliman in rushing with 38 yards on five carries.
Hayden Thompson had a 70-yard scoring run in the final minute for Bowling Green. Thompson gained 75 yards on two carries.
BOWLING GREEN 30, BR Home School 0: Bowling Green scored on all four its possession, while B Home School lost three fumbles.
Bowling Green freshman Seth Mixon recovered two fumbles, including a 25-yard scoop and score late in the game. Logan Wood caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Connor McCain. Nick Casanova had a 5-yard scoring run and Grant Alexander scored on a 6-yard run. Alexander and Casanova combined for three two-point conversions.
Casanova finished with 46 yards on six carries. Lane Adams also had a fumble recovery for BGS.
Silliman 14, Central Private 0: Kelly scored on a 34-yard run in the first half and Keifer Bourgeois added a 26-yard TD run in the second half. Silliman’s first drive lasted three plays and covered 52 yards.
Central Private picked up a crucial fourth-down conversion on a run by Austin Slater in the second half. However, that 40-yard drive ended when a Slater pass was intercepted by Silliman’s Devin Gros. Silliman was plus-3 in turnovers for the game
Central Private 8, BR Home School 0: Rhett Seguin scored on a 5-yard run with two minutes left and Slater added the two-point conversion. Slater carried the ball six times for 35 yards during the 70-yard drive.
BR Home School picked up a first down on a 15-yard pass from Zachary Hardy to Kyle Lavergne. The CPS defense clamped down from there to close out the game.
BR Home School had the ball the entire first half and drove 55 yards to the CP 15-yard line. Ryan Dinwiddie had a key 38-yard run. Central Private’s Trey Kolb broke up a pass in the end zone and Tanner Fritts sacked Hardy on the final play of the half.
“Our kids fought hard tonight,” Central Private coach Terry King said. “We lost two starters right off the bat (to injuries). The kids learned that together we can do anything. Silliman is a fine club. I believe they have the talent to go far this season.”