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The Jackson Academy Eagles have a dozen wins now and will play for the AISA Class A state championship against Lowndes Academy in Montgomery Thursday, Nov. 17.
The Eagles advanced to the title game by defeating Crenshaw Christian Academy 22- 6 at home this past Friday, Nov. 11 in the semi-finals.
In the Crenshaw game, both teams pushed each other around in the first quarter but the Eagles got moving in the second quarter.
The Eagles scored first on a six-yard touchdown run by Huntley. The two-point play failed and JA led 6-0.
JA then scored a touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Dees to Chuck Richardson and Dees ran for the two-points and the Eagles led 14-0, now in the third quarter.
Crenshaw returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and cut the JA lead to 14-6 in the fourth quarter. The point after was no good.
Dees completed a pass of 40 yards to Cameron Thomas for a touchdown and then Dees to Thomas for two points and the Eagles led 22-6 in the fourth quarter, the final score of the game.
For Jackson Academy, Dees was 12 of 22 passing for 193 yards and two TDs, Thomas rushed 14 times for 59 yards and caught two passes for 60 yards and a TD, Chuck Richardson caught five passes for 80 yards and a TD and Zander Jordan had seven tackles, six solo and two assists.
JA Coach Jacob Webb said of the hardfought win, “Sometimes you just got to scratch and claw to get it done and we did that. I am very proud of the kids’ effort and we found a way to win.
“We play Lowndes Academy in the championship game and they have pretty much the same team coming back this year that we played against last year.”
The Eagles are looking to bring home the Class A championship trophy.
The game will be at Cramton Bowl at 1 p.m.
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