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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Big Blue extends win streak


As the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey moved closer to North Mississippi, school officials at Tunica Academy and Potts Camp made the call to move their scheduled game up to Wednesday, Aug. 30. Unfortunately, the rains came, but they couldn’t stop the Blue Devils from delivering a 33-12 win.

The victory improves to Tunica Academy’s record to 3-0 for the year. On Sept. 8, the Blue Devils will travel to Strider Academy to play the Rams at 7:30 p.m. Strider is coming off a 44-0 loss to Oak Hill Academy. They are 0-3 overall.

Against Potts Camp, TA was determined to set the pace of the game and not look back. They scored on their first possession.

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After receiving the kick, TA’s Abdullah Obad rushed for five yards. The play was called back on a penalty and the down was repeated. Elijah Mcgee then rushed for six yards.

On the next snap, Blue Devil QB Bradley Horn broke free from Potts Camp defenders. He completed a 29 yard pass to Riley Harrison, putting the Devils in scoring range. Mcgee then rushed for two yards. Obad then crossed into the endzone from nine yards out. TA went up 6-0 after a missed extra point kick.

The Blue Devil defense went to work and kept Potts Camp from gaining ground. They turned over the ball on downs around the TA 37.

Tunica capitalized on the opportunity and turned their possession into another TA touchdown. Obad was again the ball carrier and rushed for two yards. He then added two on a successful two point conversion drive.

The Blue Devils defense closed out the first quarter by forcing Potts Camp to punt.

TA immediately sprang into action in the second quarter.

After two plays, Horn held on to the ball and scrambled for 23 yards. Teammate Jake Wade then stacked up another Blue Devil first down with a 17 yard rush.

TA then struggled to get yardage, leading coaches to call for a time out.

After returning to the field, Obad surged ahead for eight yards and a third touchdown for the Big Blue. Christian Igleheart split the uprights to take TA up 21-0.

The Blue Devils’ continued to dominate on both sides of the ball. The Big Blue defense forced Potts Camp’s quarterback to try and find the hands of a receiver. Connor Cariker intercepted the pass and ran for 29 yards.

TA made one play and then a hand off to Mcgee became another Tunica Academy TD. A conversion attempt failed.

It looked as if the Big Blue would go to the locker room for halftime up 27-0. Potts Camp had other plans. They scored on a 34 yard rush and missed their extra point.

TA struck back with a late in the quarter touchdown. Horn connected with Bailey Melton for 39 yards and a touchdown. Igleheart missed the extra point. TA led 33-6.

In the second half, TA looked to Wes Weeks, Dakota Smith and Wilson Reed to build yardage. After a scoreless third quarter, Potts Camp found the end zone in the final minutes of the game to make the score 33-12.

Mcgee led rushing for the Blue Devils with 102 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Obad had 48 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Wade had 43 yards on six carries. Weeks had 31 yards on four carries. Horn had 21 yards on two carries. Smith had 12 yards on two carries.

Melton led receivers with 39 yards on one catch. He had one touchdown. Riley Harrison had two catches for 37 yards. Cariker had one catch for four yards in addition to an inteception.

Obad had five and 1/2 tackles for the night and led the Blue Devil defense. Mcgee had three tackles. Melton had two and 1/2 tackles. Dylan Branham had two tackles. Simon Weir had one and 1/2 tackles. Ethan Perry, Thomas Wheeler and Jake Wade all had one tackle. Bubba Mann contributed an assist.

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