Kemper Academy’s football team and cheerleaders line up for the invocation and the playing of the national anthem.
Kemper Academy’s football team and cheerleaders line up for the invocation and the playing of the national anthem.
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger



The Kemper Academy Rams enjoyed their first victory of the eight-man football season as they defeated Prentiss Christian 56-14 Friday night.

Junior Bryce Mason started at quarterback and finished with 270 total yards for the game. Mason rushed for 175 yards and passed for 95 yards. He scored three touchdowns and passed for another.

The touchdown pass went to River Keaton and covered 60 yards. Garron Dixon ran 96 yards for a touchdown. Dixon scored two other touchdowns during the night.

Defensively, Jack Dial led with eight tackles.

“It was good to get a win,” Coach Pete McCleskey said. “We made some adjustments last week and I think it worked out.”

The Rams jumped out to a 42-6 halftime lead.

The Rams face Manchester Friday night in Yazoo City. The Mavericks are the defending Mississippi Independent Schools Association eight-man football champions. They come into the game with a 3-0 record and are averaging 50 points per game.

Manchester defeated North Sunflower Academy 49-8.
“They are going to be tough,” Coach McCleskey said. “They are the defending champions and I understand they have about 20 players. We are getting ready for a big game.”