By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger



 Kemper Academy will close out its 2017 season at home this Friday night, as the Rams host Marvell (Ark.) Academy in DeKalb. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Marvell comes into the contest with a 3-4 overall mark and a 2-3 record in district play. The tradition-rich Eagles started the year with four consecutive losses, but have since reeled off three straight wins. Marvell beat Sharkey-Issaquena 44-36 two weeks ago before having an open date last week.

The last time Kemper met Marvell was during the 2014 postseason, a 56-40 win for the Rams.

Kemper Academy made its final long trek to the Mississippi Delta for the season last Friday night, where the Rams dropped a 56-12 decision to Sharkey-Issaquena Academy.

The loss kept the Rams winless in MAIS competition and in District 1-E. as KA fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in district play. Sharkey improved to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in league action.

Last week at Sharkey, Kemper coach Pete McCleskey said the Rams managed just two big plays on offense. The first resulted in a 55-yard run for a touchdown by sophomore quarterback Brody Thomas, who accounted for both of his team’s touchdowns on the night.

The second came when Jackson Mason busted a 51-yard run in the third quarter.

Thomas finished with a team-high 76 yards and the two scores rushing.

Defensively, KA got nine tackles from Chase Cawthorn and seven from Matthew Cordar.