Tri-County Academy tailback Ryan Cothern (27) carries the ball against St. Andrew’s Friday night in Canton.
Tri-County Academy tailback Ryan Cothern (27) carries the ball against St. Andrew’s Friday night in Canton.
FLORA - If David Blount's Tri-County Rebels are going to make a splash in 2-AA this season, they could probably go a long way by following the blueprint laid in the team's season-opening 27-7 romp over St. Andrew's Episcopal Friday night.

The red-and-blue built a 27-0 lead, and allowed just seven points in the second half to Adam Mangana's upstart Saints team.

Up next for Tri-County is a trip to Woodville and a date with Wilkinson County Christian, which got walloped by Adams County 52-6 last week.

The Rebels put on quite a show in the first half Friday night, scoring 27 unanswered points. Jake Jones started the Rebels off early with a touchdown on a quarterback keeper, and Ryan Cothern had no trouble adding two more rushing scores. Cody Tyer put it away with the final touchdown of the first half, and the Tri-County faithful were undaunted by a missed extra point.

Tri-County fared about as well on defense. They kept the Saints scoreless in the first half, picked two of St. Andrew's quarterback Bennie Kirkland's passes right out of the air, and kept anyone in a white jersey holding the ball running for their lives.

The strong performance Tri-County put up in the first half was starkly contrasted by a relatively uneventful second half, where both teams repeatedly stalled and failed to capitalize on turnovers.

Coach David Blount said he was very pleased with his team's performance in the first half but thought they came out "flat" in the second.

"Both teams were visibly winded," he said. "They are probably not used to playing in the heat just yet."

Saint Andrews did manage to out-perform the Rebels on fumble recoveries and grabbed one interception. The Saints got on the scoreboard late in the second half.

Blount said that he would spend a lot of time on film this week because he knew very little about Wilkinson County Christian, but expects it to be a very hard place to play.