Jackson Academy gained a measure of revenge at Raider Field here Friday, winning a hard-hitting 38-14 decision over Madison Ridgeland Academy.

The win upped JA's record to 4-0 while MRA fell to 1-2. But more importantly for Raider players and fans, the win made up for a 22-21 defeat at the hands of the Patriots last year. It was the only blemish on JA's 2009 record as it claimed the Class AAA Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) state championship.

Good field command by quarterback Hull Bolls, in spite of a shoulder injury he sustained in the first quarter, hard running by Michael Martin and Christopher Jew, consistent blocking and a tenacious defense keyed the Raider victory.

Madison Ridgeland never established a serious offensive game and had trouble with penalties all night.

The two teams swapped first quarter touchdowns with JA getting points on a 12-yard run by Benton Green and MRA scoring on a 19-yard pass from Stewart Summers to Will Trammell, but it was pretty much all JA after that.

A one-yard run by Martin pushed the margin to 14-7 in the second period and JA led 17-7 at halftime after Michael Mordecai, who had five extra point kicks on the night, kicked a 22-yard field goal.

MRA fumbled on its second play of the second half. The Raiders capitalized when Jew raced in from 14 yards to make it 24-7 with less than two minutes gone in the final half.

The Patriots cut the margin to 24-14 when Alec Rawlings hauled in an 18-yard scoring pass from Summers, but never threatened again.

A 46-yard run by Martin and a one-yard run, also by Martin, closed out the scoring.
Both teams are on the road next week.

Jackson Academy visits Starkville Academy. MRA goes to Heritage Academy.

Other Madison County Scores
Madison Central 42, Canton 7
Ridgeland 35, Kosciusko 23
Pearl 35, Jackson Prep 28