Leake Academy’s Will-Lawson Harkins runs for some positive yardage in a recent contest.

Photo by Jacob Robertson
Leake Academy’s Will-Lawson Harkins runs for some positive yardage in a recent contest. Photo by Jacob Robertson
The Leake Academy Rebels didn’t have long to celebrate their 24-0 victory over Bayou Academy in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA football playoffs.

The victory put the Rebels back on the road this Friday night when they take on power house Indianola Academy. The Colonels are the defending Class AAA champions and undefeated for the second year. They improved to 11-0 Friday night when they rolled over North “We have played them every year and twice last year,” Leake Academy Coach Brian Pickens said. “We know them well. They have an outstanding team and it’s going to take our best effort to beat them.

“We are going to have to take advantage of any opportunity we get and avoid mistakes. This is a very good team.”

Pickens was proud of his team’s win over Bayou as the Rebels improved their record to 7-4. While most of the games in the state were played under rainy conditions, the weather had passed Cleveland by the time the game started.

“It was raining hard when we got there,” Pickens said. “But it had just about6stopped by the time the game started. The field drained well but the wet conditions probably made us run the ball more than we usually did. Our kids played hard and got the job done.”

Leake Academy finished the night with 382 total yards. They rushed 50 times for 334 yards and completed three passes for 48 yards.

Leake Academy got on the scoreboard first as Shawn Myers recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. The extra point try was no good and the Rebels led 6-0.

The Rebels scored in the second quarter when Wyatt Estep scored on a four-yard run. The extra point try failed and the Rebels led 12-0.

Cameron Brown booted a 27-yard field goal later in the quarter and the Rebels led 15-0 at the half.

The Rebels picked up a safety in the third quarter when the Bayou runner was tackled in the end zone.

Sam Wilder scored on a one-yard run later in the quarter. Brown kicked the extra point to end the scoring.

 Wilder was the work horse for the Rebels as he rushed 38 times for 238 yards. Quarterback Will-Lawson Harkins rushed for 48 yards and passed for 53 yards, giving him 101 total yards.

Wyatt Estep led the team in tackles with 10. J.D. Sturdivant had nine and Shawn Myers had eight tackles.

Bayou Academy finished the season with a 6-5 record.