By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper Academy took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field for a score against visiting North Sunflower Academy last Friday night in DeKalb.

Unfortunately for the host Rams, it would be the last time they would score.

NSA roared back for 42 unanswered points, pounding out a 42-6 victory to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in district play. Kemper fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the district.

The Rams’ first possession of the contest resulted in a nice touchdown catch and run from Matthew Cordar off a Brody Thomas pass. The two-point try failed and KA led 6-0.

Thomas finished 7-of-19 passing for 69 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Cordar caught three passes for 22 yards, and he also led the team in rushing with 19 yards on six carries.

KA managed just 105 yards of total offense.

Logan Christopher caught four passes for 29 yards, while Austin Castleberry had the team’s other reception with an 18-yard catch. Castleberry also ran it twice for 14 yards.

Defensively, Cordar and Dylan Fulton recorded six total tackles each to lead the Rams.

Kemper Academy will be on the road for the final time this season on Friday, when the Rams travel back to the Mississippi Delta to face Sharkey-Issaquena Academy.

Sharkey comes into the contest with a 2-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in district play.

The Confederates started the season 0-4, then defeated Delta Academy and Tensas (La.) Academy in back-to-back weeks before falling 44-36 to Marvell (Ark.) Academy last week.

The last meeting between Kemper and Sharkey came in the 2015 playoffs, when the Rams won a 28-16 decision in a playoff game played in a rainstorm in DeKalb.

Kickoff Friday is 7 p.m.