Alma beats Ramsey while Chaffin moves past the Academy. Northridge continues to win.

Alma picked up its second conference win to move into a three-way tie for third as it defeated Darby 26-6.

“It was a great night for the Airedales. The defense played better than they have all year. They flew to the ball and swarmed the carrier and hit as well as any team I’ve ever had. It really set the tone for the night,” said coach J.D. Coursey. “I’m looking forward to watching this team continue to improve over the last month of the season.”

Alma (3-2, 2-1) hosts Kimmons (2-4, 0-3) next week.

Preston Jurecka had a seven-yard TD run to begin the scoring and Logan Hatcher added another score from five yards out. Hatcher also threw a 24-yard pass to Bobby Winfrey. Hatcher set up the final score with a 40-yard pass to Grayson Bailey and Gabe Jensen punched it in from the Ramsey 8.

“Preston played phenomenally on defense,” Coursey said. “He’s a very gutsy kid with a ton of natural football instinct.”

Chaffin 21, Academy 6

After gaining 249 yards last week at Mayo-Thompson Stadium, Chaffin limited the Pointers to 142 and escaped Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field with the River Valley Conference win.

The Academy dropped to 2-1 in the River Valley Conference and is tied for third along with Greenwood (4-1, 2-1) and Alma (3-2, 2-1).

Harrison (6-0, 3-0) and Chaffin (5-1, 3-0) are tied for first and will clash next week at Sheridan Garrison Stadium at FedEx Field. Ramsey (0-6, 0-3) will host the Pointers at Jim Rowland Stadium.

The Cougars got on the board first with a three-yard run by quarterback Sam Byars with 57 seconds remaining in the first half. Byars would finish the game with 16 carries for 148 yards, lifted largely by his 66-yard touchdown run late in the game to cap off the win.

Chaffin had 231 yards of offense and nine first downs for the game. Breanne Lopez, a seventh grader, was 3 of 3 on PATs.

Brayden Rivas had five carries for 73 yards in the second half and finished the game with 75 yards total to pace the Pointers.

Rivas had the lone touchdown for the Pointers, on a 59-yard run with 22 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Academy was limited to five first downs in the contest and just one in the second half. The team also had three penalties for 25 yards on offense.

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot, and at some point, we hope to run out bullets,” said Academy coach Eric Capp. “Timely mistakes… costly penalties… not to take anything away from Chaffin, it deserved to win. It is a well-coached, and disciplined football team.”

Northridge 36, Ramsey 8

Gary Phillips scored a hat trick for the Pointers in the first quarter as he crossed into the end zone three times and finished with 130 all-purpose yards. All in the first quarter.

Phillips returned two punt returns for touchdowns as he scored the first from 36 yards out and scored another one from 56 yards.

He had only one carry on offense, a 38-yard run for his third TD. Phillips has 12 touchdowns this season and is rather efficient with 23 carries and 419 yards.

“Gary has been our playmaker all season,” said coach Michael Bowman. “He’s a guy we can count on come up with a big-time play when we need to make something happen quickly. He’s a lot of fun to coach. On and off the field he carries himself well. He’s a true leader.”

Northridge (4-1) travels to Chaffin on Tuesday.

The Pointers played with their starters in the first quarter and free substituted the duration of the game.

“The success of our offense and what we do comes from our O-line and how well it fires off the ball and quickly get to their blocks,” Bowman said. “They’ve done an excellent job all year.”

Caden Brown had seven carries for 27 yards and a score. Quarterback Haden Roark added three totes for 23 yards and a TD. Luke Dunbar added 35 yards on three carries.

“Caden is quick and shifty. Right when you think he’s about to go down, he makes a guy miss and turns on the speed,” said Bowman. “Roark and Kaleb Kovitch have split time at QB all season. They are both guys we can count on to get the job done.”

The Pointer defense held the Rams to 60 yards of total offense. Luis Hernandez and Xavier McCormick led all tacklers with seven stops each. Brayden Branch and Kylin Ramirez also had five tackles each. Ethan Brown made three tackles and recovered one fumble.

Bowman said, “Luis and Xavier fly around and bring the heat. They’re ‘big heat’ guys that are good at doing what they do."