CLINTON — Silliman Institute coach T.J. Davis has seen enough of St. Aloysius on film to know what his team is up against in the second round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff game Friday night.
“They’re stacked. They’re loaded, probably the most talented team as far as number of quality players we’ve faced all year,” said Davis, whose fourth-seeded team hosts the fifth-seeded Flashes at 7 p.m. “They’re everything you don’t want to see as a defensive coach.”
The Flashes are led by running back DeMichael Harris, who scored six touchdowns and rushed for 324 yards in last week’s 56-28 victory over Bayou Academy, breaking a school record set in 1934.
After starting the season 1-6, partly because of some key injuries, St. Aloysius has won four straight and went unbeaten in District 3-3A. It is the first year the Flashes have competed in MAIS after switching over from the Mississippi High School Athletic Association last summer. They played for the Class 1A state championship last year.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools and like Davis, St. Aloysius coach B.J. Smithhart is impressed with what he has seen on film of 9-1 Silliman, which won District 5-3A with a 4-0 mark.
“They’re the cream of the crop,” said Smithhart. “They are a very discipline team and they come at you and they don’t turn the ball over offensively. On defense, they haven’t given up many points. They’re very good.”
Silliman has won eight straight games and is led offensively by quarterback Zach Kelly, who had 452 yards of total offense in last week’s 43-7 playoff win over Heritage Academy. Kelly ran for 352 yards on 15 carries and scored four TDs and passed for 100 yards and two more scores.