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FINAL 4: CCA preps for semifinal

Colten Kelley (13) carries the ball down the field as Jamal Saunders and Collin Holloway keep Jackson Academy players at a distance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | MERICA TISDALE

Colten Kelley (13) carries the ball down the field as Jamal Saunders and Collin Holloway keep Jackson Academy players at a distance.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | MERICA TISDALE

Crenshaw Christian Academy has made it to the round of four. The Cougars take on Patrician Academy at home Friday night.

“Patrician is a pretty big, strong football team,” said CCA head coach Greg Gibson. “They haven’t lost a football game in six weeks and they played good competition.”

Gibson saw a lot of similarities in his team and Patrician. Each team has a solid roster.

“They don’t have a true weakness.” He said.

This will be the first time in three weeks the Cougars will be able to play its original lineup. The team has been riddled with injuries, but Gibson said everyone is in good shape.

Jamal Saunders returned last week after injuring his shoulder. The senior rusned 101 yards. The team, as a whole, rushed 265 yards and threw another 125 yards.

“Offensively, we’ve been getting better with each game,” Gibson said.

Crenshaw has a deeper bench than Patrician. Gibson plans to play around 18 students to Patrician’s 14.

Crenshaw’s game starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will move on to a final in Troy Nov. 21.