Flashes start crucial run of district games by beating East Rankin – The Vicksburg Post

The Flashes kick off the crucial series of district games with a win over East Rankin

Published Monday 9 January 2023 23:40

In the end, the St. Aloysius football boys didn’t care whether they took their opponent lightly, wore them down or just wanted to ride along.

What mattered was that they got the job done.

Dalton Windham fired into the back net from the top of the box in the 54th minute and the Flashes dominated East Rankin Academy in the second half to win 1-0 on Monday.

“We played against this team at the beginning of the season and they absolutely dominated, so we weren’t very active. We were kind of ready to just chillax,” Windham said. “When we saw that they came out motivated, we ended up fighting harder and winning.”

St. Al had several chances to score in the first half but no shots on target. It then overtook East Rankin 7-3 in the second half.

East Rankin had a short offense in the final minutes but no quality shots. St. Al keeper Caleb Tucker ended the game with four saves.

“(East Rankin) just seems to get off to a fast start. So if you can weather this storm, he sets in and gets to where our guys can start to control things,” said St. Al coach Jay Madison. “Part of that was that we started the game and just kicked the ball and didn’t try to control the flow of the game. As we walked on, they settled in.”

Despite controlling the flow of play for the last 40 minutes, the Flashes’ only goal was a quick strike. John Ellis Montgomery sent a pass about 20 yards down the field, Windham collected it and took his shot from the top left corner of the box.

Windham’s shot went past East Rankin’s goalkeeper Judson Giordano, who had come out a few paces to challenge, and gave the 1-0 lead which was the final score.

“We practiced where I get it John and then he gives it to me and then we look into it. I was close enough to the box so I decided to take a shot,” Windham said. “I hit him hard enough until he went straight into the corner and past the goalkeeper.”

The win gave St. Al a boost in a crucial part of the schedule. Monday’s game was the first of four district games in 10 days. The Flashes have swept East Rankin’s season series and are 2-1 in MAIS Division II Central. The next game is a road trip to Central Hinds at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Everyone lays out their district games in January. If you can start stacking a few of them together, that’ll put you in the hunt for the playoffs. And then when you make the playoffs, you never know,” Madison said. “You would love to win the district, but the first thing you have to do is make the playoffs and that’s a big step in that direction.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is Sports Editor for the Vicksburg Post. He has been a member of the Vicksburg Post sports team since 1998, making him one of the longest-serving reporters in the newspaper’s 139-year history. A native of New Jersey, he graduated from LSU. During his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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