French Camp Academy earns MS 1A State Championship

From press reports


French Camp Academy and Smithville High School were slinging mud…literally…at the MHSAA Division 1A football championship game on Friday, December 6th. The atmosphere was filled with rain, excitement, and cheers as French Camp sparred with Smithville. Final score of the game: FC 27/Smithville 6

The French Camp Academy Panthers took the South 1A Division trophy in the playoffs against Stringer on November 30. As the North State Champions in 2012, FCA met Stringer for the 2012 MHSAA State playoff and was defeated.

In the North, the Smithville Seminoles emerged as the victor over St. Aloysius. When FCA played for the North State Championship 20 years ago, it was Smithville that took the title in 1993. They went on to win the State Championship.

“Win or lose, we give God the glory,” said Stewart Edwards, President of FCA.

In this strange turn of events, FCA, holding the 2012 North trophy and the 2013 South trophy, has emerged as the Mississippi State Champion by defeating both rivals that kept them from that title in the past.

French Camp Academy is a Christian home and school serving young people and their families for the glory of God. For almost 130 years, FCA has provided a stable, loving home for youth facing difficult situations in their families.

“Our first priority at FCA is providing the young people with a firm foundation in Christian love,” added Edwards. “It is a place where our students are encouraged, instructed, and nurtured so that they can have successful futures.”

Football is just one of the training grounds. Other activities outside the classroom include music, drama, horseback riding, life skill training, a full slate of sports, mission trips and service projects.

French Camp is proud of the football team, its coaches, cheerleaders, and a strong, supportive community that participates from the stands. Winding up this 2013 season, the victory cry is, “To God be the glory.”