Indians withstand Volunteer surgePublished 12:22pm Saturday, August 24, 2013
With a 42-yard scamper spanning the length of the Jeff Davis sideline, Wetumpka High kicked off the 2013 campaign. Charlie Crenshaw took a Sammy Britton handoff on a counter play and raced through the Jeff Davis defense during Friday’s jamboree date with the visiting Vols. That initial blast propelled the Tribe to a 20-7 halftime lead (the junior varsity players began filtering in during the second half) and eventually a 32-27 victory.
“I knew that Wetumpka was going to be well-coached and very athletic,” said Lee Carter, first-year coach of the Vols. “We’ve got to tackle better. But with a team like that and a player as athletic in nature as Charlie Crenshaw is, when we have a chance to get them off the field, we have to take advantage of that.”
Crenshaw actually accounted for the Tribe’s first points of the campaign, breaking free on a 62-yard scamper during Wetumpka’s second possession of the opening frame.
“I’m very proud of how hard they have worked and unity they have,” said Tim Perry, second-year coach of the Indians. “Everybody is buying into what we are doing. It’s fun to watch them have success and enjoy what they are doing.”
The point after sailed through the uprights and Wetumpka jumped ahead 7-0.
Wetumpka’s drive didn’t stop with the offense. The kicking team forced a fumble near midfield.
Sammy Britton, making his debut as starting Indians signal-caller, completed a 42-yard pass to Hunter Stubbs, which moved the Indians inside the Vols 20.
The Tribe moved inside the 10 and down to the 1, but had the play negated by a holding call.
On fourth down, Britton dialed up Stubbs a second time on a screen for the 15-yard touchdown catch and run.
Again the point after was good and the Tribe pushed ahead 14-0.
“Offensively, I thought our execution was good, we had a couple of miscues that need to be corrected and they will be,” said Perry. “Defensively, we played well and the young men played hard.”
The Indians, in the second quarter, were confronted with a fourth and short. The Vols elected to go for it and the quarterback put his face in the center’s back and pushed forward, only to be stood up by the Tribe’s frontline.
In the scrum, the ball popped free and into the hands of Hunter Reese. The linebacker took the Vols gift and broke free from the mass of humanity and ran nearly 20 yards before being brought down from behind by a host of yellow helmets.
That run set up Wetumpka’s third scoring drive of the half. But not without drama.
Penalties, and a dug-in group of Volunteers, forced the Tribe into a 4th and 10. Britton took the snap from Christian Williams and threw an 11-yard hitch to Crenshaw, who caught it one yard in front of the first down marker at the sideline.
A handful of plays later, Britton handed off to O.J. Jackson for the score.
The PAT was partially blocked, but the Tribe’s lead swelled to 20-0.
For a complete recap and a preview of next week’s home-opener against the Lee Generals, pick up a copy of Wednesday’s The Wetumpka Herald.