Area teams take first spotlight as 2013 football season kicks offPublished 5:00am Sunday, September 1, 2013
In this week’s edition of the Sports Extra, heres a smattering of the stories you can find.
Mustangs gallop to season-opening victory
By Anthony Watson / Herald Staff Writer
The Stanhope Elmore Mustangs galloped over the Marbury Bulldogs Thursday night at Foshee-Henderson Stadium en route to a 48-7 victory in the 2013 football season’s first contest.
Marbury, who lost last year’s contest 52-7, fell behind early after Blake Davies’ pass was snatched out of the sky by Mustangs defensive back Alijah Reeves. Reeves, dodging diving Bulldogs, carried the interception 30 yards into the end zone for first score of the game.
Marbury, who will open region play next week with Benjamin Russell, answered the Mustangs and knotted the game at 7-7 after an Angel Vazquez point after.
Davies completed a 16-yard pass to Gabe Wurtz for the touchdown. The point after split the uprights.
After that, the Mustangs found their stride.
Stanhope Elmore, who will travel to run-heavy Pelham next week, chugged down the field with their running game and chalked up another touchdown with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter on a Reggie McCray upfield blast.
Tribe defense withstands Generals’ march
By Griffin Prichard / Herald Sports Editor
After last week’s jamboree slugfest, Tim Perry challenged his Indians to be more physical.
The Tribe answered, rebuking all but one of Lee’s advances toward the end zone en route to Friday’s season-opening 34-7 victory at Hohenberg Field.
“I thought we played well defensively,” said Perry. “We pursued the ball well and we were physical and that’s something I wanted to see after last week. I thought our defense came out and did a good job of that.”
It was actually the defense which gave the Indians their first lead of the night.
Lee’s quarterback rolled out and threw a pass right into the hands of senior linebacker Hunter Reese on a third-and-8 play.
Reese, gathering his grip on the unexpected gift, planted his foot at the 23 and sprinted into the end zone for the Wetumpka touchdown.
Panthers air it out to crush ACA
By David Good / Managing Editor Eclectic Observer
Elmore County High charged to a 41-10 season-opening win versus Alabama Christian Friday night.
The Panthers’ two-man quarterback platoon of Senior Austin Adams and junior Michael Walls lit it up, completing 20 of 25 passing attempts combined for 279 yards. Senior receiver Javon Moore posted a career game, catching nine passes for 154 yards.
“I’m glad to have him on my side of the ball,” Walls said of the senior receiver. “I know if I get in trouble I can throw to the big guy right there.”
Dean praised his squad for powering through sub-tropical conditions that had multiple players cramping up through the evening.
“I told the guys that we weren’t going to have any ‘I wishes,’ that we were going to go out and play as hard as we can play for four quarters,” Dean said. “They were hurting, they were dragging but — for lack of a better term — they sucked it up and kept playing hard.”
Late INT stalls PCA in opener
By Kevin Taylor / Herald Copy Editor
Prattville Christian coach Sam Peak could not find much of anything to criticize his players after a heart-breaking loss at Billingsley Friday night.
The Panthers (0-1) trailed 20-14 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and began to march down the field on the homestanding Bears.
After crossing midfield, PCA looked to have the game-winning score at their grasp.
But it was not to be.
The Panthers were intercepted on the Billingsley 22 to hold on for the victory.
“Our kids did what we asked them to and played their hearts out,” Peak said. “I’m very proud of our effort.”
Wildcats cruise past Evangel Chr.
By Kevin Taylor / Herald Copy Editor
Edgewood quarterback Taylor Hawthorne rushed for 127 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, and that was about 100 yards too many as far as Wildcats coach Bobby Carr is concerned.
Edgewood (2-0) extended its winning streak to 33 games dating back to 2010 in a 49-18 victory at Evangel Christian in Montgomery Friday night.
While his top-ranked Wildcats came away with a win, Carr was more critical of his team’s overall play.
“Edgewood is overrated as of right now,” Carr said. “People have got to realize what is in the past is in the past. We’re going to get to work on Monday to correct our mistakes.”
Tallassee chews yards, Eagles in win
By Cory Diaz / Tribune Sports Editor
Tallassee’s defense had to play more than just one play Friday night at Eagle Star Stadium and relished more snaps, as the Tigers handled the Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles 42-6.
Just after the start of the second quarter and sporting a 7-0 lead, BTW’s Lewis O’Neal connected with wideout Kjamus Sanders on a third-and-34 pass down to the THS four, after the ball was tipped by Tiger cornerback Braxton Hancock.
But Tallassee’s defense shut down four straight Golden Eagle attempts to protect its touchdown advantage.
“That was huge. We’re up (7-0), we know we’re getting the ball the start the second half. If they score there, it’s a different ballgame,” said Tigers head coach Mike Battles.
Also inside, a recap of season-opening affairs at Holtville, Victory-Millbrook, Benjamin Russell, Horseshoe Bend, Dadeville, Reeltown, Central-Coosa and Lyman Ward.