WEEK 5 RECAP: Montgomery Academy avenges loss to Trinity; Lanier stays perfect
Montgomery Academy 45, Trinity Presbyterian 18
“Our whole philosophy coming out here was we were bringing a message,” said White, who broke off a pair of long touchdown runs to put away the Wildcats. “We had to make up for last year. We’re not the same team we were last year. We’re a brand-new team and people are not giving us respect so we’re teaching them respect.”
Montgomery Academy (5-1) broke a scoreless tie with three touchdowns in the second quarter as Trey Lindsey scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and CJ Paymon scored on a 3-yard run before White swept right end with an impressive 40-yard touchdown run in which he ran through two low hits and stepped over a third would-be tackler on the way to the end zone.
Trinity (2-4), badly outplayed in the first half, trimmed the deficit to 21-12 in the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Trace Bright to Connor Hayes and a 1-yard run by Bryce Kelly.
White took the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to the Trinity 22 to set up his 9-yard touchdown run three plays later, then put the Wildcats away with a 48-yard run, breaking three tackles on his way to the end zone for a 45-18 lead.
White had 172 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Bright, who threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Sasser in the fourth quarter, was 14 of 31 for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Sidney Lanier 34, Jeff Davis 20
Quarterback James Foster threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to help the Poets stay perfect this season (5-0). Jacory Merritt added a 7-yard run for a score, which gave Lanier the lead for good with 9:33 to go in the third quarter.
Jeff Davis (4-2) took an early 13-0 lead on Morgan Dorsey’s 11-yard run and later on a 2-yard run with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Lanier answered with Foster’s quarterback sneak followed by his first touchdown pass to Delancey Tolliver from 6 yards out in the second quarter to tie the game with 3:05 left in the half.
Foster had two more TD passes in the second half, connecting with Merritt for 6 yards and DaCoreyon Johnson from 25 yards.
Foster finished with 201 yards passing on 15 of 29 attempts. He added 75 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Merritt added 77 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Williams led the Vols, passing for 208 yards on 12 of 21 attempts with an interception.
Jeff Davis will play R.E. Lee next Friday at Cramton Bowl while Lanier faces Dothan at Cramton Bowl on Thursday.
Stanhope Elmore 20, Charles Henderson 14
It was the second win in a row for the Mustangs (2-3), who reversed a recent trend against the Trojans. Stanhope Elmore had lost just five times in the 21-game series but had dropped three of the last four to Charles Henderson (2-3) before Friday night.
Willie Burkes scored on a 10-yard run late in the first half for a 7-0 halftime lead, but the Trojans tied the game in the third quarter on quarterback Noah Lowery’s 8-yard run. Stanhope Elmore answered quickly as Johnny Montgomery connected with Logan Swindall for a 58-yard touchdown pass before Thompson added another score moments later for a 20-7 lead late in the third quarter.
Charles Henderson pulled within six points on a touchdown midway through the quarter, but the Mustangs took the ensuing kickoff and marched inside the Charles Henderson 5 to run out the clock.
Stanhope Elmore returns home to play Russell County in a region game at Foshee-Henderson Stadium next week, while Charles Henderson travels to Montgomery to play Trinity at Boykin Field.
Catholic 36, Elmore County 0
The Knights are 4-1 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1988 and 1989 under Jeff Clark.
Price added 50 receiving yards to finish with 232 all-purpose yards.
Hunter Ferrell completed 10 of 15 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and Kamryn Jackson finished with 123 total yards. Braxton Rogers and Charlie Ryan had touchdown receptions, the latter scoring on a throw from backup quarterback Cephus Cleveland.
Ryan and Parker Dennis each had 12 tackles to lead the Catholic defense, which held Elmore County to 65 total yards.
Catholic remains home next week for a crucial region matchup with Dale County. Elmore County plays host to Munford.
Billingsley 46, Autaugaville 14
Malik Callens added 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries and was 5 of 7 passing for 116 yards and another touchdown. Ladarius Starks caught three of those passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears (1-4) led just 24-8 at the half, but exploded for three quick touchdowns to put Autaugaville (0-4) away. Cutler scored on a 35-yard run on the Bears’ first possession of the second half and added a 36-yard touchdown run the next time Billingsley had the ball. Callens followed up with a 62-yard touchdown run on the next possession to cap a 22-point third quarter.
Billingsley returns to region action next week at Verbena before playing R.C. Hatch on Oct. 13 at Faulkner University’s John Mark Stallings Field.
Tallassee 33, T.R. Miller 29
The visiting Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Casey Baynes hit Kalvin Levett with a 23-yard touchdown pass and Quinton Jeter added the extra point, but the home Tigers rallied with 29 unanswered points and threatened to turn the game into a rout.
Demarquis McMillan scored on a 1-yard run, Josh Jolly scored on a 61-yard run and Michael Campbell added a 39-yard scoring run to cap a 22-point second quarter to give T.R. Miller the halftime lead. The Tigers then scored two minutes into the second half on McMillan’s 77-yard touchdown run and a 29-7 lead looked comfortable at that point.
Tallassee (5-1) responded with 26 unanswered points of its own, scoring on Baynes’ 26-yard pass to Trent Cochran-Gill and Baynes’ 8-yard run to make it 29-20, then drawing within two points midway through the final period with a 16-yard pass from Baynes to Levett.
Less than two minutes later, Mathews capped the comeback with a touchdown that gave Tallassee its first win over T.R. Miller in seven tries and its best start since 2013.
Baynes was 15 of 24 for 167 yards and three touchdowns and added 32 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Mathews led the rushing attack with 79 yards on 14 carries, with Cochran-Gill adding 45 yards rushing, 26 yards and a touchdown receiving and a team-high seven tackles.
Wetumpka 51, Greenville 14
Martin tallied touchdown runs of 9, 20 and 83 yards, and then connected on three touchdown passes.
Martin got things going for Wetumpka with a 34-yard touchdown strike to Keedrick Adams. After a couple of touchdown runs, Martin found Chase Adams in the end zone from 15 yards out. Later Martin hit Kavosiey Smoke with a 34-yard touchdown pass.
DeAndre Ezell rounded out the Indians scoring with a 1-yard dive in the final quarter.
Wetumpka rolled up 353 yards in 33 plays in the first half. The Indians (6-0) return to region action next week with a game at Pelham.
St. James 40, Marbury 19
Colin Duncan dashed 30 yards for a score and Blake Harper scored on a 23-yard run to help St. James (3-3) to their second consecutive win. Quarterback Josh Garnett also found the end zone from a yard away.
Marbury scored three times after the Trojans concluded their scoring on runs from Mason Pilgreen of 2, 17 and 68 yards.
The Trojans scored on their first four possessions while intercepting the Bulldogs four times. St. James will travel to Union Springs to play Bullock County in a region matchup next week, while Marbury (2-3) returns to region play at home next Friday against Jemison.
Alabama Christian 52, Prattville Christian 14
Jalen Clark added 118 rushing yards on five carries as the Eagles went to their bench early.
Grayson Evans had 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns on three receptions, Garrett Cottingham added 32 yards and a touchdown on three receptions and Cole Schlemmer had one reception for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Preston Perry had eight tackles to lead the Eagles, followed by Ty Taveras with six, David Coulter with five and a fumble recovery and Grant Weedon with four.
Jaeyeop Lee was perfect on five extra-point attempts and added a 31-yard field goal for the Eagles, who return to region play next week at Ashford.
Hooper Academy 27, Crenshaw Christian 20
Hooper is now 5-2 for the first time since starting 6-0 in 2002.
Defensively, Mason Ivey had 11 tackles and a sack and Grant Tyson had 10 tackles for Hooper, which plays host to Monroe Academy in a region matchup on Thursday.
Crenshaw (5-2), which had five consecutive wins before Friday’s loss, travels to Chambers for a region game next week
The Knights improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2012, cruising into a crucial region matchup at home on Thursday with Lakeside School.
Nevens was 6 for 7 passing for 123 yards and four touchdowns, throwing two to Logan Goree, who had 54 yards and two touchdowns on his receptions. Zack Peacock also had two receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Tyler Watson had 10 tackles, Nick Fitzgerald had 10 tackles and a forced fumble and Coleby Jordan had four tackles and two sacks.
Marengo (1-5) travels to Wilcox for a region game next week.
Lowndes Academy 48, Wilcox Academy 0
Johnson also had an interception on defense.
New quarterback Mason McCurdy was 8 of 13 for 95 yards and a touchdown as the Rebels rolled up 423 total yards. John Morgan caught nine passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, Christian Barkley had 63 yards and a touchdown on four receptions and Brian Rayburn had 107 yards on four catches.
Buddy Johnson had six tackles to lead the Lowndes defense, which held Wilcox to 83 total yards. Johnson also had 27 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.
Lowndes (2-3) travels to Abbeville Christian next week for a region game.
Autauga Academy 45, Port St. Joe (Fla.) 28
“It was an unbelievably hard-fought game by both teams,” Autauga coach Bobby Carr said. “I’m extremely proud of our kids. They made some great strides tonight.”
Tripp Carr completed 10 of 13 passes for 99 yards, hitting Djay Gardner and James Woods with touchdown passes, followed by a punt return for a touchdown by Kendrick Rogers for a 21-0 lead.
The Tiger Sharks (4-1) rallied with a long drive for a touchdown, a 4-yard run by quarterback Josh Butts and then Butts’ pass to Kendre Gant and suddenly it was 21-21 at the half.
“They just dominated us up front,” Carr said. “Hats off to them for the way they played. To come back like that just speaks volumes about their program. All we did was challenge our kids. You can’t be a great champion without overcoming some adversity. I’m proud of the kids.”
Jordan Epkins, who had 79 yards rushing on 17 carries, answered with a touchdown and Gardner added a 5-yard run to put the Generals up 35-21. Woods returned a punt for a touchdown to make it 42-21 before Gant came back with his second touchdown reception of the game.
Autauga then drove the length of the field for a 42-yard field goal by Cosmin Diaconu to put the game out of reach.