Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography
ELMORE – Coming into Friday’s showdown between rival Knights and Wildcats, Edgewood was running roughshod over the competition. But after one quarter of play, the No. 10 (AISA) Knights planted their flag clearly in the middle of Storrs Field. Macon East scored thrice in the opening stanza on the way to the 35-19 victory.
Gabe Spencer kicked off the Knights scoring, breaking free on a 15-yard touchdown run with 9:12 left to go in the first. With the kick, Macon East pushed ahead 7-0. Spencer continued to gash the Wildcats defense, scoring twice more (runs of 73 and 15) and finished the night with 201 yards on 21 carries.
Just under the five-minute mark, Spencer took the Deonte Powell handoff and broke free on a 73-yard touchdown run. He scored a third time at the 1:54 mark to put the Knights up 21-0 and leave the Wildcats wobbling heading into the second quarter.
Austin Champion – Wildcats quarterback who threw for 254 on 14-of-33 passing – tossed his first touchdown pass of the night; a 64-yard dime to J.T. Brazell. With the kick, Edgewood had narrowed the gap to 21-7 at the intermission
Macon East answered at the six-minute mark. Powell called his own number and plunged headlong in the Edgewood defense for the six-yard score. Powell finished the night with 39 yards rushing and 53 yards passing (6-of-15). With the kick, the Knights led 28-7 midway through the third.
Champion connected with Trevor Rodie on a 68-yard touchdown catch and run that moved the mark to 15. And then the Wildcats – in the fourth – pounced on a fumble in the end zone, cutting the score to 11 at 28-19.
The Knights, however, sealed the game with a 94-yard pick-six by Powell. With the kick, the score moved to the final 35-19.
Powell finished the night with an earlier interception and two tackles.
Sanders Manning and Tyler Daniels accounted for the 58 receiving yards for Macon East. The Knights finished the night with 337 yards of offense and held the Wildcats 254 total and just 44 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Macon East ran for 276 on 39 carries.
Rodie – for the Wildcats – finished the affair with 150 yards receiving.
Defensively for the Knights, Wade Desmarais finished with nine tackles. Parker Strickland and Dalton Nickles combined for nine tackles with an interception each. Daniels forced a fumble and Strickland recovered one.
STATS FROM AROUND THE AISA:
Coosa Valley 26, Lakeside School 14
Hunter Hill led the Rebels in a over Lakeside. He finished the night 12 tackles as did Canaan Johnson. Weston Dooley had five tackles and two interception. Ray Albright brought down the Lakeside signal-caller twice and finished the night with seven tackles.
No. 2 Autauga 42, No .6 Patrician 14
Autauga academy continues their unbeaten streak, defeating the Saints of Patrician soundly. Robert Rose (13-of-19) set the tempo for the Generals, throwing for 301 yards and three scores. James Wright (five catches) reeled in receptions totaling 173 yards and two touchdowns (90 yards and 42 yards) Josh Palmer finished the night with 21 yards and a score. Jaylen Anderson finished with 41 yards.
Karl Ligon scored twice (runs of 60 and 2 yards) and walked off the field with 104 yards rushing. Landen Henry carried the ball four times for 53 yards and Jaylen Anderson finished the scoring with an 18-yard scamper into the end zone.
For the Generals defense, Joshua Palmer led the way with four tackles and a fumble recovery. Darryl Cook and Jaylen Anderson finished the night with nine combined solo tackles. Caden Henry had three solo tackles and an assist, defended a pass and then pounced on a Saints fumble. Pharrell Banks had two solo tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass deflections.
Autauga Academy – this weekend – travels down to Grove Hill to tangle with Clarke Prep.
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