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Knights crash Jets on Thursday Night Region Showdown

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos Courtesy of Macon East Academy

CECIL – It didn’t take long for Macon East to establish homefield dominance Thursday night inside the friendly confines. The two-pronged Knights attack put the visiting Banks Academy Jets on its heels racing to a 50-8 first-half lead en route to the 50-22 victory.

“The score says it all: Macon-East smacked us around for four quarters,” said Riley White, coach of the Jets. “We came out of the gate well and forced a turnover on our first defensive snap and drove the ball 56 yards in six plays to score and go up 8-0.”

Macon East went to work – scoring and carrying a 28-8 lead into the intermission.

Led by Gabe Spencer (140 yards on 15 carries and a score) Macon East was off and running. Deonte Powell brought air support to the Knights’ march, throwing for 154 yards on six completions. He finished the night with four touchdowns: on throws of 25 yards to Sanders Manning, 14 yards to Jacob Wilson, 54 yards to Spencer and 29 yards to Tyler Daniels (on 6-10-1).

“I thought our guys played well after the first two possessions,” said Glynn Lott, coach of the Knights, “and came out strong on the first drive of the second half.”

Powell added a rushing touchdown to the stat sheet. So did Thaddeus McKinney, scoring from 21 yards out. He finished with 26 yards total on three carries.

White: “We played well defensively early in the game, but offensively we put our defense in bad situations by going three and out four series in a row and fumbling that fifth series.”

White added that the Jets – for most of the game – started inside their own 22 and were pinned inside their own 10 on three separate occasions.

White: “We also had a couple of special team’s disasters that put our defense on their heels.”

Despite that, Banks scored in three plays to start the second half, moving the mark to 28-16.

Speaking of defense – Macon East held Banks in check.

Aside from Samuel Wilson’s 180 yards on 10 carries, scoring the only Jets touchdown – Banks couldn’t get out of their own way.

“When we executed, we had success,” said White. “When we didn’t they made us pay for it. Macon East is by far the best team we’ve played this season and they really are just hitting their stride at the right time of the year. We made way too many mistakes to have any hope of hanging in with a team of their caliber and I obviously didn’t have our guys ready to play.”

McKinney finished the night with eight tackles and a sack. Wade Desmarais with the Knight of the night though: 11 tackles and a sack, two forced fumbles with a recovery, and a blocked punt.

Teron Wright added nine tackles and a forced fumble. Hunter Timmerman had eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Parker Strickland had seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

In terms of playoffs, since the season is quickly winding down to that next phase, both Banks and Macon East appear to be in. 

Lott: “This was a big win because it secured us a first-round home game in the playoffs and set up a game for the region championship this week.”

As of last week, Chambers is 1, Macon East is 2 Edgewood is 3 and Banks is 4 with winless Springwood tightening up the backboard for basketball season.

White: “We already have a playoff spot locked up, but needed to win (Thursday) to continue controlling our own destiny regarding seeding. The playoffs are the ultimate impartial judge, so I’m not terribly concerned about our seeding at this point. We’ll draw who we draw and then records go out the window.”

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On the other side – Escambia is 1 and Autauga is 2 but that could change with them playing each other on October 8 – Wilcox is 3 and 4 is currently up for grabs between winless Southern and 4-2, (0-2) Patrician.

Keep in mind the season doesn’t end until Halloween weekend – so a lot could change between now and then.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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