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Trinity’s Stanley lead Wildcats into Round Two

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by Thomas Stabler | CAScoreboard Photographer

MONTGOMERY – Granger Shook – in reflecting the performance of his ninth-ranked Wildcats – sees the good and the bad and realizes improvement is still needed.

Shook: “I thought we prepared better this week (compared to last) and it showed. We won the point of attack and the turnover battle. However I am disappointed in the lack of discipline (concerning the amount of penalties). But we played a well-coached, athletic, physical opponent … and we were able to come out on top. We are 1-0.”

He’s right despite the miscues, the Wildcats are on the right side of a 51-23 victory over Wicksburg and advancing to the second round of the 3A AHSAA Playoffs to face a familiar foe: The Montgomery Academy.

Shook: “They are extremely well coached. They are big and physical upfront with some phenomenal athletes in the backfield that have big play potential on every play. I think the rematch for the second year in a row just goes to show the quality of players, the administrations and coaches in this city. I don’t think it benefit any opponent one way or the other.”

This will be the second time this season the Wildcats have tangled with MA. Trinity picked up the late August win 18-15.

That’s what’s ahead – what happened Friday is the focus now.

Coleman Stanley took the game over for the Wildcats with touchdown tosses of 34 (to McClain Phillips), 7 (to Christopher Bryan) and 35 (to Norris Pemberton, who finished the night with 87 yards total) on a night where he threw for 229 yards (12-of-22).

Despite not reeling in a touchdown, Mac McClinton was Stanley’s go-to, reeling in passes for 92 yards.

Stanley started the scoring with a quarterback sneak from inside the one. Grayden Flowers added a field goal to put the Wildcats up 10-0 early.

Chase Letner led the Wildcats rushing account with 65 yards and a score (7 yards) on 22 carries. AJ Glover added an eight-yard touchdown run as Trinity – overall – rushed for 120 yards.

Defensively, the Wildcats were led by Harrison Johnson and Joe Handey (a combined 17 tackles and two sacks). McClinton and Handey also finished the night with a combined three interceptions. Handey’s job Friday night was to create general chaos for the Wicksburg offense as he also added two tackles for loss and caused a fumble that was recovered by Webber McClinton.

Shifting focus to Montgomery Academy – the three-loss-Eagles downgraded the Flomaton Hurricanes to just a loud Thunderstorm on the way to a 35-7 win and will roll open the gates to welcome their rival – Trinity in the second round.

Montgomery Academy was led Friday by the Brothers Cooper: Jashawn ran for 151 yards and three scores while Jamal 55 yards passing and 54 yards rushing

Greer Armstrong and Ruston Bassett combined for 99 yards rushing and DJ Vinson (41 yards) led the Eagles’ receiving corps.

Nigel Walker (nine), Parker Cook (eight), Arch Lee, Judson Lindsey, Jashawn Cooper and Thomas Woodward (a combined 24 tackles / six each) led the defensive effort.

Shook’s not exaggerating that MA has athletes all over the place. But It’s the second round of the playoffs – the teams are only getting tougher for hear as the field will be halved again.

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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