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November 3, 2012
By Jimmy White of Prattville High School



Prattville’s 2012 football season ended on a sweet note Friday night, November 2 in Dothan.  The Lions used a second half explosion to run past the Northview Cougars

It was a story of two halves as the Lions fell behind 13-0 after the first four minutes of play.  The Lions did close the gap by halftime to trail by nine points, 23-14.

The second half was a different story as the Lions struck with fury scoring twice in the first four minutes to take a 28-23 lead. The Lions never trailed again tacking on two more six pointers for a 42-29 lead at the close of the third quarter.

Kamryn Pettway, the big junior running back had a career afternoon rushing for 212 yards and scoring four touchdowns.   Two other Lions went over the 100-yard mark.  Sophomore quarterback Kalin Whitlow rushed for 111 yards and added 88 more via two completed passes, one a 62-yard touchdown toss to sophomore Seth Knotts.

It also was a fitting farewell performance for senior running back Stanley Mays as he rushed for 144 yards and scored three touchdowns.  Mays ended his Prattville career with 1,924 yards rushing during his three years with the Lions varsity team.  

It also was a night for Prattville fans, coaches and players to visit with four former Lion coaches who are now on the staff at Northview High.  LaBrain Stewart, former offensive line coach, is the head coach; Brad Lowe, former defensive back coach; Kevin LeSueur, former defensive line coach; and Clayton Harris, former offensive coache have guided the Cougars to a 5-5 season.

Northview missed the playoffs as Prattville did with a tough defeat in the ninth week of play.  The Cougars were booted out of the playoffs when they fell to Fairhope, 58-23.  Prattville fell short after Pelham blew Spain Park away, 42-17 sending the Lions to fifth place in the final Region standings.

The five win season for Northview was the best season since 2007 when the Cougars finished with a 6-4 record.

The four losses marked the second four loss season in three years for the Lions. Prattville lost four in 2010.   Ironic two of the defeats were at the hands of Wetumpka when current Lion head coach Chad Anderson was the head coach.  One of the defeats was in the second round of the state 6A playoffs.

Prior to 2010 Prattville’s worst season was in 1998 when the Lions finished 5-6.  The losing season led to the dismissal of coach Tommy Lucas.  Lucas was replaced by Bill Clark, who began a nine year coaching career unmatched in the history of Prattville football.

Prattville’s win also gave the Lions a winning season for the 14th consecutive season.

Prattville won the toss and elected to go on defense.  Northview began play at its 20 after Austin Macginnis’ kickoff sailed into the end zone. On first down Cougars’ KeHandre Martin on an end around play raced to the Lion 33.  

Eight plays later Northview jumped out front 6-0 with a one yard plunge over tackle by Kaleb Easley.  Zack Shirah was stopped short of the goal line on a fake attempt at kicking the PAT with 8:42 remaining.

Anthony Lykes returned Shirah’s kickoff 21-yards to the 23.  Whitlow picked up 4-yards on first down, but on second down his aerial was picked at the Lion 25 by Marquez White (a Florida State verbal commitment) and returned for a score and a 13-0 lead with Shirah’s extra point.  The Cougars had scored twice in 43 seconds.

Undaunted by the turn of events Prattville began to peck away.  On the ensuing possession Prattville missed a golden opportunity when Whitlow overthrew Clayton Strong who was all along for a sure score forcing a Tripp Burnett punt.

Prattville forced Northview to a three and out and a punt.  Shirah’s punt was returned by Lykes 15-yards to the Northview 43, but 10-yards were assessed for a blocking-in-back penalty to Prattville’s 47.

Mays ripped off 12-yards on first down to the Cougar 41.  Six plays later Mays raced over from the 9-yard line to trim the score to 13-7 after Macginnis kicked the first of his seven extra point s with 3:12 left in first quarter.

Northview scored on the ensuing possession.  Picking up one first down at their 25 after Macginnis' kickoff was returned to the 14 from the 2-yard line. It appeared Prattville had stymied the drive when QB Jalen Harris was sacked for a nine yard loss by Patrick Parks. 

On the next way Prattville had Harris bottled up for a big loss, somehow he wiggled out and raced 63 yards to the Lion 20.  On the next play Harris hit White with a perfectly thrown 20-yard TD aerial and a 20-7 lead with 11:26 left in the first half.

Prattville went three and out after being hit with three straight penalties of 10, 5 and 3 back to their 2-yard line, where Tripp Burnett punted to the Lion 43.

Four running plays gave Northview a first and goal at the nine.  Harris found Adrian Brooks all along in the end zone for a TD.  However the TD was negated for an in- eligible player downfield.  From there Shirah kicked a 31-yard field goal and a 23-7 lead with 8:23 left in the first half.

Prattville came roaring back after Kinsey Hammonds recovered Northview’s attempt at an onside kick at the Lion 42.  Whitlow kept on the first down picking up a first down to the Cougar 26.  He then flipped a pass to Pettway in the right flat and Pettway raced into the end zone.  Northview 23 Prattville 14 with 7:18 remaining.

Northview picked up one first down following the ensuing kickoff.  The Lions’ defense stiffened and forced a punt which rolled out of bounds at the Northview 28.

Pettway ripped off 30 yards on first down to the Cougar 42.   He then picked up 15 more to the 27.   The drive fizzled and on fourth down and 9 Macginnis hooked a 43-yard field goal attempt right as Prattville’s coaches were frantically trying to call a time out, but the line judge apparently didn’t hear the coaches.

The half ended with Northview on top 23-14.

Don’t know what Anderson told his players at halftime.  He should bottle it for the 2013 season. Prattville came out on fire taking the second half kickoff and turning on the scoreboard lights at Knology Field (new name for old Rip Hewes Field) in one minute and 17 seconds.

Prattville scored four touchdowns in the third quarter despite only having the ball for less than six minutes.

Prattville took over at its 19 after Wentrell McQueen returned the kickoff 13-yards.  Prattville scored quickly with Pettway barreling over from ten yards out, literally carrying a Northview defensive back with him.  Pettway had a 33-yard run in the 3-play drive.

A big defensive stop by junior linebacker Joseph Anderson on a fourth down and one at midfield with 7:48 remaining in third quarter set up another score.  Mays picked up 12 yards on first down, and then on a beautiful late pitch from Whitlow to Pettway the Lions scored again with the 39-yard run by Pettway and a 28-23 lead with 7:17 left.

Northview picked up one first down following the ensuing kickoff but was forced to punt from their 35.  Shiran’s punt traveled only 21 yards to the Lion 44.

Prattville motored 56-yards with five plays overcoming a 10-yard holding penalty that negated a 25-yard run from Whitlow.

Pettway scored with a 43-yard dash with 1:51 left.  MacGinnis kicking and Tripp Burnett holding for the extra point;  it was good and a 35-23 lead.

Unbelievable two more six pointers were scored before the third quarter ended.  Martin took Macginnis kickoff at his 5-yard line and raced down the left sidelines for a 95-yard TD gallop.  Shirah’s point after bounced off the left uprights of the goal post.  Prattville 35 Northview 29 with 1:36 left.

McQueen returned the kickoff 26-yards to the 36.  Whitlow picked up 2-yards on first down.  On second down Whitlow found Seth Knotts all along down the right sidelines and fired a perfect strike to him.  Knotts streaked down the sidelines for a 62-yard TD with 33 seconds left.  Prattville 42 Northview 29.

The fourth quarter saw three more touchdowns scored, two by Prattville and one by Northview, sandwiched in between all the touchdowns Prattville added a safety when Shirah stepped on the backline of the end zone attempting to punt late in the quarter.

Mays scored the first Prattville touchdown with a 2-yard blast up the middle following a 62-yard 8-play drive.   Randall Reese’s attempt for 2-points went awry.  Prattville 48 Northview 29 with 9:21 left.

On  the ensuing kickoff the Cougars put together a quick seven play drive with Harris hitting Jonathan Carmichael with a 34 –yard TD toss with 8:13 left.  Prattville 48 Northview 36.

Prattville added the final score with 4:36 left following a 90-yard drive on their next possession.  Mays scored from the one yard line.   Mays had a 22-yard run in the drive as well as one for 16 yards.  Prattville 55 Northview 36.

Prattville added the safety with 2:09 left.  Final score Prattville 57 Northview 36.

The 57 points ranks with several high scoring performances by previous Prattville teams.  The largest score came last year with a 71-12 win over arch rival Wetumpka.  Other high scoring performances were 9-30-2011; Prattville beat Sidney Lanier 63-24.

On 10-14-1938 the Lions knocked off Bilingsley, 62-0, and 9-21-28 defeated Verbena, 66-0, and, 10-29-09 defeated Tuscaloosa’s central, 63-0.



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