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LIONS DEFEAT LEE IN PRE-SEASON BATTLE, 23-7
August 26, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
RYAN WILSON'S DEFENSE HOLD GENERALS OFFENSE IN CHECK
Robert E. Lee Generals invaded Stanley-Jensen Stadium Thursday night August 22 to battle the Prattville Lions in a pre-season football game. The game will not count in the won-lost column, however a full house of Prattville fans turned out for the pre-season battle between the two long time rivalries and enjoyed each minute of the game. Prattville and Lee has not played each other since 2011.
Not only did the Prattville faithful pack out the home side stands, but the visitors' side at the old Lady in Pratt Park was half full, not bad indeed for one that doesn’t count.
Prattville won the battle, 23-7, and it could have been worst. The Lions blew two scoring opportunities early in the first half, and then played a bunch of youngsters in the second half. The varsity squad left with a 16-7 lead, with the reserves scoring a late touchdown with 54.3 seconds left in the game.
Coach Chad Anderson and Defensive co-coordinator Ryan Wilson had to be pleased with the defensive performance. The Lions’ defense held the visiting Generals to 161 net yards offensively.
There is no doubt Prattville will face tougher foes down the road including Friday night August 30 at Cramton Bowl when they visit Montgomery to face pre-season number ten Carver.
Still it was a good start to the season. There were some mistakes, and Prattville suffered two critical turnovers, one resulted in the only score by the Generals, and the other thwarted a potential touchdown drive deep in Lee Territory.
Ryan Wilson’s defense gave a yeoman’s performance holding Lee to less that 150 net yards rushing.
Anderson was happy with the performance, but he too said “We made some mistakes, such as too many penalties and some missed assignments, but realize we did play a lot young kids, but all in all it was good for the kids to hit someone other than their team mates and come away with a win.”
The last time Robert E. Lee visited Prattville was Friday night September 10, 2010. The Lions won 36-14. Prattville and Lee last played on Thursday night September 8, 2011 at Cramton Bowl. The Lions won that game, 43-7.
The Lions won the toss; Anderson elected to kickoff to the Generals. Lee went three and out with Devon Detamphayvanh's punt rolling dead at the Prattville 36.
The Lions put together a 12-play drive that cumulated with Kingston Davis blasting up the middle for three yards and a score with 5:43 left in the quarter. AJ Reed kicked the first of his two extra points.
Prattville’s defense held the Generals to three and out on the ensuing possession aided by a 10-yard holding penalty. Lee’s punt rolled dead to the Lions 21, a 41-yard kick.
On first down Whitlow called a draw play and as he attempted to hand off to Kamryn Pettway the ball squirted in the air. Lee’s Jaylin Dailey picked the ball in the air and dashed 19 yards for a touchdown. With the extra point the game was knotted with three minute left in the quarter, 7-7.
Lee did not cross midfield until 2:13 of the third quarter when they drove to the Prattville 12, only to have Desmond Martin intercept Adrian King’s aerial at Lion 7.
Prattville added a field goal midway of the second quarter. Taking over at the Lee 16 the Lions put together a six play drive to the Lee 10, where the drive fizzled after a illegal procedure penalty, two incomplete passes (one a sure touchdown toss to Knotts in the corner of the end zone which sailed over Knotts head), and a short 7-yard pass to Knotts. Reed drilled a perfect strike from 33-yards out for a 10-7 lead with 8:34 left in the half.
Prattville held Lee to three and out and took over at its 47 following a shanked Lee punt that went for negative three yards.
Behind the running of Pettway (one run good for seven yards to the Lee 22 where he literally ran over two Lee defenders, and two excellent scrambles by Whitlow (good for 29 yards) Prattville had a first down at the Lee 14. On first down Whitlow lost the handle on the ball and T’Wanya Carter picked up the loose ball and raced to the Lee 33 ending the threat.
The third quarter saw little action from either squad until late in the quarter Prattville took advantage of another poor Lee punt. This time the punt traveled only eight yards giving Prattville the ball at the Lee 28.
This possession brought points as the Lions punched the pigskin in with a trick play. Tyler Godwin picked up two yards on first down, but on second down James Holbrook coughed up the ball, however Jared Farmer came up with the loose ball at the Lee 35. On third down Holbrook over threw Courtney Taylor-Cain at the Lee three yard line.
Anderson sent Burnett in to punt. Rather than punt Burnett uncorked a bomb into the end zone where Knots grabbed it for a six pointer. A try for two was not successful, but the Lions led 16-7. Burnett has played quarterback in junior high.
With 1:52 left in the quarter Lee drove into Prattville territory with a terrific run from Adrian King to the Prattville 23. The Lions defense stiffen, and on second down Martin intercepted Anthony Hooks at the Lion seven and returned to the 10 to end the threat with 2:13 left.
Anderson began to substitute freely. For the next 13 minutes Prattville and Lee swapped possession as neither team threaten. Lee did miss a golden opportunity for a long touchdown strike with 3:32 left when Hooks pass was dropped by Wonya Harris at the Prattville 25 yard line. Harris had beaten the Lions secondary badly.
As time was dwindling away Prattville took advantage of good field position again on a short punt that traveled only 20 yards to the Lee 36.
Prattville stayed on the ground with Holbrook handling off to sophomore Tevin Sharpe on four consecutive trips good for 31 of the 36 yards, the other five coming on a off side penalty against the Generals. Sharpe added the touchdown on a six-yard dash into the end zone. Reed kicked the extra point with 55 seconds left in the game.