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September 7, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
JAGUARS SCORES TEN UN-ANSWERED POINTS IN SECOND HALF TO KNOT LIONS & THEN WINS IN OVERTIME TO TAKE EARLY REGIONAL FOUR LEAD ALONG WITH WETUMPKA, THOMPSON & PELHAM
It looked to be dejavu for Prattville’s football team Friday night September 6 at Stanley-Jensen. Prattville was playing Spain Park to open Regional Four play.
The Lions took control of the first half after surrendering a field goal to the visiting Jags on their first possession. Trailing 3-0 with 7:54 left in the first quarter Prattville’s defense rose to the occasion and swatted away the Jags for the remainder of the first half.
While Ryan Wilson’s defense was controlling the tempo, Prattville’s offense went to work. Touching the ball for his second time, senior Kamryn Pettway took a late pitch from Kalen Whitlow and scooted around left end 57-yards to paydirt and a 7-3 Prattville lead with AJ Reed’s extra point with 5:30 left.
Prattville used James Powell’s interception of Mickey Forest’s pass to set up a 23-yard field goal from Reed and a 10-3 lead with 8:28 left in the first half.
Prattville continued the first half surge with another field goal from Reed and a 13-3 lead with 5:02 left in the half.
After the first possession from Spain Park the Lions' defense held the Jags to four possessions resulting in one -three and out and a punt; second possession a pass interception by James Powell, third possession a fumble recovery by Michael Rabb, and a missed field goal on their fourth possession when Blake Baker got his hand on the kick forcing a miss by the sure-footed Thomas Taylor, Spain Park’s s senior kicker.
Prattville controlled the first half time of possession by three minutes.
Alas, football is a two half game. The second half was not vintage football for the Lions. Prattville was hit with a 5-yard penalty to start the second half for delay of game.
It went downhill from there. The Lions did hold Spain Park on the first possession of the third quarter forcing a Taylor punt.
On first down Pettway broke off tackle down to the Spain Park 35, but it was all for naught, the Lions were guilty of holding. Prattville started at its 17 rather than the jags’35. Shaking off the disappointing holding call the Lions picked up a first down to their 39 with a Whitlow to Denzel Jones aerial. The drive ended with three running plays netting only seven yards. Burnett punted into the end zone.
The Jaguars became greedy and kept the ball for the next five minutes cumulating with a 13-play drive to Prattville’s 11-yard line, where Prattville’s defense forced a 16 yard field goal. Prattville 13 Spain Park 6 with 2:43 left in the third quarter.
The Lions were now less than 15 minutes away from a victory.
On the ensuing possession Whitlow on third and 12 hit senior Chandler Houser with a 38-yard aerial and a first down at Spain Park’s 44. The drive ended at the Jags’ 38 as the fourth quarter began.
Hoping to pin Spain Park deep, Tripp Burnett’s punt rolled into the end zone. Prattville’s defense again turned the Jags away and forced a punt from the Spain Park 24 with 10:36 left.
Taking over at its 41, Prattville went three and out forcing another Burnett punt, a great punt, rolling out of bounds at the Jags’ 11-yard line with 9:10 left.
Spain Park kept the ball for three minutes with a first down, but was forced to punt from their 34.
Prattville took over at its 19 after a four yard return from Jones. Whitlow got 8-yards on first down, and then a short pass to Jimmie Stoudenmire added a first down to the 39, where the Jags were penalized for tackling Stoudenmire helmet to helmet giving Prattville a first down near midfield
On first down Kingston Davis ripped off a 13-yard run to the Spain Park 38 at the 5:44 mark. Dame Fortune then left Prattville. On first down Whitlow coughed up the pigskin and Deontae Baskin recovered it at the Jags' 34. Still Spain Park was looking at 66 long yards with 5:06 left.
Old Mo left Prattville and joined the Jaguars. Forrest rifled an aerial to Dalton Brown for 17-yards to the Lion 47. Prattville held for two downs, dropping Perry Young for a four yard loss. On third and 14 with 3:39 left Forrest connected with Brown again, this time to Prattville’s 32 with 3:19 left.
Harris ripped off 9-yards on first down to the 23, Forrest teamed up with Phillip Brown for 19-yards and a first down at the Prattville four. Harris, a constant thorn to the Lions, ran twice for the four yards and a touchdown with 2:18 left. Taylor’s extra point knotted the game at 13-all.
Give Prattville’s kids credit, they wouldn’t roll over after the unfortunate turnover. Taylor’s kicked sailed deep into the end zone. Taking over at the 20 Pettway returned to the lineup and ripped off 8-yards on first down. However a personal foul penalty against the Lions moved the ball back to the 13.
Pettway got 8-yards on first down, and then on second down, all on Pettway, he wiggled his way thru the entire Spain Park team all the way to the Jags’ 30 and a first down with plenty of time left, 1:37. It was a 49-yard run.
Three running plays up the middle would get the Lions in position for a try at a game winning field goal from Reed. It didn’t happen.
Davis lost four yards on first down, and a pitch out to Pettway lost ten more yards as the Jags sent three defenders to tackle Pettway. Whitlow then hit Pettway with a pass that carried to the 35-yard line well short of the first down and out of field goal range. Burnett punted into the end zone. Forrest took a knee to set up the overtime.
Dame Fortune remained with Spain Park. The Jags won the toss and elected to give Prattville first crack from the ten yard line.
Davis was dropped in the backfield on first down for five yard loss, two Whitlow aerials were incomplete. On fourth down, Reed kicked a 33-yard field goal.
Spain Park took their turn at the ten yard line and gave it to Mr. Harris. He added to his total with three runs for the ten yards. Spain Park’s team rushed to the middle of the field and celebrated the big Regional win.
It was a heart breaking loss for the kids wearing the cardinal and white; top of the regional standings for Spain Park.