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September 24, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
KALEN WHITLOW'S THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES LEAD LIONS TO 42-7 VICTORY OVER THOMPSON; KINGSTON DAVIS NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK BY CHANNEL 12
Friday night September 20 Prattville’s high school football team took care of business in Alabaster by blowing away the previous undefeated Thompson Warriors, 42-7.
Realistically a very close game was in the forecast. It didn’t happen. Thompson was never in the game after their opening possession. The Warriors took the opening kickoff, had two delay of game penalties, quarterback Zack Brammer was sacked for a four yard loss, and the worst scenario came when their center snapped the ball over Brammer’s head on third and ten from Prattville’s 42. The ball rolled back to the Warriors 39, a loss of 19-yards.
Prattville took over at its 18. The Lions scored in six plays, including overcoming a ten-yard holding penalty. Kalen Whitlow found Ty Moore behind Thompson’s secondary good for a 65-yard strike. It was downhill for Thompson after the touchdown. By halftime it was 21-0 and could have been worst except for a bad call from the officiating crew and a missed field goal.
With Thompson’s second possession the Lions picked a Warrior fumble in the air at Thompson’s 34. Prattville couldn’t move the ball and was forced to attempt a field goal from AJ Reed, which had plenty of distance but was wide right.
On third possession Thompson went three and out and punt. Prattville drove 63-yard to score with Kalen Whitlow hitting Seth Knotts with a 28-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead with 11:42 left in first half.
With their fourth possession Prattville recovered Brammer’s fumble at the Thompson 27 resulting in another Lion score. This time Whitlow hit Jimmie Stoudenmire with a 33-yard aerial. Prattville lead 21-0 with 10:52 left in first half.
On their fifth possession Thompson drove to the Lion 45 with a first down. Thompson couldn’t move the ball and was forced to punt. Prattville drove 70-yards to the Thompson 20 with 15.9 seconds until halftime. Whitlow hit Seth Knotts with what appeared to be a touchdown strike, only to have the head lineman rule that Thompson’s defensive back Adrian Franklin had intercepted. Franklin took the ball out of Knotts hand after he was down in the end zone.
Still Prattville had a 21-0 lead at halftime and the Warriors were reeling.
It got worst for the hometown Warriors with the first possession of the second half. The Lions’ Denzel Jones took the kickoff and returned it 33 yards to the 48.
Prattville drove 52-yards in eight plays with Kingston Davis barreling over from the two for a 28-0 lead still with 9:34 left in the third quarter.
Before the quarter was over Thompson did get on the scoreboard with a 51-yard drive set up Caleb Vann’s recovery of Joseph Burke’s fumble in midair at the Warriors 49. Dee Tolbert raced over from the 2-yard for the touchdown.
Prattville answered with the ensuing possession. Walter Steele got the Lions started by returning the kickoff 24-yards to the Lion 31. Whitlow kept three consecutive trips to the 45, Burke added five to midfield. On second down Davis added his second six pointer with a 50-yard dash off left tackle, where he broke two would-be tacklers.
Thompson’s woes continued on the ensuing possession. The Warriors took’ Reed pooch kick with a fair catch at the 38. After one incompletion Brammer got another bad snap, this one over his head rolling back to the 27, forcing another punt.
Prattville took over at its 36 following a 36-yard punt. The Warriors got a steady dose of Kingston Davis and Joseph Burke down to its 18, where Burke broke off right tackle for the final 18-yards and a 42-7 lead with 8:42 remaining.
Still Thompson couldn’t muster any offense with Prattville’s reserves now in the battle. The Lions backup quarterback James Holbrook led a mini-drive that produced a first down at the Prattville 41. However a five-yard penalty, and incomplete pass stalled the drive and Reed’s punt ended the long evening for the Warriors that produced a Prattville regional victory
Prattville’s faithful held their breath in the second quarter when All-State running back Kamryn Pettway left with an apparent injury to his ankle. Pettway had just picked up nine tough yards to the Prattville 33.
He limped off and was taken to the dressing room. When he returned he was on crutches. An early report has the injury as a “sprained" ankle. Prattville has an open date this week. Pettway should be ready for the home stand with two weeks of rest. Prattville will face Stanhope Elmore, Pelham, and Oak Mountain in consecutive weeks.
Following the three game home stand, the Lions will take another trip to Shelby County to face Chelsea. The final week of the regular season will find Dothan’s Northview High Cougars at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. The Cougars are coached by former Prattville offensive line coach LaBrain Stewart.
Pettway had 76-yards on eight trips when he hurt his ankle. Sophomore running backs Joseph Burke and Kingston Davis picked up Pettway’s absence with stellar second half performances. Burke ended the afternoon with 101 yards rushing and a touchdown. Davis added 115-yards on 12 trips and scored twice. Davis was named TV Station Channel 12's Player of the Week for his performance.
Kalen Whitlow had his best performance of the season, rushing for 34 yards and tossing three touchdown passes. He completed six out of 11 for 152 yards, including touchdown strikes of 65-yards to Ty Moore, 27 yards to Seth Knotts, and 33-yards to Jimmie Stoudenmire.
Prattville had a season high 507 yards of offense. The Lions's defensive coordinator Ryan Wilson had to be proud of Prattille's defensive effort in Alabaster. Thompson ended the evening with 145 yards rushing and 119 yards passing with 30-yards gained on the Warriors' first possesssion of the game, and 45 yards on the final two possesssions of the game against Prattville's reserves.