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LIONS TOSS SHUT OUT; DEFEATS STANHOPE ELMORE, 35-0
October 9, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS TOSS SHUT-OUT AGAINST MUSTANGS
Prattville defensive coordinator Ryan Wilson told a group of Prattville High supporters Thursday evening October 3 at CiCi’s Pizza during the broadcast of the Chad Anderson radio show that his defensive squad had a great week of practice. Wilson further stated he expected the group to play well especially his seniors.
Boy was he so right. The Lions defensive team tossed a shutout against the visiting Stanhope Elmore, Friday night October 4, 35-0. It is a rare occurrence for the Mustangs to have a goose-egg as their final score.
This year’s team had been averaging 32 points per game, and in their last two Stanhope Elmore had put 82 points (48 against Chelsea and 34 against Jeff Davis)
The last time Stanhope Elmore was shutout came in 2008 when Wetumpka shut out the Mustangs 19-0. Ironical Chad Anderson was the Indians’ head coach that season.
The last shut out win for Prattville came on November 12, 2011 with a 38-0 defeat of Fairhope in the quarterfinals of the state Class 6A playoffs. The last regular season shutout came October 21, 2010 when the Lions defeated Jeff Davis, 21-0.
The 2013 battle between the two rivals began on an ominous note for the Lions. The Lions drew two false start penalties on the opening possession and was forced to punt.
The Mustangs took over at its 48 following Tripp Burnett’s 42-yard punt. Stanhope Elmore ripped off two first downs to the Lions 30 as Bishop Frazier connected with Michael Brown and Tyler Matthews. There the drive fizzled as Frazier was sacked by Jarrod Jones, Jeremiah Andrews and Ronny Slayton.
After two incomplete passes Angel Vasquez was called to punt. Vasquez’s punt was fielded by Walter Steele at the Lions’ 9-yardline. Steele sped down the west side of Stanley-Jensen Stadium and out ran the Mustangs’ for a 91-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with AJ Reed’s first of five extra points with 6:16 left in the quarter.
On the ensuing possession Stanhope Elmore picked up three first downs to Prattville’s 24, where it bogged down. On fourth and one from the Prattville 15, BJ Smith was stood up by Jarrod Jones for a one-yard loss.
Prattville then began a 86-yard, 10-play drive that chewed up four minutes of clock stretching into the second period to take a 14-0 lead.
Kalen Whitlow fired a touchdown shot to Seth Knotts good for 23-yards with 8:59 left in the half.
That was all of the scoring in the first half; however the excitement for the Lions’ fans during the second quarter was anything but dull.
Following the second Prattville score the Mustangs marched downfield after getting the football at midfield as results of a 15-yard penalty on Prattville for excessive celebration.
Highlights of the drive was a ten-yard scamper from Frazier and a 15-yard blast from Jeremy Powers that came on a fourth down and three call by Mustang coach Jeff Foshee carrying down to the Lion16 and a first down'
Wilson’s defense passed the first test after reluctantly giving up eight yards to the Lion 8. The Mustangs lined up to kick a field goal, but it was faked, with Tyler Matthews getting the snap and failing to make the first down with 4:38 left in the half.
Prattville went four and out with Burnett punting to Desmond Battle at Wetumpka’s 27, a 53-yard punt.
Stanhope Elmore motored down field to a first down at Prattville’s 21 with 54 seconds left in the half. Three pass plays by Frazier fluttered incomplete. The Mustangs lined up to kick a 38-yard field goal with 24.6 seconds left. Michael Rabb blocked the kick and recovered the ball at the Mustang 45.
It was a frustrating first half the Mustangs had held the football for 16 minutes of the first half, yet trailed 14-0.
The second half began with more frustration for the Mustangs. Powers gave the Mustangs a nice 19-yard return of the second half kickoff. On third and 13 Frazier hit Matthews with what appeared to be a first down near midfield. It was called back due to a holding penalty with Stanhope Elmore now having to punt.
Undaunted by the turn of events the Mustangs held Prattville to four and out and took over on downs at their 41. Stanhope Elmore motored to a first down at the Lions 35. With 3:22 left in the third quarter, the Mustangs were facing a fourth and one one from Prattville’s 26. Stanhope rolled the dice. They came up snake eyes as James was stuffed for a yard loss.
Prattville took over on downs and began a sustained drive with 3:09 left. The drive was good for 73-yards and carried over into the final quarter. Kamryn Pettway scored by diving into the end zone following a 16-yard run.
Things got worse for the Millbrook lads on the ensuing kickoff when Reed’s pooch kick was recovered by Nate Jackson at the Prattville 49. The Mustangs’ defense held, however, and Prattville surrendered the ball to the Mustangs at the 6-yard line following a punt.
The Mustangs picked up two first downs up to their 31 yard line, where if fizzled with two incomplete passes and a short run by Frazier. The Mustangs string of bad luck continued on fourth down as Vasquez’s punt traveled only 21-yards to the Lions 48.
Kingston Davis got three yards on first down, and then Whitlow kept for 11-yards to the Mustang 38. On first down Davis junked Desmond Battle at the 36 and raced down the right sideline for Prattville’s fourth touchdown with 7:32 left.
The final seven minutes was an exercise in futilely for both teams. Prattville sent their reserves into the game. Tempers began to flare with the Lions getting a un sportsman conduct penalty, a holding penalty and two illegal procedure calls; while the Mustangs were hit with a un sportsman call and a personal foul.
Prattville’s reserves finally scored the fifth and final touchdown with 2:41 left as Kendall Bowman scored from 14 yards out.
Prattville recovered the ensuing kickoff, but the Lions reserves with sophomore quarterback Octavious Betts taking the snaps ran out of the clock giving the ball back to the Mustangs with 8.7 seconds left.
The Mustangs ended the long evening with 109-yards rushing on 28 trips, and 139 yards passing on 10 of 19.
Prattville had 82-yards passing on 6-of-10, while rushing 40 times for 288-yards.
Stanhope Elmore will host Thompson High Friday night, October 11; Prattville will welcome the Pelham Panthers in a battle for second place in the Region Four Class 6A standings. Both games kick at 7 PM.
The Prattville-Pelham clash could deceide whichteam has a home date in the playoffs, as both are currntly tied for second place.