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October 12, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
POTENT PANTHERS OFFENSE LIMITED TO LESS THAN 200 YARDS
The battle for second place in Class 6A Regional Four Friday night October 11 at Stanley-Jensen Stadium in Prattville featured Coach Brett Burnett’s run-oriented Pelham Panthers against Prattville coach Chad Anderson’s tenacious defense.
The old cliché “Offense wins games, defense wins championships” could well be the Lions rallying cry as coach Ryan Wilson’s stout defense played havoc with the Panthers vaunted Flex bone/triple option attack during the second half.
The Lions broke a 17-all halftime deadlock with a late touchdown in the third quarter to win 24-17.
With Prattville’s win the Lions now have earned a spot in the playoffs regardless of the outcome of their final three games. Prattville also has a golden opportunity to grab a home date in the playoffs, albeit the Lions will have to defeat Oak Mountain Friday night, October 18 and Chelsea Friday night October 25.
Pelham was fresh off a 42-41 win over Oak Mountain, where the Panthers’ version of Georgia Tech’s flex bone offense had rushed for near 400 yards (378).
Pelham tacked 163 yards on Coach Ryan Wilson’s defense during the first half, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal to knot Prattville, 17-17.
“We made a few adjustments at halftime. It was really more on the kids, they adjusted to that offense and found a way to shut it down the second half",
Prattville threw a shutout the second half as Wilson’s defense chewed up the flexbone, holding Pelham to 24-yards of offense the second half and one first down
Prattville coach Chad Anderson tossed accolades to Wilson and his defensive group bragging on how the Lions’ defense adjusted in the second half to shut down the potent offense that had been averaging near 300 yards per game.
The second half was a nightmare for Burnett as his flexbone machine was reduced to a sputtering offensive unit that went three and out twice, had a pass interception, lost a fumble and never crossed midfield ending the game at its 3-yard line.
Prattville turned the pass interception by Bryant Hall at the Pelham 45 into a game winning drive of 37-yards late in the third quarter to win the big clash.
It took five plays to crack the pylon with quarterback Kalen Whitlow dashing over from nine yards out after a beautiful fake to Joseph Burke with four minutes left in the quarter.
Prattville misfired on two offensive efforts in the fourth quarter that would have put the game on ice. Midway of the quarter the Lions drove 51-yards to Pelham’s 14, where a fourth down and one play from Whitlow failed to pick up a first down. AJ Reed then hooked a rare miss at a chip shot 31-yard field goal that looked good, but sailed just inches wide right with 7:49 remaining.
After Pelham picked up a first down on the ensuing possession Prattville’s Ronny Slayton nailed Seth Kelosky for no gain on a fourth and two try from the Panthers’ 40 turning the ball over to Prattville.
On first down Kamryn Pettway raced into the end zone for an apparent touchdown. However the touchdown was nullified by a block-in-back call that left the ball at the 39 and a first down. Pettway kept on first down and ripped off left tackle to the six-yard line where he was ruled to have fumbled although it appealed his knee was down, but Pelham took over at its one yard with 1:33 to play.
Prattville held and took over on downs with 37.3 seconds left.
The first half saw majority of the fireworks from both teams.
Prattville won the toss and elected to kick to the Panthers. Pelham’s flexbone attack was in rare form keeping the ball for six minutes and 38 seconds before Austin Bowen kicked a 39-yard field goal following a 12-play drive overcoming a ten-yard penalty for a chop block
Prattville answered with a time consuming drive that took up the remainder of the first quarter and ended at the 11:20 mark of the second period. Kamryn Pettway barreled over from the one yard line. Reed kicked the first of his three extra points and a 7-3 Prattville lead.
The drive was relatively a short drive of 63-yards after the Panthers‘s attempt at an onside kick was unsuccessful with Prattville recovering at its 37. Whitlow had a 17-yard dash and also completed an 11-yard aerial to Seth Knotts.
Prattville appeared ready to blow away the Panthers as Tevin Sharpe recovered Lavell Wynn’s fumble at the Panther 32. Pettway carried three straight trips down to the 9-yard line. Three plays later Pettway lined up as the deep back, took the snap and plowed over from 3-yards out and a 14-3 lead with 8:38 left in the half.
The 11-point lead lasted less than a minute. Following the kickoff Pelham took over at is 22. Kelosky got three yards on first down an then Devon Mines slipped off left tackle and sped 75-yards to trim the lead to 14-10 with 7:39 left.
Prattville answered with a short drive to a first down at the Pelham 19, where it stalled. With 4:24 left Reed kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.
Reed’s kickoff went to Shun Bishop at the Pelham 34 where the Lions were hit with a personal foul penalty that moved the ball to midfield. Six plays later Mines found Rod McCall in the corner of the end zone with 37-sedconds left in the half to tie the game at half time, 17-17.
Kamryn Pettway led he Lions with 99-yards rushing on 18-trips. Kalen Whitlow added 88 on 15 trips. Jarrod Jones led hte tough Lion defense with 12 solo tackles, and four assists, while Ronny Slayton had five solos, three assists, and one hurry.