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LIONS DEFEAT CHELSEA , 40-27 FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
October 27, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
KAMRYN PETTWAY NEARS 1,000 YARDS RUSHING WITH 126-YARDS AGAINST HORNETS
With 9:30 to play in the third quarter Friday night October 25 at Chelsea High School’s football stadium Prattville’s Denzel Jones fielded Chelsea’s Austin Bailey’s punt at Prattville's 23-yard line and raced down the left sidelines untouched for a 77-yard punt return touchdown.
With the score Prattville led 33-10. The Lions’ coaching staff was now contemplating getting some quality playing time for reserves.
Hold on, this bunches of Hornets from Chelsea were not thinking of tossing in the towel. Although the hill to climb (literally as the football field has a nice crown in the middle) would be a difficult one the way Prattville’s defense had played for 27 minutes.
The Hornets tacked on a field goal and two touchdowns in the final 21 minutes. It wasn’t enough as Prattville added a 13-yard touchdown run from Kamryn Pettway to put the game on ice with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter.
The game was played in rather chilly weather as the temperature dropped down to 36 degrees as the game ended. Chelsea High School is located in the foothills of the Coosa Valley Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains in the northeastern corner of Shelby County.
A rather new community having only been incorporated in1997 with a population of 906. Today Chelsea has a growing population of 11,000. The Hornets are the smallest school in class 6A, and most feel they will drop back to 5A next realignment.
Regardless the Hornets battled the Lions from the opening whistle, and have a number of outstanding young athletes. One has to be impressed with the big tight end Adam Holiday (6-3-235) a junior.
Kamryn Pettway enjoyed another excellent outing as he rushed for 126 yards on 16 trips scoring two touchdowns. Kingston Davis added 57 yards and two touchdowns, while Kalen Whitlow added 43-yards. Whilow also hit five of 11 aerials for 116-yards and a touchdown.
Pettway is now only 18-yards shy of a 1,000 yard rushing season with 982 for the season. Davis has 429-yards for the season and Whitlow has 334.
Prattville started with a bang Friday night. The Lions took the opening kickoff and marched 68-yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead. Davis scored with an 8-yard blast up the middle with 10:43 left in the first quarter.
Prattville and Chelsea traded possessions with no damage following the ensuing kickoff. The Hornets knotted the game on their second possession with a 66-yard drive afar Jacob Green intercepted Whitlow's pass at the Hornet 24.
The big play came on a 26-yard blast up the middle by Aki Coles that carried to the Prattville 3-yard line. Quarterback Trenton Hagin sneaked over for the score. James Martindale kicked the first of three extra points to knot the game with 2:26 left in the quarter.
Prattville scored on the ensuing possession with a 75-yard four play drive. Denzel Jones had a 20-yard run and Kamryn Pettway added a 26-yard dash. Sophomore Davis scored with a 31-yard jaunt around left end. The Lions led at the close of the first quarter 14-7.
Undaunted by Prattville's quick score the Hornets answered with a 33-yard field goal on the sixth play of the second quarter. The highlight of the short 56-yard drive came with a 32-yard pass from Trenton Hagin to Coles. The drive bogged down at the Lion 17. Martindale was perfect with a 33-yard field goal, trimming the Lions’ lead to 14-10.
Prattville answered the field goal with a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The Hornets attempted a pooch kickoff which was fair caught by JT Studdard at the Lion 30.
Five plays later Pettway skirted left end from the Hornet 30 and raced into the end zone for a 21-10 lead. The highlight of the drive came with a crucial third down and two call. Whitlow found Seth Knots down field with a 25-yard aerial.
After trading possessions twice Prattville’s Tripp Burnett pinned the Hornets at their 7-yard line with a 54-yrard punt.
The Hornets couldn’t move the football and was forced to punt. Bailey’s kick rolled dead at the Lion 49 with 1:21 left in the half.
First down Prattville was guilty of an illegal shift moving the ball back to its 46. Whitlow threw one incompletion and then Pettway dropped a touchdown pass at the 30-yardline.
On third down Whitlow connected with Knotts in the end zone for an apparent touchdown. Alas it was called back for a holding penalty. With 48 seconds left until halftime Whitlow connected with Ty Moore to the Hornet 8-yard line. Whitlow then rifled a bullet to Knotts in the end zone with nine seconds on the clock for a halftime lead of 27-10.
Prattville’s defense stood tall on the opening possession of the second half. After surrendering one first down to the Hornet 43, the Lions defense forced a punt from the Chelsea 44.
Denzel Jones took the punt at his 23-yard line and zipped down the left sidelines 77-yards for a 33-10 lead with 9:30 left in the quarter. Prattville drew the irk of the officials for celebrating the punt return and was forced to kickoff from its 30 with a 15-yard un sportsman like penalty
Reed’s kick went to Trevor Blisard at the Hornet 25. Blisard zigzagged his way thru several would be tacklers to the Lion 3-yard line, a return of 72 yards. Two plays later Anthony Jones raced over trimming the lead to 33-17 with 8:15 left in the quarter.
Coach Anderson pulled out the Wildcat formation with Pettway running the show. The Lions ripped off two first downs to the Chelsea 42. There Whitlow hit Knotts for a touchdown, but it was negated for a 16-yard holding penalty forcing a punt.
Chelsea picked up one first down; but on third down from its 43, Hagen’s pass was picked by Ty Lucas at the Prattville 49-yard line. Pettway picked up ten yards on first down but coughed up the pigskin on the next play with Chelsea recovering it at the Lion 40.
Prattville’s defense again stood tall, holding the Hornets to a 34-yard field goal on the seventh play of the final quarter.
The Hornets’ onside kick was recovered by Jarrod Jones at the Lions 40. Prattville added its sixth and final touchdown with a seven play drive. Pettway scored the six pointer with a 13-yard dash around right end.
Tripp Burnett attempted a little razzle-dazzle by tossing the ball into the end zone an attempted two point play for Knott’s, but the pass was wide of Knots hands leaving the score 40-20 with 5:39 left.
Chelsea couldn’t move the ball on the ensuing possession and Bailey was forced to punt. Prattville took over at its 40 yardline. However a series of penalties; two on Prattville and one on Chelsea found the ball at the Lion 39, where Prattville finally was forced to punt from Chelsea’s 46 after a nice ten-yard run from Pettway.
With Prattville’s reserves in the game the Hornets added a final touchdown. With 54 seconds on the clock Hagin hit Jones with a 39-yard TD strike.