PREP RECAP: Carver handles Prattville; MA shocks STJ; Catholic wins
The G.W. Carver Wolverines took advantage of four turnovers and earned a 20-7 victory over Prattville in the season opener for both teams Friday at Cramton Bowl.
The Carver defense proved to be stingy for most of the night. Senior linebacker Shaun Hamilton blocked a punt and forced a fumble to set up a touchdown for the Wolverines, who defeated the Lions for the second-straight year.
"Our focus all summer has been putting our offense in positive situations and letting our defense create situations." Carver coach Billy Gresham said. "This is the best group we’ve had since I’ve been here."
Carver opened the scoring on the second quarter with 10:55 left on a fourth-down run of 5 yards by Draequon Murphy. The score came after the Carver defense forced a fumble by Prattville running back Kamryn Pettway.
The Wolverines added a score late in the first half on Eddie McQueen’s 5-yard run. The TD was set up by a 38-yard run by Jalen Horne.
Another Prattville fumble set up Carver’s final touchdown, a Mike McKenny pass to Antonio Dunn for 9 yards with 8:56 left in the third quarter. The PAT was blocked but the Wolverines had a commanding 20-0 lead.
The Lions’ lone score came late in the fourth with Jarrod Jones returning a Carver fumble for 20 yards.
MA shocks St. James
Josh Thomas scored on a 60-yard punt return to lift Montgomery Academy to a 28-13 win over St. James on Friday at McLemore Field.
The Eagles got a 77-yard run by Justin Woolfolk to set up Thomas 1-yard run late in the first half and Woolfolk added a 56-yard run for a score. He finished with 214 yards and two scores.
“We just started playing assignment football,” MA coach Anthony McCall said. “Early on, we had a lot of jitters. There were no major adjustments.”
Frank Moody led St. James with 158 yards and a touchdown.
Baker gets win in Catholic debut
Montgomery Catholic (1-0) opened the season with a 24-14 win over St. Jude, giving new coach Gregg Baker a victory in his first game.
"We are happy we can out with a win," Baker said. "We still have some work to do, but excited about what we did. It’s back to work to get ready to take on a ranked team next week."
James Sherman sealed the opening win for the Knights with a 47-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining.
The scoring started following a Reese Smith 53-yard interception return, Reggie Jackson punched it in from 20 yards out to put the Knights on the scoreboard. The two-point conversion pass from Brett Foxworth to Smith put Montgomery Catholic up 8-0 midway through the first quarter.
Following an interception return by St. Jude, Catholic answered with an 11-yard run by Robert Smith to go up 14-6.
St. Jude answered on a 16-yard TD pass to tie the game with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
Following a 68-yard kickoff return by Brett Foxworth inside the Pirates 15-yard line, Robert Smith put Montgomery Catholic up by seven with a 12-yard run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.