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WEEK 0 RECAP: ACA gives new coach first win

Combined Reports
(August 25, 2017)

Alabama Christian 42, Providence Christian 12
Alabama Christian rolled to their biggest season opening win at home since 1990, crushing Providence Christian 42-12 at Wade Norton Black Stadium on Friday night.

Reece Solar was 13 of 18 for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles posted their largest margin of victory since beating B.T. Washington 40-8 in 2014.

Alden Stroud accounted for 160 all-purpose yards, rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown, catching six passes for 81 yards and returning a punt 38 yards.

ACA receiver Grayson Evans, playing football for the first time, had 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on five receptions.

Linebacker Dawson Locklier led the ACA defense with 13 tackles. Defensive back Blake Bryant had 11 tackles.

The win was the biggest season opening win for the Eagles since winning at Ariton 52-6 in 2001 and the biggest season opener at home since beating Highland Home 35-0 in 1990.

Providence Christian scored on a 5-yard run by Collin Dean to take a 6-0 lead on its opening possession, but only managed 39 total yards in the second and third quarters before scoring on the game’s final play on a George McClintock 3-yard pass to William Solomon.

The victory was the first for new coach Nate Sanford.

Wetumpka 47, Prattville 29
WETUMPKA – The Wetumpka Indians overcame a 17-13 halftime deficit to defeat Prattville,47-29, in the season opener on Friday.

The Indians took the lead early in the third quarter and poured it on. Kavoisey Smoke scored four touchdowns for the Indians.

The Indians (1-0) will travel to face Eufaula next week while Prattville (1-0) will host Stanhope Elmore.

Montgomery Academy 42, Elmore County 14
Trey Lindsey was 5 of 6 passing and connected with Nate Meacham twice for scores with passes of 75 and 80 yards to lead Montgomery Academy to an easy win on Friday.

Keefe White scored the first MA touchdown of the season from 5 yards out while Lindsey scored on a quarterback sneak. C.J. Paymon had a 30-yards run for a score and. Kevin Doh also scored and finished with 57 yards rushing.

The Eagles racked up 465 yards in total offense.

Defensively, Jack Mozingo, Mason Young and Paymon each had seven tackles. C.J. Paymon added an interception while William Davis had a fumble recovery

MA (1-0) will host St. James next week.

Trinity 34, Jacksonville 27
JACKSONVILLE - Trinity Wildcats new head coach Barry Loyal picked up his first win with a 34-27 victory over Jacksonville on Friday.

Quarterback Trace Bright was 17 of 33 for 234 yards and a touchdown passing. He also rushed for 22 yards and scored twice. Brice Kelley rushed for 29 yards.

Luke Hufham had six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Connor Hayes had three catches for 45 yards and Cam Loverich caught five passes and picked up 98 yards.

Defensively, Kaleb Krietz had 11 tackles a sack. Jackson Davis also had 11 tackles. David blocked a punt and scored a touchdown. Will Eagerton recorded 10 tackles.

Hufham and Chapman Gregory each had interceptions.

Trinity (1-0) plays host to Andalusia next Friday.

Tallassee 21, Russell County 14
TALLASSEE – Casey Baynes was 12 of 17 for 164 yards and a touchdown to lead Tallassee to a season-opening victory over Class 6A Russell County at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium.

Baynes’ touchdown pass covered 51 yards to Kalvin Levett, one of two first-quarter touchdowns by the Tigers that helped them to a 15-0 lead. But Russell County scored on the final play of the first quarter and the final play of the first half, a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Kuresa, to close within 15-14 at halftime.

Jalen Johnson, who had 74 yards rushing on 11 carries, scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Tallassee (1-0) travels to W.S. Neal next week, while Russell County (0-1) returns home to play Valley.

Montgomery Catholic 51, Central-Coosa 6
HANOVER – Tyler Price had 169 total yards to help Montgomery Catholic cruise to a 51-6 win in the season opener at Central High.
Price had 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight carries and added another touchdown on a 46-yard reception. Kamryn Jackson added a pair of touchdowns, one on a 15-yard carry, the other on a 23-yard reception.

The big-play Knights (1-0) also got a 78-yard scoring run from Raz Chandler and a 38-yard touchdown run from backup quarterback Cephus Cleveland.

Trey Wilkinson had an interception to lead a Catholic defense that held Central to just 79 yards.

The Knights return home to play Prattville Christian Academy next Friday.

Bayside Academy 15, St. James 12
St. James scored two first-half touchdowns on a 36-yard run by Colin Duncan and a 48-yard reception by T.R. Robertson. But the Admirals would score 15 unanswered point to win on the road Friday at Carlisle Field.

The loss denied Coach Jimmy Perry’s 100th career victory.

The Trojans defense thwarted a pair of Bayside drives with defensive turnovers at the STJ 2-yard line, but several untimely penalties stopped key drives by the Trojans.

Bayside scored both touchdowns in the second half and stopped the Trojans twice late in the fourth quarter to avenge last season’s loss.

St. James faces Montgomery Academy next Friday.

Edgewood Academy 47, Hope Christian 14
COLUMBIANA – Christian Ivey and Colby Potts rushed for two touchdowns each as Edgewood Academy opened 2017 with a convincing 47-14 win over Hope Christian.

The game was played at Cornerstone Christian Academy’s field and ended the Wildcats’ 10-game losing streak.

The Wildcats, 0-10 last season, piled up 298 rushing yards and 496 total yards in the win. Ivey completed 11 of 16 passes for 171 yards and rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Potts rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Drez Crawford had 101 yards on six receptions and added a touchdown on a 60-yard punt return.

Tyler Abernathy led the Edgewood defense with 10 tackles. Hunter Bowdoin added six.

The Wildcats return home to play Southwest Georgia next Friday.

Macon East Academy 6, Hooper Academy 0
HOPE HULL – Mike Murry broke a scoreless tie with a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give Macon East a 6-0 win over Hooper at Davis Henry Field.

Trace Edwards threw for 109 yards for the Colts, 1-1, while Charlie Harris added 20 yards to lead the team in rushing. Jackson Fancher had a team-high 11 tackles, including five sacks, with Grant Tyson adding nine tackles and three sacks.
Hooper travels to Evergreen to play Sparta Academy next Friday, while Macon East, 1-0, travels to Luverne to play Crenshaw Christian Academy.

Lowndes Academy 19, Southern Academy 12
HAYNEVILLE – Jon Johnson rushed for a pair of touchdowns, passed for another and added the extra point to give the Rebels the lead for good as Lowndes won its season opener 19-12 at Mac Champion Field.

Johnson rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries, scoring a late touchdown on a 35-yard run to seal the victory. He was 8 of 17 passing for 160 yards with an interception and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zack Miller. He also punted four times for a 38-yard average and booted the extra point after Lowndes rallied to tie the score in the second half.

Defensively, Ben Crook led the Rebels with seven tackles. His brother Cole had six.

Lowndes (1-0) travels to Freeport, Fla., next Friday, while Southern (0-1) remains on the road at Jackson Academy.

Ft. Dale Academy 48, Evangel Christian 30
Fort Dale ran the opening kickoff back for a score on the way to a 48-30 win over Evangel, which fell to 0-2 for the season.

For Evangel, Aaron Alpert threw for 136 yards and rushed for 80 yards. He scored on runs of 25 and 26 yards. Xavier Williams scored on runs of 55 and 56 yards and finished with 129 yards rushing.

Jalen Gardner added a 38-yard run for a touchdown.

The Lions face Springwood Academy next week.


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