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Challenge accepted: Prattville hands shutout to Carver

Prattville running back Desmond Haley looks for running room in the Lions’ 37-0 win over Carver on Friday. (Photo by Chris Dunn)

Staff Report
(Aug. 22, 2009)

There were times when it looked too easy for the top-ranked and three-time defending champion Prattville Lions.

Prattville made early work of the Wolverines and cruised to a 37-0 win in the 2009 Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl on Friday.

Prattville’s defense held the Wolverines’ offense in-check, limiting Carver to only 32 total yards that included minus-34 yards rushing on 32 attempts.

“We are pretty fast on defense, and we were quick tonight,” Prattville coach Jamey DuBose said. “We knew we were. We felt like size might be an issue but I thought we played pretty well tonight.”

Prattville quarterback Sam Gibson finished 9-of-14 for 146 yards passing and backup Justin Thomas finished 3-of-4 for 67 yards.  Gibson’s two biggest plays were to the same receiver, Earl Lucas. The two combined for two big pass plays, including one for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Lucas totaled four catches for 108 yards. Desmond Haley was the game’s leading rusher with 83 yards on 13 carries. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and Cory Lee scored on a 1-yard run in the same period. Chris Kennedy kicked a 27-yard field goal and three extra points for the Lions.

Although the loss would not be registered on the Carver record, the disappointment on the face of coach Al Pogue was still evident.

“Defensively, I was a little shock in our play,” he said. “I thought we might show a little more speed but they have a great team and we knew they did going in.”

DuBose was pleased but also had his own share of concerns. Despite the big lead, Gibson played well into the third quarter to work on his timing with his receivers.

“We have to correct the mental mistakes we made – jumping off sides, blocks in the back. But we will get those things taken care of,” he said. “We have to be on the same page. We have to work on timing. That is why we left him in there.”

Desmond Haley led all rushers with 83 yards on 13 carries. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and Cory Lee scored on a 1-yard run in the same period. Chris Kennedy kicked a 27-yard field goal and three extra points for the Lions.

Carver quarterback Reggie Aaron was 9-of-19 passing for 66 yards with an interception.

Carver opens the regular season next Friday against Jeff Davis while Prattville travels to Georgia to face North Gwinnett.

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