Carrying an obvious size advantage over the Bulldogs, McGill's defensive line, led by Scout.com four-star defensive end Sidell Corley, pounded, ran over and controlled the line of scrimmage all night. Corley credits the coaches with how they dominated their side of the ball.
"We're in better shape in our trenches, and our coaches have worked us 10 times harder than last year," he said. "It's our coaches that make us good."
Maybe a little advanced scouting helped as well as Corley stated he was in Montgomery last weekend to watch Hoover and UMS-Wright play.
"I was up there. I noticed they liked to run it up the C-gap a lot, so that was our goal, to try to stop their C-gap," he said.
McGill-Toolen concentrated on running back Terrell Edwards for the majority of the game as UMS-Wright starting quarterback, Michael Scott, started the game, but unable to continue. Scott was likely still suffering the lingering effects of an injury suffered last week against Hoover .
UMS-Wright's biggest weapon never stepped foot on the field. Scout.com four-star receiver Brandon Gibson was dressed out but remained on the sideline the entire night. His frustration was evident as the Bulldog offense came off the field without any points.
Gibson suffered a slight concussion in the game against Hoover and missed a week of practice. Coach Terry Curtis elected not to send in his playmaker as a precautionary measure or follow his rule of no practice, no play.
"We were hoping that he (Gibson) would play, and Michael Scott also, so there wouldn't be any excuses," Corley said of the two playmakers for the Bulldogs.
With speed and quickness McGill shot out to a 14-0 1st quarter lead knocking UMS-Wright on their heels. UMS struggled with ball control all night handing it over to McGill by way of fumbles and interceptions giving McGill great field position on several occasions. Both UMS and their fans were stunned with the 20-0 halftime deficit their team faced on their home field.
Attempting to make a game of it, UMS began the 2nd half on offense. Terrell Edwards decided he was going to have to carry the team on his shoulders and took the kick-off on an amazing run down the sideline all the way to the McGill 13-yard line. With the fans back in it, UMS scored on 3rd down as Terrell Edwards hauled in a short pass and took it to the end zone for a 20-7 McGill lead.
Not to be undone, McGill counter-punched, marching it down the field without much resistance to stretch the lead back out to 20.
Hoping to continue their 2nd half momentum, UMS drove down inside the McGill 20, only to once again give the football away on a fumble.
McGill and UMS both tacked on meaningless touchdowns late for a 34-13 final.
The athletic McGill secondary wasn't tested as much with UMS missing both Gibson and Scott. McGill's Scout.com four-star cornerback/wide receiver Phelon Jones still made his presence known by using his speed to prevent the UMS running backs from turning the corner on several occasions.
After the game, Sidell Corley and the entire McGill team were certainly excited with the outcome of the game. Corley now turns his mind to his unofficial visit to Alabama this weekend to watch the Tide face Hawaii .
"I'm leaving tomorrow to go up to Bama and see them open up (their season)," he said.
The same three schools remain in the hunt for the Florida soft verbal commitment's signature and he stated, "The only other visits I have right now are the official visits I have to set-up to Alabama , Auburn and Florida ."
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