Willie Mullens, Photo by:Josh Jinright
Prattville defensive back Willie Mullens set the tone for the annual meeting of the Lions and the Jeff Davis Volunteers on the first play from scrimmage Friday night at Stanley-Jensen Stadium before 6,750 fans. Mullens leaped over Jeff Davis receiver Josh Sankey, and plucked Courtney Burkett's pass for an interception.
His interception, the first of two by the senior defensive back, was returned to the Volunteers 26 yard line. Three plays later Justin Albert walked into the end zone for the first of his three touchdowns. Brain Egan kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
That would be the only touchdown Prattville would score in the first quarter. However an avalanche followed with three scores in the second quarter, three in the third and two more in the fourth.
After the first quarter touchdown, the 24th meeting between the two schools became a laughter, as Prattville (4-0, 2-0) rolled up 518 yards in offense. Coach Bill Clark swept his reserves into the game early and often, playing three quarterbacks in the rout.
"Willie made a great play to start the game. It just set the tone, and things just snowballed. We played everybody we had dressed out. We certainly were not trying to run up the score," Clark said following the game.
"It was an important game to win. But we need to put that behind us, and get ready to go to Wetumpka. They have a great football team. All their skilled players return, and they are playing very well.. It will be a challenge for us," Clark added.
Following Prattville's first touchdown, the Volunteers took Brian Egan's kickoff and put together a solid drive. Taking over at their 26, the Vols drove to the Prattville 7-yard line. Three rushing plays netted five yards to the Lions 2. On fourth down, Greg McCall and Anthony Holland halted Courtney Burkett at the one with 4:56 left in the quarter.
Backed up on its one yard line, Prattville couldn't move the ball and Egan punted to the Vols. Jeff Davis was forced to punt after going three and out. The ball was downed at the Lions 1-yard line.
It took only eight plays for Prattville to motor 99-yards for its second touchdown. Casey Weston found Lewis Haley open down the right sidelines 54-yards. The fleet Haley outraced the Vols defender for the second Lion touchdown. Dekendrick Moncrief added a 2-point conversion and a 15-0 lead.
Jeff Davis battled Prattville, but simply did not have the weapons to handle the tough Prattville defense. The Vols had first downs near the red zone twice in the first half (once to the 22 and once to the 29), but the drives stalled. JD had to turn the ball over on downs with both possessions.
Once in the second half against the Lions reserves the Vols moved to the Prattville 14, again the drive fizzled.
Prattville added two more touchdowns in the second quarter. Willie Mullens set up the third Prattville score with another pass interception at the JD 46 with 8 minutes left in the half. On first down Casey Weston found Emmanuel Lewis down the left sidelines for a touchdown. This time Sung Hyun Bae kicked the first of his four extra points.
On the ensuing kickoff by Brian Egan, Sankey returned the kickoff 52 yards to the Lion 40-yard line. Egan made the touchdown saving tackle. It may have been a costly tackle, as Egan was injured on the play, and did not return. Burkett threw one incomplete pass, then on second down Randy Ellis intercepted Burkett's pass at the Lion 39.
Prattville scored in three plays. Justin Albert raced over from the 6-yard line. Casey Weston had a big 43 yard run during the drive. Prattville led at halftime 28-0.
Jeff Davis started the second half with a successful on side kick. The Vols picked up one first down to the Lion 29, where the drive ended with a Zach Brownell interception at the Prattville 6-yard line.
Prattville drove 96-yards in only seven plays. Weston hit Quaylan Moncrief with a 42-yard bomb.
The Lions added two more touchdowns in the quarter, as the weary Volunteers could not must any offense. Jeff Davis went three and out and was forced to punt. Clark now had his reserves in the battle.
Corey Shelton took Demarcus DuBose's punt at his 20 and returned it 61 yards to the JD 19. With Dekendrick Moncrief taking snaps at QB, Prattville scored in three plays, Moncrief raced over from 13-yards.
Prattville added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Following Moncrief's touchdown the Volunteers was forced to punt again. Prattville took over at its 32-yard line. With Cade Lawrence at quarterback, the Lions motored 68 yards in five plays. Lawrence found Cornelius Fenderson in the corner of the end zone for a score.
The final score of the evening came with six minutes to play The Volunteers took the ensuing kickoff and motored to the Lion 24, but the drive fizzled. Prattville took over at its 14, and behind reserve quarterback, Cade Lawrence, drove 86 yards in 4-plays for the final six pointer. Shelton raced 38 yards around right end for the score.
Final Score: Prattville 62 Jeff Davis 0
First Downs 18
Rush-Yards 29-320, 39-67
Passing Yards 196, 108
P-A-C-I 13-10-0, 24-8-4
Fumbles-Lost 2-1, 0-0
Penalties 6-68 6-50
Punts 1-37 5-197
Kickoffs 10-504 1-17
3rd down conversions 2-5 2-5
4th down conversions 3-3 0-2
Sacks-Yards 4-30 1-6
Time of Possession 15:58 32:02
Casey Weston 8-75
Justin Albert 8-70 2 TDs
Corey Shelton 3-92 1 TD
Casey Weston 8-10 113 yds 2 TDs
Cade Lawrence 2-3 37 yds 1TD
Lewis Haley 3 -42 yds 1 TD
Emmanuel Lewis 2-54 yds1 TD
LaAngelo Albright 5 solos, 7 assists, 1 sack, 1 for loss
Greg McCall 5 assists
Alex Page 2 solos 5 assists 2 for loss
Zach Brownell 7 solos, 3 assists, 1 pick
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