Justin Albert had another big night
There is one thing that the 2007 Prattville High School football team does not have. That is triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13). Prattville methodically rolled to their 13th consecutive win at a place that once put fear in the heart of even stout hearted Lion teams. No more.
Prattville scored on five of their first six possessions building a 38-0 lead over their old nemesis, Robert E. Lee and swatted the Generals away 52-6. It was Prattville's eight consecutive win over the Generals as coach Gene Allen's woes continued at the Ann Street School.
By halftime, the first stringers were done. Prattville (8-0, 5-0) added two more scores during the second half and cruised to their 8th win of the season. The win was the Lions' 28th consecutive regular season victory over the Montgomery schools, and their 38th consecutive regular season region win.
Prattville's stifling defense was so devastating that the Generals never made a first down. Lee was held to a total of 80 yards in offense, all on the ground, 74 of those yards on one play against the second and third team reserves. The Lions defensive backs held two Lee quarterbacks to no completions in 13 attempts.
Justin Albert rushed for 76 yards on 11 trips, had three punt returns for 110 yards including a 61 yard touchdown. The versatile Albert also caught one pass for 16-yards. The senior ended his work at halftime with a grand total of 202 all-purpose yards.
Holding Lee to three and out on their first possession, Justin Albert took Ryan Barker's punt and returned it 20 yards to the Lee 30, but the return was erased by a 15-yard penalty against Prattville back to the Lion 36.
It did not faze Prattville . The Lions scored in three plays, all via the airways. Casey Weston hit Albert 16-yards to the Lion 48, Quaylan Moncrief for 7-yards, and then found Lewis Haley across the middle for 41-yards and a six-pointer. Sung Hyun Bae hit the first of six extra points.
Lee went three and out following the kickoff. Barker's punt traveled only 17-yards. Prattville took over at the Lee 30 and scored in four plays with Justin Albert plowing over from the two.
On Prattville's third possession The Lions drove to the Lee 1-yard line, following a short field, a 10-play, 44-yard drive (actually 54 having to overcome a 10-yard penalty) but the Generals stopped Jerry Williams on fourth and goal at the one.
Lee's offense was still in reverse, and was forced to punt after three downs gain nothing. Albert took Barker's punt at the Lee 47 and returned it to the 5-yard line. Weston hit Quaylan Moncrief with a 4-yard touchdown toss with 9:47 left in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff Deandra Cook fumbled at his 23 and Clarence Morris record for Prattville. Three incomplete passes followed, and then on fourth down Bae kicked a 40-yard field goal with 9:14 left in half.
Lee got a 16-yard kickoff return, but still the offense sputtered and Barker punted again. Barker’s punt was returned by Albert 61-yards for a touchdown, as Clarence Morris made a path clearing block at the Lee 43-yard line, sending Albert into the end zone unscathed with 7:34 left in half. It is now 31-0.
Lee went three and out, and Barker's punt rolled dead to the Lion 27. Prattville finally was forced to punt. Brian Egan's 41-yard punt was fair caught by Malcolm Jones at the Lee 24.
On first down, Jravious Jackson scrambling in the backfield was sacked by Cordrick Anderson. Jackson fumbled the ball, and Octavious Gilbert recovered it for the Lions at the 22.
Albert then carried four straight times for the Lions 5th touchdown of the first half with 3:15 left in the half and a 38-0 lead.
The Lions took the second half kickoff and motored 57 yards in 7-plays, with Jerry Williams blasting over right tackle six-yards for the touchdown.
The highlight of the drive came on second and four, when Casey Weston scrambled out of the pocket for 11-yards and another first down with 9:09 left in the quarter.
The first stringers were done, and most took off their shoulder pads and watched the fun from the sidelines.
With Prattville's reserves now playing, Lee's Justin Crayton broke free for a 74-yard touchdown run with 3:13 left in the quarter. Justin Taylor blocked Tyler McCarthy's PAT attempt.
On the ensuing kickoff Cory Shelton took McCarthy's kickoff and zipped 68-yards for a touchdown with 2:41 remaining. The sophomore has become a fan favorite with his blazing speed. After his touchdown, chants were heard from the estimated 4,000 Prattville fans for No.10 to run the ball when Prattville's offense returned.
Lee entered Prattville's territory with 10:32 left in the game, when Allen Moore picked up five yards after a short Egan punt. On the next play however Jackson coughed up the pigskin, and Harris Carden recovered it at the 40.
Prattville's reserves, behind Brandon King, drove to the Lee 21 and a first down, only to have King's pass picked at the four by Corey Lawrence and returned to the 48.
Still the inept Lee offense couldn't move the ball and turned it back to the Lions as time ran out with Prattville's third quarterback, Cade Lawrence at the helm, as the game drew to a merciful close for the Generals.
STATS: PRATTVILLE---ROBERT E. LEE
Time of Possession--25:36-----22:24
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