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Prattville Defense Shines; Stifles Wetumpka for 31-13 Victory

By Andrew Edwards

Staff Writer

It’s never an easy task to win on the road, but the Prattville Lions have made it look easy so far this year with another win on Friday night.

Defeating Wetumpka 31-13, the Lions have now been on the road for four of their first five games. Out of the four away games, the Lions have won three – with the lone loss to Central Phenix City.

The first quarter began with a huge kickoff return to midfield by Kendrick Rodgers. The Lions would ultimately go three-and-out after a few holding penalties, killing the momentum from the good field position.

After a quick three-and-out on their own side of the field, Wetumpka would step up defensively and intercept Prattville – returning it to the PHS 15 yard line. The Prattville defense would hold, forcing an Indian field goal which was blocked by PHS defender AJ Gary.

In the closing minutes of the first quarter, Wetumpka had a crucial mistake and fumbled on their own 34 yard line – ultimately recovered by PHS. This would lead to a few nice runs from Keondre Powell, before he would finally take it in himself for an 8 yard TD run. 7-0 Lions.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter, WHS would return a Prattville fumble 20 yards for a TD but would miss the extra point. 7-6 Lions.

Midway through the second, Wetumpka would add to their lead with a 31 yard touchdown pass from Tyquan Rawls. 13-7 Indians.

The next drive for the Lions felt critical, as they were down six. Wetumpka was also set the receive the second half kickoff, so the Lions needed to get points on the board before the closing of the first half.

After a nice kickoff return from Al’Terious Bates put the lions on their own 43, the Lions would move the ball down to the WHS 26 before facing a crucial 3rd and 2. Prattville would convert with a huge pass from Kyle Kramer to Taylor Thompson before Powell would run it in from 3 yards out, giving the Lions a 14-13 lead going into the half.

The second half was all lions.

WHS was stuffed on three straight plays to open the second half, giving Prattville good field position.

After moving the ball to the 48 of WHS, Prattville QB Kyle Kramer would find Al’Terious Bates for a 48 yard TD, giving the Lions a 21-13 lead.

Things wouldn’t get much easier for WHS, as Prattville’s CB AJ Gary would intercept a Wetumpka pass midway through the 3rd. Prattville would cash in this mistake by the Indians with a field goal, extending the lead to 24-13.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Wetumpka would drive the ball all the way down to the PHS 30, but would find their 4th and 4 pass intercepted yet again by Prattville defender AJ Gary.

After a Lions punt, the Indians found themselves running out of chances to get points on the board.

The final dagger would be after PHS forced another fumble midway through the 4th, setting them up at the WHS 39. This would ultimately lead to a 1 yard TD run by Deondre Powell. Pra

Prattville (4-1) seems to be setting themselves up well for the back half of the season and will welcome Lee to Stanley-Jensen for next week’s homecoming game. Wetumpka (3-3) looks to get things going offensively before taking on Stanhope next week.