By Andrew Edwards
There was a lot to cheer for Thursday night if you were a fan of the Prattville Lions.
In dominating fashion, the Lions dismantled the Jeff Davis Vols 44-7 at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery. The action started early for the Lions.
After a three-and-out on their first drive, the Vols gave the Lions good field position with a bad punt that went out at the 50. Prattville quickly moved the balled down to the Vols eight-yard line with two great passes from Kyle Kramer to Al’Terious Bates and Taylor Thompson. The drive ended with a powerful eight-yard touchdown run from Keondre Powell to put the Lions up 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
JD seemingly answered on their second drive with an 80-yard touchdown run of their own, but the play was called back for a holding. Ironically, the Vols were intercepted two plays later by Prattville’s Ian Jackson, which was returned for a touchdown. This put the Lions up 12-0 with another failed two-point conversion.
Things didn’t get much easier for Jeff Davis.
The next drive for the vols ended with a safety, which put the Lions up 14-0. This got a few laughs from the crowd, as the score ultimately reflected what it should have been had the Lions just kicked extra points on their first two touchdowns.
A couple three-and-outs by both teams would end the first quarter.
The second quarter would start with a missed 32 field goal by the Lions. On that same drive, the Lions had the ball moved to the Jeff Davis three, but was ultimately unable to punch it in due to a hold that set them back to 15-yard line.
After a JD punt, the Lions gave the Vols a heavy dose of Keondre Powell. The running back the started the drive with a quick 12 and 29-yard run, which moved the ball to the JD two. The drive ended with a two-yard touchdown run from Jaden Kidd, putting the Lions up 20-0 after a missed extra point.
Another JD three-and -out would let to another Prattville touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Towards the end of the first half, the Lions had a great opportunity to work on their one-minute drill. A quick pass from Kramer to Thompson would put the ball on the Lions 49. As time was running down, Prattville executed with great calmness. A quick 11-yard pass to Thompson would set up a beautiful 40-yard bomb from Kramer to Kendrick Rodgers to give the Lions a 34-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter did not see much action, although it gave valuable playing time to Prattville’s backup QB, EJ Ousley.
The third quarter would only see one 30-yard field goal by the Lions, which would raise the score to 37-0.
At the start of the fourth quarter the Lions would score quickly with a four-yard touchdown pass to Derryl Holmes, extending the lead to 44-0. The play was set up earlier by an interception from Prattville’s AP Coleman that took the ball down to the JD 19.
JD would complete a touchdown pass in the waning minutes of the game, preventing the Prattville shutout.
The Lions (6-1) and winners of four straight, turn to Auburn at home next Friday. Jeff Davis (3-5) turns to top-ranked Central.