Tuscaloosa Academy shuts out Lee-Scott
Sat. August 25, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Special to TuscPreps.com
AUBURN | Lee-Scott Academy head coach Robert Maddox wouldn’t say why his most explosive offensive weapon didn’t play a single snap in the Warriors’ season opener Friday night.
He did say, though, that MarQuen Mitchell would be back on the field next week. And after Friday’s abysmal 34-0 loss to Tuscaloosa Academy, it looks like the No. 9 Warriors could use him.
"I think it goes without being said, (Mitchell) is a fine football player, and when the time comes, he’s going to be up," Maddox said. "We’ve got guys that are disappointed in the way we played. We had lots of opportunities to not let it be like this, but it is what it is."
The all-purpose Mitchell — whose primary position is wide receiver — stood on the sideline in full gear and helmet in hand for all four quarters, watching his offense put up 79 total yards against the Knights.
Tuscaloosa Academy dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, ripping off chunks of yardage on offense and getting to Lee-Scott quarterback Jeremy Joseph in a hurry.
"They were just bigger and stronger than us up front, and it showed up," Maddox said.
Tuscaloosa Academy showed off that strength early.
The Knights opened the game with an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive and got into the end zone on each of their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Tuscaloosa Academy ran its wing-T offense to perfection and didn’t pass a single time in its first two possessions — while getting touchdown runs from Jaevon Walton and Torrence Brown — and quarterback Jonathan Plott’s first pass of the night went for a 69-yard score to Parker Farley.
"They started running plays that we weren’t ready for," said Lee-Scott lineman Austin Clanton.
Tuscaloosa Academy had its final total of 34 after its first second-half drive, and both teams played backups the entire fourth quarter. Walton had 98 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, while Plott finished 4-of-5 for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Tuscaloosa Academy ended with 363 yards of total offense — more than four times Lee-Scott’s total — and the Knights had 17 first downs to the Warriors’ seven.