Tuscaloosa Academy almost unstoppable in blowout win
Fri. August 31, 2012 at 11:03 p.m. | By Cameron Kiszla
Tuscaloosa Academy defenders Austin Rice (63) and Terrell Bush (69) pressure Lyman Ward quarterback Charlie Bunteen (7) during the first quarter of Friday night’s game. (Photo by Betsy Seymour)
TUSCALOOSA | Tuscaloosa Academy scored early and often, notching six first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 69-21 win over Lyman Ward on Friday night.
The Knights scored on two of their first three plays from scrimmage, both on runs by Jaevon Walton. One touchdown went for 67 yards and the other for 66.
“My line, they blocked excellent,” Walton said. “In practice we went over a lot of schemes, and they finished their blocks. And the wide receivers had great downfield blocking.”
The Tuscaloosa Academy offense was nearly unstoppable for much of the game, gaining 307 yards on the ground in the first half. Through the air, the Knights were 4-for-6 for 128 yards in the opening half and threw no interceptions until the third quarter. Torrence Brown added scores on runs of 46 and 2 yards, and he also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Plott. Plott had another touchdown pass to Jonathan Teesdale for 34 yards, and Teesdale had a touchdown on a 40-yard run. Matt Teesdale scored on a 21-yard pass from Austin Menard, Clayton Marchant scored on a 29-yard run and Kuwan Whitfield scored on a 21-yard fumble return.
“We just dominated the line of scrimmage,” Tuscaloosa Academy coach Robert Johnson said. “I was very proud of our guys. We came out and played to our standard, and we were focused, and we got a lot of young guys a lot of playing time tonight, which is good.”
Lyman Ward struggled offensively, especially on the ground, gaining only 3 yards in the first quarter and 26 in the second. The Rangers also struggled with fumbles, putting the ball on the ground nine times and losing it on four occasions. The lone Ranger touchdown before the half came on a 35-yard pass by Charlie Bunteen to Matthew Hudson at the beginning of the second quarter. Lyman Ward was able to score in the third and fourth quarters, once a 1-yard run by Bradley Culpepper and again on a 7-yard run by Jared Gustin.
“We’re going to work on intensity,” Lyman Ward coach Dewayne Thomas said. “The guys know what to do, we just didn’t execute well at all, and of course, Tuscaloosa is just an awesome team. Great athletes, and they’re well-coached, so my hat is off to them.”
Tuscaloosa Academy (2-0) will play at Macon-East Academy next week. Lyman Ward (0-2) will host Pike Liberal Arts School.