Option attack wears down Bryant Stampede
Fri. August 31, 2012 at 11:11 p.m. | By Zackary Al-Khateeb
Paul W. Bryant’s Joe Freeman is corralled by a Pelham defender in Friday night’s game. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)
COTTONDALE | The Paul W. Bryant Stampede lost its first game of the season, at home, to the Pelham Panthers, 35-14 Friday night.
Pelham scored the first touchdown of the game, a 24-yard rush from running back Rashad Davis, midway through the first quarter.
Pelham scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 22-yard pass from Tanner Adams to Devon Mines. Bryant was able to rebound, however, when Stampede quarterback Joe Pradat connected with Tionne Wilder for a 24-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half.
Despite the score, Pelham dominated in the first half, especially in the ground game, with 206 yards. Panthers fullback Eli Beall rushed for 117 of them himself.
In the second half, the Panthers took control of the game, using the same grinding running style to tire the Stampede defense. Pelham’s next two touchdowns came on runs of 31 and 5 yards, respectively.
Pradat rushed for another touchdown to cut the gap to 28-14, but another rushing touchdown from Pelham’s Tyler White put the game away. Pradat finished 14 of 27 for 188 yards passing and a touchdown, with one rushing touchdown.
Stampede coach Errol Jones said Pelham’s slow-paced option attack was very effective but said the biggest reason for the loss was the mistakes his team made.
“We had some big plays that we let get away from us offensively, and we had some big plays that got away from us defensively,” Jones said. “I knew going into this week from them running the option, we had to be a sound defense ... people just didn’t tackle the fullback like they should have.”
Despite the loss, Jones said he was pleased with the way Pradat handled the game.
“I thought our quarterback did a good job of controlling the ballgame, not having any turnovers,” Jones said. “And I thought he did a good job of managing the ballgame.”
Despite how well he played, Pradat said nothing could make up for his team’s loss.
“I just did what was designed for me to do,” he said. “They called the plays, and I just ran them the way they told me to. We have a lot of good areas to work on, but it was a good game.”
Paul W. Bryant’s next game will be against McAdory at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.