Key Bryant players hurt in lopsided defeat
Fri. September 07, 2012 at 11:40 p.m. | By Brett Hudson
Bryant's Tionne Wilder (81) runs the ball in Friday night's game at Paul Bryant High School. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)
COTTONDALE | McAdory High School junior running back Garian Bradley ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, all in the first half, and helped the Yellow Jackets defeat Paul W. Bryant, 48-10, on Friday night.
“He packs a punch,” McAdory coach David Powell said. “He runs downhill, and he’s a big weapon for us.”
Bradley was a big part of the 373 rushing yards the Yellow Jackets tallied on the Stampede.
Bryant coach Errol Jones has his team focused on the future, not its 0-2 record.
“We have to put this game behind us, come in on Sunday and watch this film,” Jones said. “We have to learn from our mistakes. We had opportunities to make plays both offensively and defensively, had an opportunity to make a play in the kicking game. We didn’t make plays tonight.”
The Stampede was plagued with injuries in the trenches, as linemen Jalen Samuel and Moses Mason III both sustained game-ending injuries. Freshman Jordan Stines was one player who filled in for the fallen players.
“We’re a young team,” Jones said. “It’s a growing process, but like I just told them, we have to dig our way out of this hole.”
Bryant did have success with screen passes, taking advantage of space left by the McAdory cornerbacks.
“We didn’t have the screens in last week, and we wanted to work on that this week,” Jones said. “We had some success.”
Adam Shepherd’s field goal put the Stampede on the board with 5:59 remaining in the second quarter to cut Bryant’s deficit to 21-3. Shepherd was set up by a 15-yard penalty from McAdory, after which quarterback Joseph Pradat found sophomore Tyler Slayton for a 5-yard completion.
The Stampede got a rushing touchdown from Slayton with 46.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter as the conclusion of a eight-play, 3:28 drive to make the score 35-10. Pradat found Slayton for a 45-yard completion just two plays before the touchdown to make it first-and-goal on the 4.
Slayton finished with three catches for 57 receiving yards in addition to six carries for 15 yards.
Pradat went 11 for 28 passing for 145 yards.
McAdory (2-0) will host Central next Friday, while Bryant will visit Brookwood for its first road game of the season.