Bryant crushed by Wenonah
Fri. September 21, 2012 at 10:55 p.m. | By Brett Hudson
Paul W. Bryant’s Christopher Moore-Odom was the Stampede’s best player Friday. He returned a kick 67 yards, setting up his 6-yard touchdown catch. (Photo by T.G. Paschal)
COTTONDALE | The Wenonah Dragons rode Barry Johnson’s 119 passing yards and three touchdowns in as many completions to beat the Paul W. Bryant Stampede 59-7 Friday night.
“You kind of hope the things that have worked, work, and tonight was one of those nights for us,” Wenonah coach Ronald Cheatham said.
Johnson only threw the ball four times out of Wenonah’s run-oriented offense.
“We saw some things on film and the things we saw happened to work,” Cheatham said. “He executed all of our plays.”
Cheatham used the opportunity to play many of his backups, including freshman backup quarterback Aubrey Robinson entering the game in the second quarter.
“We played a lot of kids tonight,” Cheatham said. “We tried to get a lot of kids some snaps and not run the score up.”
Bryant coach Errol Jones did the same.
“Offensively, we got a chance to play some of our kids, therefore, they got some game experience,” he said.
The backups, some of whom were called upon to start against the Dragons due to injuries suffered in last week’s loss to McAdory, were a bright spot for Jones.
“They played hard,” Jones said. “That’s what I wanted to see. They didn’t roll over and just quit.
“I knew there were going to be some growing pains in the first four ballgames. The youth had to be thrown in the fire and, hey, they had to grow up.”
Christopher Moore-Odum was a leader for the young players in the game, returning five kicks for 86 yards in addition to carrying the ball five times for 25 yards and catching one pass for 3 yards.
Moore-Odum set up the Stampede’s scoring drive with a 67-yard kick return that gave the Stampede the ball at the 24-yard line.
“We blocked some people,” Jones said. “He’s an exciting player and he made something happen.”
Moore-Odum ended the drive with a 6-yard touchdown reception from Joe Pradat on a fade route.
“We were trying to find a situation to get it (the fade route) in, but it just never occurred,” Moore-Odum said.
Moore-Odum has goals for his team in the next week of practice.
“We have to just stay in it. Stay together,” he said. “Our problem is, we don’t leave our bad plays in the past.”
Jones said he plans to play a B-team game with his backups in Monday’s practice to improve his team.
“We have a lot of key things we need to work on before we play Hillcrest,” Jones said. “One thing we need to focus on is simply getting better. I have to worry about my team.”
Bryant (0-4) will go on the road against the Patriots next week.