ACA Patriots subdue Holt
Sat. September 22, 2012 at 12:09 a.m. | By Marquavius Burnett
Holt’s Kentrelle Hardy tries to head upfield Friday night. The Ironmen had just 203 yards of total offense, compared with 380 for American Christian Academy. (Photo by Skylar Kynard)
TUSCALOOSA | American Christian Academy rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the second half en route to a 38-14 victory over Holt on Friday night.
The game was tight after the first half, with ACA leading 17-8, but the Patriots opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 70-yard drive to go ahead 24-8.
The Patriots’ rushing attack was led by Austen Akins, who carried the ball seven times for 58 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. Akins finished with 177 yards rushing on 25 carries with two touchdowns.
“We had better play-calling in the second half,” Akins said. “We worked hard all week for this and we knew if we played physical all game we had a good chance.”
ACA (3-1, 3-0 Class 3A, Region 3) jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal in its first three drives, while Holt went three-and-out twice and threw an interception.
ACA quarterback Austin Mohlenbrok had two first-quarter touchdowns, on 27- and 12- yard strikes to John Roberts and Parker Dare, respectively. Mohlenbrok was efficient all night, completing 9 of 13 passes for 123 yards and two scores.
“We came out on fire to start the game,” Mohlenbrok said. “We were the more physical team for most of the night and we really took it to them in the second half.”
The Patriots defense played a big part in the win, forcing three turnovers and setting the offense up with good field position. The Patriots scored 14 of their 38 points off Ironmen turnovers.
Holt’s only offensive touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from John Castleberry to Marcell Kirkland with 53 seconds left in the first half. The Ironmen’s other score came on a 90-yard kickoff return by Zuriel Kirkwood 7:47 left in the game.
Holt’s offense was mostly stagnant, totaling 203 yards compared to 380 for the Patriots.
“We gave them a whole lot of opportunities tonight,” Holt coach Kenny Crowe said. “Once you put yourself in a whole like that against ACA, it’s real hard to climb out of.”
Crowe said he liked his team’s effort despite the loss, and they could take some things away from this game to use next week.
Holt (1-3, 1-2 region) will face Billingsley next Friday, while ACA returns home to battle Fultondale.